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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Gold Spectacles With Curved Ear Pieces, Bifocal Lenses ca. Early 20th cen.

Bifocal lenses, initially developed by Benjamin Franklin, solve the problem of assisting people to see up close and at a distance. Because bifocals are often considered unfashionable, many current versions do not have a line that would indicate their purpose to others.

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

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