Catalogue Number: 3268
Collection of artefacts associated with the development of LogMAR visual acuity charts
Category: Historical object or artefact
Designer/inventor: BAILEY Ian L, LOVIE Jan
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1975
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: Collection of papers and artefacts that were the materials used in the development of the LogMAR visual acuity charts and the LogMAR near reading charts. Email from Jan Lovie-Kichin dated 13 Feb 2017 explaining the various items.
Historical Significance: Ian Bailey and Jan Lovie devised the LogMAR visual acuity chart, which has become the standard visual acuity chart throughout the world. Ian Bailey was the first full-time researcher in the National Vision Research Institute having previously been Clinic Administrator and lecturer in the Australian College of Optometry. He was a graduate of the College in 1961. Jan Lovie was his graduate student in the NVRI. For more information on Ian Bailey and his colourful career see his profile in Clin Exp Optom: Adams AJ, Lovie-Kitchin J. Ian L Bailey Clin Exp Optom 2004; 87: 37-41 also on this web site under the tab people who made history. Jan Lovie became Jan Lovie-Kitchin and was a senior academic at the Queensland University of Technology and a leader in low vision care. See her profile: Cole BL. Jan Lovie-Kitchin. Clin Exp Optom 2007: 90: 214-216. For information about the LogMAR chart see: Bailey IL, Lovie JE. New design principles for visual acuity letter charts. Am J Optom Physiol Opt. 1976 Nov;53(11):740-5.
How Acquired: Donated by Adjunct Professor Jan Lovie-Kitchin
Date Acquired: Mar 2017
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 7