The first prototypes of the first surgical microscope – the OPMI® 1 – were developed at ZEISS in Oberkochen in the early 1950s under the guidance of physicist Hans Littmann.
Leading surgeon Prof. Dr. Horst Wullstein provided ideas for the enhancement of the surgical microscope designed by Littmann.
In 1953, Wullstein introduced the OPMI 1 to a wide audience for the first time at the World Congress in Amsterdam. This marked the breakthrough of the surgical microscope in otology. The use of surgical microscopes quickly spread to existing mircosurgical fields. By 1958, the OPMI 1 was used for nasal surgery; for ophthalmic surgery in the 1960s.
Surgical microscopes were originally used for ear, nose and throat surgery. However, they are still setting new standards in ophthalmology today – the OPMI® Lumera being a prime example. This system delivers an unparalleled detailed display of the natural lens of the eye or a fully new way of looking at the retina.
Major achievements have also been made in neurosurgery with the OPMI® Pentero and its additional modules which we are constantly expanding and improving.
During brain surgery, surgeons often have to make decisions that can have far-reaching consequences for patients. Our products help them make such decisions, e.g. to assess the patency of a blood vessel or to determine if a tumor can be completely removed.