No doctor’s referral is required to make an appointment at Holloway Vision Centre.
Medicare covers the majority of the examination fee. The examination fee covers all necessary procedures including the more advanced investigations for macular degeneration and glaucoma.
There is a small gap payment. Your rebate can be paid directly into your Medicare registered cheque or savings account on the day.
Most people require a full check up every 2 years. This may vary depending on your individual needs.
Holloway Vision Centre recommends that people with diabetes, contact lens wearers and those with a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration should have annual visits to the optometrist.
In some circumstances more frequent visits are recommended.
The most common signs in children and adults that indicate the need for a full eye exam are as follows:
• Headaches, nausea or dizziness after visual concentration.
• Blurred or double vision
• Crossed or turned eyes.
• Blinking or eye rubbing after visual concentration.
• Placing head close to book when reading or writing.
• Frowning while looking at the TV or whiteboard.
• Difficulty reading small print.
• Difficulty adjusting focus between near and far objects.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list, just the most common symptoms. Eye examinations every 2 years help prevent eye problems going undetected.
If your eyes are red for an obvious reason, for example swimming in an overly chlorinated pool, then some lubricating drops will help your eyes recover to normal in a few hours.
If you do not know the reason for the redness or if you also have pain, discharge or light hurts your eye, call us on 03 5722 1322 during work hours for an on the day consult or phone 0409 945 375 for after work hours.
When you have red eyes there is always a reason. Eye drops bought from the chemist or supermarket are a Band-Aid approach to the problem.
They are good for an emergency, for example a special occasion, but are not recommended for extended use. Drops that specialise in ‘taking the red out’ are not recommended for extended use either as they have the potential to make your eyes permanently red and in some cases cause glaucoma.
The best solution is to make an appointment for diagnosis and correct treatment of the underlying cause.
The Optometry Association of Australia recommends starting children’s eye tests when they are 3 years of age.
We suggest checkups every two years to ensure the early intervention for any eye problems that may affect your child’s learning.
Wearing glasses that are out of date, or have someone else’s prescription will not damage your eyes but may cause you to suffer headaches, temporary blurring of your vision. Problems with depth perception can lead to accidents.
No. Many people, particularly over 40’s, quickly become dependent on glasses when they have them, but this is not because glasses are causing their eyesight to deteriorate.
Reading glasses and magnifiers can have a similar effect. This is simply because the eye is adjusting to being able to see clearly, not because your eyesight is getting worse by wearing glasses.