A phaco handpiece is a delicate piece of equipment connected to a phacoemulsification machine that provides a cyclical and linear movement to a cutting tip. Phaco technique (derived from the Greek word, «φακός», which means lens) was originally invented back in 1967 by Dr. Kelman, when he thought of simulating the ultrasonic movement of a dental handpiece, but on a cataract eye. It was not long after that the first phaco machines and their phaco handpieces were manufactured.
Technological advancement has been steep on phaco handpieces. Initially, they were designed with 2 piezoelectric crystals providing an ultrasound power producing 20000 oscillations per second, however recent phaco handpiece models have up to 6 piezoelectric crystals that can produce up to 60000 oscillations per second.
Phaco handpiece price is a significant cost for any ophthalmic clinic, with the price of a new phaco handpiece ranging between 3.000 – 5.000 Euros depending on the brand and the model, while a used phaco handpiece usually costs between 1.500 – 2.500 Euros, both cases usually come with no or limited warranty.
Phaco handpiece repair is the best solution to a non-working phaco handpiece. In Ophthalmon SA, we offer a full refurbishment for your defect phaco handpiece at a fraction of these costs, with a 6 to 12 months warranty. Not only, do we fix the underlying problem of your phaco handpiece during the repair, but we refurbish it, so at the end what you get is a fully functional phaco handpiece that works like a new one.
More specifically what you get is:
- New piezoelectric crystals
- New connector
- New cord
- New electrodes
- New seals
- New strain relief
- New O-rings
- New chipset
- New internal wiring
- New shims
In our phaco handpiece repair service, we just keep the outer metallic cylinder that the doctor holds in his hand, while fully replacing every other part. So, what comes out of our workshop is a brand new phaco handpiece with your old metallic wrapping. We take pride in the detail of our work and always make sure each and every piece of phaco handpiece that comes through our lab is tested in great detail to be working optimally. Our meticulous work guarantees that the phaco handpiece will have similar or even greater life cycle than its original condition.
Here in Ophthalmon SA, we are able to repair any brand or model of phaco handpiece. Either it’s from the latest phaco machines of the two global giants (Alcon Centurion and Bausch & Lomb Stellaris) or from any local manufacturer (such as Oertli or Lumed).
We have specifically designed a universal simulator, so that all phaco handpieces repaired are thoroughly measured before, during and after the completion of the refurbishment. With our high technology equipment we are able to measure all of the transducer’s parameters and stress test the phaco handpiece under real working conditions.
Every technician in our workshop is very skilled and extensively trained in hundreds of mock repairs, before working on a client’s phaco handpiece. All of the welding and assembly is done under a microscope to ensure even the most miniscule detail.
Client satisfaction is the number 1 priority in our company for phaco handpiece repair service.