ZEISS OCT, retinal imaging, visual field analysis from the ZEISS Specialist
NEW! ZEISS i.ProfilerPlus & i.Terminal2 now installed
We are always looking to have the latest technology leading the way in Fife - we were the first to offer Optical Coherence Tomography -OCT- in Fife back in 2009, now we have just installed the latest technology from ZEISS to keep leading the way! i.Profiler Plus automatically measures your eyes for your prescription to an accuracy of 0.01 dioptres and the i.Terminal2 measures your pupil position to an accuracy of 0.1mm. Combine this with our expertise and other equipment we have become the best equipped ZEISS Optician in the world, ideally suited to providing you with your next pair of ZEISS lenses, so why not choose an Optician with a proven track record of ZEISS technology. Cliff is part of the ZEISS clinical team providing training to the Profession all over the UK.
When you contact us Cliff or Joan will make your 40 minute appointment to be thoroughly tested by Tor or Stephen where we can use our 21st century equipment from Carl Zeiss to monitor and care for your eyes, giving you piece of mind. Cliff and Joan will then assist you with your choice of new eyewear with precise fitting done by Cliff who is a Registered Dispensing Optician.
Very occasionally we may need a second opinion from a Consultant Ophthalmologist and the fastest response from one of Fife's Consultants to a comprehensive digital referral is a few minutes, giving everyone re-assurance that NHS Fife is leading the way in Scotland.
Carl Zeiss frequently remind us that we are probably the best equipped Carl Zeiss Meditec Opticians in the world. To find out a little more about our equipment and what it can do for you we have created this quick overview of our ZEISS equipment. Our ongoing investment never stops, this year we have added several new upgrades to our equipment, to date we have invested over £150,000 in ZEISS technology, ensuring you can have access to Ophthalmology Gold Standard equipment on the High Street.
Zeiss Visucam 200 retinal camera - Cirrus HD-OCT - 3D retinal imaging - GDx VCC
- advanced glaucoma detection and monitoring -
FDT - quick visual field screener - i.Profiler - for i.Scription lenses - Zeiss Humphreys 720i - hospital gold standard visual field analyser
Home visits for the housebound - if eligible this is a free service funded by the NHS
We are one of the few local Opticians who can offer a home visit ( domiciliary eye test ) using traditional portable eye testing equipment - if you have a medical condition restricting you to your house then a home eye test may be free on the NHS. To find out more please call Cliff or Joan on 01592 642422 for further information and current availability.
Zeiss Visucam 200 retinal camera
Whenever possible we photograph everyone's retina with this superb dedicated retinal camera and we have developed the skill to photograph co-operative children as young as four when requested by the Hospital Eye Service. Retinal cameras have been available for many years using an external camera body, and laterally external digital SLR camera bodies. The Visucam is the first retinal camera to be designed from scratch using purpose made components including an internal camera made specifically for the task. This allows us to capture your retina in superb detail and monitor any change over time. Uniquely this camera is the first to have an automated montage function allowing a large panoramic view of your retina if required, similar to photostitch software we get with the latest domestic cameras.
In some cases we may need to put drops in your eyes to dilate the pupil for a better view, but we will advise you when making your appointment if you cannot drive after your thorough eye exam. The retinal picture is an important photographic record for the future so we have provided this service as part of your free NHS eye examination since 2008
Zeiss Cirrus HD-OCT 3D retinal imaging
This is the single biggest investment we have made so we can scan your eyes in 3D and analyse your retinal structure. Particularly useful for analysing the macula, optic nerve head, front of the eye and any other area at the back of the eye which we would like to see in detail. Typically we can use this equipment to help detect, monitor and track any changes due to glaucoma, wet macula degeneration, dry macula degeneration, idiopathic intra-cranial hypertension IIH, anterior chamber, in fact just about any condition which can visibly change the structure of your retina. The best part of this machine is it allows us to visualise your eyes in 3D and show you the simple clear pictures, so you too can understand how your eyes are. This is not covered by your free NHS eye examination and costs £30 per examination, we actively suggest this be carried out especially for over 50s so we can baseline you when you are healthy in case of any future changes that may happen.
