Ophthalmic Instrument Repair: If It’s Broke, Fix It (Don’t Buy New)

Ophthalmic Instrument Repair: If It’s Broke, Fix It (Don’t Buy New)

It’s almost always more cost efficient to repair or restore your ophthalmic instruments than it is to set funds aside for new instrumentation.


Years of use naturally take a toll on handheld surgical tools, manipulators and speculums, yet what many ophthalmologists don’t know is that these instruments can last for many more years with easily performed restorations.

In a lot of ways, maintaining ophthalmic instruments is like looking after a car. Your car can last for decades if you follow your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, change the oil occasionally and make repairs as the need arises.

The same can be said for ophthalmic instrument repair. You probably wouldn’t replace a car that needed an oil or tire change, so why replace expensive cameras or phaco hand pieces that merely need a tune-up?

If It’s Broke, Fix It

Findings published in the Community Eye Health Journal and syndicated by the National Center for Biotechnology Information uncovered some findings that may be of interest to ophthalmologists.

In-house Maintenance

The report showed that preventative maintenance of ophthalmic equipment - i.e., daily care, safety and performance checks - can forestall or even prevent ophthalmic equipment malfunctioning.

Although some in-house maintenance can be done using petroleum jelly (e.g., for lubricating gears) and silicon spray (e.g., nylon-parts care maintenance), there are some tasks best left to professional diagnosticians.

Technical Outside Diagnostics

In fact, findings from the Community Eye Health Journal also revealed that a third of ophthalmic equipment malfunction relates back to easily solved technical issues, for which in-house maintenance would be appropriate, while another third relates to harder-to-diagnose technical problems.

The ophthalmologists doing the research in the study concluded that “prevention is usually better than the cure,” [i.e., maintenance and repair is better than buying new] while adding that a combination of in-house maintenance and enlisting technical outside diagnostics works best.

Budget for Consumables-Maintenance

It’s also a good rule of thumb for ophthalmological surgical centers and ophthalmological universities to budget approximately 5% of the equipment’s cost towards annual consumables-maintenance costs – which is to say, if it isn’t broke, fix it.

Even with smaller, but no less essential, ophthalmic tools like diamond knives, there’s a tendency for the knives to become dulled over time, or even chipped and rendered unusable. When handled the right way, and refurbished when needed, diamond knives can last for a very long time, and reduce the cost per case versus using a disposable blade.

One-stop Repairs, Supplies and Diagnostics

By going through a single source provider that performs for ophthalmic instrument repairs, and also offers supplies like lenses, clinical disposables, and ophthalmic diagnostic equipment like tonometers, you can save a ton of time, energy and money over the long term.

Trusted and Experienced

There’s also tremendous peace of mind in knowing that you can rely on an ophthalmic instrument repair company that specializes in ophthalmic instrument servicing and has years of experience helping ophthalmologists improve their practices, and improve their efficiency.

Quick Turnaround Times

Ophthalmologists like banking on that experience while also capitalizing on the quick turnaround times. Specifically, phaco hand piece repairs can be done with a five-day turnaround period while diamond knives can be repaired within a 24-hour timeframe from receipt at the repair facility.

Quick turnaround times are obviously a must-have for busy ophthalmological offices and surgical centers since out-of-service equipment translates to less efficiency, potentially fewer clients and maybe even lower ratings.

Having an in-house ophthalmic instrument repair facility for an array of surgical instruments ensures that turnarounds are handled quickly and efficiently. Most ophthalmic repair companies delegate these tasks to external sources – the fact that we don’t keeps turnaround times as short as possible.

Affordability and Convenience

One of the most important jobs carried out by ophthalmologists at surgical centers across the nation is phacoemulsification. Using a state-of-the-art ultrasonic hand piece, phacoemulsification has enabled millions to have their cataracts removed and improve their vision.

Post-phacoemulsification and cataract removal, the patient’s eye health is assessed using ophthalmoscopy, tonometry and a slit-lamp exam, as well as other procedures. Both the surgical procedure and post-surgical checkup require absolute precision if they are to provide reliable clinical data and help the patient.

The problem, though, is that phaco machines often have short repair contracts – usually around three or four years – that make repairs after that timeframe extremely costly.

As an independent ophthalmic device company with its own repair facility, we’re committed to offering affordable phaco hand piece repairs when an ophthalmologist’s manufacturer contract expires.

Trusted by Ophthalmologists

The fact that ophthalmologists come to us for diamond knives, tonometers and other diagnostic equipment speaks to our reliability and quality commitment. We carry standard surgical instruments in addition to clinical supplies like disposables and lenses to keep your practice running smoothly.

Our in-house ophthalmic instrument repair facility keeps turnaround times as brief as possible, and our expertise in repairing everything from handheld instruments to ultrasound equipment saves you time and money. Remember, if it’s broke, fix it.

Contact Accutome today if you could benefit from an instrument repair service.

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