Advert for Sutton's Opticians 6074
Printer: Merser & Sons
Medium: Print on paper
During the early 1800s, the working classes bought their spectacles from street pedlars. Usually these were simple magnifying glasses, in some cases they were second hand. Only the relatively wealthy rich could afford to visit the opticians. This one sells glasses for "old sight", "short sight" and "for use after a cataract operation". Some eye conditions, such as astigmatism or glaucoma, were poorly understood in the 19th century and not correctable for some time after that.