Virtual ophthalmic instrument gallery

On the following pages we provide information on instruments for refraction, surface examination of the eye and internal illumination. There are instruments for checking your existing spectacles or lenses and even some quite sophisticated chairs!

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This section of the museum website is particularly important because many historic instruments are too large to display in our small exhibition rooms. We can still 'collect' them, however, by taking photographs, collecting instruction manuals or preserving the trade catalogues issued by the manufacturers. The museum can often identify mysterious pieces of equipment found by the public.

Note that our Virtual eye and vision gallery is where you can find out about the most sophisticated optical instrument of all...the human eye itself.

You can explore the following pages in this virtual gallery

Binocular vision