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Ophthalmic Cameras

Friedrich Dimmer developed the first fundus camera around 1904.  Since then, ophthalmic cameras have evolved from filling a room to small hand-held devices.  Here are a few examples from the collection.

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Coreco Research Corporation
Coreco-Bucky Automatic Color Camera
Large brown case contains camera, light apparatus and several attachments for external use to photograph the eyes and other body parts. Case also contains pamphlet outlining the use and care of the camera.
1948
Donaldson stereo camera
Table top external camera on U shaped foot and short stand. Instrument on top consists of a standard camera back affixed to two long paper bellows and lenses. Camera can be adjusted in several directions. Instrument marked " Donaldson Stereocamera developed in the Howe Laboratory Harvard Medical
c1954
Bausch & Lomb
Fundus Camera
Green metal fundus camera with stand.
c1950
Reichert
Fundus Camera
Hand held, portable fundus camera marked "Docustar" and "Reichert". A separate battery and camera stand are combined and attached by electrical cord. Utilizes a Polaroid camera and instant processing film.
1980-1990
Nordenson Fundus Camera
Central stand and cross arm on which is mounted a standard camera back to hold film, camera lens and light source for internal images. Marked "Carl Zeiss, Jena"
c1925
American Optical
Noyori Hand Fundus Camera
Noyori Hand Fundus Camera (see artifact file).

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American Academy of Ophthalmology