When should you have an eye test?
REGULAR CHECK UP
We recommend that every adult and child should have an eye examination by an optometrist every two years, regardless whether you are experiencing difficulties or not as there are many things about eyes that can cause problems in the long term but have few initial symptoms.
A regular eye test takes about 20 – 30 minutes which includes a comprehensive check of your eye health.
YOUR EYE HEALTH
If you’ve had problems with your vision or your eye health, then it would be advisable to have more frequent tests. It is also advisable to have more frequent check ups if you have health problems which affect the eyes such as diabetes or if you have family members with eye health problems such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts or strabismus.
SIGNS THAT WILL INDICATE YOU NEED AN EYE TEST
If you are experiencing vision problems then you should have an eye test as soon as you can to discuss the issues with your optometrist.
If you notice any of the following symptoms you should make an appointment:
- Headaches when reading or looking at your computer screen
- Having trouble reading, or seeing the computer screen or television
- Getting double vision
- Difficulty with colour discrimination
- Difficulty when driving
- Difficulty with glare
- Difficulty with night vision
- Mobility problems especially bumping into or tripping over objects particularly those on one side
- Any other change in your vision
What happens during an eye test?
The following is a summary of what you will experience when you have an eye test.
The first and one of the most important parts of the eye test is when the optometrist talks to you about your vision and your visual experiences and your visual needs, They will want to know how you feel your vision is and what has brought you to decide to have an eye test.
They will have some questions for you about your general health and about any previous eye trouble you may have had. As some eye problems may be wholly or partly inherited, they may ask you about your parents and siblings eyes, or other family members with eye problems. Your optometrist will, assess your day-to-day vision by asking you to read various charts at various distances, they may repeat this with you wearing your current glasses (if you have any) after carefully measuring your current lens parameters.
Your optometrist will determine the lens prescription that gives you the clearest, most comfortable vision possible as well as measuring your vision and how your eyes focus and work together. You may need more than one prescription for different visual tasks such as reading and distance.
An eye test is also a vital health check for both eye disease and also some general health conditions. Your optometrist will examine your eyes (with what appears to be a bright light) to ensure that your eyes are healthy, inside and out. Some measurement may be performed if needed, in a preliminary electronic test machine operated by a trained staff member.
Sometimes your optometrist will determine that some additional tests are required, this is not uncommon and is nothing to worry about. Such tests would include:
- Putting drops in your eyes to enlarge the pupil allowing a better view of inside the eye
- Taking photographs of features at the back of the eye
- Measuring your field of vision
- Binocular vision training
Some of this testing may need to be carried out at a separate consultation.
At the end of the consultation, the optometrist will discuss:
- All their findings with you and what they mean to you and your day to day vision
- Various eyewear options like glasses, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses that may be suitable for you.
After that discussion the optometrist will make a recommendation tailored to your personal needs.
If necessary the optometrist can refer you to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) for further tests and assessment.
Our Optometrists recommend a full and comprehensive eye test which requires additional screening procedures not fully covered by Medicare.
Sometimes the Optometrist will need a retinal image of your eye or perform extra testing to ensure an optimum assessment of your vision and eye health is performed. The cost for these procedures is usually $20 to $50 depending on the tests involved. Your Optometrist will explain any extra testing during the exam and confirm you are comfortable to proceed.
Health care card holders, pension concession card holders and children under 17 years will receive a 50% discount on all consultation gap fees.