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The equipment we use

As with all our sight examination equipment, we employ the latest computerised systems to examine your eyes before prescribing contact lenses. Here is a brief description of some of the apparatus we use in our consulting rooms.

Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging.

As the only practice in the county with the latest Optomap technology we are proud to include this in all of our Comprehensive Eye Examinations.The Optomap is fast, painless and comfortable.The capture takes less than a second and the images are immediately available to view.

The Optomap system captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image. Traditional methods typically reveal only 10-15% of your retina at one time.

The benefits of having an optomap ultra wide field retinal image taken are:

Early protection from vision impairment or blindness
Early detection of life-threatening diseases like cancer,stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Early detection of Diabetic Retinopathy, Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Glaucoma, Hypertension


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Slit Lamp
A slit lamp is a special microscope used to examine the external structures of your eyes. The slit lamp is often connected to a digital camera so that images can be taken and recorded for future comparison. This system also allows you to see exactly what our optometrist sees.

A Topographer is an instrument that allows us to create a contour map of the front of the eye. It accurately measures the radius of curvature of the central zone of your cornea. A photograph is taken and analysed by a highly sophisticated computer programme to produce a 3D map.

This instrument highlights irregularities that might influence the type of contact lenses we fit and helps us detect any corneal disease or distortion much earlier and more easily than traditional methods of examination.

Typography readings are also taken on subsequent visits to ensure that your contact lenses are not excessively distorting the cornea.

Digital Imaging And OCT

eyeplan9We use a digital camera to photograph your eyes, and to video eye movements e.g. blink patterns. From these images we can easily explain common problems associated with contact lens wear and demonstrate how to get round them. They also provide an invaluable record so that each visit we can take a new image and compare it with the last to see if there is any alterations or changes.

The invaluable OCT 3D images provide the most up to date and detailed images of your eye. Breaking down the layers of the retina, the OCT allows optometrist to see the most minute changes before they may have even occured. The OCT is able to detect early signs of many eye diseases such as Glaucoma and Macular degeneration and offers in turn the greatest confidence in our patients knowing they are recieving the very latest technology in eye examinations.

Is an educational software programmes that allow all common eye problems and procedures to be explained in full 3D graphic animations. Any optical questions you have can be answered with full colour images and videos to demonstrate the point. These videos can also be emailed directly to ou so that you can review the information at a more convenient time if you need or want to.

Electronic LED Chart
Whilst you may be familiar with the old test charts. Our electronic chart allows us to use not only the standard letter format you may be use to but also offers pictures, letters, patterns, colours and numbers. This proves much more useful when for example testing young children who dont know there letters or recording observations when a patient looks at colours and also patterns.It provides the most up to date chart and the most thourgh eye examination with everything readily avaliable at the click of a button.

Fundus Photography
We take photos of the back of the eye with almost every one that we see so that we can build up a detailed image history of your eyes and the changes over time. The fundus photographs provide vaulable imagery into the eye and allows the optometrist to get a clear detailed image to analyse anything abnormal.

Visual Field Machine
Visual fields are carried out in order to determine the patients field of peripheral vision. These tests are routinely carried out for examinations where found necessary to test the pateients field of vision.

A: No. When people wear the proper glasses they realise they can see more clearly and comfortably. What they may have considered normal and acceptable before is now inferior by comparison.

A: No. The white of your eye is covered by a protective layer called the conjunctiva which extends under the lid. This acts as a barrier to any debris in the eye and also ensures that a contact lens cannot reach the back of your eye. It has been know for contact lenses to ‘hide; beneath one of your eye lids but this is easily rectified.

A: There are so many kinds of contact lenses available now that nearly all needs however complex they seem are catered for. At David Burghardt Vision Care we specialize in the most difficult cases and hope you will be pleasantly suprised at what is avaliable for you.
A: It is important that you follow the advice of your practitioner. Not every solution will suit every patient, for the lenses they are wearing. If you do change your cleaning system for any reason, always inform your practitioner.
A: No, unless specifically told that you can by your eyecare practitioner. Sleeping in your lenses can be hazardous as it can lead to infection or damage to the cornea (front window of the eye).
A: Glaucoma affects 2% of the UK population over the age of 40 and is a disease in which the optic nerve is damaged, leading o progressive and irreversible vision loss.If there is glaucoma in the family, you may be more at risk of developing it. Glaucoma can be treated effectively if it is diagnosed in time, so be sure to have a regular eye examination.
A: If you’ve had your eyes checked and they are as good as you think, then your practitioner will have no objection to you having plain or tinted lenses in a frame of your choice, or contact lenses that can enhance or change the colour of your eyes.
A: It depends on who the patient is. A young, healthy person with no apparent problems will take about 20 minutes. Someone older, perhaps with high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma or other ailments can take much longer. The optometrist will determine what clinical tests are needed to provide the correct information for new glasses or contact lenses. At David Burghardt Vision Care we like to dedicated a minimum of 40 minutes to all our private patients to ensure we can provide the highest stnadard of eye care avaliable tailored to the individual.
A: If you have plastic lenses in your glasses then dry tissues will scratch them. It is generally better to dampen the tissue, or even use soapy water and a soft cloth. Glasses with anti-glare coatings should be cleaned with a special cloth and spray. We always have plenty of cloths avaliable as well as special Lens cleaning spray, so please call in at any time.
A: It is never too early for any eye exam. Most children have their first eye examination before they begin school. Vision is integral to a childs development and learning. Even if no vision problem has ever been expressed it is important that our optometrists determine your childs vision is prepared to handle the visual stress of reading, writing and other close work. It doesnt matter if you think your child is too young to talk or know their letters. Specially designed age appropriate tests enable our optomertrists to detect any visual problem from a very young age.Children often dont realise that their eyes are under too much strain and rarely report vision problems. Regular check ups ensure your childs eye sight is always at its very best.
A: Yes. Diabetes can cause severe problems with your sight. It is very important that your eyes are checked every year, preferably with drops to dilate the pupil, so that the retina (back of the eye) can be examined thoroughly. The hospital may rountinely carry out a scan of your eyes looking for any changes in your eye due to diabetes, whilst this is great in looking after the maintance of your eye in relation to diabetes, it does not however look for any other problems which are not related. At David Burghardt Vision Care we take the maintenance of your vision and eye health very seriously and would always carry out extensive further tests to ensure your overall eye health was at its optimum.
A: The term ‘optometrist’ came into use in 1987 to replace ‘ophthalmic optician’ in the same way that ‘pharmacist’ replaced ‘chemist’. An optician can be ophthalmic, dispensing or manufacturing; it is the optometrist who is qualified to test your eyes. Some dispensing opticians have extra qualifications that enable them to fit contact lenses and carry out certain clinical tests.