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The importance of ultra-wide field imaging

Zeiss speaks to OT  about its Clarus 500 camera

Clarus 500 image

Zeiss launched its new ultra-wide field camera, the Clarus 500, in 2018. During 100% Optical the company spoke to OT about the benefits of the new device.

Ophthalmic diagnostic equipment and business manager, Claire Martin, explained to OT the benefits of ultra-wide imaging when detecting and diagnosing pathology.

“We believe there is a need to look in the peripheral area, as well as centrally,” she said, explaining: “We know now from diabetes that sometimes you can detect earlier in the peripheral section rather than just in the central areas, so for patients’ complete screening, it is very nice to have ultra-wide field.”

Ms Martin said that the Clarus 500 is simple to use, adding that once a patient’s data has been inputted it takes just a few seconds to capture an undiluted image.

The device captures images in “true colour,” which Ms Martin explained is particularly beneficial because practitioners see “exactly what they would see through an ophthalmoscope.”

“It is a lot easier to interpret from,” she highlighted, adding that with true colour small changes in pathology are easier to spot.