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a microscope for ophthalmic examination. It permits the viewer to examine the endothelium of the posterior surface of the cornea in a projected band of light that is shaped like a slit.
slit-lamp microscopeOphthalmology A low-power microscope fitted with a specialized illuminating system for generating collimated light, used to examine the anterior eye–conjunctiva, sclera, cornea, iris, lens, anterior chamber, and to visualize ocular fluids Application ID dendritic keratitis, foreign bodies on cornea, iris tumors, etc
A microscope with slit illumination for examining the eye, esp. the cornea.
See also: microscope