We have always felt the need to stay completely up to date with eye examination technologies. We continue to invest in the best of Optometric innovations year on year, and pride ourselves on the level of equipment we have within our testing rooms.
Optical Coherence Tomography
Eye imaging has come a long way in the past 10 years. OCT is the very latest of these technologies. In a mere few seconds the OCT can scan the eye and provide some incredibly detailed cross sectional images of retina, optic nerve or cornea. Results can be seen instantly. No nasty puffs or drops required. The images found show us detail thus far unimaginable in the practice consulting room – opening up view of structures less than the thickness of a piece of cling film.
These images contain information akin to a pathologist’s view on a slide – hence get the term ‘optical biopsy’. Couple this detailed digital information with some powerful analysing software held within the OCT and we can detect smaller changes that can herald the beginnings of disease to these important eye structures at an earlier stage than ever before. The key to looking after your eyes is for us to detect any changes to your eye’s structure early on – allowing a more timely intervention and the best chance of an eye specialist then managing or treating the condition found.
This device performs four operations of the eye in sequence.
Refraction– it electronically assessing your eye’s focal length using the most advanced techniques
Keratometry it measures the nature of the curve of the front of the eye, checking for irregularities in the shaping of this first part of the light bending process that is eye’s focusing system
Pachymetry this measures the thickness of the outer shell of the eye – information which is then later used to calibrate the eye pressure reading taken for each eye individually. Identifying individuals with thinner than average corneas is a new but important perspective in looking for Glaucoma
Tonometry – the gentlest puff of air to check the eye’s pressure – generally referred to as the Glaucoma test – although not strictly true, this is certainly one of the main stay readings in monitoring for this condition.
The TRK is performed as part of our comprehensive examination
For those that dislike the traditional means of measuring eye pressure we offer an alternative. This device uses a state of the art magnetic, floating probe which flickers against the tear film with bearly a sensation. This can be used in either our Standard or COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Digital LED Illuminated Slit-Lamp
This device allows an extremely clear view of the outermost structures of the eye. It has a new Infra Red illumination feature allowing an assessment of one of the glands of the eye that produces tear oils – otherwise invisible through standard systems. The digital slit lamp also allows us to show you views of your eye on the remote TV screen and record feature for later comparison if necessary.
Described as “More than a typical non-mydriatic camera”, the high-quality images this device provides can be used as the basis for detailed diagnoses of typical eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and AMD in a single workstation. This may be used as part of the COMPREHENSIVE Eye Health Examination if required.