Instruments from an ophthalmic set, London, England, 1810-1850

Made:
1810-1850 in London
maker:
Young
,
Weiss, John
and
Savigny and Company
Parts of an ophthalmic instrument set, comprising six needles (marked *YOUNG), one pair iris forceps (marked SAVIGNY & Parts of an ophthalmic instrument set 1810-1850. Black background.

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Parts of an ophthalmic instrument set, comprising six needles (marked *YOUNG), one pair iris forceps (marked SAVIGNY &
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Parts of an ophthalmic instrument set 1810-1850. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ophthalmic instrument set, comprising of six knives, one pair of iris forceps (marked SAVIGNY & CO.) and one combined needle and gouge, steel blades, ivory handles, 1810-1850

The set contains six knives, one combined needle and gouge and a pair of iris forceps to carry out delicate eye operations. Iris forceps are used to move connective tissues around on the iris, whereas cataract knives were used to take out cataracts, which cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy and can lead to blindness unless removed. The ivory-handled set was made by a number of British surgical instrument makers.

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Object Number:
A617498 Pt1
Materials:
ivory and steel
Measurements:
overall (each): 130 mm 5 mm, .01kg
type:
ophthalmic instrument set
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • ophthalmic equipment
  • ophthalmic instrument