Covering one eye has had a rethink, with an occluder that fits directly onto the patient’s own Glasses.
The Optishield for Optometry
“Made of soft medical grade silicone, this simple and clever concept fits neatly onto the spectacle lens allowing good coverage when conducting visual assessments”.
Knowing that the Optishield is sitting securely in the right place gives the optometrist the confidence to concentrate on the test-taking place instead of the positioning of the occluder. This results in an examination that is more comfortable for both clinician and patient. This becomes particularly valuable when testing young patients who are more mobile and those with special educational needs and disabilities. The frosted Optishield is ideally suited to testing pediatric 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.
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, resulting in a direct positive impact on their usual clinical practice.
The Optishield offers a flexible alternative where temporary partial occlusion for a clinically prescribed period has been recommended by an eye care specialist, for example in the case of intractable diplopia.
The Optishield is lightweight and easy to mount on most spectacle frame sizes and will sit neatly into a lens box in consulting rooms in between use.
Optician Fitting Optishield
The Optishield for The Patient
Optishield In Frosted Ready To Use
Using ocular occlusion for the interim treatment of Diplopia
A 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’s lens.
The frosted Optishield for patients may offer a flexible alternative where temporary partial occlusion for a clinically prescribed period has been recommended by an eye care specialist.
The Optishield has been designed with an easy on/off fit, making it suitable for short term tasks such as reading, watching television or using a computer.
Always consult an eye specialist before using this product
Frosted Optishield in use
The Optishield has been developed in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton and Keele University.