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Technology used in Ophthalmology and Optometry

Apr 04, 2017

Technology used in Ophthalmology and Optometry

Ophthalmology and optometry are branches of medicine that deal with the diagnosis and treatment of clinical conditions of eyes and the visual system in general. The doctors of these fields of medicine are known as ophthalmologists and optometrists. Sophisticated equipment is needed to for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. Some of the important ones are listed below.

1. Digital Lensmeter

Lensmeters are specialized instruments are used to measure the lens prescription of the patient in order to prescribe lenses that right for the patient. The lensmeter orients and marks uncut lenses to ensure perfect mounting in lenses in the eyeglasses.

2. Auto Refractor

Auto Refractor is an instrument that measures how the eyes of the patient react to light. This is necessary to diagnoses imperfections in the cornea and in case of a complication, the ophthalmologist or the optometrist is able to determine what treatment or test needs to be done next.

3. Digital Slit Lamp

Digital Slit lamp is one of the most important equipment in ophthalmology. This instrument comprises of a microscope and a high-beam light source which enables the doctor to view each layer of the front portion of the patient’s eye in order to check for any abnormalities in the eye.

4. Fundus Camera

Also known as the retinal camera, Fundus camera is a highly sophisticated ophthalmic instrument that captures detailed images of the retina to determine any serious clinical conditions in the eye. Glaucoma is one of the diseases that can be diagnosed via the use of Fundus camera. The images captures by the camera can be saved and reviewed later.

5. Phoropter

Also known as a refractor, Phoropter is an instrument used to check vision of an individual. The vision of both the eyes is tested individually by applying lenses of different powers on the eye and then checking which one is the most suited one. Conditions like Myopia (near-sightedness), Hyperopia (far-sightedness) and Astigmatism are detected via this instrument. Now, digital phoropters are also available.

Disclaimer: The information given in this write-up is purely for educating the reader. It is not meant to be a substitute for any advice from a medical expert.

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