Equipping Your Office: What You Need

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You’re an ophthalmic professional with a vision: to help your patients. Utilizing the latest equipment is a crucial component of running a successful ophthalmic office. Whether you’re looking to update your equipment or you’re opening a new office, there are many of new pieces of technology on the market that can make your life and business run more smoothly.

Where Do I Start?

Equipping your office can be daunting, as there are so many detailed parts and vast differences between brands. Researching each piece of equipment available to find the best fit for your practice is time-consuming and overwhelming.

Partnering with a leader in the ophthalmic equipment industry with experience, knowledge and high-quality equipment simplifies the process of equipping your office.

Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments has provided service and support for over 27 years. Known and trusted throughout the industry, Veatch created new, more efficient technology as a result of the years spent serving ophthalmic practices.

The Basics: Important Equipment for Your Office

Two essential components to consider when equipping your office include manual exam lanes and digital refractors:

Exam Lane

Your exam lane is the foundation of your practice. This is where you meet with patients, perform tests and exams and give results. Since most exam rooms are small, it’s difficult to find an exam lane that allows you provide customers with a comfortable area for their exam while still making the most of the available space.

In addition to space constraints, there are many components to putting together a comprehensive exam lane that has the equipment you need while still staying within your budget.

A complete exam lane has more than 23 individual pieces, including:

  • Refractor
  • Slit Lamp
  • Exam Chair
  • Instrument Stand
  • Visual Acuity System
  • Trial Lenses
  • Trial Frame
  • BIO lens
  • Ophthalmoscope
  • Retinoscope
  • Transilluminator
  • Binocular Indirect
  • Exam Stool
  • Alger brush
  • Color Tests
  • Occluders

While not all of these tools are required, these are typically the ones to start with when opening your practice. Some of these pieces individually can cost thousands, and you could find yourself taking hours to pinpoint the perfect pieces for your manual exam lane.

That’s why at Veatch we’ve taken the time to do the research for you. We put together six different exam lane packages to help relieve your stress and your costs.

Veatch Economical Exam Lane: Combining the best quality equipment at the best possible price was our objective when selecting this package configuration. The package includes:

  1. Exam chair and stand: This chair and stand combo is optimized to meet both space and functionality needs of ophthalmologists. It includes a pneumatic assist reclining back, functionality for instrument delivery and instrument arms. Additionally, it has pivoting and tilt features, as well as an overhead halogen lamp.
  2. Manual Refractor: The Veatch Manual Refractor has coated lenses and synchronized cross cylinder, as well as aux. lenses. Refracting range of -19D to +16.75D, with an additional 8D using the auxiliary lenses.
  3. Visual Acuity System: The package includes a digital acuity system, which comes complete with everything needed to mount to your wall and configure for your rooms dimensions.
  4. Slit lamp: You have your choice of the Veatch Ophthalmic E-200 or Z-500 slit lamp. The E-200’s vertical illumination column has been designed for practical use, with controls in common locations, a two-step magnification changer, and 16X and 25X magnification. Veatch Z500 5 Mag Slit Lamp: The lamp includes a Galilean-style optical head with magnification at 6X, 10X, 16X, 25X, and 40X. It’s ready for digital imaging, with a built-in trigger and compatibility with many anterior segment cameras.

Veatch Technology Exam Lane: This package combines high-quality equipment with the best possible pricing and includes four main exam lane components:

  1. Exam chair and stand: This chair and stand combo is optimized to meet both space and functionality needs of ophthalmologists. It includes a pneumatic assist reclining back, functionality for instrument delivery and instrument arms. Additionally, it has pivoting and tilt features, as well as an overhead halogen lamp.
  2. Digital refractor: Our exam lane includes the Potec PDR-7000 Digital Refractor, which is a new, slimmed-down version of previous models. It has the same durability, but with added features and technology, like tactical buttons, a touch screen, programmable exam sequence and wireless interfacing with pre-testing equipment.
  3. Slit lamp: You have your choice of the Veatch Ophthalmic E-200 or Z-500 slit lamp. The E-200’s vertical illumination column has been designed for practical use, with controls in common locations, a two-step magnification changer, and 16X and 25X magnification. Veatch Z500 5 Mag Slit Lamp: The lamp includes a Galilean-style optical head with magnification at 6X, 10X, 16X, 25X, and 40X. It’s ready for digital imaging, with a built-in trigger and compatibility with many anterior segment cameras.
  4. Visual acuity chart: The Poltec PLC-7000 LCD Acuity Chart refracting device not only has a high-resolution 19-inch LCD monitor, but also includes a variety of popular charts, slide show options, and remote-controlled testing distances.

