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Current guidance on social distancing has forced a rethink in the way that eye care professionals interact with patients.

Eye examination techniques such as refraction, fundoscopy, slit-lamp examination and even the measurement of visual acuity, all involve the practitioner to be in close proximity to the patient. Furthermore, instruments like conventional perimeters are very difficult to disinfect between patients.



The good news is that the team at Thomson Sofware has developed a number of solutions which allow you to maintain the highest standards of clinical practice while complying with current social distancing guidelines. Read more below ...



Thomson Test Charts


From the inventors of computerised Test Charts, we have installed our software in over 8000 consulting rooms around the world including most of the major eye hospital eye departments in the UK, all of the Optometry and Orthoptics schools in the UK and many in Europe, Australia and Asia and thousands of Optometric practices. We can supply solutions ranging from software only to complete installations.

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NEW: Digital Fields Screener

The Thomson Digital Field Screener is a fully-featured visual field screener which runs on a PC or a laptop. It is ideal for domiciliaries or as a backup in your practice. The software includes 30-2, 24-2 and 10-2 screening protocols and can be used in multiple-stimulus, single stimulus, suprathreshold and thresholding modes.

At last - the visual field solution that clinicians
have been waiting for.

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NEW Occupational Screener

The Thomson Occupational Screener software is set to revolutionise vision screening in companies and industry.

The software runs on a standard PC or Laptop and performs a wide range of vision tests .

The tests may be run individually or grouped together to form a test protocol.  The software includes a powerful database and report generator to take care of much of the admin associated with screening.

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UPDATED: Clinical Eye Tracker


The Clinical Eye Tracker provides an exciting new tool for assessing eye movements and binocular vision at a breakthrough price! The system uses a small bar which is mounted below a computer screen.  The bar incorporates IR cameras which detect the position of the eyes to within less than 1 degree.

The most exciting thing that has happened in binocular vision testing since the invention of the cover!

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NEW: Paediatric Screening Chart

The Paediatric Screening Test Chart is designed for screening the vision of children from the age of 4 years upwards.  The system uses a Crowded LogMAR test and fully complies with the recommendations for School-Entry vision screening prescribed by the UK National Screening Committee and Public Health England.

The software also  includes an elegant app to help with LogMAR scoring.

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The Binocular Vision Analyser

A complete solution for use in Hospital Eye Departments and clinics - includes advanced Hess Screen, Field of Binocular Single Vision and Orthoptic report.  Available as software only or as a complete solution with touch-sensitive PC, 48'' monitor and bespoke instrument table.

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The ReadEZ System


We supply a complete range of solutions for diagnosing and managing Meares-Irlen syndrome (Visual Stress). Our screening software rapidly identifies those who are likely to benefit from colour and determines the optimum colour for overlays, lenses and their computer screen.

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NEW: PC Hess Screen

The PC Hess Screen provides the clinician with a powerful PC-based tool for assessing ocular motility, without having to invest in bulky and expensive equipment. Quickly and accurately measure deviations in 9 or 25 directions of gaze, save results, print reports and much more.

Web Sites for Opticians


With years of experience of providing software to the Optical Sector, we are ideally placed to create a stunning website for your Optical Practice.  Whether you are looking for a simple starter site or a full ecommerce site, we can help.  Why not give us a call to discuss your requirements.


EMedInfo - a unique database of the ocular adverse reactions to over 3000 drugs, has become a firm favourite among eye care professionals.

We are proud to announce that we have now joined forces with Optix and Aston University to launch an updated web-based version. Access this unique database from any device for just £5 / month.

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D-Chart is a novel system for mapping and quantifying distortion in the central visual field. Ideal for vitreo-retinal clinics, optometrists or others who wish to monitor changes in central visual fields.  At last, an alternative to the Amsler chart.

Acuity Master


Acuity Master is our radical new solution for measuring and analysing visual acuity. Perfect for hospitals, clinics and other environments where accurate assessment of visual acuity is paramount. Acuity Master takes care of the entire process, including measurements, scoring, and reporting.

Apps for vision testing

Turn your iPhone or iPad into a powerful vision assessment tool.  Huge range of near vision tests, 3m vision tests, images and optical calculators.

PC Sun Screen


PC SunScreen is a powerful software app which automatically adjusts your screen colour to mimic natural daylight, gradually increasing the blue content from dawn to midday and then reducing it in the hours before you intend to go to bed. Research has shown that this can have a significant impact on sleep patterns.


A range of products for helping explain eye conditions to patients.  All contain high quality animations storyboarded by eye care professionals and produced by the leading developer of medical animations in the UK.

And from the same stable...

A number of other products have been developed by the same team but are marketed and managed by sister companies. For further information on these products, visit the associated websites from the links below.

Vision Screener for Schools


Thomson Screening is a spin-out company from City University which markets innovative software developed by Professor Thomson for managing Vision, Hearing and Height/Weight screening in schools.  The flagship software is already in use by ten local authorities and co-ordinates a screening programme across a whole area.

Health Screening Kiosks


We have developed a Health Screening kiosk for use in public spaces. Ths kiosk is capable of assessing distance and near vision, blood pressure and weight / BMI.  Contact us for further information.

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