by Dr Zac Lederhose, Goulburn Vet Clinic, NSW
When I purchased my clinic, I needed an ophthalmoscope. I wanted one I could use in clinics without having to wait for tropicamide to dilate the pupil. The PanOptic was the model I chose to buy.
What’s good about it
It’s much easier to examine a patient when I can see the retina without the need for drugs to dilate the pupil. It allows me to do a complete ophthalmic examination inside a 20-minute consult.
The handgrip is nicely shaped and the controls can be adjusted with the thumb. Whether you’re changing the focal point, the zoom or the light to look at the retina, it’s very easy to operate. It also has a comfortable viewing distance of about 20cm from the eye.
The PanOptic ophthalmoscope can be attached to the same battery handpiece used with other Welch Allyn tools. If you have a Welch Allyn otoscope then the PanOptic will fit directly onto the handpiece.
The best thing about this unit is that we are now looking at the retinas of more patients. As there’s no need to wait for pupil dilating drugs, we are not limited by time. I can easily have a look at the retinas of all my older patients and it’s quick, easy and thorough.
What’s not so good
It’s limited by the light source. I went for the most basic version but in retrospect, I should have gone for the unit with the LED light.