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

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Galezowski Ocular Thermometer ca. 1895

The ocular thermometer was created by Dr. Xavier Galezowski, a Parisian ophthalmologist. He theorized that observing the temperature of the eye might help to diagnose and treat some eye diseases. Today, infrared thermometers have taken over this job.

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

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