Yikes! Eye Tools of Ages Past

A look into the past reveals some familiar fixtures of the ophthalmic practice.

Yikes! Eye Tools of Ages Past

eye
eye
eye
eye
eye
eye
eye
eye
eye
eye
eye
McLean Tonometer ca. 1890

The McLean tonometer was used to measure pressure in the eyeball. It could also be used to diagnose conditions such as keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea, and choroiditis, an inflammation of the layer between the sclera and the retina. Tonometry is also used to assess the risk for glaucoma. Today, doctors use a high-tech probe placed against the eye to accomplish the same goals.

From the Abraham Pollen Archives, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. (Ryan Stevenson/ABC)

ABC News on Facebook