Cataract knives from an ophthalmic instrument set, London, England, 1810-1850
The set contains nine cataract knives to carry out delicate eye operations. Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy and can lead to blindness unless removed. The ivory-handled set was made by a number of British surgical instrument makers.
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The branch of medicine dealing with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways (usually the eyes or the brain).
Glossary: ophthalmic instrument set
Group of instruments used by surgeons to perform ophthalmic operations, which are operations that deal with the visual pathways (usually the eyes or brain)