Catalogue Number: 243
Amsler Chart Central Visual Field Test
Sub-Category: Perimeter, visual field analyser
Author: Marc AMSLER
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1949
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Theodore Hamlin Ltd
Description Of Item: Original black cloth hard cover 2-ring binder, 9 pages of text and 1 page on use of the charts and 7 Amsler grid charts. The first page before the text is a request for colleagues to make comments and suggestions with lines on which those comments can be made. It is signed by Marc Amsler and dated 1949. Pencil name of former owner E Padman on the top of this page. Pocket in the inside of the back cover containing a pad of recording charts.
Historical Significance: Marc Amsler was a Swiss ophthalmologist (1891-1968) who devised this book of grids on a black background for the purpose of patients self observing (and describing to the practitioner) any central scotoma (gaps in the grid) or distortions of the grid lines that may indicate the onset of macular disturbance. Marc Amsler was a professor of ophthalmology at the Zurich Eye Clinic at the University of Zurich from 1944 to 1961. Prior to taking the position at Zurich, Dr. Amsler was chief ophthalmologist in Lausanne from 1935. While he is best known for the Amsler grid test he also contributed to progress in understanding of uveitis. The Amsler grid was an improvement over the initial work done by the ophthalmologist Edmond Landolt. Amsler also published works on keratoconus. In 1951, Dr. Amsler performed the first corneal transplantation at the Zurich Eye clinic.
How Acquired: Donated by CWV optometrists Launceston, formerly the practice of Eric Padman
Date Acquired: Augut 2005
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 6 Overhead display