Ophthalmophantomes were used to train eye surgeons. In this iron and brass example, animal eyes ( typically those of a pig) were clamped against the orbital rim by a spring. The head can be tipped baclward and into various postion. Height extended: 13″ or 33 cm, approx. The glass eyes currently in the phantom are merely for display. Opthalmophantomes don’t turn up all that often and when they do the surface of the face is often a mess from having been repeatedly cleaned after practice surgery or, like this one, repainted years ago. On the Phisick site an example can be seen where the paint has been completely stripped from the face, an alternative to repainting it. Similar ophthalmophantomes were made in a number of countries but my guess is is that this one is German. If you would like to see images of the spring-mounted devices for retaining the eyes, we’d be happy to provide them.
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