Unique stop-light tracking interface, strong IOL post-op accuracy, cool-looking neck display screen??
Troubling quality concerns with internal CMOS battery and OS BIOS, software interface could be much better given age.
At the time of inception, the Acuitus 5015 was impressive, however it has aged poorly and its quality concern issues overshadow its capability.
Back in 2001 when Carl Zeiss released the Acuitus 5015, it was one of the first ARKs to offer a color LCD screen mounted on what they called a “new modern design.” It utilized a plug-and-play BIOS extension which was an attempt to be more of a “personalized computer” combined with a modern ophthalmic device and perhaps best of all it wore the hallmark Zeiss badge. But now nearly seventeen years later we just have a hard time understanding why and what the Acuitus is what it is. And perhaps Zeiss wonders this same thing as they practically act as if they never made the instrument; a search on their website produces ‘0 results‘ and their support techs act absolutely dumbfounded on the phone when you call. Possibly it’s because the Acuitus hasn’t aged well compared to other ARKs from that time. Comparable units such as the HARK 599 do indeed appear old in 2018, however their unique features and straight-forwardness still have a place in some modern practices. The 5015 lacks automated tracking features and motorized optical head which finds the desired focal point on the cornea. It’s screen holder is a long arm the reaches from the very bottom of the unit– something that looks bizarre and seems terribly unnecessary from an engineering standpoint. It’s computerized camera offers fair clarity, and only enlarges once you’re close to the perfect focal length– instead it splits the screen most of the time showing you blank results for measurements you haven’t take yet. Despite these oddities, it wears the Zeiss name and so therefore its accurate, fairly robust, and clinically validated by nearly everyone.