A guide to optical diagnostic instruments

Many optometrists and other eye care professionals will be familiar with the need for optical instruments, in order to provide effective eye care.

This includes recognising refractive errors, screening for eye disease and being able to streamline treatment processes within your practice or clinic.

Optical diagnostic instruments are vital for diagnosis and treatment, and there are many different types available. Here we give a brief overview of some of the most popular and useful optical diagnostic instruments.

Corneal topographer

The cornea is a vital part of your eye anatomy, and is responsible for around 70% of the eye’s focusing power. The shape of your cornea can affect your vision; if the cornea is too flat, steep or uneven, you may experience vision problems.

A corneal topographer can help to identify the shape of your cornea, providing a detailed description of the curvature and shape of the cornea. It works through a non-invasive medical imaging technique, mapping the surface of the cornea itself.

OCT machine

An optical coherence tomography machine is able to capture detailed images of the retina, in order to measure and assess its condition. Its method is best compared to an ultrasound, but with light instead of sound.

OCT machines measure the layers and thickness of the retina, and aids early detection and diagnosis of retinal diseases.

Wave Analyzer

The Wave Analyzer is a fully automated aberrometer, delivering 7 different measurements in under 2 minutes. It offers a full assessment of the anterior chamber, with accurate corneal mapping as well as cataract and glaucoma screening.

The Wave Analyzer can deliver a well-rounded and effective instrument for mapping and screening, in order to provide accurate diagnosis.

Having these kinds of optical diagnostic instruments is crucial in order to deliver a high level of care and service to your patients. Not only can it provide a personalised experience, but these instruments can aid in early diagnosis of problems, in order to deliver the right treatment.