Investment in Greater Technology

We are proud of our award-winning technology and have invested over £350,000 in consulting room, diagnostic equipment and analysis software. We have continued to evolve and re-invest in our diagnostic technology since opening in 2010. Peter and Craig are often asked to speak at universities and conferences on the use of cutting-edge technology in optometric practice and are regular contributors to magazine such as Optician Magazine and Optometry Today on the subject.

Whilst everyone in Scotland is entitled to a routine eye examination funded by NHS Scotland, the NHS examination does not include the latest imaging techniques. Eye Care for Life members are entitled to unlimited access to our imaging technologies.

Procedure Included in NHS Eye Care for Life
Vision and refractive status
Binocular status assessment
Internal and external ocular health
Visual field analysis
Contact pachymetry
Standard retinal photography
Ultra-widefield true colour retinal imaging
Fundus Autofluorescence
Macular OCT
Macular Pigment density scan
Macular/ Retinal risk analysis
Optic nerve and nerve fibre OCT
OCT Pachymetry
OCT Goniometry
Glaucoma Risk Analysis
Corneal Topography
25% discount on spectacles
15% discount on sunglasses
10% discount on accessories

Zeiss Clarus 500 – Ultra-widefield Retinal Camera

Our latest acquisition is the Zeiss Clarus Ultra-Wide Field retinal camera - the world’s first true-colour ultra-widefield ultra-high-resolution retinal camera. Peter Ivins Eye Care is the first practice in Europe to have this technology.

Standard fundus photography is great but is only able to capture 20% of your retina, meaning 80% is missed. With the Clarus 500 we are able to capture 80-90% of the retina with 7µm resolution and in true colour. Meaning we can see more of the eye and in much more detail than ever before. This is crucial in cases of retinal tears, retinal holes and retinal detachments where early diagnosis and treatment are vital. It is also important in early diagnosis of diabetes, ocular tumours, myopic degeneration and macular degeneration.

Zeiss Clarus 500 – Fundus Autofluorescence (FAF)

Fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging provides useful information on retinal metabolism and retinal health by detecting changes in the retina associated with macular degeneration. It can be used to diagnose early changes seen in dry age-related macular degeneration and monitor change in atrophy with established disease.

Zeiss Cirrus 5000 HD-OCT

Optical Coherence Tomography or OCT for short, allows us to look through the eye instead of into the eye. Individual layers of the retina are visible and can be measured and tracked over time. This can be used to diagnose conditions such as a macular hole, epi-retinal membranes and vitreo-macular traction, as well as early diagnosis of macular degeneration and glaucoma.

We initially invested in the Zeiss Cirrus 400 in 2010, upgrading to a Zeiss Cirrus 4000 in 2014 and updating to our current Zeiss Cirrus 5000 in 2016. We strive to remain at the cutting edge of OCT.

Our latest model allows for eye-tracking to ensure every scan is in the same place as the scan before allowing for better comparison year to year. It also allows for analysis of the front of the eye using goniometry and non-invasive pachymetry and can also be used in complex fitting such as orthokeratology and scleral contact lenses. Our directors Peter Ivins and Craig McArthur have lectured at universities and conferences throughout the UK and Europe on the use of OCT.

Zeiss Visucam 200 Retinal Camera and macular pigment density analyser

Peter and Craig have been at the forefront of Macular Screening since setting up the UK’s first nationwide macular screening service in 2007/08. Peter Ivins Eye Care were the first practice in the UK to install the Visucam 200 retinal camera and macular pigment density analyser. The system is used to screen patients at risk of developing macular disease by assessing macular pigment density.

Zeiss HFA3 Visual Field Analyser

Our Zeiss HFA3 visual field analyser is the gold-standard of measuring visual fields and is used in hospital clinics across the UK. This system combined with our Zeiss Cirrus 5000 OCT and Zeiss Forum Glaucoma workplace allows for the early detection of glaucoma and excellent in monitoring disease progression and treatment. It is also the gold-standard for DVLA testing.

Zeiss Forum Retinal Workplace

Peter Ivins Eye Care was the first practice in the UK to use the Zeiss Forum system. Our director and optometrist Craig McArthur is part of Zeiss’s global advisory panel for developing the software. The combined information from our Zeiss Cirrus 5000 OCT, Visucam 200 and Clarus 500 is combined in this system to produce highly detailed reports. Forum Retinal Workplace can be used to diagnose, monitor progression and measure disease treatment success in retinal conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Serial analysis is crucial in monitoring such conditions.

Zeiss Forum Glaucoma Workplace

Like Zeiss Forum Retinal Workplace, Forum Glaucoma Workplace combines information from our Zeiss HFA3 visual field analyser, Zeiss Cirrus 5000 OCT and Clarus 500 to produce incredibly detailed reports used to diagnose and monitor glaucoma. Again, serial analysis and repeated measurements over time are crucial in glaucoma detection, monitoring and treatment.

E>Eye IPL – Intense Pulsed Light

Peter Ivins Eye Care was one of the first practices in the UK to offer E - Eye IPL treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye. Our dedicated dry eye and blepharitis clinic sees a high number of patients suffering from ocular irritation. IPL is an effective treatment using intense pulsed light to offer an effective long-term solution for dry eye sufferers.

Oculus Keratograph 5M Corneal Topographer

The Oculus K5 is used to map the cornea in three-dimensions. This is useful in screening young people for corneal conditions as keratoconus and older patient for corneal conditions such as Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy. It is also useful in our specialist contact lens clinic when fitting lenses such as orthokeratology, scleral lenses and custom-made soft contact lenses.

Oculus Keratograph 5M Dry Eye suite

The Oculus K5 is a crucial component of our dry eye and blepharitis clinic. The system allows us to measure and track tear volume, tear evaporation rate, tear viscosity, lipid layer thickness, conjunctival redness and eye blink quality. The system also allows us to view meibomian glands using meibography. This allows us to accurately diagnosis meibomian gland dysfunction and recommend treatments such as BlephEx and IPL.

Topcon Video Slit-Lamps

We use digital photo-slit lamps to document problems at the front of the eye such as cataracts, basal cell carcinomas, dry eye, blepharitis and various lumps and bumps.

Nidek TonoRef II

This Japanese system is effectively three machines in one. It boosts automated keratometry used to map the shape of the cornea useful in contact lens fitting, an accurate auto-refractor and pupilometer used as starting point in measuring your spectacle prescription and non-contact tonometer used to measure the pressure within your eye as part of glaucoma screening.

Nidek RT-5100 Intelligent digital phoropter

This digital refraction system allows our optometrist to measure your spectacle prescription to an level of accuracy not previously possible. We can also assess your binocular vision in a comfortable and efficient manner.


Peter Ivins Eye Care were amongst the first in the UK to use BlephEx to treat blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, demodex blepharitis and dry eye. It is an important part of part of our blepharitis treatment along with IPL in our dedicated Dry Eye and Blepharitis Clinic.

BlephEx™ is a revolutionary new patented hand piece, used to very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.