When a patient undergoes eye surgery, the ophthalmologist isn’t alone in the room with them. They are assisted by ophthalmic technologists. This is an important position, not only in assisting the ophthalmologist during surgery such as LASIK, but also in operating the equipment that is so important in treatment and diagnosis of the patient.
An ophthalmic technician may focus on several specializations during their training. Each specialization has its own unique role in assisting ophthalmologists, and each has different technologies that fit those specialized roles.
The technology used by ophthalmic technicians is sometimes used outside of ophthalmology so you may recognize the instruments but not their official names. The handheld device that is used to shine a light into your eye is an ophthalmoscope. That instrument you look through to see an eye chart while your eye doctor adjusts different lenses (“Which is better, one or two?”) is called a phoropter.
In addition to the instruments used in standard eye appointments, ophthalmic technology also includes machines and lasers used in LASIK surgery. The microkeratome is a blade used to create the corneal flap in LASIK. Another instrument is used to map the surface of the cornea and is called corneal topography.
In addition to the technology listed above, you may also find yourself in the same room as:
If you would like to know more about the technology used in keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear, please contact an experienced eye doctor in your area. They will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding this often overlooked aspect of eye care.