O is for Optomitrist’s Tools

Pope County Museum A-Z is a continuing feature of our blog. Periodically, I will highlight an item or items from our Museum collection.

Optometry Trial Lens Set

Optometry Trial Lens Set

Today’s object is an optometry trial lens set. These sets first became available in 1843. They gave optometrists a way to create an individual prescription for each patient.  The lenses are inserted into special glasses worn by the patient. The lenses can be switched until the very best lens is chosen for each eye.

We have several sets in our collection, one of which belonged to Dr. Burt A. McIver of Lowry.

Optometry Kit

Optometry Kit

New students of optometry still purchase similar trial lens sets when they begin their studies.

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