The remarkable advantages of the binocular indirect ophthalmoscope1 * are becoming increasingly evident2 as the instrument comes into wider and more proficient use.
In the treatment of retinal detachment the necessity for the recognition and precise localization of the tear, or tears, is axiomatic. This is true not only for the examining room but for the operating room as well.
One of the main uses of the ophthalmoscope is examination of the fundus during retinal detachment surgery, where the resultant findings guide the step-by-step progress of the operative procedure.
The procedure to be described deals with a method whereby the instrument may be detached from its headband and held in the hand as needed, thereby eliminating the necessity for wearing it continuously through out the operation or of having it repeatedly placed and adjusted upon the head.
As is well known, the ophthalmoscope consists of a horizontal stereoscopic viewing element
ROSS MG. Use of the Schepens Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscope in Operations. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;60(5):947-949. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940080967016