The Optishield offers a flexible hands-free alternative to currently available occluder paddles

Made of soft medical grade silicone, this simple and clever concept fits neatly onto the spectacles lens allowing good coverage when conducting visual assessments.

Knowing that the Optishield  is sitting securely in the right place give the optometrist the confidence to concentrate on the test tacking place instead of the positing of the occluder. This results in an examination that is more comfortable for both clinician and the patient. This becomes particularly valuable when testing young patients who are more mobile. The frosted Optishield  is also ideally suited to testing paediatric patients who may become concerned when occluded with black paddles .

A formative usability study recently completed by the Medical Devices Technical Evaluation Centre based at Birmingham University Hospitals found a very high level of acceptance among optometrists with experience of using a paddle. The study identified a 100% completion success rate with the highly experienced participants perceiving the device as a helpful aid to enable hands-free working, with a direct positive impact on their usual clinical practice.

The Optishield is lightweight and easy to mount on most spectacles frame sizes and will sit neatly into a lens box in consulting rooms in between use.

Using ocular occlusion for the interim treatment of diplopia

Current front line practice within the NHS for patients suffering with temporary or intermittent diplopia (double vision) is to apply frosted tape to the patient’s spectacle lens.

The frosted Optishield may offer a flexible alternative where temporary partial occlusion for a clinically prescribed period has been recommended by an eye care specialists.


The Optishield has the following advantages:

Long lasting soft silicone material.

Hands-free visual assessments.

No pressure on the eye with good air circulation.

Soft and flexible, won’t scratch expensive lenses.

Hygienic, can be washed and dried, reducing the risk of infection.

Suitable for a range of spectacle frames.

Developing the Optishield

The Optishield has been developed in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton and Keele University.

The Optishield is proud to be the 2017 winner of the Beacon Visionary Challenge Award for innovation in sight care. www.beaconvision.org

Available in Frosted or Black


Optishield launch due Autumn 2019 please check site for updates

10% donation to Beacon Vision – www.beaconvision.org

Always consult an eye specialist before using this product. Made from medical grade silicone in frosted or black.

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If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 07592 818687 or email r.harrison@dhcinformatics.co.uk

Optishield is a product of DHC Informatics Ltd.

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