Quick guide to the slit lamp Make sure the slit lamp is plugged in, clean the headrest and chin, place the table in its position in front of the patient, adjust the chin height to place the eyes at the level of the black indicator line with the head in contact with the forehead band. For this purpose, many doctors use a “slit lamp”. It is a special microscope and light that allow the doctor to see the eyes in 3D, both inside and out. They will use it together with an ophthalmoscope to look at the back of the eye.
A slit lamp is a microscope with a bright light that is used during an eye exam. It allows the ophthalmologist to take a closer look at the different structures in the front and inside of the eye. It is a key tool for determining eye health and detecting eye diseases. During the exam, the doctor will look through the microscope and adjust the light of the slit lamp to see certain parts of the eyes.
It will then turn on the slit lamp and focus a narrow, high-intensity beam of light toward the eye. In addition, when the slit lamp is attached to a special magnifying lens, the doctor will be able to see the retina and optic nerve located at the back of the eye. The slit lamp is the central instrument of ophthalmology and you'll want to be able to quickly master its use during the first month of your residence.