Routine eye examinations should be performed every two years, or more regularly if it is recommended by your optometrist or doctor. These examinations are important for assessing your vision and the health of your eyes.
A comprehensive eye examination usually involves drops to dilate your pupils. These drops allow a full assessment of the health of the back of your eyes. They will make your eyes light sensitive and affect your reading vision for 3-4 hours after your eye test. Please let us know if it is not convenient for you to have these drops and we can arrange for drops to be used at a subsequent visit.
A comprehensive initial eye test at our practice takes approximately 1 hour, and will involve:
- discussing your visual symptoms, the status of your general health, your family history and your visual needs
- assessing your current level of vision and vision correction
- advising you with regard to the most appropriate spectacles and/or contact lenses to suit your occupation and lifestyle
- performing tests of your binocular vision to measure your eye coordination and focusing
- assessing the health of your eyes, especially to check for eye conditions such as cataract, macular degeneration and glaucoma
- measuring your intra-ocular pressure (eye pressure)
- capturing a digital photograph of your retina and optic nerve
Latest Technology in Eye Care
At Vision Camberwell, we recognize that having the latest technology allows us to offer the highest level of clinical care to our patients. Your optometrist will recommend which of these procedures are appropriate for you.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): OCT is a sophisticated scanning system that produces a highly detailed image of the internal structures of your eyes.
The OCT produces a 3D cross-sectional image of your retina, allowing your optometrist to visualize the innermost layers of the back of the eye.
This state of the art technology allows eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy to be more accurately detected and monitored.
Digital Retinal Photography: This provides a photographic, electronic record of the health of the back of your eye. These images are captured at high resolution and are an invaluable tool for both detecting and monitoring the health of your retina and optic nerve.
By comparing your retinal photographs over time, we can reliably look for subtle changes to your eye health. The early detection of diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration, is critical for ensuring prompt treatment and preventing permanent damage to your vision.
Corneal Topography: to precisely map the shape of the cornea. This information is indispensable for accurately fitting contact lenses, in particular complex fittings such as for keratoconus and orthokeratology.
Slit Lamp Photography: allows us to document the anterior structures of the eyes, such as the cornea, conjunctiva, lens and iris. This technique is also valuable for custom contact lens fitting, allowing us to take images of lenses on your eye, in order to track any changes in lens fitting characteristics.
Corneal Pachymetry: An important addition to our glaucoma screening process which measures your corneal thickness. Recent research has revealed that people who have thin corneas are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma.
Visual Fields Testing: This tests the sensitivity of your peripheral vision, and is particularly important in screening for damage caused by glaucoma. It also aids the diagnosis of certain neurological conditions, and is relevant for assessing suitability to hold a Victorian drivers’ license.