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 Posted: Wed Feb 20th, 2013 03:35 pm
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  Mr. Davis' eye problem became severe in 1851 and plagued him for the rest of his life. Doctors nowadays believe that the problem was a herpes simplex infection of the cornea of the left eye, which is known as herpetic keratitis.

  Apparently, there is a connection between this viral condition and malaria, which Mr. Davis had had before, and apparently had again in 1851. He reported redness, a tearing sensation, and decreased vision. The condition can, and apparently did, recur from time to time.

What is Herpes Keratitis? - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart

  His condition might have advanced to metaherpic keratoiritis, which involves a disintegration of the cornea and the protrusion of a membrane forward due to the pressure within the eye. Apparently, Mr. Davis saw little out of his left eye in his later years.

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