Zeiss GDx VCC advanced glaucoma detection & monitoring
Currently we have the only example of this in Practice in Scotland and is a dedicated machine for detecting glaucomatous changes to the retinal fibre layer, giving superb repeat analysis on subsequent visits and highlighting any changes. The test is quick as you simply look into the machine and look at a light with the test taking just a few minutes. With many patients glaucoma can be the "sneak thief of sight" creeping up on patients without them knowing it, the first sign of change may be a visual field loss, but when the visual field loss starts due to glaucoma you may have already lost up to 50% of your retinal nerve fibre layer thickness. The GDx VCC machine can detect changes before a visual field loss occurs allowing us to track change more efficiently giving you the best care we can provide. We are finding the GDx is also useful for monitoring idiopathic intra-cranial hypertension IIH patients in conjunction with the Zeiss Cirrus HD-OCT This is not covered by your free NHS eye examination and costs £40 per examination, we actively suggest this be carried out if there is a family history of glaucoma or if you simply wish to have a thorough digital examination.
Zeiss FDT quick visual field scanner
We use this quick screener on anybody who is old enough to understand what they have to do. The test itself takes only a few minutes for both eyes and involves you looking at a dot all the time, when you see a movement you press the button, it is as simple as that! If you wear glasses for distance then we can do the test with or without your spectacles, whichever is easier for you.
Should there be a change in your visual field then we will repeat it with our Humphreys 720i which is the Hospital Gold Standard for this and is therefore the machine that Consultant Ophthalmologists are familiar with should we need to refer you to them.
A simple visual field loss can be present for so many conditions across all ages so we feel an automated test is an ideal routine thing to do on a daily basis. This is included as part of the NHS Eye examination.
Zeiss i.Profiler for i.Scription lenses
The i.Profiler is one of the starting points of your eye test as it gives us so much information on the prescription you may need and how your eyes work in all light conditions. Using conventional spectacle ordering methods we have found that in many cases this has not been enough to fully correct a patient's eyes as they actually need a higher level of accuracy not previously possible. Using the i.Profiler we can assess quickly whether you would benefit from having this greater accuracy built into your new Zeiss lenses and we can measure your existing spectacles to see the difference. We still do the normal refraction check asking you "which is better 1 or 2," but this gives us a far more accurate idea of what you will be the best prescription to give you excellent vision.
If indeed you would benefit from these lenses then after the eye test we suggest frame styles andmeasure your face digitally using the RVT. We then upload your frame shape, digital facial dimensions and i.Profiler data direct to Zeiss in Germany who calculate how lovely and thin your lenses could be and once accepted production starts. Analysis on the Zeiss i.Profiler is included as part of the NHS Eye examination. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO
Zeiss Humphreys 720i Hospital Gold Standard visual field analyser
We use this for any patients who have missed some thngs on the FDT. The test itself takes about five minutes for each eye and involves you looking at a white dot inside the big bowl with a patch over one eye, when you see a light flash you press the button, it is as simple as that! If you wear glasses for distance then we enter your prescription into the 720i and it calculates what special lenses we clip into a holder so you can see the white lights clearly.
When we are carrying out Binocular Esterman Visual Field assessment for the DVLA we use the 720i. For this the test is slightly different in that we do not patch any eyes, instead we ask you to look at the light at the end with your driving spectacles on (if required) and you press the button when you see a light appear.
Having the 720i means we have the same technology as the Consultants use, so our consistency is the same at every stage.This is included as part of the NHS Eye examination if you miss anything on the FDT quick visual field scanner.
FREE NHS EYE TEST FOR ALL IN SCOTLAND
In Scotland everyone is entitled to a free NHS Eye Test irrespective of their status. As your local Optician in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland a thorough eye test with us will give you the chance to try our Zeiss Vision Experience giving you the best in eyecare, great style advice and the latest Zeiss lenses so everything remains in focus for you.
For an additional fee you can enhance your free NHS Eye test with our advanced 3D screening using Zeiss technology.