Slit Lamp Evolution, Made in Japan
13th August 2019
Brief historical introduction of slit lamp evolution
In 1850, the ophthalmoscope was invented, by Hermann von Helmholtz German physician and physicist. This device was the first instrument designed for fundus examinations from which the slit lamp evolved. The invention of the ophthalmoscope initiated a revolution which led to the progressive development of slit lamps with a common goal in preventing eye diseases.
Among his incredible achievements, the ophthalmoscope was invented as a result from his studies and theories on mathematics of the eye, visual perception and theories of vision.
Whereas between 1911-1919 a new concept was developed that is closer to the slit lamp of today.
Historically, the overall appearance of the slit lamp hasn’t changed much externally in the slit lamp body. The basic concept remains the same, however the optics and source of illumination have improved dramatically.
Takagi slit lamp evolution
In 1973 Takagi introduced the first model of slit lamp, which improved over the years considerably with many world’s first features. In 2014 the latest evolutionary 700GL slit lamp was launched and became the paramount example of desirable design, master of ergonomics and powerful optics.
What makes Takagi slit lamps unique is the ability to adapt to each eye professionals’ personal needs, by offering:
- Tailored usability and ergonomics, with optional tiltable eyepieces to avoid neck and back pains.
- High luminance LED light source, which maximises the examination, because the light is uniform, brighter and its superior ability to highlight the eye anatomy.
- Blue reduction filter, protects patients’ eyes from harmful wavelengths.
- Hand-made precision and masterful optics
- Elegant & patented product design, unique design without exposed cables
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