Reference numberAP/41/1
TitleUnpublished paper, 'Adaptation of the human eye to varying distances' by Charles Archer
CreatorArcher; Charles
DescriptionArcher suggests that the eye is adapted to varying distances principally by an alteration in the fibrous arrangement of the lens itself, and that when the lens is removed after an operation for cataracts, the power of adaptation is nearly lost, and can only be exerted within very confined distances. He further states that the purpose of focalising light at short distances is assisted by the contractions of the ciliary muscle, in its antero-posterior direction, bringing forward the ciliary processes.

Annotations in pencil throughout.

Subject: Physiology / Optics

Received 17 June 1858. Communicated by George Gabriel Stokes.

Written by Archer at Medical College Hospital, Calcutta [Kolkata, India].

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 9 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the adaptation of the human eye to varying distances'.

An abstract of this paper was published by Archer in The Dental Register: Archer, Charles. 'Adaptation of the Human Eye to Distances.' The Dental Register, volume 13, number 7 (1860), pp. 324-325.
Physical descriptionInk and graphite pencil on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1857.0080
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8283Stokes; Sir; George Gabriel (1819 - 1903)1819 - 1903
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