Private Examinations

Intuitive Overlay Test

This is an extra test which helps determine whether you may benefit from specific tinted lenses, and these tints have been shown to be potentially beneficial to dyslexics or those with other specific learning difficulties, and migraine sufferers.



The tear film has a vital role in maintaining eye surface health, keeping vision clear, and keeping eyes comfortable. There are many causes and types of dry eye syndromes, and there is a battery of tests that can be done to assess and measure the tear film quality and quantity. The newest, and probably the best, is to measure tear film osmolarity, and this is a non-invavsive technique that involves a small sample of tears being analysed for various chemicals and components. We have the first TearLab in Tayside, and there is only one other in Scotland at the moment, but it certainly is the future for diagnosing and monitoring drye eyes, and tear film problems.


Optical coherence tomography (OCT)

OCT is an optical signal acquisition and processing method. It captures micrometer-resolution, three-dimensional images from within optical scattering media (e.g., biological tissue). Optical coherence tomography is an interferometric technique, typically employing near-infrared light. The use of relatively long wavelength light allows it to penetrate into the scattering medium. We have installed the very newest OCT…the Topcon 3d OCT 2000, in Carnoustie. This instrument gives the highest resolution images of the cornea, anterior angle, retina, and optic nerve. This will make diagnosis and onward referral for various eye conditions but it also offers a much more thorough and compelling monitoring process for those at risk patients, who have family histories of ARMD and glaucoma.

Our Brechin practice now has the latest RT Vue OCT, so you can enjoy the ultimate peace of mind at both practices.


Contact lenses… Topography

Contact lens examinations and aftercare are specifically excluded from the NHS, so CL patients pay a private fee which covers them for the years care, including the annual examination. We have a selection of corneal topographers available in each test room, all of which are cutting edge and which give remarkably detailed maps of the corneal surface. This is the best and most accurate way of ensuring an accurate CL fit, and in the long term is the most sensitive way of detecting the subtle changes which could indicate a CL wearing problem. Topographers are also vital for following up corneal diseases like ulcers, keratoconus, foreign bodies, abrasions, and other corneal dystrophies.