OptivisorWhen I was at university, our lecturer, Dr Robin Stanley, impressed on us that every eye exam requires good magnification and lighting. I took that advice to heart and always use an OptiVISOR and nice bright lighting for all my ocular examinations.

What’s good about it

While I mainly use the OptiVISOR for eye examinations, it’s fantastic to have magnification for any close work in the surgery. It’s of great benefit when searching for foreign bodies or any situation where you need to see a lot of detail.

It consists of a lightweight and comfortable headband with a small visor holding magnifying lenses. The visor can be flicked down in front of your eyes or flicked up when they’re not needed. It’s also very easy to adjust the size of the headband so that everyone on staff can use it.

The big advantage of the OptiVISOR is that you have effective magnification while keeping both hands free. This is very handy during surgery or when examining a patient. Coupling the OptiVISOR with a wall-mounted light that stays in place once it’s positioned is a perfect combination.

What’s not so good

The lenses are designed to just click out and I’ve found that, over time, they will fall out if you are a bit rough while handling the OptiVISOR. It only happens occasionally and the lenses can be popped straight back in, so it’s not really that much of a problem. This never happened when the item was new.

Where did you get it

VetQuip (www.vetquip.com.au).

By Dr Lee Coleman, Elgar Road Veterinary Hospital, Box Hill North, VIC



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