Our aim is to offer our patients the most Advanced Eye Care possible, and for this reason we have invested in the latest market leading technology.
This technology allows us to take incredibly detailed images of the eye, and enables our Optometrists to analyse the various structures of your eye, aiding detection of even the earliest changes in eye health.
For the most thorough eye examination, and greatest peace of mind, we strongly recommend our Advanced Eye Exam to all of our patients, which includes both the OCT and OPTOS Optomap retinal imaging as standard.
Heidelberg Spectralis Spirit Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Heidelbergs are regarded as the gold standard in OCT, which is why they are generally only found within Hospital Eye Departments. Our hospital-grade OCT uses light waves to take cross-sectional images of your retina, and is often described as an MRI for the eyes.
The Heidelberg OCT allows the distinct layers of the retina to be viewed in minute detail, and takes images of specific parts of your eye, the macula and optic nerve, enabling your Optometrist to perform a detailed analysis.
The OCT gives us a huge advantage in detecting common diseases such as glaucoma and macula degeneration, as well as disorders of the Optic Nerve, as these are often difficult to see via standard imaging. Whilst we strongly recommend the OCT to all our patients, this can be even more important in patients with a family history of such conditions.
Optos Optomap Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging
Summers Opticians is one of only a small and exclusive group of practices within the UK to be able to offer our patients an ultra-widefield retinal image using the Optos Daytona Plus.
This advanced technology provides your Optometrist with an incredibly detailed view of almost the entire retina, and is invaluable in detecting a number of problems, such as tumours and retinal detachments, that would otherwise be impossible to see via a standard eye examination.
The Optos Optomap enables us to view 80% of your retina without the need for dilation. As a comparison, standard digital retinal photography, offered by most UK practices, shows as little as 15% of the retinal surface.
The story behind the development of the Optomap can be found here.
The Cornea is the transparent layer forming the front of the eye and plays an important role in focusing your vision.
Topography allows your optician to look at the curvature of your cornea, and our Medmont E300 Corneal Topographer allows us to examine the shape of the cornea with extreme accuracy.
Assessing the shape of the cornea in detail can help us detect if the front of the eye is damaged or irregular. For example, in the case of keratoconus where the cornea becomes progressively more distorted in shape, early diagnosis allows for earlier treatment, which helps to preserve the patients ability to see clearly.
Topography is crucial in the fitting of specialist contact lenses, as it allows your Optometrist to generate a detailed map of the curvature of the cornea with a standard deviation of error of only 2 microns. To put this into perspective, the average diameter of a human hair is only 75 microns.
Topography is also used during our dry eye assessment, allowing your Optometrist to assess the quality of the tear film.