Scalpels for eye surgery, circa 1870

Scalpels for eye surgery, circa 1870

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Caption: Complete set of ivory handled scalpels for eye surgery dating from 1860, England. The nineteenth century was an era of great progress in eye surgery, it saw the first operative treatment of glaucoma (a condition affecting the pressure within the eye which can lead to blindness) and the introduction of cocaine as a local anaesthetic for ophthalmic procedures.

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