With advancing technology in medicine, finding the right medical optics manufacturer is critical to ensure that new devices perform well.

Optics have been used for patient examinations and therapeutic treatments for centuries. Many modern medical instruments were originally developed in the nineteenth century. Since then, the industry has advanced rapidly with the invention and innovation of optical fibers and lasers.

These days, we have a range of complex medical devices that use optics technology. With improvements and advancements in medical technology, the demand for quality medical optics manufacturers also grows.

What Products Use Optics?

Historically, optics were among the most potent technological devices to assist physicians in examining, diagnosing, and treating patients. Much of medicine relies on observation, whether through rudimentary devices or high-tech imaging in modern times.

Optics, or the science of manipulating light and imagery, is ubiquitous in the healthcare industry. Physicians use optics to magnify samples, such as bacteria or fungi, illuminate hard-to-see areas of the body, such as the ear or throat, and access internal organs, such as the colon.1

Aside from the visual benefits of optics, light can interact with biological cells, tissues, and organs to force changes, deliver therapy and treatment, or gain valuable data.

As a result, medical optic components are in many medical devices, such as fiberoptic endoscopes, laser-delivery probes, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and robotic surgeons. Fiber optic and photonic devices are also necessary for medical imaging, such as MRI, CT, and PET scan imaging.

The typical applications of optics in medical devices fall into the following categories:

  • Medical instruments
  • Device sensors
  • Digital radiographs
  • Imaging (MRI, CAT)
  • Spectroscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Laser delivery
  • Microscopy
  • Surgical instrumentation
  • Illumination

Design and Development Process for Medical Products

Like other custom optics projects, designing medical optics begins with an in-depth understanding of the problem and the physical and technical principles that inform an effective solution.

At Apollo Optical Systems, we work with customers throughout each phase of the development cycle, from prototyping to manufacturing and assembly. With us, optical and mechanical design all take place under one roof, giving you an integrated, comprehensive solution to your design needs. We offer top-notch medical optics created within our stringent design process and competitive pricing.

Here’s what’s involved in our manufacturing process:

  • Design: The design phase allows Apollo Optical Systems to create components that work for both hardware and software.
  • Design verification: We can conduct an independent analysis to ensure functionality if you have a pre-existing design.
  • System Design: We design imaging and illumination systems in the medical industry, including laser, LED, and beam shaping optics.
  • Software testing: Our scientists and engineers work with major optical and mechanical design programs to ensure you get the best optical component for your project needs.
  • Tolerance analysis: Testing under optimal conditions often yields different results than field testing. Our design and development process includes a complete tolerance analysis to produce the most successful, cost-effective system.

Evaluating Potential Manufacturers

To create the most effective medical devices for examining, diagnosing, and treating patients, you’ll want to work with a top-quality medical optics manufacturer. Optics in medical devices can range from components like eyepieces for endoscopes and ophthalmic instrumentation to fiber optics for intra-oral cameras.

Factors to Consider:

  • Quality: Medicine is often a matter of literal life and death, meaning that devices must be durable, reliable, and precise. The quality of the optics, especially with custom optics, has a tremendous impact on the functionality of the final project. Speak with the optics manufacturer to learn about the quality control process and testing procedures to ensure you have top-quality optical components.
  • Customer Service: The optics manufacturing process is involved, so it’s essential to have an optics manufacturer that’s collaborative and communicative along the way. Your optics manufacturer should create custom optics for medical devices to suit your project needs.
  • Satisfied Customers: A tried-and-true record with customers is essential for an optics manufacturer. Medical optics require prompt and functional designs, so you need a manufacturer that will consistently meet your deadlines and provide a superior product.
  • Pricing: While medical optics play an important role in medicine, they don’t need to be expensive. Look for medical optics manufacturers that offer competitive pricing on your projects to ensure you get quality optics for your devices at a price that suits your budget.
  • Experience: An experienced optics manufacturer has the hands-on knowledge and proficiency in understanding the sophistication and intent of your project. With an experienced manufacturer, you can ask about the project, device, and quality control measures to ensure the best outcome.
  • Inventory: Medical optics manufacturers have plenty of raw materials to produce custom optical devices. When time is of the essence, the last thing you want is a delay because of materials sourcing, or worse, an indefinite delay due to supply shortages.

Medical Optics from Apollo Optical Systems

Apollo Optical Systems is a leading medical optics company that produces custom optics for medical applications. Whether high- or low-volume, we have the experience and expertise to address your unique project needs. Contact us to discuss your medical optics project!


[1] https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-31903-2_13

About Dale Buralli

Dr. Dale Buralli has served as the Chief Scientist for Apollo Optical Systems since 2003. In this role, Dr. Buralli is responsible for the design and optical modeling of various optical systems. These systems include virtual or augmented reality, ophthalmic and other imaging or illumination systems. Additionally, he provides support for optical tooling of lens molds and prototypes, including the development of custom software for both production and metrology. Dr. Buralli got his Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester in 1991. Now he is an Adjunct Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics.