Choosing the Right Ophthalmic Chair

Before you buy your next ophthalmic stretcher bed, table or chair, MTI would like to have you consider all the details. Here is some friendly advice to help your next purchase be successful.

Q: How comfortable is the arm and body position?

A: MTI’s patented floating arm, power tilt, power back and power foot all move in conjunction with one another to give that patient a comfortable sitting and laying position. Most manufacturers have stationary arms that are too wide that doesn’t allow patients to rest their arms or bodies comfortably. MTI also incorporate memory foam in it’s cushions to create a more comfortable seat for exams and surgical procedures.

Q: Is the chair back made of heavy gauge solid steel?

A: MTI’s chairs are made of 2″ solid steel bar and heavy steel rectangular tubing for patients that could weight up to 650 pounds. A variety of other manufacutres use thin wall square steel tubing and plywood to cut costs. This tremendously reduces the longevity of your product life cycle.

Q: Is your headrest articulating?

A: The MTI headrest is fully adjustable with 2 movements with a low profile knob at the center of the headrest for up, down, back and forward movement. Other manufactures require a 3 stop process to loosen three different knobs or buttons to accomplish the same goal.

Q: Can you easily add or remove headrest wrist supports?

A: MTI’s Crescent Wrist Support, Chan-U Wrist Support and Headrest Stabilizer can be rapidly inserted or changed in a couple of seconds with slide in glides and locking knobs. Competitor require two allen head bolts to be screwed into the headrest in order to install or dismantle.

Q: Do you need to make a lot of Phaco or Microscope adjustements?

A: MTI’s 14.5″ ultra-thin seat and contoured knee backrest allows ample leg room for the tallest physician and provides the largest focal distance between the patient and the microscope eye piece and phaco control. This allows greater suction for the phaco machine due to the increased digression and less microscope adjustments due to the larger focal distance. Competitive products are twice as thick as MTI’s seat and do not offered a contoured knee cut-out for ample leg room. This results in continuous phaco and microscope adjustments.

Q: How long does it take to charge your battery?

A: MTI’s 3.5 lb. lithium ion battery can be charged in only 3.5 hours and lasts up to a full day of surgeries. Each chair is supplied with two batteries and an optional DC power supply to ensure that your chair is always running every day. Each battery lasts up to 300 charges. The competitive models offer a 14 pound led gel battery that takes 12-15 hours to charge and no DC power backup. If the battery charge is exhausted, the chair will no longer work.

Q: How easy is your mobile stretcher bed to move?

A: MTI has one dual steering lock free caster and three free wheel casters to allow for easy front wheel or rear wheel movement. It also offers fold-down, locking steering handles on the back of the chair for easier transport. Competitor chairs offer two dual locking casters and 2 steering casters making it hard to maneuver the chair around corners. They also do not provide steering handles, so nurses have to steer using the sides of the chair. This results in hands and figures being injured through doorways.

Download this Buyers Guide below to help you make the best decision when you are purchasing your next podiatry chair. We are proud at MTI to say that our chairs meets this level of performance. If you would like to contact one of friendly sales representatives to help your choose the right chair, contact us at 877-708-6033, or

Ophthalmology Buyers Guide

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