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Milestones & Innovation

The company's success today is the result of its dedication to advancing medical technology

2012 - 100 Years of Medical Technology and counting

On 1 April 1912, the Medical Technology department was officially founded by Carl Zeiss – a milestone in the development of the company and the foundation for numerous product developments, gold standards and innovations, in the past, the present and in the future.

Today we can look back at a long and successful history marked with numerous milestones and innovations that have enabled us to drive the progress of medical technology. Several of these products, and how the
latest developments shape the future, are presented on the following pages.

Slit lamp historical drawing

1911 Slit Lamp

ZEISS developed the first slit lamp together with Swedish doctor Allvar Gullstrand. This development laid the foundation for medical technology at Carl Zeiss.

Carl Zeiss OPMI

1953 OPMI

The first prototypes of the first surgical microscope, the ZEISS OPMI® 1, were developed in the early 1950s under the guidance of physicist Hans Littmann.

Carl Zeiss photocoalugator year1957

1957 Photocoagulator

The Photocoagulator is designed to provide eye doctors of various disciplines and backgrounds optimum flexibility for a broad spectrum of retinal therapies.

Carl Zeiss hfa perimeter

1984 HFA Perimeter

Since 1984, the Humphrey® Field Analyzer (HFA™) has been the accepted standard of care in glaucoma diagnosis and management, validated by many years of research design and clinical experience.

Carl zeiss oct1

1997 OCT 1

Introduced in 1997, optical coherence tomography (OCT) assists doctors in the examination of patients with serious diseases of the retina.

Carl zeiss IOL master

1999 IOLMaster

Today, selecting the right IOL to meet individual patient expectations is more crucial than ever. The IOLMaster® 500 incorporates advancements designed with the challenges of today’s cataract practice in mind.

Carl zeiss intrabeam year 2003


INTRABEAM® is an innovative system for breast cancer and is tested in numerous clinical studies.

Carl zeiss visumax

2006 VisuMax

Also on its way to becoming a new standard: the VisuMax® femtosecond laser. Surgeons have been successfully using this system since 2006.