Museum of Vision

Dedicated to preserving ophthalmic history

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  1. Beyond Ophthalmology, Beyond the Clinic
  2. Extreme Vision: Science Fiction or Truth
  3. Contagion! Epidemics in Ophthalmic History
  4. Spectacular Spectacles
  5. The Eyes of War
  6. To Fool the Eye
  7. Windows to the Soul
  8. Picturing The Eye: Ophthalmic Film and Photography
  9. Collecting Ophthalmology: 30 Years at the Museum

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Collecting Ophthalmology: 30 Years at the Museum

In 1980 the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Ophthalmology established a foundation and museum at the behest of its President, Frederick C. Blodi, MD.  Today the Museum of Vision is one of the world's leading collections of ophthalmic history.   

In commemoration of its 30th anniversary, the Museum of Vision presented a few gems from its astonishing collection of over 38,000 artifacts, rare books and archival materials.  We invite you to view some selections from this material and listen to speakers who participated in the symposium, "Our Ophthalmic Heritage: 30 Years at the Museum of Vision," presented October 17, 2010 in Chicago, IL.  

In addition, throughout 2010 we asked a simple question: What person, place, thing or event has most transformed ophthalmology and all of medicine?

Your answers helped to shape our thinking of ophthalmic history and we hope will continue to spark interest. 



  1. Gems 1600-1799
  2. Gems 1800-1899
  3. Gems 1900-1999
  4. Symposium
  5. We Asked


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