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Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

The OCT machine enables a non-invasive examination of the posterior structures of the eye by using reflections of light to provide a cross-sectional image. It is a diagnostic device that aids in the detection and management of ocular diseases.

We use our OCT machine frequently to monitor macula or optic nerve disease in our patients. By comparing the structure and thickness of a patient’s scan against a normal, healthy eye, pathology can be detected, even at early stages.

Humphrey Visual Field Analyser (HVFA)

The HVFA reveals the extent of a patient’s peripheral vision. It can expose early stages of disease and is used for the following:

  • Diagnosis of an ocular disease. In particular, Glaucoma, as this displays characteristic patterns of visual loss.
  • Assessment of neurological disease-causing visual loss.
  • Monitoring the progression or recovery of ocular and neurological disease.
  • Drivers who are 75 years of age or older require a field test as part of their RTA form. The purpose of the field test is to rule out the presence of significant visual field loss, and therefore confirm whether they are fit to drive.

IOL Master

The IOL Master is a modern, non-contact machine used for taking measurements of a patient’s eye in preparation for cataract surgery. These measurements are used to calculate the suitable type and strength of the new intraocular lens which will replace the natural lens during surgery. It is considered the “gold-standard” machine for pre-operational eye measurements. Every eye is unique, and it is important to obtain measurements as accurately as possible so that a patient can achieve the best possible outcome for their vision.  The images collected on this machine can be viewed by the doctor during surgery at Charlestown Private Hospital.


The slit-lamp consists of an adjustable beam of bright light and a high magnification microscope for the examination of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) parts of the eye, as well as being able to measure the Intra-Ocular Pressure (IOP) of each eye. The Slit-Lamp is a vital tool that you will find amongst all ophthalmic practices.

Heidelberg Spectralis

Similar to the OCT machine, the Spectralis is a non-contact, tomography machine, which takes detailed scans of the layers of the macula and optic nerve.

Fundus Fluorescein Angiography

Fundus Fluorescein Angiography is a diagnostic procedure, used to examine the blood vessels of the retina. Fundus angiography is often performed to confirm the initial diagnosis of a patient with retinal or macular disease.

Atlas 9000- Corneal Topography

Our Atlas Topography machine is a non-contact device used to detect corneal pathology and also to measure the curvature of the cornea as part of our pre-operative cataract work-ups.

Clarus Fundus Camera

This specialised camera takes highly detailed images of the back surface of the eye (the retina). This enables Eye Specialists to keep a record of the health of the eye as well as detect any small changes over time. The camera features an ultrawide lens that enables coverage over a wide area, as well as specialised filters that enable detection of different retinal layers.

Schwind Topographer

This machine takes a detailed map of the outer surface of the eye (the cornea). This information is used to detect and record corneal disease as well as give information about the thickness of the cornea. The information from these maps is transferred directly into the Schwind Laser which is used for corrective laser treatment.

iTrace Corneal Wavefront Topographer

The iTrace is a specialised machine that combines measurements of corneal curvature as well as measurements of waves of light traveling through the eye. This information is useful for patients having an assessment of their cataracts as it gives information about how the cataract is affecting the vision. It is also useful in evaluating how an intraocular lens is sitting within the eye after cataract surgery.

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