Bausch + Lomb Storz® Ophthalmic Instruments

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Storz® Ophthalmic Instruments is a brand of Bausch + Lomb, a division of the listed Bausch Health Companies Incorporation. Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world, offering the widest and finest range of eye health products including contact lenses and lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses and other eye surgery products.

In the surgical segment Storz® Ophthalmic Instruments offers a wide range of surgical products, including a full array of microsurgical instruments for cataract, retinal, refractive and corneal surgery. With over 120 years of continuous optimization together with surgeons, our instruments truly enable signature performance and set benchmarks in pioneering innovation, trusted quality and leading design.  

A key to the success of Storz® Ophthalmic Instruments has been the integration of latest technologies ensuring consistency in the quality of the instruments produced. This consistency is guaranteed by a Quality Management System for Medical Devices. The Heidelberg manufacturing facility is certified according to the European Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC, Annex II and EN ISO 13485 to ensure compliance with the CE-Marking requirements.

Storz® Ophthalmic Instruments extends the fine quality of its instruments to additional services, providing value added in every step. Instrument repairs are performed by master craftsman with the highest skill level. Instruments are repaired or refurbished in a very short turnaround time – a total reconditioning program resulting in a repaired instrument that’s as good as new.

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The History of Storz® Ophthalmic Instruments


After four years of training in Paris, Johann Jacob Storz returned to his hometown of Tuttlingen, Germany, to set up a knife-making company. The family business soon became the largest major employer in that area of Germany. Adam Storz, the grandson of Johann, expanded the knife-making business further, by pursuing the art of making surgical instrumentation in Paris.


Adam’s son Charles R. Storz learned the art of surgical instrument-making from his father and subsequently added to this his experience in the design and manufacture of instruments at Wurzburg, one of Germany’s early medical centers. His ability to translate the needs and ideas of surgeons into precision tooled instruments was his greatest strength.


Charles R. Storz emigrated from Germany to the United States and founded the Storz Instrument Company in St. Louis / USA, where he was actively designing and supervising surgical instrument manufacture until his retirement in 1960.


Leonhard Klein, an instrument maker in Heidelberg founded a Manufacturing Company for Ophthalmic Instruments. This factory was also well known for its excellence in design and manufacturing of surgical instrumentation.


The Klein Company was acquired by the Storz Instrument Company, St. Louis / USA. They integrated their full instrument line with the Klein instruments and expanded the available manufacturing and distribution sites.


Bausch + Lomb acquired both Chiron Vision and the Storz Instrument Company, two renowned companies in the field of ophthalmology, and created its surgical division. Since then Bausch + Lomb has built on these acquisitions to offer a wide range of surgical products.


Bausch + Lomb was acquired by Bausch Health Companies, Inc. and became the eye care division of Bausch Health.


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