Optometrist
Optometrist

Optometrist

Looking after your vision.

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Book a routine eye test with a qualified optometrist near you. Oscar Wylee offers bulk-billed eye examinations through Medicare.

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Oscar Wylee Optometrists

Established in Sydney, Oscar Wylee now has over a hundred locations across Australia. Our qualified optometrists are committed to providing customers with the best eye care services and experience they deserve.

How to book an optometrist?

Simply click on "Book an eye test" and select your preferred store location, then follow the steps to choose a time slot. You can also head into a store to arrange it in person if you prefer.

An eye test takes around 20 minutes, so you could even book one during your lunch break.

What is an optometrist?

An optometrist is a healthcare professional who provides essential eye care services, including vision testing and correction, diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, and managing vision changes.

What does an optometrist do?

An optometrist is a health professional licensed to practice optometry. Oscar Wylee optometrists are dedicated to helping patients see and maintain their eye health. They perform eye and vision tests, diagnose vision problems, detect early eye conditions and diseases, can treat certain conditions with topical medications, and prescribe corrective lenses as needed.

The importance and benefits of seeing an optometrist

  • Early detection and treatment of eye conditions and diseases can improve the quality of your vision and ultimately better your quality of life.
  • A routine eye test can be critical to identifying systemic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, skin cancer, and brain tumors.
  • In addition to the correction of visual impairment, a comprehensive eye examination is also a good way to determine your overall health and well-being.

Are optometrists doctors?

No, Optometrists are not medical doctors. They are registered healthcare professionals.

An optometrist is permitted to use the title "doctor" as long as they make it clear that they are a practitioner of optometry and not a medical doctor.

How do you become an optometrist? How long is the optometry degree?

To become an optometrist you will need to complete an optometry degree which generally requires a study period of 5 years however this can differ depending on the school you attend.

Optometrist vs Ophthalmologist vs Optical Dispenser

Learn about what these optometry roles mean and how they help with your eye care needs:

Optometrist

An optometrist is a healthcare professional licensed to practice optometry. They are trained in eye care, including vision testing and correction and the diagnosis and management of vision changes.

Optometrists are not medical doctors, but they have extensive training and knowledge in eye care to perform eye tests, prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, and detect eye abnormalities. Therapeutically-endorsed optometrists are able to prescribe topical ocular medications such as eye drops.

Opthalmologist

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specialises in eye and vision care, diagnoses and manages disorders of the eyes, and performs eye surgery.

In addition to their optometry degree, ophthalmologists have years of medical training and are often involved in researching the causes and treatment of eye diseases. They can also prescribe glasses and contact lenses.

If an optometrist identifies an ocular disease or injury, they may refer their patient to an ophthalmologist for further treatment.

Optical Dispenser

Optical dispensers fit and dispense eyeglasses for patients. They have a thorough understanding of the prescriptions written by optometrists or ophthalmologists and are trained to fit frames to faces.

In addition, they measure the distance between a patient's pupils to ensure the best fit for multifocal or bifocal glasses and can offer advice on selecting the right frames. Optical dispensers do not diagnose or treat eye diseases.

Are optometrist consultations bulk billed?

Yes. A patient with a valid Medicare card is eligible to have their consultation bulk-billed on Medicare. However, some specialised testing is not billable under Medicare and may be charged to the patient.

If you are not covered under Medicare some health insurance providers may cover the cost.

How to know when to see an optometrist? How often should I see an optometrist?

At Oscar Wylee, we generally advise that patients have their eyes examined every two years. However, we recommend annual eye tests for patients over 60, as we can monitor and provide care for the ageing eye.

If you are concerned about any new changes in your vision, you should have this checked as soon as possible. The frequency of your eye test will be determined by other factors such as general health issues (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure) and your prescription.

What to expect at an eye test?

During an eye test, you can expect your optometrist to take a comprehensive medical history to figure out what they should be looking out for. They may ask you questions about your family history, past and present medical issues, medications you might be on, injuries, and other factors. It is important to be as thorough as possible with your answers to ensure that the test covers all likely possibilities.

A comprehensive eye test will vary slightly to each individual, depending on your age or specific conditions. It may include these test:

  • Visual acuity: To measure the sharpness of your vision.
  • Refraction: To determine your prescription for eyeglasses if required.
  • Retinal photography: Your optometrist may use high resolution digital cameras to take images of the back of your eye to look at changes over time and find out of the state of your retina.
  • Slit lamp test: A test to examine the structure of your eye under high magnification. This is important to detect a wide range of eye conditions and diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal ulcers and diabetic retinopathy.
  • Colour vision test: To check your colour vision to detect colour blindness or colour vision defect.
  • Glaucoma test: Testing the pressure in your eye.
  • Eye movements: To determine how well your eyes can follow a moving object and focus on various targets.

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All Oscar Wylee Locations

We have more than 100 Oscar Wylee locations across Australia. See our full list of Oscar Wylee locations.

Popular optometrist locations:

NSW

  • Burwood
  • Chatswood
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Sydney

VIC

  • Fountain Gate
  • Geelong
  • Melbourne
  • Mildura
  • Ringwood
  • Werribee

QLD

  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Gold Coast
  • Indooroopilly
  • Northlakes
  • Rockhampton
  • Toowoomba

WA

  • Claremont
  • Freemantle
  • Joondalup
  • Mandurah
  • Morley
  • Perth

SA

  • Adelaide

TAS

  • Hobart

ACT

  • Canberra

NT

  • Darwin