Your Optometrist will usually will begin by asking you for basic information about your eyes. In particular, your Optometrist would like to know whether you have:
Next we ask basic information about their overall health and any history of eye conditions in their family.
The optometrist will check level of vision that you currently have (with your current spectacles, if you have any).
Your distance and reading prescriptions will be checked. The optometrist will show a series of lenses and ask the patient if each lens is improving or blurring their vision.
Eyestrain tests may be performed, to see how comfortably you are able to see.
With your consent, the optometrist will instil a couple of eye drops into each eye, in order perform a routine glaucoma test (eye pressure check). This is not routinely performed on children, unless the optometrist sees particular reason to do so. The eye drops do feel weird for a few moments and the test is painless.
The optometrist then checks the front (eyelashes, lens, etc.) and back (retina) of your eyes in order to detect any eye conditions, such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts or Dry Eye Syndrome.
Occasionally, the optometrist will request the patient returns for further testing. This is important for people who have diabetes. It is also important for individuals who are showing signs that they may be at risk of glaucoma or other eye conditions.
The optometrist will routinely request you to return at least every 12 months, if you are over 65 years of age, or 2 years for younger individuals. The optometrist may request a patient to return sooner, if they deem that this may be necessary.
Eyes are important. Therefore it is important to have your eyes tested on a regular basis. This helps check for any undiagnosed eye conditions which may affect your vision and quality of life, of which some are irreversible.
Eye examinations attract a Medicare rebate. You can Make An Appointment here.