Phantom for practising eye operations c 1890
This phantom, made of metal and mounted on a iron foot, can be tipped backwards into various positions. The practice eye is clamped against the orbital rim by a spring. The ophthalmoscope phantome is a model on which student doctors could try their hand at eye surgery. Not a human eye, but pig, sheep or ox eyes were inserted in the sockets and secured by means of adjustable clamps whilst the aspiring surgeons tried out their skills.
Professor waldau was a german ophthalmologist who studied under von graefe in berlin in the late 19th century and who was himself a pioneer in cataract surgery. There are examples of this ophthalmophantome in catalogue of john weiss. There were two models, one with a single and this one with two eyes. 45 cm high. If you have some more interest in opthalmoscope instruments, keep an eye on the website because we bought very nice antique opthalmoscope instruments.