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Geriatrics and Nursing Facility

Instruments and Equipment



Checklist for Basic Instruments and Equipment for a Nursing Facility Practice

  • Distance visual acuity charts (including low vision charts)
    Near visual acuity charts
  • Standard hand-held equipment (occluder paddle, fixation targets. penlights, etc.)
  • Retinoscope
  • Retinoscopy lens rack
  • Refracting instrumentation (trial frame and lenses, Halberg clips, Jackson cross cylinder, Perlstein flip cylinder, etc.)
  • Direct ophthalmoscope
  • Binocular indirect ophthalmoscope with appropriate condensing lenses
  • Hand-held slit lamp
  • Hand-held tonometer
  • Hand-held lensometer
  • Pharmaceutical agents
  • Small surgical kit (cilia forceps, lid speculum, etc.)
  • Frames for selection
  • Dispensing equipment
  • Black out drapes, extension cord, outlet adapters

Suggested Low Vision Equipment Checklist

  • Trial lens set and trail frame (most important)
  • Prism
  • Binocular microscopes: +16, +20, 6X (+24), 8X (+32), 10X (+40)
    (These are for diagnostic, not prescriptive, purposes.)
  • Hand-held magnifiers
    • +5
    • +7
    • +8 large lens
    • +8 small lens
    • +12 large lens
    • +12 small lens
    • +16
    • +20
    • +24
    • +32
    • +40
  • Stand magnifiers
    • Plano-convex ("dome") magnifier
    • Non-illuminated: 3X, 4X, 8X, 10X
    • Illuminated: 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X, 10X
    • Illuminated handles: regular bulb, halogen bulb
  • Telescopes
    • 2.5X clip-on
    • 2.5X head-mounted
    • 4X hand-held
    • 4X head-mounted
  • Fitover sunfilters
    • Medium gray
    • Dark gray
    • Medium amber
    • Yellow
  • Floor lamp – incandescent – gooseneck style
  • Lap desk
  • Non-optical devices (typoscopes, talking watch, check writing guide, felt tip pen, bold line paper)