AN EYE EXAMINATION

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PART ONE

A typical eye examination at one of our practices usually takes about 30 minutes. During this time an optical assistant will ask you some questions and perform a series of preliminary tests using some advanced technical equipment including digital retinal scanning and a non-contact eye pressure test.

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PART TWO

You will then see the Optometrist who will:

Measure your vision and focusing ability, in order to provide an accurate prescription for glasses or contact lenses (if necessary).
Perform a comprehensive health assessment to check for eye diseases such as cataract, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Evaluate your depth perception, field of view and colour vision.
Record digital images of the front and back of your eyes as a baseline reference for future comparison.
Discuss the results of the Digital Retinal Scans and non-contact eye pressure test.

After the examination, the optometrist will discuss your results in simple, easy to understand language and provide you with appropriate recommendations. Sometimes that may simply involve a review examination in a few years. Alternatively, they may suggest glasses, contact lenses, eye exercises or referral to an eye surgeon or your general practitioner. They may also prescribe an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eye drops and can even commence and provide ongoing treatment for Glaucoma. Please feel free to ask any questions, no matter how insignificant you think they may be.

In cases where there is a condition which requires a referral, the optometrist will organize the appointment with you and let both the eye surgeon or specialist and your local doctor know why you have been referred, either by phone, fax or email.

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PART THREE

Glasses Consultation – What to bring?

Your Medicare card, we are able to process your Medicare claim directly through Medicare.

Your Private Health Fund card so we can process your rebate when purchasing glasses or contact lenses.

Your current glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses.

For your child’s appointment if they have had any other testing completed (ie teachers, paediatrician, and other specialists) please bring the reports with you.