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Once every two years you should have an eye examination however more regularly if advised by your optometrist.

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.

Eye exams at National Pharmacies optical are bulk billed through Medicare however if additional tests or photography are required additional costs may be incurred.  The Optometrist will discuss this at your appointment.


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Want to know more about monitoring your eye health with regular eye check ups Book an appointment for an eye examination with National Pharmacies today.

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.


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