At Glenn Howell Optometrist, our motto is “Eye Health is our Priority”.
Vision is pervasive in our lives. Everything we do is influenced by our vision. Vision allows us to move and act. Optimal vision allows you to live better.
We only get one pair of eyes and monitoring the health of our eyes is important. This is because as our sight fails, so will our quality of life and the ease with which we live our lives.
Eye disease can sneak up on us. It is often painless, therefore we often ignore the symptoms such as not being able to read as well, not seeing street signs clearly or not recognising someone from a distance.
Important signs that indicate the need for an eye test include: vision becomes blurry or hazy, seeing spots before your eyes, experiencing double vision or increased sensitivity to glare. Many medications can affect your vision or cause dry, sensitive eyes. So this makes an eye test even more important if you take prescribed medications.
Monitoring for changes in our eyes allows problems to be detected and managed before they become too difficult to treat. An eye test may also indicate a systemic problem that needs to be managed by your general practitioner, such as diabetes or elevated blood pressure. In this case (with your consent) a letter to explain the findings is sent to your doctor.
For further information as to what is involved in an eye test, please refer to our eye testing page.
Eye diseases can make you blind, however many can be prevented if detected early.
You should have your eyes tested at least every 2 years. To make an appointment with us, please call 03 5572 2185, or use our Online Enquiry Form and request an appointment for a day that suits you.
Optometry Australia encourages everyone to have an eye test at least every 2 years. Or sooner if any vision problems are noticed.
A regular eye test allows the optometrist to:
- examine your eyes for vision and eye-focus disorders
- test children who have reading/learning/dyslexia problems
- prescribe, supply and repair spectacles
- detect and diagnose signs of eye disease (such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration)
- detect and diagnose signs of health disorders involving the eyes – a letter to your GP may be written if beneficial
- test if you are suitable for contact lenses & prescribe and supply contact lenses
- analyse and treat eye co-ordination disorders
- prescribe eye-drops when required, especially common for managing allergy symptoms
- prescribe and make safety glasses
- contribute to the care of the partially sighted – Prescribe Magnifiers.
- prescribe preventative eye exercises
If an eye disease or general health disorder is detected, your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) or general medical practitioner.