The consultation room has many pieces of modern, state of the art equipment.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
OCT is a sophisticated digital eye scan, which is non-invasive, painless and quick. Using the scan we are able not only to take a photograph of the retina, but also see the layers of the retina in 3D cross-section. This allows early detection of eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. There is an additional charge for the OCT scan, which we feel is well worth it to gain an invaluable record of your eye health. These results can be tracked over months and years, ensuring that any potential areas of concern can be monitored, and appropriate care implemented if required.
This replaces the uncomfortable trial frame and lenses. The sophisticated phoropter contains the lenses we need to assess your prescription and gently rests on your forehead. The optometrist controls a touch screen and wheel pad to adjust the lens powers. It can also store previous information so a comparison between old and new prescriptions can be easily demonstrated.
Slit Lamp Biomicroscope
The slit lamp is as special type of microscope that shines a thin beam of light into the eye. This allows a magnified view of the eye structures in detail, to give an accurate assessment from front of eye (anterior) to retina (posterior). To assess the posterior eye we use an additional magnified lens, called a Volk lens, which is held in front of your eye in conjunction with the slit lamp.
This is used to determine the intraocular pressure (IOP), which is the fluid pressure in the eye. This is an important test for the detection of certain diseases such as glaucoma. In the practice we have two methods to check this; the first is not the dreaded air puff but a more comfortable, very light probe which is barely noticeable. The other is a sensitive probe which requires a drop of anaesthetic to be administered, and is seen as the ‘gold standard’ test by the profession.
Visual Field Analyser
In the practice we use a Zeiss Humphrey Analyser (again seen as the industry ‘gold standard’). This examination takes a few minutes and can detect any dysfunction in central and peripheral vision such as can occur in glaucoma or stroke amongst others. This is a routine examination and can be particularly useful for example if you have family history of glaucoma, or if you are a driver as peripheral vision is key in this aspect of life.
The Colorimeter was developed by Professor Arnold Wilkins and the Medical Research Council and is fully supported by extensive research studies and controlled trials for the assessment of precise and specific colour relief for Visual Stress. It is used to find the optimal Precision Tint for the relief of visual perception problems. Three parameters of colour are assessed sequentially: hue, saturation and brightness; giving a final colour which is extremely precise to each individual. The colour will be different for each person and this will then be incorporated into Cerium Precision Tinted Lenses, including any spectacle prescription if required.