Austere Medicine: Aesculap / Riester Otoscope – Ophthalmoscope

Originally posted Jun 9, 2016 @ 02:05 on WordPress.

If anyone is thinking of getting one of these surplus otoscope/ophthalmoscope kits check out my video maybe it will assist you in your decision making.  They are fine quality German made.  Glad I got them when I did.  I have three total.  Two in use in kits and one that is for parts. Purchased on eBay for $35.00 each plus shipping.  The one I bought for parts was only $13.00 including shipping on eBay. If you plan on using this as a primary tool then I’d suggest getting two good working ones because it may be the only place to get spare parts.

I hope I’ve covered the most important information in the video.  A note on the ear specula not mentioned in the video is I also tried the “Uni” version from Riester and it was slightly to large.  The metal sleeve was much to tight to use in my otoscope head.  So much so that after I tried to put it in it became stuck and pulled the sleeve out of the speclua leaving it in the head itself.  I had to use pliers to get it out.  Really surprised and disappointed to find the specula so difficult to source.  The veterinary specula are from R.A. Bock Diagnostics, they may carry the human specula for it I never asked.  The other important thing I do not know yet is if any other brand head will fit the battery handle.  If I ever do get a chance to test other heads on my handle I’ll do it and update this page with the info.

It’s nice to have the peace of mind that goes along with being prepared.  Now we can see what and when we need to.  -13

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