Our Equipment

We continually invest in the best possible equipment so we can continue to give you the best possible eye care. We also make sure we’re properly trained in how to operate the equipment and interpret the information it gives us. After all, even the best technology is only as good as the people who use it.

Optical equipment can look quite scary and make some people feel apprehensive. To help put your mind at rest we’d like to tell you about the equipment we have, what we use it for and why it’s important.

“My previous opticians were quite old fashioned and did not see the need to recommend anything new. From the first time I had a consultation with Optimum, I was very impressed indeed. Optimum had all the up-to-date equipment and were able to guide me through options I had never considered before with great patience. I now have monthly multi-focal contact lenses and spectacles that are light years away from what I had before. I cannot recommend Optimum highly enough for their personal service and professionalism.” Richard Williams
Examination Equipment

We use this to check your peripheral vision. It’s an essential test to see if you have glaucoma, and, if you do, to monitor its progression.

We use this to measure the power of the lens in your glasses. It helps us understand your current prescription and decide if you need a new one.

We use this to measure how light is affected by the curve of eye. It shows us how well your eyes focus and helps us determine your prescription.

This is commonly referred to as the puffer test. We use it to measure the pressure inside your eye. It helps us find out whether or not you have glaucoma.

This is an alternative to the puffer test we use to measure the pressure inside your eye. We also use it when the pressure inside your eye is above a certain level.

We use this to take high-resolution digital images of your eyes. It’s like an advanced scan for your eyes, which gives us cross-sectional and three-dimensional images. It helps us diagnose and manage a number of eye conditions.

Our Topcon Tritan OCT is a hospital grade level machine. OCT is a relatively new technology and, while many opticians are investing in the equipment, few have the necessary expertise to interpret the results effectively. We do.

We use this to see how light focuses at the back of your eye. It helps us determine whether or not you need corrective lenses.

We use this to take a detailed photograph of the back of your eye. We store the photographs on computer and use them to monitor any changes in your eyes over time. It can also give you an insight into the inside of your eye.

We use this get a detailed and magnified view of your eye. It helps us detect any diseases or abnormalities.


We use this to measure any refractive error in your eyes. It helps us to determine your prescription.

We use different charts of pictures and letters with young children to help us check their vision.

Dispensing equipment

We are currently the only optician in the local area to use this equipment. It’s digital imaging technology that we use to take accurate measurements of your eyes. This means we can make sure your frames and lenses are a precise fit and match your eye rotation centre and natural head posture.

As well as making sure the fit of your glasses will give you the best possible vision, this technology can help you choose your frames. It allows you to see up to 8 images or short videos of yourself on one screen so you can compare how you look in different frames.

This is a 3D, virtual reality headset. We use it to show you the effect difference lenses, lens coatings and treatments can make to your vision.

It’s particularly helpful for patients who may be moving to varifocals as it allows you to experience how you’ll see through the lenses in different situations, for example walking downstairs.