Our approach to eye examinations is to delve deeper.
Your vision is too important not to be confident that your eyes are in good health.
What is involved with an eye examination?
When you are a new patient to For Eyes Optometrists, it is important that we gather as much information as possibleregarding your ocular history, general health and family history. Details of previous prescriptions for glasses, contact lenses and medication are also valuable information. Please find attached a link to our Welcome to For Eyes Optometrist form. Please complete and bring this form to your first appointment.
When you arrive at the practice for the eye examination, you will be pre-screened by a team member using an autorefractor keratometer. The purpose of the pre-screening is to gather information about the power of your eyes, the shape of the front surface of your eye, and intra-ocular pressure.
Our optometrists will also take a photo of the back of your eye. We ask that all patients have retinal photography so we can accurately record the health status of the back of your eye in addition to the clarity of your vision. It also provides a historical record of your eye health which is important as your eye health may change over time.
Our optometrists will discuss with you any concerns you may have, as well as your visual needs for day-to-day activities, work, hobbies, and sport. They may also ask questions to clarify your medical history, family medical history (including eye conditions and disease), and your past visual history and vision treatments.
Our optometrists will then measure the sharpness of sight and the prescription required to provide clear and comfortable vision. A full assessment of the health of the eye is conducted, checking for any abnormalities, signs of eye diseases and other health conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eye and diabetic retinopathy.
At the end of the eye examination, our optometrists will summarise the results and make recommendations. If further testing, or referral to another professional is required the reason and importance will be discussed. You are welcome to ask questions about the recommendations provided and how they will impact your visual or lifestyle needs.
How often should you have an eye examination?
We recommend an eye examination at least every 18 months to 2 years and every year for contact lens wearers. This ensures your vision is working at its best and that any condition that may affect the health of your eyes is detected early. If there is an eye condition or vision problem your optometrist is monitoring, they may recommend more frequent eye checks.
What is the cost of an eye examination and to what extent is the cost covered by Medicare?
Medicare will cover the cost of a standard eye examination every three years if you are under 65 years of age. They do not cover the cost of eye examinations outside of this timeframe, for retinal photography or for additional tests that may be required. These items will be billed separately by the practice.