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Box of trial lenses and frames

2012.0032.0003

Box of trial lenses and frames

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Description

These trial lenses and frames were sued by members of the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program, which was led by Fred Hollows, between 1976 and 1978.

Physical description

A set of trial lenses and frames stored in a rectangular brown leather case with purple velvet lining. There are four rows of lenses marked 'CONCAVE, 'CYLINDRICAL CONCAVE', 'CYLINDRICAL CONVEX' and 'CONVEX'. Ivory plates are engraved with lens size along each row. The concave and convex rows contain 48 individual lenses each, ranging in size from '0.25' to '6.00'. The cylindrical concave and cylindrical convex rows contain 20 individual lenses each, ranging in size from '0.25' to '2.50'. The case also contains a row of four lenses at the front right of the case, three trial frames, a lens, a lens attached to rod and a pair of lenses in two front pockets, and a black painted timber handle witha metal attachment in the centre. The latches have broken off the case and are missing

Statement of significance

The Fred Hollows Foundation collection consists of two optical trial lens frames, a cased binocular indirect ophthalmoscope with instruction manual, a cased set of trial glass lenses and metal frames, and two storage boxes. The equipment was used during the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program (NTEHP) that was established by Professor Fred Hollows AC from 1976-1979. The medical instruments are in good condition, while the lenses case and equipment boxes show substantial sign of wear. The collection also consists of a portrait of Fred Hollows and two promotional posters published by The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Professor Fred Hollows AC (1929-1993) was an ophthalmologist who believed in equality for all, particularly in eye health. He dedicated his life to helping disadvantaged communities in Australia and overseas by treating avoidable blindness, mostly caused by trachoma or cataracts. Hollows' commitment to indigenous health in Australia was a pioneering step in bridging the gap between the health of indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. The Fred Hollows Foundation, established in 1992, carried out Hollows' plans for intraocular lens (IOL) manufacturing facilities in Eritrea, Nepal and Vietnam, where locally-trained doctors perform cataract surgery with this locally-made, high-quality, low-cost device. The Foundation continues Fred Hollows' work to restore sight to millions of people in Australia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

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