Tradition and Innovation
Fascination by the world of the microcosm, was the start of our company in 1864.
Johann Diedrich Möller fulfilled his life's dream in 1864 by founding a company for the production of high-precision optical components and optical instruments in Wedel. In the course of its eventful history, the company has brought products of wordwide reputation to the market, such as high-precision measuring and testing instruments for the industry, combinations of binoculars and camera, anamorphotic lenses used in film projectors for wide-screen motion pictures, as well as a large range of medical-optical products.
Starting from small workshop, business growth was always enforced through new technologies. Thus, in the first years Johann Diedrich Möller introduced wind turbines and water production to his Company.
Pattern laying of diatoms is science as well as art. The thin layers of the tiny silicate structures glitter in polarized light. Both laying of the structures and examining the diatoms require microscopes. Johann Diedrich Möller was fascinated by diatoms and, after founding his optical company in 1864, produced the microscopes as well as the diatom samples for university students over several decades.
Milestones for microsurgery
In 1963 Möller Optische Werke entered the microsurgical stage with the world’s first ceiling mounted microscope: MÖLLER SPEZIAL for ophthalmology entered the market. From this point of time the specialization on surgical microscopes began with many innovations to follow in the later years.
1864: Foundation of the company with the name J. D. Möller Optische Werke
1963: First ceiling-mount surgical microscope: MÖLLER SPEZIAL
1975: World's first operating microscope with variable focus: MÖLLER UNIVERSAL
1984: Microsurgical conveyor system in Moscow (in collaboration with Siemens)
The new era begins
In the nineties the company became part of HAAG-STREIT, a group of companies with special focus on instruments in ophthalmology.
Concentration on microsurgery
While Möller continued to develop technical products through its daughter company Möller-Wedel Optical, the main emphasis has shifted to medical technology, especially to the production of surgical microscopes. Even with increased demands on modern production, the company remained true to its traditional location and historical buildings in Wedel.
1990: Möller-Wedel becomes part of the HAAG-STREIT Group
1991: First computer controlled operating microscope for ophthalmology: MÖLLER OPHTAMIC 900
1994: Neurosurgical operating microscope MÖLLER VM 900 with bi-directional interface for neuronavigation systems
1996: Operating microscopes for dentistry:MÖLLER SPECTRA 300 and MÖLLER UNIVERSA 300
1997: Floor stand FS 3-23 with menu control and one-button balancing
2000: Operating microscope MÖLLER Hi-R 900 for ophthalmology and reconstructive surgery with high resolution apochromatic optics
2003: Microscope system MÖLLER 20-1000 with PermaBalance and SensoServo technology
2007: Microscope Image & Operation System MÖLLER MIOS
2008: Introduction of M.DIS, the intraoperative connection to IP-addresses and introduction of first microsurgical operating system with LED-illumination
2009: Introduction of the MÖLLER ALLEGRA product line
In course of a modernization that was undertaken in 2012, HAAG-STREIT SURGICAL has been founded. Today it is responsible for all sales and marketing activities conducted to market all operating microscopes.
2012: Modernization of the company with the foundation of HAAG-STREIT SURGICAL and introduction of the world’s first intraoperative OCT
2013: Introduction of HS Hi-R NEO 900 with improved optics, red reflex C.RED 900, and display.
2014: Upgrades on the iOCT microscope system for increased visualization and better operation with C.INJECT and M.REC 2, introduction of HD recording system HS MIOS 5
2015: Neurosurgical microscope system HS 5-1000 including the floor stand FS 5-33 for best stability and reach as well as introduction of the disposable EIBOS 2 lenses E.DL