Frequently Asked Questions on Otoscope/ Ophthalmoscope


How does an opthalmoscope work?

The Ophthalmologist will dim the lights of the room and ask you to focus on a fixed point on a far wall. Using direct or indirect ophthalmoscopes, the eye doctor will examine the structures of your eye. Sometimes, special drops may be used to “open up” (dilate) your pupils to aid your eye doctor in the exam.

What is an ophthalmoscope?

An ophthalmoscope is an instrument used to examine the inside of the eye. There are two types of devices, Direct and Indirect.  

The direct ophthalmoscope enables the optometrist to examine a smaller area of retina at a time. The indirect ophthalmoscope enables a greater area of the retina to be viewed at a time but at a lower magnification.

What is an otoscope used for?

An otoscope or auriscope is a medical device which is used to look into the ears. Doctors use otoscopes to screen for illness during regular check-ups and also to investigate ear symptoms. An otoscope gives a view of the ear canal and tympanic membrane or eardrum.

What does a normal eardrum look like?

The normal eardrum appears pinkish-grey in color and is approximately circular in shape.

What does inside of an ear infection look like?

In comparison to a normal eardrum that appears pinkish-grey in color and is approximately circular in shape. an infected one looks red and swollen.