Why do I need an eye test?
Not all eye health problems show obvious warning signs. Regular eye exam help to keep up with changes that lead to identifying need for prescription eyewear, eye health support, and other medical conditions.
How often should I have my eyes tested?
The average person is recommended to have an eye exam every 2 years. Annually for diabetics and patients over 65, or as recommended by your eye care practitioner. For sudden vision changes, sore/red eyes, flashes, vision loss, or other eye conditions please see an Optometrist as soon as possible. To make an appointment with our friendly and highly-qualified Optometrists, simply book an eye test.
Your eye test explained
An eye test is not just about prescriptions. Our optometrists are eye health professionals who can help identify changes or problems with your vision.
When you arrive for your eye test, we will confirm your booking details, including: Medicare card, health fund cards, visual history (includes reading your prescription from your current eyewear), any eye concerns or needs you might have.
To provide your Optometrist a baseline for your eye exam, our trained team members will take a recording of your current eyewear and perform a pre-test of your eyes using a dedicated pre-test machine. The pre-test machine measures eye pressure and provides an estimation of your prescription for your Optometrist to build upon. We may request of you to arrive a little earlier than your designated appointment time in order to obtain this information.
- Optometrist Consultation
After your pre-test, you will be introduced to one of our qualified Optometrists who will conduct your comprehensive eye examination. They will address your presenting concerns, assess your eye health and determine a prescription for your refractive error. At the end of your appointment, you will be offered any eyecare and eyewear solutions or referrals relative to your ocular needs. You will be reintroduced to the front of house team to cater to your eye care needs or book follow-up appointments.
What to look out for
Your eyes can tell a lot about your overall health, even when they feel “normal”. Here are a number of things to look out for:
- Vision changes
Blurring or clouding of vision, difficulty reading or seeing in the distance
- Residual symptoms
Light sensitivity, watery eyes, headaches, sore/tired eyes, floaters
Avoiding activities due to poor vision, having to reposition objects or change lighting to see better, skipping lines while reading, favouring one eye
- More serious vision concerns
Flashes in vision, sudden change in vision or vision loss, dark spots in vision, painful eyes, severe light sensitivity, foreign body in eye (especially if metal), sudden increase in floaters. For a list of eye conditions, please click here
Majority of a child's learning in school is through vision.
It is common for children in the classroom to have vision problems. Vision impairment can impact greatly on a child’s learning, confidence, and behaviour.
With the addition of more technology in the classrooms and more close work than ever before, regular eye testing is imperative. Have your child’s eyes tested as toddler (about 3 years of age) and again before starting school. Eye tests are then recommended every two years thereafter (or as recommended by your eyecare professional).
The sooner that vision problems are detected, the better the outcome, and that could make a big difference to your child. Our qualified optometrist and children's glasses collection are here to help you look after your child's vision.
*Bulk-billing must meet Medicare billing cycle and eligibility requirements. Exams outside of Medicare billing eligibility and private examinations may be at own cost. For more information, check with your nearest store.