Ophthalmology: Huizinga’s Punctumeter

Ophthalmology: Huizinga’s Punctumeter


Huizinga "Punctumeter"


Length: 15


First 1/4 20th Century

Country of manufacture

North America

Categories: Diagnostics, Spectacles


This ophthalmological  instrument was patented  by J.G. Huizinga,MD on April 29, 1902. In an article in the   JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION  ( 1902;XXXVIII(17):1095.) he notes:

“The punctumeter is an instrument for ascertaining the range of accommodation. Its name signifies a point-measurer, i. e., to measure the far and near points of vision. The difference between these two points equals the range of accommodation. For several years I have been impressed with a lack of reliable methods for making these measurements. No instrument for obtaining this information being in existence, I began to study whether it would not be possible to have one constructed on scientific principles. After the usual history of trials and failures I am at last able to present to the profession an instrument which I believe to be absolutely reliable. It is so constructed that it can also be used as a rapid test for any of the errors of refraction and in this respect I know of no instrument that is superior to it.”

The example we are offering was made by Hardy & Co, the noted Chicago optical house.  Length: 15″ or 37.5 cm. 


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US M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: [email protected] or 718-623-6777