Why is it Important to have a Regular Eye Examination?
Regular eye examinations should be part of your general health care program. They can reveal the presence of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure as well as diseases of the eye like cataract and glaucoma. Your eye exam is an important tool to maintain your overall good health; it should not just be thought of as a means to determine whether you need to wear or update your glasses or contact lenses.
Our standard eye examination includes an evaluation of the retina at the back of your eyes using a sophisticated digital retinal camera; a computerized digital assessment of your corneas using our corneal topographer; measurement of intraocular pressure to screen for glaucoma; refraction to determine if you have any significant myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism that requires spectacle correction; and assessment of suitability for contact lens wear.
Tests such as retinal imaging are vital – and important to perform regularly – as having retinal images to compare will help your optometrist and other health care professionals to monitor conditions such as glaucoma, high blood pressure and age related macula degeneration (ARMD) over a period of time. In addition, we routinely perform – usually on an annual basis – dilated fundus examinations and retinal imaging on all our diabetic patients according to the clinical guidelines outlined by the National Health and Medical Research Council
Our optometrists are also able to do occupational vision screenings, colour vision testing and visual field assessments. In addition, they are also able to perform vision tests – and fill out the appropriate forms or write reports where required by VicRoads – to determine if a person meets the visual standard needed to hold a private or commercial driver’s licence.