Instrument Technology

Photograph of Zeiss equipment

We are all familiar with looking at letters on a conventional eye-test chart. Even this has changed and we are now using new Log MAR charts that have replaced the original Snellen chart, introduced more than a century ago. Log MAR gives us the ability to more finely test and record your eye's ability to see small detail.

When we examine the internal and external health of your eyes we use a variety of optical instruments to give us 2 and 3 dimensional views. New lens surface technology enables us to perform BIO (binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy) on most eyes.

Of the many types of peripheral vision testing instruments we at Bill & Taylor have chosen the "gold standard" Zeiss Humphrey vision analyser which is the same as used in most hospitals. This enables us to investigate and monitor a variety of conditions such as glaucoma with a better degree of accuracy. The hardware and software are expertly matched to reduce the time taken for the examination and this gives better repeatability.

Photographing eye conditions can be a good way of discovering and monitoring eye changes particularly in those patients who are in a higher risk category for ocular and retinal changes such as those with family history of macula degeneration, diabetes or glaucoma. All cameras and software are of the highest standard and can photograph most eyes without the need for eye-drops.

Analysing the layers of the retina at the back of your eye can be undertaken with another Zeiss instrument , the GDX and now following investment in the very latest and most advanced technology available to give a deeper examination of the eye and your vision. The Zeiss OCT (Ocular Coherance Tomographer) enables us to look into the layers of the eye which are hidden to conventional techniques. This is particularly useful for patients who have any early signs of macula degeneration or glaucoma. Those most at risk are those patients with a family history of these conditions or any patient noticing a sudden change in their vision.

This technology is usually only found in Hospitals but Mike Taylor has invested in this instrument as he knows that there are a lot of patients who would benefit from this advanced form of eye examination.

Detecting subtle changes at an early stage is essential for the preservation of eye sight as the later any condition is detected then the greater the damage to your sight.

Mike Taylor says "This is a major advance in the way we look at eyes and eye sight. It will without doubt help prevent vision loss for a large number of patients whose eye conditions can be missed by conventional eye-examination. It is part of Bill & Taylor’s commitment to bring the very best eye care. The images that this new scanner gives are extremely clear. It is a quick and painless process to have the eyes scanned and the results can give us so much vital information in protecting a patients vision."

But as with all technology it is only as good as the person using it. All staff are kept abreast of these technologies so that we can offer you enhanced examination where suitable and analyse the results.

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