Dry/ Sore Eyes Solutions8 December, 2016
All About Eye Tests
Do I need an appointment?
We always recommend you make an appointment with one our friendly staff to avoid disappointment and to find a time and day that is convenient to you.
How much does it cost?
Your eye test is fully bulk billed to Medicare. You will need to bring your medicare card with you.
Why do I need an eye test?
An eye test is not just about getting glasses. It is an essential health check for everyone at all ages. Getting your eyes tested at least every 2 years will detect eye conditions before you even notice them! Early and preventative treatment is the key.
But I am a contact lens wearer?
You also need regular eye tests. These will vary slightly to a regular eye exam.
How long will my eye test take?
Your eye test will take approximately 20-30 minutes.
Who will perform my eye test?
An Optometrist will perform your eye test. An Optometrist is a non medical practitioner who is trained to assess the eye and diagnose dysfunctions and disorders. The Optometrist will prescribe corrective and preventative devices (for example: a spectacle prescription). If any disorders or dysfunctions are detected during your examination, your Optometrist will provide you with a referral to an Ophthalmologist, who is a medical doctor.
What happens in an eye test?
When you go to an eye test, ensure you take with you any spectacles you currently wear, and the name of any medication you are taking. Your Optometrist will discuss with you your reasons for your visit. You may require a routine eye test, or your may have been experiencing difficulties with your vision. Your Optometrist will ask you various questions in relation to your work, hobbies, general health of yourself and your family. This will determine if there are any genetic conditions that the Optometrist will need to be aware of, and perform the appropriate checks if necessary. You will be asked to read several lines of letters on a chart. A light will then be shone into your eyes to see how they react to light, and to check the overall condition of the outer eye. An ophthalmoscope will check your inner eye, and you will be required to look in different directions. Your Optometrist will also check the muscles which control the movement of your eye. All of these tests are completely painless and easy to do!
As a result of the above tests (they may also perform a number of other tests), your Optometrist will determine if you require a prescription for spectacles / contact lenses or if your require other treatment. Your friendly Optometrist will answer any questions you may have, so feel free to discuss any concerns.
Do you need an eye test?
Other things to consider ….
Are you over 40 years old?
Do you have a close relative with glaucoma?
Do you have diabetes?
If you answered YES to any of the above, then regular eye tests are essential.