What You Can Expect From a Routine Eye Examination
During a comprehensive eye test, your optometrist will do more than just determine your prescription. To assess both your vision and the health of your eyes your optometrist will:
- Measure your ability to see near and at a distance without visual aids via tests such as reading an eye chart, to determine the strength of lenses required to give you the best vision possible
- Examine your eye’s reaction to colour, light and movement
- Assess your how both your eyes work together (this is called binocular vision)
- Detect, monitor and control any eye diseases by testing the pressure of your eye as well as assessing the retina, blood vessels and top of the optic nerve for any irregularities. More advanced testing may be employed to provide the optometrist with a more accurate view.
- Look for ocular signs of general health problems
If a vision problem is identified your optometrists will recommend corrective eyewear or vision training, and may refer you for further assessment where required.
Advanced Eye Tests
Advanced eye tests may be employed during a routine eye exam to give your optometrist a more in depth look at your eye health. These tests are often used in the early detection of eye disease.
Retinal imaging is used to assist in the early detection and management of certain eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes and hypertension. Essentially, a digital image is taken of the retina, blood vessels and optic nerve located at the back of your eyes and can be completed in a matter of minutes.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scanning is used in the early detection of eye diseases. It allows your optometrist to see detailed images of the retina, enabling accurate detection of any changes. It’s completely non-invasive and the equipment never touches the eye, so there is no discomfort.
Children’s Eye Tests
As children often assume their vision is the same as everyone else’s, it’s common for visual problems to go unnoticed. Regular eye testing for children is essential to ensure their vision and eye health is developing normally.
Contact Lens Consultation
Almost every glasses wearer is suitable for contact lenses. If you’re thinking about wearing contacts, your optometrist will book you in for a Contact Lens Consultation to assess your eligibility and to fit you with contact lenses that best suit you and your prescription.