Specialist Equipment

We spend the time that is needed with you to ensure your contact lenses are perfectly tailored to meet your needs. Our equipment includes anterior imaging and topographical maps of the anterior of each of your eyes. This, along with the measurements gained through other tests, is much like understanding how each of structures of your eyes perform (much like the individual instruments in an orchestra). It helps us to understand your visual performance and its needs.

You will find:

3D OCT Scanner (Ocular Coherence Tomography) & Retinal Camera

Thanks to the development of this instrument, thousands of patients have been referred for early treatment of conditions, which if left longer, could result in complete loss of vision. With greater understanding of its results along with the findings from our other instruments, we can screen, analyse and detect a range of conditions that you would normally need to attend hospital to be screened for.

I care or Goldman tonometer

These instruments measure pressure within the eye and are used primarily to screen for glaucoma along with the findings of other tests. If diagnosed early, glaucoma can be treated to preserve vision.

Auto Refractor/Keratometer

The Auto Refractor takes multiple readings of the interior of your eye and can objectively measure your prescription requirements. It also measures the curvature of the front surface of your cornea. These results tell us about your prescription, without you interpreting the information from your eyes within. They also let us know other information such as the curve of your cornea.

Visual Field Screener

This is the second part of our glaucoma screening process. Another early warning sign of this disease is failing peripheral vision and this screener has two special features that help to detect very early loss of vision, which is important in diagnosis for a wide variety of conditions. Because of its broad spectrum of analysis, the visual field screener is able to measure your current loss in vision and compare it to previous loss.

Electronic Phoropter

Rather than the trial frames (those empty round glasses, where the lenses are placed in manually), the phoropter has the lenses already sealed within its casing and can swop between lenses very quickly, allowing you to judge which lens is better or worse and, on completion of the refraction, to compare what you have in your current prescription with the new prescription. You then decide if you notice the difference and need to update your glasses. Clever stuff.

Microscope

Used to view the cornea and measure corneal thickness. This instrument is usually found in some eye hospitals. It allows your optometrist to assess the front of the eye in great detail including determining the amount and quality of your tear film. This means that we can easily detect if your current contact lenses are working well.

Brief note No matter the equipment, it’s the expertise in using it that counts.