Our Equipment

We continually invest in the best possible equipment so we can continue to give you the best possible eye care. We also make sure we’re properly trained in how to operate the equipment and interpret the information it gives us. After all, even the best technology is only as good as the people who use it.

“My previous opticians were quite old fashioned and did not see the need to recommend anything new. From the first time I had a consultation with Optimum, I was very impressed indeed. Optimum had all the up-to-date equipment and were able to guide me through options I had never considered before with great patience. I now have monthly multi-focal contact lenses and spectacles that are light years away from what I had before. I cannot recommend Optimum highly enough for their personal service and professionalism.” Richard Williams

Examination Equipment

Optical equipment can look quite daunting and make some people feel apprehensive. To help put your mind at rest we’d like to tell you about some of the equipment we have, what we use it for and why it’s important.

We use this machine to check your peripheral vision. The visual fields map the pathway from your eyes to your brain. The test allows us to pick up the early onset of certain conditions such as glaucoma and to monitor their progression.

This machine measures the power of the lens in your glasses and shows us your current prescription. 

This is commonly referred to as the puffer test. We use it to measure the pressure inside your eye. It helps us identify conditions such as glaucoma, inflammation and retinal detachment.

This is an alternative to the puffer test we use to measure the pressure inside your eye. We also use it when the pressure inside your eye is above a certain level.

The test is commonly used in hospital eye departments to measure intraocular pressures (IOPs). Because it involves a probe touching the surface of your eye we perform it under local anaesthetic (drop form).

This machine gives us a high-resolution image so we can carry out a far more detailed examination of the optic nerve head, the macula and the retinal vascular arcades than standard tests allow.

However, we recommend Optomap imaging over basic fundus photography as it captures approximately 80% of the retina and so allows for a more thorough assessment.

This machine gives us high-resolution digital images of approximately 82%, or 200 degrees, of the retina without dilating the pupil. No other imaging device can do this with just one image.

This range, and the ability to move between the layers of the eyes, gives us a unique view of your eye and so allows us to assess it thoroughly. Optomap imaging helps us spot serious conditions such as cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease in their early stages and can protect against impaired vision or blindness.

The OCT scanner provides high-resolution digital images of your eyes. The scan provides cross-sectional and three-dimensional images and gives us detailed information about the retina, the retinal nerve fibre layer and the anterior eye. This helps us diagnose diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration in their early stages.

This machine is the first of its kind for treating blepharitis. It gives the eyelids a deep clean to remove the debris and crusts that can build up and contribute to the gritty symptoms of dry/wet eyes.

This gentle and non-invasive device uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to stimulate the meibomian glands on the eyelid and quickly restore their normal activity. Initially the effects only last for a few days so we recommend a minimum treatment course of four sessions.

Dispensing equipment

We are currently the only optician in the local area to use this digital imaging technology. It takes accurate measurements of your eyes which we use to make sure your frames and lenses are a precise fit and match your eye rotation centre and natural head posture.

As well as making sure your glasses fit perfectly and so give you the best possible vision, this technology can help you choose your frames. It allows you to see up to eight images or short videos of yourself on one screen so you can compare how you look in different frames.