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Today, we have a history-health related question to answer for you all.
Q: When was Ophthalmology invented?
There are many important dates in the evolution of eye care, and in particular, the practice of Ophthalmology. However one year does stand out. In 1854, a Viennese scientist, Hermann von Helmholtz, had invented the ophthalmoscope, making possible visualization of the interior of the eye.
While at first it required extremely concentrated patience for its mastery, the single notion of its existence made possible the early creation of an entirely new eye health specialty.