Beale type self-illuminating ophthalmoscope, London, England, 1870

1870 in London
Hawksley and Sons Limited

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Beale's self-illuminating ophthalmoscope, by Hawkesley, London, 1870

An ophthalmoscope illuminates the interior of the eye. This allows examination through the pupil of the retina and other internal structures. This self-illuminating example was devised by Lionel Beale in 1969. The ophthalmoscope was mounted on a wooden stand or held in the hand. It could be used in full daylight or in a well-lit room. Before Beale’s invention, eye inspections were done in darkened rooms to concentrate the light source into the eye. This example was made by Hawksley of London.


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aluminium, brass, case, mahogany, glass and velvet
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • ophthalmic equipment
  • ophthalmic instrument

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