Bausch and Lomb Retinoscope

Catalogue Number: 2197
Bausch and Lomb Retinoscope
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Retinoscope
Corporation: Bausch and Lomb Optical Company
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1950
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Rochester USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Bausch and Lomb Optical Company
Description Of Item: Retinoscope, black enamel metal battery handle with removable milled chrome screw base, black plastic sliding light switch on chrome stem with milled screw to hold retinoscope head securely; egg shaped black plastic retinoscope head with white plastic forehead rest. Marked BAUSCH / & LOMB / OPT CO / USA on the battery handle stem and on retinoscope head
Historical Significance: This instrument was used by Alan Isaacs who qualified as an optometrist in 1944 and later qualified in medicine and practised as an ophthalmologist. This type of instrument was favoured in optometry in Victoria, Australia in the 1950s. Bausch and Lomb that was founded in 1853 in Rochester New York as a small optical shop and grew to be a large company which in 2007 had 14,000 employees. It manufactured ophthalmic lenses and instruments but in recent years abandoned these products in favour of contact lenses and related pharmaceuticals.
How Acquired: Donated by Alan Isaacs, honorary life member
Date Acquired: May 2013
Condition: Very good, enamel worn on top edge of battery handle
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 6 Drawer 3

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