Eye Examinations

Purpose of a routine eye examination

For patients with no risk factors for significant eye disease, routine eye examinations will involve asking questions about:

  • The clarity of your vision
  • Whether you currently or have ever worn spectacles or contact lenses and
  • When you have had problems with your eyes in the past
  • Your general health and any family history of eye problems.

It is also important to know about what activities you take part in day to day, especially how much computer / tablet / phone work you do and any hobbies or sports you might be involved in.

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Components of an eye examination

The actual examination has many components including:

  • Measuring your level of vision
  • Measuring any defocus your eyes may have both in the far distance and up close
  • Looking for any eye turns or co-ordination issues
  • Measuring you side vision
  • Checking the health of the front and back of your eyes, with or without pupil dilating drops
  • Ocular photography
  • Measuring your eye pressure
  • Developing a plan to improve your sight (if necessary) and any action you can take to reduce your risk for future eye disease

This is not an exhaustive list and not every test will be done at every eye examination. We tailor your examination to your specific needs and risk factors for future eye problems.

For patients at risk of eye diseases such as Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) or glaucoma (for reasons such as family history, age or the appearance of your eyes) other tests may be necessary.

Additional Testing

Automated perimetry is an accurate mapping of the eye sensitivity and is commonly used for the detection and manage of glaucoma as well as some neurological diseases affecting the visual system.

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT): An OCT is a specialised piece of equipment that is specifically designed to measure the thickness of transparent tissue (usually the light detecting tissue at the back of your eye, your retina, but also the window at the front of your eye, the cornea). It has become invaluable in the detection and management of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and many other eye problems.

Visual Fields Testing

A visual fields test measures the strength of your peripheral vision. That is, your vision to the sides, above and below your area of focus. This test can be conducted by the optometrists or by our trained staff, and usually takes around 3-5 minutes per eye.

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