10 Visual Aids Of The Past To Help You See Better

Ok, getting into this more visual aids from the past: What is even more interesting? We still have quite a few of them today, except maybe the microscope goggles and the Specto Chrome. (Source, images and you can purchase here)

1.) Now the blind can see? They would get in trouble today for false advertising. But telescopic eyewear is still available today from Craftoptics (distributed by Modern Optical)

March 1933- Popular Mechanics

2.) Not to be outdone, The Triple Magnifer for Jewelers April, 1833 Popular Mechanix


3.) Safety eyewear was a concern, here you have Shatterproof Eyewear that you can hit with a hammer. November 1934, Popular Science


4.) In July 1936, Eyeglasses were invented that could be used as microscopes. Invented by C. Dreisseg of Hamburg, Germany. The glasses obtain their microscopic power from specially treated dark paper. This paper changed the focus of the eye so as to magnify the size of a fixed object. Even minute particles can be distinguished. The dark paper is encased in a leather band which fits snugly around the eyes to exclude all possible light rays. (Source and to purchase)


5.) Back in 1936, Fog Free Lenses were a consideration for safety. This sweat band over the glasses helped workers see clearly. They still wear sweatbands today and now you can get deFog Free Spray from Nanofilm, Fog Free Lenses from OptiCote and Fog Free coatings from icoat 


6.) In January 1947 The Mobile Plastic Eye -moved in coordination with the wearer’s good eye.  Fritz Jordan developed it in association with Dr. A. D. Ruedemann, chief eye surgeon of the Cleveland Clinic. Mobility is obtained by sewing the eye muscles to a mesh of tantalum metal covering the back of the plastic eye. (Source and purchase)


7.) In 1959 Tri-optics was launched to help the blind see better


8.) Color Blindness? This would depend on what type of color blindness you have. Actually a person with color blindness has problems seeing red, green and blue or shades of. They are working on a cure for color blindness with gene therapy.

9.) Night Driving Glasses with a wire mesh? It is interesting to note, that driving at nite was a problem way back when. I wonder what your patients would say? Cut up a screen and scotch tape it over your lenses? DIY Night driving glasses.

10.) The American Medical Association declared this as quackary. This little gadget cost $750 and was a cure all. The thought was that human frailities were the result of being out of harmony with the colors of nature. The Spectro Chrome emitted a multi-colored light in which the patient stood for 1  hour. The manufacture was halted by federal law in 1947. Colonel Dinshah P. Ghadiali, invented the Spectro-Chrome in 1920. You can read more about Spectro- Chrome here

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  1. Great post, thanks!!!
    It’s always interesting to look back and see human innovation.


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