As an independent practice, we firmly believe in giving our patients the best service possible, thus we provide a comprehensive one-hour eye examination, standard to all our patients. We offer a wide range of eye care services, as a one-stop, in a friendly and professional environment.
Regular eye examinations
Regular eye examinations are essential to achieving clear and comfortable vision and good eye health. Vision screenings performed by a school nurse, your employer or the traffic department are not the same as a comprehensive eye examination. Our optometrists check for various eye disorders and diseases, even if you are symptom-free, as early intervention can prevent future vision loss.
During our routine eye examination, we will perform tests like retinoscopy (measure quality of vision), slit lamp examination (examine the front of our eye), fundus lens ophthalmoscopy (examine the back of your eye), refraction (measure how clearly you can see), binocular evaluations (measure how well both eyes work together), glaucoma screening with contact tonometry (examine the pressure within your eye), OCT (non-invasive ultrasound-like exam of the eye) and corneal topography (exam surface of the cornea), when indicated.
Using a corneal topographer, it is possible to measure with extreme accuracy and detail, the front surface of the eye, called the cornea. During eye examinations, corneal topography is particularly useful to analyse the cornea for irregularities due to astigmatism, corneal disease, allergies and contact lens wear.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
The OCT functions similarly to a CT scan, using light waves to differentiate the layers of the retina. It is a non-invasive imaging test that allows us to see 3D or cross-section images of your eye. With the OCT, it is possible to quickly diagnose retinal diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, epiretinal membranes, and diabetic retinopathy.
The OCT is also very useful when fitting scleral contact lenses and allows us to fit the lenses with micro-millimetre accuracy for the most comfortable and perfect fit.
Contact lenses examinations
Charl Laäs Optometrists has a specific interest in contact lenses. From standard soft contact lenses to more advanced soft, rigid and scleral contact lenses. We specialize in speciality procedures such as orthokeratology, keratoconus, post-refractive surgery and the rehabilitation of the traumatised and irregular cornea.
Technology is continually expanding the range of contact lenses and patients that may previously not have been able to wear contact lenses, can now be assisted.
We make use of the revolutionary new EyeSpace contact lens design software. This allows our optometrists to custom design each and every rigid contact lens, to give you the perfect lens specifically for your unique eye.
New designs and materials such as bifocal or progressive lenses, silicone extended wear soft lenses, advanced orthokeratology and scleral lenses, are now providing you with more comfortable vision and more oxygen transmission to the eye compared to older generation lenses.
The combination of new lens design techniques, new materials, and new modern manufacturing, results in longer periods of hassle-free wear for our patients with less red-eye problems, associated with contact lens wear.
At Charl Laäs Optometrists, you are not just another number. We take our time to get to know your needs and wants. We stock over a thousand designer frames to suit every taste, and with our new lens glazing machinery, we are easily able to custom design rimless and semi-rimless lens shapes to your specifications in the practice.
Drivers licence certificates
We offer a free visual screening test for driver’s licenses. The certificate is accepted by all traffic departments and assists you in avoiding the long queues. Please note it is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Community care and affordability
Please note that we have subsidised options for disadvantaged people, whereby we offer packages of complete spectacle frames, prescription lenses and comprehensive eye examinations at a very affordable tariff.