JS Bach diagnosed with glaucoma - Cameron Optometry | Cameron Optometry
JS Bach diagnosed with glaucoma

JS Bach diagnosed with glaucoma

Posted on 07th March 2012

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) composed over 1000 works, sired 20 children and was famously blind. New research in the journal Acta Ophthalmologica suggests the eventual cause of his blindness was severe glaucoma following cataract surgery.

Early accounts attributed his failing sight in his mid sixties to overstressing his vision in poor illumination. He was convinced to have cataract couching by a British surgeon (where the cataract is simply pushed into the back chamber of the eye). Although his vision improved initially he was confined to bed by excruciating pain in the eyes and body. He died less than 4 months after this procedure.

A common complication of this kind of early surgery is that the eye begins to reject the cataract which has been forced into the back of the eye as foreign material and inflammation takes hold. This in turn can cause a form of glaucoma which can cause severe pain and eventual blindness.

Nowadays cataracts are completely removed during surgery and replaced with a man made implant to correct the vision.


Related Posts

Living independently with low vision

13th July 2021

Our specialist low vision clinic launches on Thursday 19 August. For patients who are living with low vision, we offer a range of specific services to make this adaptation to living with visual impair...

Read more

Vision Therapy: training the brain to see well

08th July 2021

We know there is huge demand for vision therapy, and with only two qualified behavioural optometrists in Scotland, we are delighted that Emma Drewery will be with us a day a week from later this month...

Read more

COVID-19 advice

28th April 2021

This page will have our latest information on the care we can provide during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also find information on our Facebook page. LATEST UPDATE: Weds, 28 Apr 2021 We are opera...

Read more

Rebecca first to obtain new glaucoma qualification 

22nd April 2021

After a year like no other, we are especially impressed by our optometrist, Rebecca Daly, who is one of the first individuals to have gained the NHS Education for Scotland Glaucoma Award Training (NES...

Read more