Box containing tools for production and modification of scleral and corneal contact lenses

Catalogue Number: 3853
Box containing tools for production and modification of scleral and corneal contact lenses
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Contact lens equipment
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1960
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: White painted wooden box 360 mm x 220 mm x 70 mm with foam padded hinged lid containing tools used for the manufacture and adjustment of scleral and corneal rigid contact lenses. The box is divided into five compartments. SECTION 1 contains a plastic rack engraved NISSEL - LONDON with 18 locations holding supports for lenses of various back surface radii from 7.9 to 12.0 mm, one flat, three tools with concave surfaces engraved 7.5, 7.5 and 8.25 and one flat. SECTION 2 contains three lens supports radii 11.5 and 15.0 mm and four brass cylinders, three of 18 mm diameter and one of 28 mm diameter each with one rebated end and one flat surfaced of 30 mm diameter with a raised 5 mm edge. SECTION 3 contains a black based plastic rack 85 mm x 51 mm x 5 mm engraved NISSEL-LONDON with a handle surmounted by a chromed domed nut. The rack holds 6 female radius gauges from 8.6 to 9.5 mm. The rack fits above a recess holding 7 further radius gauges from 10.0 to 15.0 mm in green heavy paper envelopes imprinted RADIUS.....m/m FEMALE GAUGE NISSEL-LONDON with radius of each handwritten in blue ball-point ink. SECTION 4 is a rack containing a clear plastic cylinder 41 mm high diameter 45 mm closed at one end and 13 buffing tools of various shapes, 9 polishing/grinding tools of varied shapes. SECTION 5 contains a black based plastic rack 305 mm x 51 mm x 5 mm engraved NISSEL-LONDON with a handle surmounted by a chromed domed nut at each end. The rack holds 23 female radius gauges from 7.3 to 8.5 mm radius. The rack fits above a recess holding 3 polish sticks, 3 fluorescein strips, a black Chinagraph pencil, a ball point pen, a pencil imprinted OAKLANDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS No. 2, 4 large rubber suction holders and 2 small rubber suction holders (all badly deteriorated) 2 toothpicks and 2 plastic zip lock bags. One bag contains 2 drill bits (1mm and 5/64'), 7 burrs on short shafts, 2 burrs, 2 reamers and one tapered seeker with long shafts, a scalpel blade and a Stanley knife blade. The second zip lock bag contains a Perspex rod with a concave end, 2 concave Perspex buttons 12 mm diameter, 2 brass concave buttons of 9 mm diameter engraved 7.75 and 8.25 respectively, one concave Perspex button 5 mm diameter with remains of a small suction holder attached. Loose within the box are a permanent marker stamped ZIP MARK BORDENTOWN, N.J. with blue plastic cap and end piece, a metal cylinder diameter 12 mm length 105 mm with an axle 19 mm long 3 mm diameter protruding from one end and a small piece of card 90 mm x 59 mm imprinted with a conversion table for dioptres to millimetres radius from 25.0D to54.75 D in 0.25 D increments (13.5 to 56.164 mm) with two small labels affixed one imprinted 'Ian L Bailey, Victorian Coll. Of Optometry, 374 Cardigan Street, Carlton, Victoria' and the other 'Ian L Bailey, Division of Optometry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. 47401. Temporary storage Box A
Historical Significance: This box was made by Ian Bailey and contains the items used when studying for advanced contact lens and low vision at City University and his honours diploma of the Fellowship of the British Optical Association followed by a Master's of Science degree in physiological optics at Indiana University and then as Contact Lens Lecturer and Clinic Manager Victorian College of Optometry beginning in 1968. For a full account of Ian Bailey's career see under the 'People Who Made History' tab on the Kett Museum home page and the profile by Anthony Adams and Jan Lovie-Kitchin in Clinical and Experimental Optom; 2004: 87:37-41.
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Bailey
Date Acquired: 7/10/2019
Condition: Good
Location: Archive Room. East wall Unit 5 Cupboard

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