Dec 16th, 2017

We always like to keep our eyes – and ears – open for the latest optical-related news and technology. So, our super-keen optometrists, Amar and Kim, recently sharpened their pencils and set off for a training evening with the South West Eye Surgeons at their consulting rooms in Clifton, Bristol.

The focus of the evening was on interpreting images from an Optical Coherence Tomography scanner. As many of you will know we’ve got one of these highly sophisticated scanners at the practice, as they’re one of the best ways to look at the central retina and optic nerve head in amazing detail. In fact, such is our commitment to eye care, that we were one of the first practices in the area to invest in one. (It made an almost irreparable hole in our staff biscuits budget.)

Of course, it’s no good if you’ve got all the gear but no idea. Being able to accurately interpret images is essential if you’re going to spot conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration in the early stages. Fortunately, our knowledge was already at pretty much expert level. Phew.

We also went to a meeting run by US contact lens company, Synergeyes, to hear about their hybrid lens designs, especially for people with complex degrees of astigmatism and irregular corneas. We’ve used the lenses in past and now, having been convinced of their benefits, we’ll use them again. With a gas permeable centre and soft skirt, they’re not your typical lens, but they are another too lthat we can use for optimising vision for some people.

Finally, not wishing to be left out on the self-improvement front, our two Dispensing Optometrists, Sarah and Morgane, have been on a course run by their professional association to get the low down on new lens technologies. So, if you’re looking for expert advice, from a clued-up team, you know where to come.