Eye Care Equipment

The Latest Eye Care Technology

At Louise Sloan Opticians we take pride in the exceptional service and care we provide for our patients.

Having the latest eye care technology is important to us, as it ensures that we can provide the best diagnostic eye care equipment for all our patients.

We have recently invested in some additional high-tech ophthalmic equipment. This means that some aspects of your eye test will now have changed, so that we may continue to provide you with the highest standard of clinical care.

The icare Tonometer

What does it do?

We now use the icare tonometer to measure your eye pressure. And, this means no more puff of air – which we know is a welcome development for some!

How does it work?

It takes just seconds for the icare to take 6 quick and accurate readings of the pressure inside your eye. There is no discomfort and no puff of air.

Why is it important?

  • The icare Tonometer advises us if the pressure in the eye is increasing.
  • Increasing pressure can be a sign of glaucoma, which if it is not caught in time and left untreated, is the second most frequent cause of blindness.
  • Should the reading be high, to prevent a loss of vision we will recommend a referral for treatment to reduce the pressure, and prevent any damage to the delicate nerve fibers located at the back of the eye.
  • We will also make recommendations for the timing of your next review, based on the Tonometer findings and our other information.

The Optomap®

What does it do?

Optomap® is an advanced retinal imaging device. It creates an ultra-wide digital picture, which takes in over 80% of your retina’s surface area. This allows us to capture 5 times more retinal surface in a single image, compared to a standard retinal camera.

How does it work?

The retina is located at the back of your eye and is made up of light-sensitive tissue. Its job is to transmit the picture you see to your brain. Importantly, it is also the only place in the body that you can directly see your blood vessels!

This means that eye conditions such as glaucoma, AMD, retinal tears, and detachments, along with diseases such as diabetes, strokes, and hypertension, can be seen and identified by looking at the back of your eye.

The digital image taken covers five times more of the retina’s surface area than traditional digital retinal photography.

And, all ages can be tested with the Optomap®. It only takes seconds to take the digital image and we do not have to touch the eye to do this.

Why is it important?

  • The Optomap®’s high-resolution image can expose a health problem before any other symptoms are apparent.
  • A prompt diagnosis of any eye conditions and other health concerns, will not only aid your overall wellbeing but will also help maintain your eye’s health and vision too.
  • The image allows optometrists to see and monitor any changes at the periphery of the retina. These may have gone unnoticed with a traditional method.
  • The image is kept on file, so that comparisons may be made at the next eye exam.

OCT Screening

OCT stands for Optical Coherence Tomography. With many conditions and diseases that can be detected in an eye examination, the sooner you manage the problem, the less damage there is to your vision and the healthier you can become.

What does it do?

OCT screening compiles a set of 3D images. These enable an optometrist to detect sight-threatening and other health issues up to five years before a traditional test would highlight the risk.

An OCT screening is able to detect early indications of:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy and therefore Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Macula conditions including AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration)
  • Optic nerve swelling

How does OCT work?

OCT shows the tissues beyond the retina’s surface and takes a 3D image similar to an ultrasound.

It allows us to see a cross-section of the layers of tissue behind the retina and enables the early detection of abnormalities, that may not have been otherwise been noticed for some time.

The screening takes just a few minutes. It is non-invasive, nothing touches the eye and it is completely painless.

Why is it important?

  • It helps us to build a more complete picture of your overall eye health.
  • Images are saved for comparison at the next eye exam, allowing changes to be swiftly identified.
  • The 3D images detail tissue beneath the retina’s surface, allowing us to check for ‘hidden’ problems.
  • Eye health issues or other health problems are identified sooner than tradition methods of eye screening, allowing them to be addressed quicker.
  • The images are instant and you may view them too.

By using information from both the Optomap® and OCT equipment, we ensure that we provide our patients with the best, most comprehensive eye health check.

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Please telephone our team to book in your next eye appointment with us.

01403 264682