An Optometrist with his Lenses - c. 1895


An Optometrist with his Lenses - Rainier Studios

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A young optometrist from Rainier, Oregon demonstrates his trial frames and a folding case holding over a hundred sample lenses. According to an 1895 journal, "A complete set of trial glasses should contain forty-five pairs of convex and concave spherical lenses, and thirty-five pairs of concave and convex cylindrical lenses." The set shown approximates those numbers. Unlike some forms of medicine, this hundred-year-old version of eye testing still looks familiar to us today. While methods of switching out lenses have become more automated, the basic process has remained the same, and manual trial frames are still widely used in some areas. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0439
Photographer Rainier Studios
Location Rainier, Columbia County
Subject Occupations, Portraits
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Medium-size Print
Size of Original 3.9 x 5.6 inches
Photographer's Number No