Very early ophthalmoscope, French, mid 19th century.

Very early ophthalmoscope, French, mid 19th century.
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

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In about 1850 the German scientist Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894), invented the reflecting ophthalmoscope for illuminating and viewing the inside of the eye. This slightly later version made by Luer acts as a mirror to reflect light into the eye, with a central peep hole for viewing the interior of the eye through the pupil.

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