News — 22/04/2018

What happens in an eye exam?

When an optometrist examines your eyes, the clarity and comfort of your vision as well as the health of your eyes will be checked.

After discussing visual requirements and any problems you may have, your optometrist will use a series of tests to determine if any corrective lenses or other intervention is needed.

Some tests require you to provide a series of responses to what you see on the chart. You needn’t be concerned that you might give the ‘wrong’ answer as your optometrist will also use a range of objective measurements to ensure an accurate result.

There will also be checks to ensure that your eyes are working correctly as a team and to assess your ability to focus for near vision. The internal and external structures of your eyes will be carefully examined. Special instruments are used so that your optometrist can assess your eyes under high magnification, with special optical filters and even in 3-D.

Your optometrist will look for signs of cataract, glaucoma or macular degeneration, or other diseases such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Sometimes medication you are taking can have side effects that can affect your eye health. Assessments of the pressure of the eyeball, fields of view and colour vision may also be done. If your optometrist detects any abnormalities, they can initiate appropriate treatment or refer you to an ophthalmologist or other appropriate health professional.

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