Ophthalmologist’s hydraulic chair and accessories, 1925-1935

Made:
1925-1935 in United States
maker:
Bausch and Lomb Inc
Hydaulic chair and column, with stool, accessories include Green's refractor, by Bausch and Lomb of USA, c. 1930.
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Hydaulic chair and column, with stool, accessories include Green's refractor, by Bausch and Lomb of USA, c.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Hydraulic chair and column, with stool, accessories include Green's refractor, by Bausch and Lomb of USA, c. 1930

You might have seen something like this had you visited an opticians or ophthalmologist in the 1920s. The hydraulic chair was made by optical instrument manufacturer Bausch and Lomb. It includes accessories for use during an eye examination. These include an ophthalmoscope for looking inside the eye and a retinoscope for shining light into the patient’s inner eye to assess the light sensitive surface called the retina. It also has a refractor. This optical instrument helps determine whether spectacles are required.

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Object Number:
1987-320
Materials:
leather, plastic, steel and textile
type:
ophthalmic instrument
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • ophthalmic equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • ophthalmic equipment
  • ophthalmic instrument
credit:
Hancock, Michael