There is no charge to you for a routine eye test, as we bulk bill Medicare.*
REGULAR CHECK UP
We recommend that every adult and child should have an eye examination by an optometrist every two years, REGARDLESS as to whether you are experiencing difficulties or not as there are many things about eyes that can cause problems in the long term but have few initial symptoms. A regular eye test takes about 20 – 30 minutes which includes a comprehensive check of your eye health.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN EYE TEST?
The following is a summary of what you will experience when you have an eye test.
The first and one of the most important parts of the eye test is when the optometrist talks to you about your vision and your visual experiences and your visual needs, They will want to know how you feel your vision is and what has brought you to decide to have an eye test.
They will have some questions for you about your general health and about any previous eye trouble you may have had. As some eye problems may be wholly or partly inherited, they may ask you about your parents and siblings eyes, or other family members with eye problems. Your optometrist will, assess your day-to-day vision by asking you to read various charts at various distances, they may repeat this with you wearing your current glasses (if you have any) after carefully measuring your current lens parameters.
Your optometrist will determine the lens prescription that gives you the clearest, most comfortable vision possible as well as measuring your vision and how your eyes focus and work together. You may need more than one prescription for different visual tasks such as reading and distance.
An eye test is also a vital health check for both eye disease and also some general health conditions. Your optometrist will examine your eyes (with what appears to be a bright light) to ensure that your eyes are healthy, inside and out. Some measurement may be performed if needed, in a preliminary electronic test machine operated by a trained staff member.
Sometimes your optometrist will determine that some additional tests are required, this is not uncommon and is nothing to worry about. Such tests would include:
- Putting drops in your eyes to enlarge the pupil allowing a better view of inside the eye
- Taking photographs of features at the back of the eye
- Measuring your field of vision
- Binocular vision training
Some of this testing may need to be carried out at a separate consultation.
AT THE END OF THE CONSULTATION, THE OPTOMETRIST WILL DISCUSS:
- All their findings with you and what they mean to you and your day to day vision
- Various eyewear options like glasses, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses that may be suitable for you.
After that discussion the optometrist will make a recommendation tailored to your personal needs.
If necessary the optometrist can refer you to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) for further tests and assessment.
*Eye tests are bulk billed to Medicare so there are usually no out of pocket expenses for you. For eligible Medicare card holders.