Veatch Illuminated Economical Exam Lane: This bundled package includes the exam lane basics, along with a Reichert Illuminated Phoropter, offering the essentials at the best price available.

  1. Exam chair and stand: The S40ptik 1800 combo chair/stand brings a space-efficient design with advanced engineering. The manual reclining backrest, pivot tilt chair includes a counterbalanced refractor and slit lamp arms.
  2. Reichert Illuminated (-) Cyl Phoropter: Reichert’s Illuminated Phoropter is designed to take care of you and your patient. The lighted sphere and cylinder axis scales and power allow you to read the dials without adding stress to your eyes. Energy-efficient LED lights are maintenance free, and the entire piece comes with a lifetime warranty.
  3. Veatch Z500 5 Mag Slit Lamp: The lamp includes a Galilean-style optical head with magnification at 6X, 10X, 16X, 25X, and 40X. It’s ready for digital imaging, with a built-in trigger and compatibility with many anterior segment cameras.

Reichert Endurance High Technology exam lane: This combination incorporates digital technology and ergonomic design, carefully detailed to help speed up the exam process.

  • Reichert Endurance exam chair
  • Reichert Endurance instrument stand
  • Reichert Ultramatic Phoropter
  • Reichert Xcell 255 Slit Lamp
  • Reichert ClearChart 2 Visual Acuity System

Haag-Streit Premium exam lane: These top-of-the-line pieces are the ideal option when making a long-term investment in your practice.

  • Reliance FX920 exam chair
  • Reliance 7900IC instrument stand
  • Reichert Ultramatic Phoropter
  • Haag-Streit BM 900 Slit Lamp
  • Haag-Streit Stimuli Visual Acuity System

Digital Refraction Systems

Digital refractors improve office efficiency, revenues and patient satisfaction. Repetitive data entry and the tediousness of refraction exams are eliminated thanks to digital integration that allows information to be quickly compared, reviewed and filed. Because of this, some doctors are reporting the ability to see between two and six more patients each day.

Finding the best pieces of equipment with included compatibilities and integrations can be overwhelming, which is why we’ve put together four separate packages with the most important pieces of a digital refraction system:

Veatch Digital Refraction Suite: This set includes four pieces that speed up exam times with ergonomic options.

  • Potec PRK-7000 Auto Refractor/Keratometer: With an extensive keratometry curvature radius and dioptic measurement range, this piece is easy to align and operate. The touch screen functions, you’ll see your times decrease and your customer satisfaction increase.
  • Potec PLM-6100PD Auto Lensmeter
  • Potec PLC-7000 Visual Acuity System
  • Potec DR-7000 Digital Refractor

Veatch Digital Refraction System: A smaller package than the suite, the digital refraction system brings the same quality with a more economical price.

  • Potec PRK-7000 AutoRefractor/Keratometer
  • Potec PLC-7000 Visual Acuity System
  • Potec DR-7000 Digital Refractor

Reichert Digital Refraction System: Reichert is a name also known for its quality, as the company produced the original phoropter. The layout allows for digital data transfer, and comfortable changes for charts and lenses.

  • VRx Phoropter: A flexible update to your manual phoropter improves efficiency and accuracy.
  • RK-600 Auto Refractor/Keratometer: With a joystick control, full-color LCD screen, and operating icons, this piece will allow every staff member to quickly take precise measurements.
  • ClearChart 2: The digital projector has a 19-inch LCD panel with a high-resolution display.

Righton Digital Refraction System: The automated system helps to expedite the process through pre-programmed refraction series and sequences.

  • Remote Vision Digital Refractor
  • Retinomax K+3 Auto Refractor/Keratometer
  • Righton Automated Chart Projector

The Next Step

After purchasing your equipment, consider the maintenance and care of your pieces. Finding an authorized, experienced service provider makes a significant difference in the quality of care you can offer your patients. Whether you need general maintenance and cleaning for individual pieces, like your digital refractor, keratometer and binocular, need training or assistance with your equipment or are rearranging and want professionals to move and calibrate your pieces, Veatch Instruments can help. We have been in the business of helping ophthalmic professionals for more than 25 years.

Put together your best practice today by contacting us. Tell us about your practice and we’ll help you find the best equipment available for your office to increase your profitability and benefit your patients.

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