NEW EYE TESTER (Feb, 1929)


THIS remarkable instrument, which is in reality a battery of lenses no bigger than a cigar box, enables the optician to secure over one million combinations of lenses almost instantaneously. The London Refraction Hospital which has recently been rebuilt at a cost of $50,000, contains this machine among many others of the same type. Testing of the human eye is one of the most difficult tasks that the eye specialist encounters. Every person has different eye strengths so this machine was developed to reveal the fact that a patient’s eye deviates by as little as a quarter of a degree from its normal outlook. The patient is fitted to the machine and then the optician adjusts the various lenses until the proper lens fits each eye.

This device is practically “fool proof” and the optician is enabled to measure the eye with extreme accuracy.

  1. Harry says: August 26, 200910:53 am

    I didn’t wear a winged collar to my last eye exam. I do have the moustache and I’m working on the jowls, though.

  2. Charlene says: August 26, 200911:27 am

    “Which is clearer, Mr. Roosevelt: this one, or this one?”

  3. Randy says: August 26, 200912:52 pm

    Steampunk opera glasses!

  4. Scott B. says: August 27, 200910:33 am

    How ridiculously over-engineered and silly looking — it’ll never catch on.

    And that’s Taft, Charlene, not Teddy. 😉

  5. jayessell says: August 27, 20095:44 pm

    I was going to say Dr. Watson.

  6. rick says: September 1, 20099:29 am

    Or maybe Oliver Hardy?


  7. hwertz says: September 5, 200912:35 pm

    You know, if I hadn’t sat behind this personally (several times) I would have thought it was some crazy product of the 20s that’d never EVER catch on, just like so many of the extremely complex-looking mechanical products shown on this site.

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