TAKING CARE OF YOUR VISION
Contact an optometrist or doctor immediately
If you notice any change in your vision, flashes, sudden loss of sight, pain, sudden redness or a growth in or around your eye area, you should seek advice from your optometrist immediately.
Recurrent headaches, transient blur, tiredness, small number of floaters without flashes, lack of concentration, teary eyes, or discharge should not be ignored as these could be symptoms of a developing vision problem. Remember that prevention is much better than medication or treatment. Make regular visits to your optometrist for comprehensive eye exams to screen for vision-related issues or for serious eye conditions.
There are simple ways to maintain good eyesight.
- Read in a well lit environment.
- Take regular breaks from computer screens.
- Undergo a regular and thorough eye examination.
- Maintain a healthy diet that includes omega oils (found in fish), fresh fruit & vegetables.
- Protect your eyes from harsh sunlight by wearing Australian standard AS1067 EPF10 sunglasses.
- Avoid smoky areas and smoking.
- Get regular and adequate sleep.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR EYEWEAR
Regular adjustments can be made every time you visit the store to maintain the comfort and fit of your spectacles. Cleaning of the lenses is preferably done with lens solution and cloth provided with your purchase. If you have mislaid your cloth or solution you may purchase additional supplies. Free cleaning and adjustments for the lifetime of your glasses.
GET YOUR EYES CHECKED
Eye tests are performed at our fully equipped consultation room located within Figtree Eyecare. We have two qualified optometrists, Andrew and Steve, who perform the eye tests. Optometrists recommend you have your eyes examined every two years to check your vision and the health of your eyes. If you suspect a change in your vision or the health of your eyes, an appointment can be arranged as soon as practicable.
Certain eye tests and procedures may require a small gap payment. The optometrist will inform of any extra costs before any test or procedure is performed. If you are not covered by Medicare or you require a particular eye test, you can pay for the eye test and then possibly claim back the cost from a third party (private health insurance, your employer etc.)
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN EYE TEST
Patient Details Registration
When you come in to see our optometrist the staff will create a new patient record for you or if you have been to see us previously, your record will be retrieved.
Personal details and information will be collected prior to seeing the optometrist.
This information will help identify you every time you visit Figtree Eyecare. All information is strictly private and confidential.
Knowing your current eye health background
Once the optometrist becomes available, he will take you through the consulting room.
The optometrist will listen and ask questions to help determine what eye tests are required. The optometrist may ask when you last had an eye test or contact lenses.
Personal information regarding your health, medications, and family history may be collected to help diagnose any problems now and possibly in the future.
Initial Eye Checks
An eye test will take about twenty minutes or longer, if required. Other visits may be required depending on the nature of the condition or problem.
The eye test is aimed at assessing the eyes and diagnosing any conditions and providing the appropriate treatment which may require glasses or an appointment with an eye specialist.
The optometrist will test your visual acuity (how will you see) for distance and for near and/or computer. Binocular eye tests or how the two eyes work together will be assessed throughout.
Optometrist will perform a Refraction
The optometrist will perform a refraction, where the optometrist will use certain tests and charts to help work out if you need glasses and if you do, how strong they need to be.
The refraction will tell you if you are long sighted, short sighted or if there is an astigmatism or other condition that affects the quality of your vision.
Once the refraction is done, a prescription may be given. The optometrist will check the health of the eyes from the front to the back. Different instruments will be used to perform the health checks.
Figtree Eyecare has invested in new technology to ensure the best care is provided.
Eye Pressure Checks
The optometrist will check the eye pressure (sometimes called the glaucoma test) and the health of the front part of the eye. Here we look out for such conditions as dry eye, conjunctivitis, and allergies.
The optometrist will check for any cataracts or other conditions that may affect the vision. The back of the eye is assessed to ensure there is no glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, or other conditions that may affect the retina and the vision.
Drops that dilate (enlarge) the pupil may be required to give a better view of the back of the eye. The optometrist will advise when this is needed.
A digital retinal camera is available to record a picture of the back of the eye.
Results and Treatment Plan
A treatment plan will be designed to resolve any issues that you might have. If you have any questions or you are unsure about anything during the test, please feel free to ask the optometrist. They are more than happy to answer any questions about your eyes’ condition.
A comprehensive eye test determines the health of your eyes and the quality of your eyesight. The findings of your eye examination will enable the optometrist to provide you with the right prescription of eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.
Although each eye examination is unique to the specific requirements of the patient, the above format is usually followed with more or less testing performed at your optometrist’s discretion.
GET YOUR EYES CHECKED
Are you ready to have your eyes checked?
Getting a comprehensive eye exam can save you from spending on treatment or medication, and from having to live with a vision problem.