Catalogue Number: 1708
TED near point test card
Sub-Category: Reading card, tests of near vision
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1940
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: Near vision test card, light buff card 115 x 127 mm with fusion targets for testing suppression and stereopsis on one side and near point letter chart and near cross cylinder test target on the other side. Handwritten inscription reading 'Lieut RGM hogan VX133086 2/11 Australian General Hospital'
Historical Significance: This near test card was designed for use mounted on the near point rod of a refractor. It tested for stereopsis and suppression and could be used for the near cross cylinder test. It was in wide spread use in Melbourne in the in the mid 20th C and may have been designed by a Melbourne optometrist. The inscription on this particular card was indicates it was used by Melbourne optometrist, Reginald Hogan, while he was on active service in the Army during World War 2 (1939 - 1945). Optometrists served in the medical corps during this war but usually as spectacle makers and refractionists and held only NCO rank. Hogan held an officer rank, which is of interest. See also Cat No 893 'Army and optometrists. (Optometry in World War 2)' and Cat No 1473 'An optometrist's war, 1940 - 1945' for more information about optometrists in World War 2.
How Acquired: Donated by Family of RGM Hogan via Peter Dwyer
Date Acquired: Nov 2010
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 4