There may be some confusion about exactly what is done when someone's eyes are examined. There may also be confusion about the difference between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist. Let me try and make both of these a little more easy to understand.
Firstly, there is a lot more done when a person's eyes are examined than checking if they require spectacles. During an examination, a person's eyes are thoroughly checked for any signs of eye disease, such as diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration, and for any signs that a person's general health may be suffering. Quite often problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar levels may show their initial symptoms in an eye related sign. In this respect, Optometrists are very well trained in detecting a wide variety of diseases during a normal eye examination.
The major difference between Optometrists and Ophthalmologists is in the treatment of eye diseases. Ophthalmologists are eye surgeons and usually treat eye diseases when they have progressed to requiring more specialised care or surgical intervention. Optometrists are trained to detect eye disease, manage and monitor the condition, then recommend appropriate referral to an Ophthalmologist if it has progressed to requiring more specialised care. Optometrists and Ophthalmologists both assess a person's vision in very similar ways, and can both prescribe spectacles and contact lenses.
As with all professional practices, we have certain areas which we specialise in. We always endeavour to provide the very best eyecare to every client, and we feel that we excel in the following areas.
We assess children from as young as a few months old, and have numerous referrals from Maternal Child Health Centres, Paediatricians, Kindergartens, and Schools. Children are routinely checked for amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (turned eye), and other visual co-ordination problems which can affect development skills and school achievement.
Our practice also provides Behavioural Optometry services. These services include the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of visual processing problems, and related learning difficulties in children.
This involves the assessment and management of a variety of eye conditions which usually occur in the anterior (front) of the eye and do not require surgery. These conditions include conjunctivitis, corneal foreign bodies, and a wide range of allergies. Management is frequently facilitated in close consultation with the individual's general practitioner.
With the enormous range of contact lenses available today, the array of new materials, and developments in new contact lens technology, there is a solution for anyone wishing to wear contact lenses. We deal in conventional, disposable and extended wear (where you can sleep in your contact lenses) contact lenses which can correct myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness), astigmatism, and presbyopia (requirement for bifocals or multifocals). We can even provide a solution for people with significant corneal distortion (e.g. keratoconnus). Our contact lens program is guaranteed to provide a successful result.
We have undergone extensive training to become an accredited assessment, referral, and aftercare centre for laser refractive surgery. We also provide a thorough counselling service for those people contemplating laser refractive surgery.
Every person who attends our practice can be guaranteed of receiving the very best eyecare service available. We will ensure you receive not only a comprehensive eye examination, but also a few special extras.
We will always provide a wide variety of the latest in fashion eyewear, and the latest in spectacle lens technology. Every spectacle purchase will come with a promise of free adjustments, cleaning, and minor repairs for life. Every frame will carry an unconditional warranty of up to two years, and will be accompanied by a quality case.
Every contact lens prescribed is guaranteed to provide successful wear, or the total cost of the contact lenses will be refunded. A free* , no obligation contact lens trial will be available to those interested, subject to contact lens wear being suitable.
We will always contact you when your next eye examination is due, either by mail or phone. We will keep you informed about all the latest information in eyecare , with a regular newsletter "What's New in Eyes". Should you be referred to us, we will always return a written report on your eye examination.
* Professional Fees may apply