Regular eye examinations are important to maintain good vision and eye health. Depending on your individual circumstances, we recommend a general eye examination every 12 to 24 months. However, it may be important for certain demographics to see an optometrist more frequently, such as a patient with glaucoma, diabetes, macula degeneration or other eye conditions. If you are unsure if you need an examination, please contact us to discuss this with one of our optical assistants.
For your convenience, we bulk bill eligible consultations for Medicare and Department of Veterans Affairs card holders. We also claim your Private Health Insurance entitlement directly with your insurer via our HICAPS terminal.
Preliminary tests determine your visual acuity, that is, the smallest letter you can clearly read on an eye chart six metres away from you. The light and eye muscles’ reflexes are screened. Your eyes’ refraction is then measured. This is determination of what optical lens will give the clearest focus on the retina of an object that is six metres or further away. Whilst this refraction may not be prescribed for you as distance spectacles, it gives the optometrists an accurate understanding of the eyes’ focus. Your refraction may be Myopic (Short-sighted), Hyperopic (Long-sighted), Astigmatic or Emmetropic.
The optometrist looks at your eye muscle balance to determine if there is any underlying eye turn that could cause eye-strain. Because vision is dynamic, we also need to examine how well your eyes adjust to close objects. From these tests of vision, a prescription for spectacle correction can be written.