An occupational disease that occurs among coal miners, usually those of middle age or elderly, who have worked for a period of 25 to 30 years underground. Its physical symptoms consist of difficulty of seeing in the dark or in poor light, excessive sensitivity to and intolerance of glare, and a rhythmic oscillation of the eyeballs. As a result of these oscillations, there may be apparent movement of the objects looked at and defective visual acuity. Associated with these ocular symptoms are other general disorders, such as headaches and dizziness, particularly after stooping or bending, and the development of psychoneurotic symptoms is common in the later stages of the disease. If the disease is not checked, the nervous disorders may become so severe as to render the miner totally disabled. Roberts, 2
Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms












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