Eye examinations are important for people of all ages, from children to the elderly. At Health Partners, we recommend that you undergo an eye examination every two years but if you notice any changes to your vision before this time, you should make an appointment to see your optometrist.
What is an eye examination?
A Health Partners eye examination is a one-on-one consultation with one of our highly trained optometrists. During this time, your optometrist will run detailed and meticulous eyes tests to determine whether your eyes are at their optimum health. They do this by running a series of tests, including a digital retinal image of your eye (at no extra cost to Health Partners members) to identify any potential vision or health problems.
During an eye examination, your optometrist will run a series of simple, non-invasive tests to:
- Check your vision
Checking your distance, intermediate and near vision and if required, determining which combination of lenses will give you the best vision.
- Check for damage to the eye(s)
Checking the outer surface of the eye for any UV damage, scarring or abnormalities that can affect vision.
- Check for early signs of eye disease
Utilising a range of tests, including the latest in optical technology such as Digital Retinal Imaging and OCT scans, your optometrist can detect eye diseases and conditions in their early stages including:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Retinal tears/detachment
- Ocular cancers
- Help identify possible general health disorders including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
If required, your optometrist will recommend making an appointment with your GP to be tested for any of the above disorders.
When should my eyes be tested?
If you have any concerns about your eyesight or have a family history of eye disease – we recommend you make an appointment for an eye examination.
You should make an appointment for an eye examination if you:
- can’t see clearly when looking into the distance, such as driving or watching television
- have difficulty reading
- are getting headaches when reading or working on a computer
- are experiencing any eye pain or discomfort
- are experiencing any vision problems when wearing your existing glasses
Types of examinations
Find out more on some of the special types of examinations offered at Health Partners Optical: