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Ophthalmoscopes: The most critical tool for eye doctors.

12800_imgAs the medical world continues to be transformed by digital technology and increasingly sophisticated instruments that promise more precise and accurate diagnostic features, some things remain unchanged. For ophthalmologists, one of the most basic, yet critical tools used to diagnose eye conditions remains the ophthalmoscope.

In many ways, these tools are better than ever, but proper use still depends on a high degree of competence that comes with training and practice.

Regardless of the model you use, be sure your ophthalmoscope has both a rheostatic control switch that allows you to manually adjust the amount of light emitted and a range of aperture selections. These features give you maximum control over light levels, allowing you to truly customize the tool to suit your individual patients. To ensure you get the most out of your equipment, follow these best practices:

  • Eye examinations should take place in a dimly lit room.
  • Before the examination begins, conduct a red reflex test. The results of this test may indicate various eye disorders.
  • When examining a patient’s left eye, use your left hand. Likewise, when examining a patient’s right eye, use your right hand.
  • Examine the optic disk first.
  • Following an evaluation of the optic lens, look at the retinal arteries and the four vascular arcades. Doing this helps to position yourself opposite of the eye’s movement.
  • Finally, have the patient look directly into the light and examine their macula. This part comes last because for many patients it is the most uncomfortable part of the procedure

11810-imgThe revolutionary PanOptic provides easy entry into the eye, together with a wider field of view to more easily observe conditions such as hypertension, diabetic retinopathy, and papilledema. It’s the newest and has the 5x larger view of the fundus vs. standard ophthalmoscopes in an undilated eye. It also provides 25º field of view vs. the standard 5º field of vi

Must-have items for your family practice

No matter what type of practice you have, there are a number of items that you simply cannot get by without. First there are the basic staples of every exam room, and then there are more specialized items that are necessary for each type of practice. Because family medicine focuses on comprehensive health care for people of all ages, it requires a level of wide-reaching generalization that many specialists do not offer. General practice doctors will always need the basic supplies that are necessary for a routine physical examination, but they will also need to have equipment for common diagnostic tests as well.

While family practitioners don’t need the specific high-tech equipment that specialists do, there are plenty of essentials that they cannot overlook. Make sure your office is outfitted with all of the most popular family practice products. You won’t be able to get by without these 7 items:

Both you and your patients will feel more confident when you have all the necessary equipment ready to go in your office. Whether you have been in practice for years or you are just getting your footing in the community, investing in high-quality equipment is essential to your job. Take inventory of your office and see if you are missing any of these items or if your old items are overdue for an upgrade.