Frequently Asked Questions
What do you check for during an eye test?
As well as checking the clarity of your vision, we also assess your eye muscles and eye movements, colour vision and eye health. Common eye health disorders tested for include macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Read more about our eye testing on our eye testing page.
Do I need a referral?
No, a referral is not required to have an eye test with an optometrist.
Do you bulk-bill?
Eye tests are bulk-billed for holders of either a Pension Card, Health Care Card, or Seniors Health Card. Otherwise, there is a small out-of-pocket gap which in most cases is around $30. Additional fees usually apply where digital testing such as Retinal Photography or Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) are indicated, however your optometrist will discuss this with you before proceeding.
What happens if the tests show I have an eye health problem such as macular degeneration?
In most cases, if our tests show signs of eye disease such as macular degeneration or glaucoma, referral to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) will be recommended. In some cases, such as early cataracts, referral may not be needed, but more regular review with your optometrist would be recommended.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a condition that affects the nerves behind the eyes, causing a gradual loss of peripheral vision. It is commonly associated with increased eye pressure, although these increases are rarely high enough to cause any discomfort. It is vital that glaucoma is detected in the early stages in order for treatment to be most effective, and regular eye tests are the only way to do this.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular Degeneration (MD) is a condition affecting the central point of the retina (the light-sensitive film at the back of the eye), causing disruption and loss of central vision. There are different types of MD, some of which can be treated if detected early enough.
What are Cataracts?
A Cataract is a gradual clouding of the lens inside the eye, causing a general haziness in the vision. This is commonly age-related, and readily rectified with surgery, which involves removal of the cloudy lens and replacement with an artificial one.
What do contact lenses cost?
There are a number of factors that affect the costs involved in contact lens wear, such as:
- The type of lens
- How often the lens are worn
- Consultation fees (your prescription will determine if Medicare rebates apply)
- Contact lens care solutions
The best way to get a better idea of the costs involved with contact lenses is to make an appointment for an eye test with one of our optometrists. Once they have examined your eyes, they will be able to present all the available options, allowing you to make an informed decision whether or not contact lenses are for you.
What do glasses cost?
The price of a pair of glasses can vary enormously, depending on the frame and lenses chosen. Our frame range is carefully balanced to provide a wide choice from basic selections to premium quality designer models. Likewise, being an independent practice, we have access to all the latest technology lenses, as well as basic options. Why not pay us a visit and talk to one of our team?
What are your warranties on glasses and sunglasses?
All our optical frames carry a 2 year warranty, whilst our sunglasses carry a 1 year warranty.
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