Catalogue Number: 2485
The Freeman Near Vision Unit
Sub-Category: Ophthalmic product manual/instructions
Author: FREEMAN Harry
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: Undated c1960
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: London Optical Company Ltd
Description Of Item: Printed light green stiff paper wrappers, 32 pages, 10 illustrations including two in colour, 220 x 140. The two in colour illustrate the vision test apparatus. London publisher and distributor's name printed on a label affixed to front cover.
Historical Significance: Harry Freeman FBOA (Higher Diploma), FSMC, DOrth, FAAO was a noted English optometrist who devised a number of refraction tests in the 1940s and 1950s including this test, as well as the Freeman-Archer Subjective Unit and a variant of the duochrome test using Verhoeff rings. The Freeman Near Vision Unit was devised in 1944. (see Aust J Optom 1965; 48: 200 -203, a reprint of an article published in the Ophthal Optician). See also Cat No 598, 1867 and 2484 for other instruction booklets of this and other of Freeman's tests.
How Acquired: Donated by Harold Barton, Melbourne optometrist
Date Acquired: Sep 2014
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 6