Vision Testing Product Sales
The very first research project of the NVRI was conducted by Dr Barry Cole, then acting-Director of Research, and Mr Ian Bailey, Senior Research Officer, with NHMRC funding, investigating "the visual performance and optometric management of patients with severe visual handicap due to low vision due to senile macular degeneration". During these early days, the Chairman, Dr Cockburn was instrumental in securing funding and providing leadership to the newly formed Institute.
"A Chairside Reference on Low Vision", Technical Report No. 1, produced in October 1975 as tools for the very first research project conducted by the NVRI, was widely circulated to low vision clinics and the rooms of practitioners and were available for purchase from the Institute; heralding the first of many practical tools developed by the NVRI for optometrists and vision specialists. It was at this time that Ian Bailey and his postgraduate student, Jan Bailey, developed the now world-famous Bailey-Lovie LogMAR test chart. The principles behind this chart have now been adopted as the gold standard for visual acuity testing. The advantage over the standard Snellen chart being, that it requires the test subject to perceive five letters for each level of visual acuity instead of just one.
It was from these small beginnings that the NVRI developed the now-famous LogMAR chart, which are for sale, along with many other vision testing products.
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