This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Cataracts in eyes of Romans

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

Cataracts in eyes
Cataracts in eyes

Cataract of the eyes, a disease leading to blindness, was treated in ancient Rome. In 29 CE in De Medicinae, in the work of the Roman encyclopedist Aulus Cornelius Celsus, you can find a way to treat this disease. We also have evidence of numerous operations on the eyeball under the Romans.

As it turns out, the Romans had a very large knowledge of the structure of the eyeball, which is proved by the notes of Celsus. After the procedure, the doctor recommends making a compress of soft wool soaked in egg white.

  • Celsus, De Medicinae VII
  • Judah Ivy, Celsus on Cataracts

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

If you like the content that I collect on the website and that I share on social media channels I will be grateful for the support. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server.



Find out more!

Check your curiosity and learn something new about the ancient world of the Romans. By clicking on the link below, you will be redirected to a random entry.

Random curiosity

Random curiosity

Discover secrets of ancient Rome!

If you want to be up to date with newest articles on website and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter, which is sent each Saturday.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Subscribe to newsletter

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: