Comprehensive Eye Examination
How often should I have my eyes tested?
We recommend that you have a routine comprehensive eye examination every two years to ensure your eye health and that any necessary optical correction is updated or provided for your daily needs. Contact lens wearers and patients with eye health conditions may be recalled more frequently.
How long does a Comprehensive Eye Examination take?
For a patient’s first visit to the practice we allow 1 hour consultations. For returning patients, typically a 45 minute consultation is scheduled. Keep in mind if you are looking for new frames after your eye test that may take another 45 minutes.
What should I expect as part of my eye examination?
Firstly, we will have a lot of questions regarding your immediate needs and relating to the ongoing health and comfort of your eyes. Medical conditions and medications can affect the eyes so your optometrist will need to know any previous history of infection, injury or surgery to the eyes as well as any ocular and systemic medications that you take.
PLEASE MUTE OR TURN OFF CELLPHONES DURING YOUR EXAMINATION, THANK YOU.
Eye Examination Procedures
There are a number of individual examinations and procedures involved in a comprehensive eye test, all of which are undertaken with the utmost care and attention to patient comfort and safety.
- Eye pressure test
- Auto-refraction – automated measurement of the power of the eye
- Visual field screening
- Photography of the retina
- Observation of pupil function and responses
- Observation of eye muscle movements and co-ordination
Note: The automated components of the preliminary testing may be undertaken by our optometry assistants.
The optometric examination:
- Refraction. This tests the power of the eye to determine long-sightedness, short-sightedness, astigmatism and/or presbyopia (the need for reading glasses).
- Slit-lamp assessment . This assesses the external eye including the skin around the eye, lids, lashes, cornea, conjunctiva and inside the eyes, the lens and retina (including optic nerves, macula and blood vessels).
- Assessment of colour perception. This test may be included for first time patients or patients suspected of retinal or optic nerve disease.
- Dilation. Drops are placed onto the eye to widen the pupil allowing more light to enter, giving your optometrist a better view of the inside of the eye. This is done as standard practice on all people aged over 65, new patients aged over 45 or as required.
IMPORTANT: WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND NOT TO DRIVE 3-4 HOURS FOLLOWING DILATION AND TO BRING DARK SUNGLASSES
At the end of the eye test your optometrist will give you a detailed explanation of your ocular condition/s and a suitable management plan. Further specialised testing may need to be scheduled if more information is required.