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New Ophthal Equipment

Some of the common eye diseases diagnosed and treated under Ophthalmology are cataract, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, Dry eyes, Refractive surgery etc.

Most hospitals have facilities to check general visual acuity and carry-out screening for refractive errors, cataract and glaucoma.

Hence most eye hospitals need an Ophthal chair unit, autorefrator/ retinoscope, ophthalmoscope, applanation tonometer/ hand-held tonometer, Slit Lamp, operating microscope, phaco machine, A-Scan machine along with the basic OPD and OT set-up. Optical Biometry machine such as IOLMaster 500 from Zeiss may also be used instead of A-Scan machine. B-Scan machine is required in fewer number of cases and hence not purchased right upfront. Tonometer is an important equipment for detection of glaucoma which is very common problem next to refractive error and cataract, that ophthalmologists deal with. Glaucoma is commonly called a 'silent vision thief' since loss of vision can be gradual, undetected for long and unfortunately irreversible.

A typical eye hospital may also have a lensometer to check the power of the existing eye-glasses if in case the patient does not know the existing power.

Other equipment used in a eye hospital are Humphrey Field Analyzer, Optical coherence tomography machine (Zeiss and Topcon are popular models), Ophthalmic Laser, Opthal Microscope, Optical Biometry, Pachymeter, Phacoemulsification Machine, ophthalmoscope, examination lamp etc.

Read about all Ophthal equipment required to set-up an eye hospital.