17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, December 10, 1912: I’ve got the pink eye now. It’s in both eyes. I look a good bit like a fright. Can’t see very well at present. Oh dear, I wonder when I’ll get over my terrible diseases.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Good grief! PINK EYE! Grandma was sick so much during Fall, 1912—and I was really hoping she was getting over the cold that she’s complained about on and off ever since November 28. Now this . .
Here’s a remedy for sore eyes in a hundred –year-old book called The Compendium of Everyday Wants:
The following is a soothing lotion to be applied with an eye bath several times a day. One grain borax, one ounce camphor water.