Ophthalmic Instruments and Their Uses

Ophthalmic Instruments and Their Uses

Healthcare is a constantly evolving platform worldwide. Therefore, it is important for all medical practitioners to stay up-to-date with the latest instruments and technological advancements happening. Likewise, for ophthalmologists, it is important to stay current and to refine their skills with the latest instruments. Here is a list of ophthalmic instruments you will definitely find on Mexdent.com and need as an ophthalmologist:

Aluminum Instrument Sterilization Tray

This instrument is used to keep other smaller instruments used in eye surgery and sterilizing in the hot air or steam oven. The advantage of using this tray is that it enables thorough sterilization. It reduces the risk of the smaller instruments dropping and becoming unclean accidentally. It is important to ensure that smaller instruments remain very sterile because using unclean instruments can cause infection. The aluminum instrument sterilization tray is available in different sizes.


A tonometer is used for determining the intraocular pressure of the eye, also known as tonometry. It measures the pressure in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). It gauges the pressure of the fluid inside the eye. This instrument is also very useful in treating glaucoma. It can help detect the risk of glaucoma.


Doctors to manipulate small objects use these instruments. Ophthalmologists use tissue and dressing forceps to remove unwanted tissue in the eye or during the process of dress the eye after treatment. These may include matrix bands, wedges, gingival and cotton pellets. Dentists also use a different variety of forceps. The explorers also a type of forceps used to detect the surface of the tooth’s surface. Dentists use a straight probe to examine the cavity in the dental region and to check the fillings.

Wire Vectis

This instrument is a loop of wire that is attached to a stack, which extracts the lenses in an eye affected by cataract. Using this instrument makes the process much safer and effective.


The main use of a cannula is to carry fluid. At Mexdent, we have a variety of cannula available. A lacrimal cannula is curved and its size is like that of a needle. Doctors use it to introduce fluid or medicine into delicate places like the nasolacrimal passage while testing the patency and during the surgeries like dacrocystectomy.

Lens Expressor

This instrument is useful for forcing the lens out during intracapsular or extracapsular cataract extraction.

Zeigler’s Knife

This is a very small knife, used for intraocular maneuvers, especially when there is less space.


There are different types of scissors that ophthalmologists use. They vary based on size and shape.

Foreign Body Spud and Needle