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How to Choose an Ophthalmoscope

How to Choose an Ophthalmoscope? Here’s What You Should Look for!

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Whether you're working on your undergraduate degree, a first-year optometry student, second-year optometry student, ophthalmology resident, or an experienced practitioner, it's vital you know how to choose a direct ophthalmoscope. This critical piece of equipment can either hamper or enhance your ability to provide the highest level of care.

At Keeler, we're proud to offer a full range of cutting-edge ophthalmoscopes and other ophthalmic equipment. Since 1917, we have been manufacturing ophthalmic instruments and showing practitioners and students how to choose an ophthalmoscope. Whatever your requirements, from basic examinations to exceptionally detailed diagnosis, we'll show you how to choose an ophthalmoscope that meets your needs.

How to Choose an Ophthalmoscope?

When it comes to learning how to choose an ophthalmoscope, there are certain features and attributes you should look for and require. Based on more than 100 years of innovation, Keeler handheld ophthalmoscopes offer the perfect combination of superb ergonomics, advanced illumination, and versatile features. Here are a few attributes you'll find in Keeler's instruments that may not be offered by other manufacturers:

  1. Make sure the ophthalmoscope you choose is perfectly aligned and adjusted. All handheld ophthalmoscopes feature Keeler's individual mirror alignment and wide angle light beam, which means you'll the see the clearest view of the retina regardless of the patient's pupil size.

  2. The ophthalmoscope should be designed to last. Keeler's ophthalmoscopes are built from quality materials and components, so you can enjoy several years of trouble free service. A ultra-durable cover paired with a strong metal chassis work to protect the precisely aligned optics. Keeler's ophthalmoscopes are designed to withstand the rigors of daily use for several years to come.

  3. Your ophthalmoscope should be comfortable for you and your patient. Keeler's devices have smoothly curved surfaces that are engineered to snugly fit into the orbital bone. The curved, contoured head maximizes viewing angles, while the smooth lines put your patient's mind at ease.

  4. Make sure you can control the light for clear, bright images. Keeler's Xenon and LED illumination are both fully adjustable, which helps ensure optimum diagnosis and comfort for your patients.

The Pure Brilliance of the Jazz Ophthalmoscope

The Jazz Ophthalmoscope is uniquely engineered to fit perfectly in any environment. The Jazz also offers the ability to change its colors by adding colored rings that will fit virtually any mood.  A few key highlights of the Jazz include:

  • Excellent LED illumination
  • Reliable Keeler optics
  • Streamlined size that fits in your pocket
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    World renowned high-performance Keeler optics with aspherical lens.
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    -/+ 20D ranger of powers.

The Professional Ophthalmoscope

The Keeler Professional Ophthalmoscope is designed to ensure you have complete control. There's no need to pull away from your patient — you can easily introduce graticules, different lenses, and filters with a quick touch of a fingertip. A few key highlights of the Professional Ophthalmoscope include:

  • It offers both Xenon illumination or LED illumination or to produce whiter, brighter, and more durable light to meet virtually any diagnosis challenge.
  • The positive-action, easy-access maywheel reduces the need to pull away from your patient and allows you to quickly dial up the required lenses.
  • Offers a comprehensive lens range of +29D to -30D in single dioptre steps to cover a vast range of prescriptions.
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    With comfortability in mind, this ophthalmoscope includes a soft brow rest to protect your glasses (if you wear them) and for easy positioning.
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    The red free filter can be utilized with any of the six diagnostic beams.

The Specialist Ophthalmoscope

The Keeler Specialist Ophthalmoscope boasts a range of versatile features, precision optics, and practical ergonomics, which makes it the top choice for practitioners. The Specialist is made up of tiny individual ground glass lenses. It's optimized and perfectly balanced for precise ocular examinations. A few key highlights of the Specialist Ophthalmoscope include:

  • Boasts a comprehensive lens range (+44D to -45D in 1D step) to ensure your deliver accurate and clear diagnoses for your patients.
  • You can easily and quickly dial up a lens with the intricate gearing of the Morton Track lens system.
  • It offers both LED or Xenon illumination to produce whiter, brighter, and longer lasting light to meet any diagnostic challenge.
  • This versatile ophthalmoscope includes a total of six diagnostic beams to help you deliver comprehensive examinations. In addition to three viewing beam sizes, this cutting-edge device includes a fixation cross for eccentric fixation assessment, a red free filter vessel exams, and a slit to measure retinal elevation changes. The field of view is optimized with a snug orbital fit, which also guarantees comfort for you and your patient.
  • It features a pupilometer comparison disc so you can easily assess the size of your patient's pupil.

Pocket Ophthalmoscope

The Keeler Pocket Ophthalmoscope is designed for those who are on-the-go. It offers full diagnostic capability in an easy-to-use and ergonomic instrument. A few key highlights of Keeler Pocket Ophthalmoscope include:

  • The portability of this instrument makes it an ideal solution for ward use, domiciliary use, or as a reliable backup instrument.
  • Offers a comprehensive lens rage from +20D to -20D for effortless and clear examinations.
  • The Pocket Ophthalmoscope includes a durable metal clip that you can attach to your pocket.
  • This portable device is powered by standard AA batteries.

Practitioner Ophthalmoscope

The Keeler Practitioner Ophthalmoscope is the premier primary care specialist's choice. This device features a high filter range and lens. A few key highlights of the Practitioner Ophthalmoscope include:

  • Six beams that allow full diagnostic capability
  • The ability to assess corneal scratches by using the blue filter with Fluorescein
  • The positive action maywheel allows practitioners to select +40D to -25D
  • The red free, swing-over, filter can be utilized with any of the six diagnostic beams.

Contact Keeler for Help Choosing the Best Ophthalmoscope

Atr Keeler Ophthalmic Instruments, we offer a full lineup of world-class ophthalmoscopes and other optometric equipment. We'll listen to your needs and help you learn how to choose an ophthalmoscope.

About the Author Eugene VanArsdale

Eugene is the Director of Marketing Communications at Keeler Instruments. He has been with Keeler since 1982 and is co-holder of two patents for the company. Eugene has a true passion for the eye care industry and has dedicated himself to understanding the ins and outs of the optometric and ophthalmic equipment market.