The Lamar Soutter Library and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) partnered with the Hartford Medical Society Library at Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, UConn Health, to organize an exhibit of historical ophthalmology items at UMMS. The exhibit, “Eyes to the Past,” ran from the summer through the fall, 2019, and included textbooks from the 1800s, prints to test for color blindness, artifacts such as eye surgery kits, glass eyeballs, stereoscopes, and an early 20th century ophthalmoscope. A medical student with an interest in ophthalmology was recruited to research each item on display and provide text for identification cards. The culmination of this successful collaborative effort was a presentation and reception, co-hosted by the Library and the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, on October 29, 2019.
The Eyes to the Past Exhibit collection showcases photographs of the artifacts and of the reception. This collection also includes the presentations delivered at the reception that highlighted the items on display, the ties between the historical instruments and what’s used in modern practice, new discoveries in ocular gene therapy taking place at UMass Medical School, and the current era of research and patient care in ophthalmology. (Read more about the exhibit)
This presentation at the Eyes to the Past exhibit reception by Lauren Colwell, MD Candidate 2020, UMass Medical School, reviewed the various ophthalmology-related artifacts included in the historical collection.
This presentation at the Eyes to the Past exhibit reception by Hemant Khanna, PhD, principal investigator and associate professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, UMass Medical School, discusses the learnings gathered from ocular gene therapy over the years and new discoveries taking place at UMass Medical School.