The Optometrists Association of Australia recommends regular eye examinations every 2 to 3 years. A normal eye examination appointment is generally 30 minutes in length. During this time, Glenn will conduct a series of tests on vision, eye focusing and eye health. Eyes are tested for visual problems that may require glasses or ‘eye training’ for correction. The eye test also involves checking for eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Aged Related Macular Degeneration (MD), Cataracts, and Diabetic Retinopathy.
What to bring to your eye test:
- All glasses (old and current) – even if you do not like the glasses, they are still useful for the optometrist;
- Medicare Card – we can claim your Medicare rebate for you on the spot;
- Health cards – if applicable (pension card, health care card, private medical insurance card – health fund claiming on the spot is available);
- Current Contact Lenses & solutions (and the details of your contact lenses, including the prescription or original box);
- A list of your current Medications & drops;
- Completed Questionnaire (if you are new to our practice).
A full eye examination may also use the following:
- Digital Retinal Camera – which allows a more detailed view of the retina. This image will be a permanent record of your eyes, you can even take a copy of your eye photos home with you.
- Corneal topographer – this creates a map showing the exact shape of the cornea and helps to detect small changes in vision that is otherwise not detected. It is also very important for measurement of astigmatism and for accurate contact lens fitting.
- Pupil Dilation Drops – these may be used to examine your eyes more carefully. This is only done as needed and you will be asked before they are used.
- OCT Optical Coherence Tomographer – a quick and safe scan of the eye to measure structures of the eye including the macula and optic nerve. Very accurate and can measure change over time.
- Tried and Tested Equipment – For many years we have used a Computerised Perimeter. This tests your ‘field of vision’ and is important for anyone who has a family history of Glaucoma. Visual Field Tests are often performed on people with unexplained headaches or stroke victims. It may be old technology but it is still the standard of care for a more thorough eye test.