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Instruments for eye surgery, circa 1866

Instruments for eye surgery, circa 1866

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Various eye surgery instruments including a silver lachrymal syringe. 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. These instruments date from 1866, England.

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