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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Opthalmoscope ca. 1885

Invented by German doctor Herman Helmholtz, the ophthalmoscope uses a narrow beam of light to view a patient's retina and determine far- and near-sightedness. It also aided diagnoses by allowing a physician to view the patient's nervous and circulatory systems.

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

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