WHAT IS AN EYE TEST?
1. Get to know you: Your optometrist will gain an understanding of your vision and your family’s health; this will help your optometrist understand your visual needs.
2. Establish a baseline: Many different tests may be performed to be able to make the best recommendations and give you the best advice. They will check your current vision on a letter chart, and also look at your previous glasses or contact lenses (if you have any) to establish a baseline.
TYPES OF EYE TESTS
The visual acuity test is a test where you read letters or identify shapes from a chart on a wall to determine the smallest size of letters you can see.
- Place the chart at a standard distance and observe while you cover one eye at a time and attempt to correctly identify letters or shapes.
- Visual Acuity is a measure of best corrected vision. Visual acuity is tested for both distance and near vision. The optometrist conducts a refraction test to determine the prescription required to give best corrected vision.
Astigmatism is a common condition vision condition that causes blurry vision, It occurs most commonly when the cornea (clear front of the eye) is irregularly curved or less commonly the curvature of the lens inside the eye causing a “spread of light”.
Astigmatism frequently occurs with other vision conditions like myopia (short-sightedness) and hyperopia (long sightedness). Your optometrist will check for astigmatism, long sightedness and short-sightedness when checking your prescription for glasses. The cause of astigmatism is unknown and can be hereditary.
Uncorrected Astigmatism can lead to headaches and/or eye discomfort. Prescribed glasses correct astigmatism and contact lenses can also often correct astigmatism.
Visual field tests are a way to check your peripheral vision also known as side vision. A visual field test can determine if you have blind spots (called scotomas) in your vision and where they are. Visual field tests are undertaken for a variety of reasons with the most common being for glaucoma assessments.
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A digital retina scan is a comprehensive photo or scan, that looks at your retina, optic nerve, macula and blood vessels in detail.
Digital imaging allows us to look for signs of eye diseases relating to diabetes, hypertension, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
Digital imaging allows documentation of the back of the eye and is an important tool in looking for changes to eye health.
An Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scan is a specialised test that allows a 3D visualisation of the back of the eye. This test is important for picking up early changes in eye diseases like Glaucoma and Macula Degeneration. The test is safe, non invasive and a great way of checking eye health.
MEET THE OPTOMETRISTS
Meet Stuart Aitchison, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical West Lakes and Modbury.
With services in eye testing, contact lens prescriptions, digital retinal imaging and OCT retinal scanning, Stuart can assist in all your ocular health needs.
Meet Philip Milford, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical Adelaide, Norwood and Glenunga. Philip is able to offer services in contact lens consultation, vision testing, macula degeneration, cataract screening, digital retinal photography and more.
Meet Michael Cunningham, your Optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical Marion. Studying a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Optometry. Michael has over 30 years experience and is passionate about helping people and their optical health needs.
Meet Renee Slunjski, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical Modbury, Marion, Blackwood, Mile End, Golden Grove and Glenelg. Renee is passionate about optical health and loves being able to impact her patient’s lives in helping them see better.
Meet Cameron Girgenti, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical Blackwood and Glenelg. Cameron and his team can help your optical health, from comprehensive eye examinations to contact lens fittings, digital retinal photography and OCT scans.
Meet Murray Stanley, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical Blackwood, Marion, Modbury and Victor Harbor. With services in vision testing, digital retinal imaging, and 3D analysis through to OCT scanning. Murray and his team extremely experienced.
Meet Mark Hook, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical Craigmore and Gawler. Mark has almost 30 years experience in optometry and ocular health, after studying BAppSC-Optometry. Being myopic as a child, helping others to see is his driving passion.
Meet Peter Dixon, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical Modbury and Golden Grove. Peter has a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Optometry and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and is an expert in optical health problems.
Meet Mark O’Connor, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical Newton since 2001 and Marden since 2007. With a degree in Optometry and a graduate certificate in Ocular Therapeutics, Mark has been a practicing optometrist for over 20 years.
Meet Katherine Landrigan, National Pharmacies Optical Christies Beach optometrist. Katherine can help you and your family with eye health testing, children’s vision and digital retinal photography with a Bachelor in optometry and Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics.
Meet Siobhan Murphy, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Mile End, Modbury and West Lakes. With over 30 years experience, Siobhan and her team are passionate about helping you get the best out of your ocular health.
Meet Paul Dini, your optometrist at National Pharmacies Optical Findon and Henley Beach.
With a Bachelor of Optometry (UNSW) and over 20 years experience, Paul and the optical teams can help make it clear when it comes to your eye health.
Meet John Altmann, your optometrist at Victor Harbor, Marion, Modbury and Mile End. John specialises in all aspects of eye testing including vision checks, contact lens fitting, ocular disease detection and 3D retinal imaging using Optical Coherence Tomography.