Everyone should have regular eye tests, although the frequency depends on your age, your health and your risk of developing eye problems. Optometrists generally recommend that you have an eye test every two years, to detect and to diagnose vision changes or problems and to maintain eye health.

For example, glaucoma, a disease caused by increased pressure in the eye, commonly goes unnoticed by adults.  Regular vision examinations are also important for the prevention of vision problems created or aggravated by today’s academic and professional demands.

People over the age of 65 should have an eye examination every year. Eye examinations may be required more often if you have vision problems or known diseases such as diabetes or glaucoma.

Here at Absolute Vision we give you time for your eye test. We allow 45 minutes for a comprehensive eye test. Your optometrist will assess how well you see, how your eyes are working together and the health of your eyes. We go through all your results with you and demonstrate how glasses or contact lenses might improve your vision. Your optometrist will discuss visual corrective options that suit your lifestyle.

We co-manage many ocular conditions with the local ophthalmologists. This includes glaucoma, cataracts, macula degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and post operative consults. We believe in clear communication with your specialist and report back to them on your progress.

Similarly, we believe in communication with your GP. We often do eye checks that are related to your general health such as diabetic eye exams, thyroid eye exams and migraine assessments. If your doctor has concerns about your eyes, we are happy to receive referrals for specific concerns and will report back on any findings.

After 75 a medical is required to maintain your driving license. We can complete the vision section of your driving forms for both private and commercial licenses. This is usually done during your annual check.

Some occupations and hobbies require the use of safety glasses. We have a range of prescription safety glasses we can prescribe. These meet the AS/NZS 1337.6 for medium impact and come with certification.

If you notice any changes to your vision, it is important that you come for a review as soon as possible. You do not need to wait until your next appointment is due.