Why do I need an eye examination?
Regular eye examinations form an important part of maintaining good vision and eye health, much the same as regular dental checks are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Fortunately, for most people, visiting your optometrist is a far less anxiety laden exercise than visiting the dentist. Eye examinations are necessary, even if you feel you do not have a vision problem. Some serious eye conditions may not have symptoms that are easily noticeable. In some cases, symptoms may only show up in the later stages of some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, when this may make them increasingly difficult to manage and treat. A comprehensive eye examination, where both your vision and your health are examined, provides complete peace of mind that your vision and eye health is intact.
How often should I have an eye examination?
Frequency of your eye examinations is influenced by a number of factors such as your age, risks factors for certain eye diseases, family history of eye disease, and whether you wear contact lenses. At GJO, examinations are recommended annually or biennially at most for adults under 65. For adults 65 years and older, we recommend annual eye examinations, as often our risk for certain eye diseases notably increases as we age. GJO Optometrists recommend that children have a full eye examination before starting school, and then annually through primary and secondary school. Visual problems in children, if uncorrected, may interfere with their capacity for learning at school. Children may not realise or be able to explain that there are changes in their vision, so annual assessments are a vital part of looking after our younger patients.
What should I bring to my eye examination?
It is ideal if you could bring along the following to your next eye examination:
- Your Medicare card
- Your latest pair(s) of prescription spectacles, including sunglasses
- Any contact lenses you may use
- Any previous reports from Optometrist’s or Ophthalmologists, or previous prescription information
- List of medications
How do I book an eye examination at GJO?
Click here to email the GJO Team to book your next eye examination or phone 07 3210 1822. Alternatively, try our new online booking portal on our new website!
How do I get the most from my child's eye examination?
We care for eyeballs of all ages at GJO! We encourage parents to take a keen interest in their children's eye health. One of the best ways to do this is for parents to be in attendance in the testing room with their children and teenagers during the examination, ideally until they are at least 16 years of age. This applies whether it be the first time you see us at GJO or whether you are returning for regular reviews, for example, with orthokeratology contact lens fitting. Eye testing for children and teenagers can be quite complex, particularly if there are certain general health concerns, or depending on the age of the child. Whilst nothing in life with children is entirely predictable, we do encourage parents to ensure you arrive for your appointment with plenty of time to spare. Having a snack before the test can also go a long way to contributing to reliable and accurate testing on the day.
Felicity Sklavos is a clinical optometrist, specialty contact lens fitter and ophthalmic medicines prescriber who enjoys the great outdoors, in the camper or on the water, in her spare time.