It is with great sadness that we have learnt that Norville Optical has gone into administration. Frank Norville is a “gentleman” of the profession who has been hugely supportive of the Universities and various initiatives to help the Optical Professions. On a personal level, he has been very supportive of the ReadEZ project and was…

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The design of conventional visual field instruments means that airborne particles will be transmitted into the bowl of the instrument which makes these instruments difficult to thoroughly disinfect between patients. The Digital Fields Screener by Thomson Software Solutions uses a conventional computer screen to assess central visual fields. This circumvents many of the issues with…

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Current guidelines on Social Distancing have made it difficult (or impossible) for patients to attend a clinic to have their visual acuity checked. The good news is that the Thomson Test Chart may be used in association with video-conferencing software (e.g. Zoom or Teams) to assess the vision of patients in their homes or other…

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Trial frames have served us well for hundreds of years! However, they are difficult to disinfect and require the practitioner to be in close proximity to the patient. Modern computerised phoropters provide an excellent alternative and while most link to some form of projector or electronic test chart, these do not offer the same ease…

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The RNIB have recently adopted the Thomson Digital Fields Screener to provide a means of screening the visual fields of patients seen as part of their domicilary service. Before the advent of the Digital Field Screener clinicians had to choose between a crude confrontation test or “lugging” a bulky field screener between visits. The Digital…

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Thomson Software Solutions has won a prestigious contract to supply their computer-based test charts to Moorfields Eye Hospital and their satellite sites. The contract which will take three years to fully implement, will involve replacing all back-illuminated Snellen charts with the latest Thomson Test Chart. The charts, originally developed by Professor David Thomson, are already…

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