Optometrists play an important role in your eye health
We detect, diagnose and treat eye health and conditions that affect vision. We can also identify general health conditions that are first detected via an eye examination, provide referrals to eye surgeons (ophthalmologists) and often help manage post-eye-surgery health. For all your family, optometrists can help you ensure you maintain good vision for life.
Eye examinations can also reveal serious health concerns on occasion, as the news story below shows.
What happens in an eye exam
As optometrists we examine all part of your vision and eye health. A full eye health examination includes:
- A thorough case history
- Internal eye examination
- External eye examination
- A test of how clearly you see
- How well your eyes work together as a team
- How well you see colour
What if we find a vision problem
If we detect problems, we may recommend glasses, contact lenses, eye exercises, prescription eye drops or even referral for eye surgery.
Many serious eye conditions don't have obvious symptoms. Some eye diseases only show symptoms when the condition is advanced and difficult, or even impossible, to treat.
A comprehensive eye exam provides the full assurance of good vision and eye health that a quick vision check or a school vision screening cannot. If you don't already have an optometrist you don't need a referral to book an exam.