With each eye examination it is our job to help you see as clearly as possible and to insure that your eye health is at its best so that you may continue to see clearly for many years to come!
We assess each patient for glaucoma, cataract and a host of other eye diseases. Our optometrists will perform a thorough examination of the front of the eyes (lids, lashes, sclera, conjunctiva, cornea, iris, lens). Then move on to looking at the back of the eyes (optic nerve, retina, blood vessels, vitreous). We routinely measure intraocular pressure on those above 40 years of age and on others on indication, for example a family history of glaucoma or on request. We will also take a digital photograph of the back of the eyes so we can accurately monitor for changes in the future. Some patients may also be requested to return for a computerised visual field assessment.
To obtain the lens/es that will provide maximum visual clarity and comfort of sight. For some individuals this may be no lens at all, others need lenses for shortsightedness (myopia), longsightedness (hyperopia) and/or astigmatism.
Shortsighted people have trouble seeing distant objects clearly. The eye is similar to a camera, where the eye lens and the cornea focus light into an image on the retina. In a myopic eye this focus of light occurs just in front of the retina. Glasses align the focus of light to fall on the retina allowing for a clear image. View More
Longsighted patients have more trouble focusing on near objects. They may need glasses for both near and distance depending on the severity of hyperopia present. In a resting longsighted eye the light is focused behind the retina and so the image is blurred. Some longsighted patients may see clearly by focusing their eyes, which may cause strain, others have too much longsightedness to focus clearly.
A focusing error which causes asymmetric blur. The cornea is usually round (spherical) in shape similar to a soccer ball. With astigmatism the shape of the cornea can be slightly oval, similar to a football. This can be corrected with special lenses (toric) to allow clarity of vision.
Loss of focusing ability with age, which leads to difficulty reading. Basically the lens inside the eye looses its automatic focus capacity and patients find that they either need longer arms or glasses for reading.