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Testing time for your eyes
Posted 17 July 2018
It’s JulEYE, national eye health awareness month.
Did you know that one person loses part or all of their vision every 65 minutes? Yet about 90% of vision loss can be prevented or treated if detected early enough. Even if you don’t wear glasses, it’s worth getting your eyes tested this JulEYE.
“It’s really important to get your eyes tested regularly,” explains Health Partners optometrist Kylie Sprumont. “On the surface, an unhealthy eye will look exactly the same as a healthy eye.”
How do I know when I need glasses?
- Are your arms not long enough to read supermarket packets?
- Do you catch yourself squinting at Facebook?
- Do you get headaches or tired eyes when looking at digital screens?
- Do you have trouble concentrating at work or in class?
- Do you have trouble focusing on details like the football score when watching TV?
- Are you over 40?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might need glasses.
Unlike everyday glasses wearers who routinely see their optometrist, people who’ve never worn glasses generally don’t book regular eye examinations and therefore may suffer from eye strain for longer than they need to.
“As we get older the lenses in our eyes become less flexible which makes it more difficult to focus on things up close. Unfortunately our eyes don’t miss out on the aging process”, Kylie says.
What about the kids?
Your child’s eyesight changes as they grow. They’ll often assume that what they’re seeing is normal and adapt to this vision, even though they’re not seeing clearly.
- Frequent blinking or squinting
- Red or watery eyes
- Frequent rubbing of eyes
- Tilting of head or closing one eye when reading a book or watching television
- Holding books too close when reading or sitting too close when watching television
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Difficulty learning to read
- Struggling to recognise familiar people or objects from a distance
- Headaches, blurred or double vision
1 in 5 children have an undetected vision problem^
How long do eye tests take and what do they involve?
A comprehensive eye test only takes about 30 minutes. We conduct a series of non-invasive tests to:
- We check your vision: checking your distance, intermediate and near vision to determine the best lenses for you.
- We check for damage to the eyes: examining the outer surface of the eye for any UV damage, scarring or abnormalities that can affect your vision.
- We check for signs of eye disease: using the latest in optical technology such as digital retinal imaging* and Optical Coherence Tomography scans (like an MRI scan for your eyes), we can detect eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts in their early stages.
- We bulk bill which means there’s no out-of-pocket cost on the day~, and digital retinal imaging is free for all Health Partners members. Our members also enjoy a 40% discount on Optical Coherence Tomography scans.
We recommend having an eye test every two years if you’re under 65 years old, and every year if you’re over 65, even if you’re seeing clearly. But if you start to notice any changes in your vision, no matter how small, you should see one of our optometrists as soon as possible.