Blue glass eye bath, Europe, 1851-1920

Made:
1851-1920 in Europe
A627016, Glass eye bath, blue, with stem, blown, European, 1851-1920. A606649, Glass eye bath, green with reservoir,

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A627016, Glass eye bath, blue, with stem, blown, European, 1851-1920. A606649, Glass eye bath, green with reservoir,
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Glass eye bath, blue, with stem, blown, European, 1851-1920

Eyebaths are a means of applying a liquid medicine or a simple wash to a notoriously sensitive part of the body. Once the ceramic bowl was filled with a liquid, the patient would place the bath over the eye, tilt their head back and open and close the eye repeatedly in the liquid. The bowl is curved to fit the socket of the eye and avoid spillage and such treatment may have been needed for an infection or to remove an irritation.

Most eyebaths were made from green or blue glass and this example was made by glass blowing. It is pictured here with a green example (A606649).

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A627016
Measurements:
overall: 83 mm x 46 mm x 38 mm, .07kg
type:
eye bath
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle