Frost's artificial eye, London, England, 1870-1885

Made:
1870-1885 in London
maker:
Curry & Paxton

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Frost's artificial eye, with seven metal rimmed trial lenses, in fitted deal case, by Curry & Paxton, London, English, 1870-1885; Traded at, 195 Gt. Portland London St., England (1880s-1910s).

William Adams Frost (1853-1935), an English ophthalmologist, invented this ‘artificial eye’ to teach medical students about defects in vision. The glass lenses on the wooden stand can be placed to show short-sightedness, long-sightedness, and astigmatisms.

Artificial eyes like this one were also used to give students practice using an ophthalmoscope, so they would be able to diagnose eye complaints.

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A680628
Materials:
brass, deal, glass, silk, steel, velvet and wood
type:
artificial eye
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • surgical implant
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • ophthalmic equipment
  • ophthalmic instrument
credit:
Lane, T.C.H.