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High image quality, unplugged


Ian Bridgen

Eyecare Plus Nelson Bay NSW



Heine Omega 500 LED Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope



Device Technologies


I standardly recommend dilated fundus examinations to all new patients and recommend a dilated examination every five to six years.  After many years of using a halogen BIO powered via the mains, I needed a new BIO to allow me the freedom to move, combined with modern innovations to improve the view of the fundus I was looking at. I realised that power plugs are invariably a limiting factor in accessing patients for a thorough fundus examination.

I responded to an advertisement from Device Technologies offering a trade-in and upgrade on the new Heine Omega 500 Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope Unplugged with Heine Quality LED light source.

With the support of Ross Jameson, the NSW product specialist, I purchased the Omega 500 Unplugged LED. It is highly functional, relatively light, very well balanced and has a headband-mounted rechargeable lithium ion battery system which removes the need for mains power. Each charge gives up to eight hours continuous use, compared to two hours with halogen globes, which is plenty of BIO for a busy few days in the practice.

Beyond the convenience and portability, the Heine Omega 500 LED also has some excellent and innovative features which assist in precise fundus examination. There are three aperture sizes, a diffuser (handy for peripheral assessment) and a range of filters (red-free, cobalt blue and yellow).

Heine has introduced a synchronised convergence and parallax system. When combined with the smallest aperture, it can achieve a reasonable view even through quite small pupils (down to 1 mm) which is helpful for children and older patients where dilation is not convenient.

The LED light source and multicoated optics provide an exceptional image quality. Heine apparently held off with an LED option on all of its instruments because, until now, the technology did not meet its exacting standards for many diagnostic applications.

The newest generations of LED now offers the correct view and colours without diagnostic compromise. The LED produces up to 100 per cent more light than the previous technology and provides homogeneous, optimal colour temperature and colour rendering index with the most precise brightness control. This allows the fundus to be viewed in exceptional clarity and with true colours.


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