Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I have an eye examination?
In some cases, such as people with diabetes or those with a family history of an eye disease such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, this may need to be done more frequently. Similarly, if you notice sudden changes in your eyes – such as a loss of vision, flashes, dark spots or double-vision – you should see an optometrist as soon as possible and not wait until your next biannual check-up.
Do I need a referral to see an optometrist?
Simply call the practice on 6332 5222 or Request an appointment
What is involved when I get my eyes tested?
An eye examination will include testing for how well you focus over long and short distances, assessing your eye movements and eye teaming skills and, if needed, checking colour vision and depth perception.
Apart from determining the need for glasses, it is very important to check the health of your eyes. This can involve using a series of lights to examine the internal and external structures of the eye, digital retinal photography, plus eye pressure and peripheral vision testing.
Will I need eye drops?
How much does a standard eye examination cost?
What does my private health insurance cover?
Normally, each fund has an annual limit on optical extras (which varies from fund to fund) and it expires each year, so it is important to use your benefit as most funds do not accumulate their rebates. Use it or lose it!
At what age should I have my child’s eyes examined?
How often should I have my child’s eyes examined?
Optometry Australia estimates that approximately 1 in 5 children have some form of vision problem. Good vision plays a vital role in a child’s learning (reading, comprehension and numeracy skills) as well as in social or sports situations.
What symptoms could indicate a possible problem with my baby’s eyes?
- Eyes appearing crossed
- One or both eyes turn in or out
- Irregular-shaped or unequal-sized pupils
- Not being able to track or move both eyes in the same direction, at the same time
- The pupil looks white
- Eyes appear to “jiggle” or do not appear to keep still
- Droopy eyelid
- Discharge or red eyes.
What signs or symptoms could indicate a possible problem with my child’s eyes?
- Complaints of blurry vision either when reading up close or viewing teaching boards from a distance
- Rubbing eyes
- Covering, turning or tilting the head or favouring one eye to see
- Complaints of sore eyes – red, itchy, gritty eyes
- Watery eyes
- One or both eyes turn in or out
- Poor reading progress
- Holding pages in close to read
- Losing place when reading – skipping lines or words when reading
- Needing to use a finger to keep place when reading
- Poor handwriting
- Frequent blinking.
Do I need an OCT scan?
Not everyone requires an OCT scan but as it is such an amazing diagnostic tool, we do recommend that those with a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration have an OCT or if you are over 40 years of age. Sometimes, your Optometrist may notice a small anomaly with their regular testing and will suggest an OCT even as a baseline so that changes can be detected even quicker. The Optometrist will discuss this with you.
How do I stop eyestrain on the computer?
It is important to have an eye examination to check that your eyes are seeing comfortably and to their best potential.
Make sure you have regular breaks: remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, have a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet (6 metres) away.
Do I need to wear sunglasses?
We have a large range of sunglasses available, ranging from Cancer Council approved styles to many fashion and sports brands.
Can you supply prescription sunglasses?
What is short-sightedness (myopia)?
What is long-sightedness (hyperopia)?
What is astigmatism?
Why will most of us need reading glasses?
If I get glasses, will my eyes get worse?
Obviously, when you wear a pair of glasses you will see objects more clearly. Many people will then notice that when they take their glasses off they cannot see as well and think that their eyes have got worse. It is actually that the brain prefers to “see” a clear, comfortable view of the world – not a fuzzy one – and that your perception of how well you see has changed, not your eyes.
What is glaucoma?
Although the cause is not entirely known, it appears as though damage can be caused by an increase in eye pressure due to poor drainage or from a poor blood supply to the optic nerve. Once there is damage to the optic nerve, your peripheral (side) vision can become affected.
Due to the slow, irreversible damage that occurs with glaucoma it is important to have your eyes examined every two years from the age of 40 (more frequently if you have a family history of this condition) to prevent any vision loss.
What are cataracts?
What is macular degeneration?
I have diabetes, why do I need my eyes tested?
Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness that occurs when the retinal blood vessels leak and damage the retina. As a lot of these changes can occur slowly over time, they may go unnoticed and a comprehensive eye examination may be the only way of detecting these subtle changes. People with diabetes should be tested at least once a year.
Can I wear contact lenses?
Is there an alternative to Laser corrective surgery, so I do not need glasses?
For some people with suitable prescriptions, Orthokeratology may be the answer. This involves wearing a hard contact lens at night and the cornea is gently reshaped to help correct your refractive error. When the lens is removed in the morning, most people can manage throughout the day without needing glasses or contact lenses. This is ideal for those with dry eyes, allergies or a dusty work environment who are contact lens intolerant. Our Optometrists can assess your eyes and let you know what may be the best option for you.