What you can expect when you visit your optometrist for a comprehensive eye health examination.
Many of us recognise the need to visit our dentist and doctor for regular health checks but we are generally less aware of the importance of regular eye examinations.
When you have an eye examination, your optometrist will test not only your vision but the health of your eyes, as well as look for ocular signs of general health problems.
Many changes to eye health take place gradually and can often go unnoticed without obvious symptoms. Prevention is the best cure and early detection of eye disease allows for treatment before permanent loss of vision or even blindness occurs.
Now is the time to take an active role in looking after your vision and the health of your eyes by having an eye health examination every two years.
Bruce Mellick Optometry will carry out a comprehensive examination to assess your vision and examine the interior and exterior of the eye.
This will include checking the health of your optic nerve, the retina and the blood vessels at the back of the eye.
Eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts and other ocular signs of underlying health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be identified during this process.
Bruce Mellick Optometry will ensure you are well informed throughout the examination, explaining each of the tests undertaken and any problems detected. Should a referral be required to an Ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), this will be arranged for you.
With an extensive range of frames and lenses, contact lenses and sunglasses to choose from, the team at Bruce Mellick Optometry can recommend the best options based on your lifestyle and prescription needs.
You may be asked to provide important information about your lifestyle, history and general health. The answers to these questions enable your optometrist to achieve a complete picture and will help determine which tests will need to be conducted.
If you are wearing contact lenses, you should remove them at least 48 hours before the examination so the optometrist can take accurate measurements of your uncorrected vision. In the case of hard contact lenses, they should not be worn at all on the day of the consultation.
It is important to tell your optometrist about any vision problems you may be experiencing, including blurred vision, focussing problems or even headaches. Consider also any specific visual requirements you may have at work, home and for sport or leisure activities.