Arabic Eye Medication Instrument

We have a small bronze spatula for applying eye medication in our History of Medicine Collection. It has been loaned to our collection by Emilie Savage-Smith, retired Professor of the History of Islamic Science.

It was found in an archaeological dig in Lebanon in 1990. The design is typical of eye probes or spatulas in use from Greek and Roman times and in the Middle East until modern times.

Listen to Professor Jim Al-Khalili, theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster, talk about the history of Islamic Medicine here: