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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Antique Phoropter Period unknown

This phoropter is the predecessor to the familiar instrument used during any routine eye exam today. A phoropter uses different lenses to refract the line of sight during testing of the eye. These tests help determine what prescription to use for glasses and contact lenses.

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

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