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Why not treat them all?

The eye does not function in isolation. In fact, 19th-century physicians skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases branched out by adding otology (ear and vestibular diseases), rhinology (diseases of the nose, including the sinuses), and laryngology (diseases of the throat and larynx) to their repertoire.

Eye and Ear Infirmaries were established in Massachusetts, New York, and other large cities. Early EENT (eyes, ears, nose, and throat) physicians viewed the eye and visual system as being closely related to these other organs, so why not treat them all?

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Joe Pizzimenti
Associate Editor, Systemic Disease for odsonfb.com. Dr. Joseph Pizzimenti is an internationally-recognized speaker and author, and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Optometric Retina Society (ORS). He served as ORS President from 2012-2014. Dr. Pizzimenti has completed funded clinical research in the areas of diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, vitreomacular adhesion, and low vision. His scientific articles have appeared in a host of peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Pizzimenti co-authored a chapter on Diabetic Retinopathy in the textbook entitled Diabetes in Black America.

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