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Surgical Microscopes

Surgical Microscopes

The surgical microscopes of Leica Microsystems are exactly geared to the requirements of microsurgery. A compact optical unit delivers clear and sharply focused images and the modular system gives the surgeon optimum maneuverability.

What do surgeons expect from a surgical operating microscope?

They expect sharp images, flexibility, ease-of-use, optimum maneuverability, connectivity with other devices in the OR and high-quality video and recording systems.

What key factors should be taken into consideration when choosing a surgical operating microscope?

When choosing a surgical microscope keep in mind the following aspects: quality of the optics of the operating microscope, illumination design featuring low-light-concepts for increased patient safety, ergonomic design with adjustable binoculars, workflow support, connectivity with other devices in the OR, and hygiene aspects.

What advantages are gained from innovations for surgical microscopy?

Recent developments from Leica Microsystems for surgical operating microscopes include:

For Neurosurgery:

  1. Digital Augmented Reality Microscope ARveo 8 – aiding surgical visualization with AR technologies 
  2. Augmented Reality Fluorescence GLOW800 – visualizing blood flow in real-time imposed onto the surgical field
  3. Fluorescence Filter Modules FL400, FL560, and FL800 – enhancing surgical insights and aiding decision making
  4. Exoscopic Surgery with 3D 4K-Heads-Up-Display (HUD) – increasing ergonomics in the OR, opening up new surgical operating approaches, and improving visualization for the entire OR staff
  5. FusionOptics technology for less refocusing during surgery- providing detailed images with enhanced depth-of-field

For Ophthalmology:

  1. Specialized illumination concepts for stable red reflex – increasing confidence during all phases of cataract surgery 
  2. Built-in optical coherence tomography (OCT) in the Proveo 8 – providing greater insight by revealing sub-surface tissue details during eye surgery
  3. Smart light-management concepts, BrightCare Plus - increasing patient safety and viewing comfort for surgeons working under less light intensity

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Surgical Microscopes

What does a surgeon expect from a first-rate surgical microscope? – Top-class imaging quality and the greatest possible freedom of movement.

Compact and Precise Systems

The surgical microscopes of Leica Microsystems are exactly geared to the requirements of microsurgery.  A compact optical unit delivers clear and sharply focused images and the modular system gives the surgeon optimum maneuverability.

About Surgical Microscopy

What does a surgeon expect from surgical microscopy? Sharp, clear images, flexibility and ease of use, and high-quality video and recording systems. Surgeons in the fields of neurology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT) and plastic reconstructive surgery rely on operating microscopes to magnify their view of the surgical site and provide information beyond what is visible to the naked eye.

In recent years, surgeons have benefitted from many technological innovations that have enhanced microscope performance, expanded the array of available diagnostic and operative tools, and ultimately improved surgical outcomes and patient wellbeing. Some examples of recent developments in surgical microscopy include: compact horizontal optics, increased reach and overhead clearance for optimum maneuverability, ergonomically-designed microscopes and accessories to improve surgeon posture and comfort, fully integrated HD video and recording in 2D and 3D, intraoperative fluorescence to see blood flow or brain tumors, and stable red reflex.

Frequently Asked Questions Surgical Microscopes

Show answer How many types of surgical microscopes are there?

Leica Microsystems offers a wide range of surgical operating microscopes covering microscopic visualization for diagnostic purposes as well as the large field of clinical microsurgical interventions. These include surgery in the anterior and posterior segment in ophthalmology, neurosurgery (spine and cranial), ENT surgery, plastic reconstructive surgery, and dental surgery.

Show answer What is a surgical microscope used for?

A surgical operating microscope allows a surgeon to view the anatomy of a patient in high magnification, making it possible to clearly see the finest details with very good resolution and contrast. Surgical microscopes also enhance the surgical view with integrated visualization technologies such as Augmented reality Fluorescence in Neurovascular procedures or built-in OCT for complex ophthalmic surgeries. Compatibility with other devices, such as IGS-systems, endoscopes or DICOM further augments the surgical view, helping to stay focused on the patient and ease surgical decision making.

Show answer Why use a surgical operating microscope?

For fine surgical procedures, often visualization solutions play an essential role, allowing the surgeon to perform the surgery under the best conditions. More and more surgeons are using microscopes rather than binocular glasses. The reasons are that microscopes provide much greater magnification making it possible to see the finest details. But they also offer many other benefits: an extended depth of field, high-resolution imaging, freedom of movement, ergonomic posture, integrated visualization technologies and augmented reality for utmost confidence in surgical decision making.

Show answer What type of accessories does my surgical operating microscope come with? What will I need to purchase separately?

Leica surgical microscopes are shipped in the configuration that best fits your stated surgical needs. In case your needs change later, you can always upgrade your operating microscope by adding available accessories. Our most advanced microscopes like the Proveo 8 and the ARveo as well as M530 OHX have been developed with an open-architecture concept, hence you will always be able to update to new imaging modalities/technologies as they become available.

Show answer What about service and support for surgical operating microscopes?

Ongoing, long-term support is key to Leica Microsystems. Our commitment starts at production and continues through assembly, shipment, delivery, installation, and on into the maintenance programs we offer. Because we believe that in today’s world, simply selling products will not do.


Designed with both visualization and workflow in mind, Leica ophthalmic microscopes respond to surgeon needs through each step of an anterior or posterior procedure. Advanced digital imaging technologies, such as intraoperative optical coherence tomography, is seamlessly integrated into the Proveo 8 microscope. Features, such as pre-programming of settings for different surgery phases and wireless footswitch integration, support operating comfort and efficiency.

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Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

OCT imaging can reveal previously unseen details in ophthalmic procedures. It supports treatment decisions pre-operatively and reveals previously unseen details during eye surgery.

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Neurosurgery, Spine and Cranial

Leica neurosurgery microscopes provide the outstanding visualization, digital imaging, and ergonomic benefits you need in order to apply your skills with the highest precision, even during long and complex procedures.

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Otolaryngology (ENT)

From patient examination and diagnosis to the most complex ear, nose, or throat surgeries, Leica Microsystems belongs to the most experienced ENT operating microscope manufacturers. We offer otolaryngologic microscope solutions that meet your needs.

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