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 Slit Lamp Period unknown

Slit lamps are still in use today. They are used to observe the cornea, iris and vitreous gel in the eye. Using a special dye, doctors can also spot foreign objects in the eye. The lamp can be used in combination with a laser for treatment and with a camera for photographing the eye.

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

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