The Bernell Book. Ophthalmic instruments and supplies

Catalogue Number: 1868
The Bernell Book. Ophthalmic instruments and supplies
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Product catalogue
Corporation: Bernell Corporation
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1982 1984, 1991
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: South Bend Indiana
Publisher/Manufacturer: Bernell Corporation
Description Of Item: Two product catalogues for the Bernell Corporation (1) Printed light card cover, 94 paginated pages plus four tear out order form pages at back, profusely illustrated, dated 1984, with slip in letter to the Victorian College of Optometry dated Feb 6 1985 with a 6 page price list. (2) Printed light card cover, 46 paginated pages plus index, profusely illustrated, undated, coloured card price list and order form stapled in centre dated 1982, with slip in letter dated June 1991.
Historical Significance: These product catalogues reflect the diversity and ingenuity of ophthalmic product development especially in the fields of binocular vision and vision training in the second half of the 20th C. Bernell is a large supplier of vision test products and other materials for optometric practice. The original company was founded in 1954 by Dr. Bernard Vodnoy and his wife Nellie (hence BERnell). The company was rebuilt when it had financial problems in 1997 by two practising optometrists, Dr. Craig Andrews and Dr. Charles Shearer. It specialises in low cost binocular vision and visual training materials that could be loaned or sold to patients for home training. This kind of material lead to the abandonment from the 1980s of the synoptophore as the main diagnostic and training instrument
How Acquired: Record of VCO
Condition: Good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 5

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