Detached retina, a condition in which the retina, which is an important layer of tissue at the back of the eye, detaches from its base. 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. The person will sit with their head resting on the microscope with a slit lamp and the doctor will place a special contact lens directly on the eyeball.
The person will sit in a chair in front of the slit lamp with the chin and forehead resting on a support. It will then turn on the slit lamp and focus a narrow, high-intensity beam of light toward 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. A slit lamp exam is generally very safe, although medications that dilate the pupils carry some risks.
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. 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.