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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Meyrowitz Trephine ca. early 20th century

The trephine pictured here is a cutting instrument that, when placed against the eye and twisted like a screwdriver, could remove a small disc of tissue from the eye. Such a procedure was a common remedy for glaucoma, as it allowed doctors to reduce pressure within the eyeball.

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

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