Medmont M600 automated perimeter

Catalogue Number: 1434
Medmont M600 automated perimeter
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Perimeter, visual field analyser
Corporation: Medmont International Pty Ltd
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1988
Edition: 1st model
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Medmont International Pty Ltd
Description Of Item: Circular cream metal casing on a cuboid metal base open in the front to a white hemispheric bowl 550 mm dia 190 mm deep. The bowl has an array of small light sources that are the stimuli for visual field testing. Chin and forehead rest. Power lead and lead for patient response switch. Switch and plug panel on the right hand side of the base. Serial number M915210
Historical Significance: Automated perimeters were introduced in the early 1980s (Octopus, Humphrey, Squid, which used projection stimuli like the Goldmann perimeter, and the Dicon, Fieldmaster 50, Competer and Peritest that used LED stimuli). This instrument was developed and built in Australia in the late 1980s and the first Medmont perimeter was delivered in December 1988. This is that first instrument, which was bought by Cockburn and Gutteridge, optometrists in Hampton Victoria. (Now Gutteridge, Douglas and Wells following the retirement of David Cockburn OAM). For an equipment developer and manufacturer to do this in Australia was generally seen as being an impossibility due to international competition, the costs involved in research and development and the disadvantages of a small population. It has been a very succesful autoperimeter, still made after more than 20 years, while many of the competitors have disappeared.The founder of Medmont was Malcolm Jamieson. He was advised on technical matters of perimetry by Dr (now Professor) Vingrys, who also did validation studies (See Cat No 1428)
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Douglas, Fellow of the College and its President 2008 -2010
Date Acquired: June 2007
Condition: Good. Lacks PC computer to control it
Location: Archive room. Free standing on floor

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