Eye Examinations

Our eyes are remarkable organs, providing us with the precious gift of sight. As our most treasured sense, it’s essential to care for them diligently. With just one set of eyes, it’s vital to prioritize their well-being. We advocate for regular eye examinations, typically advised every two years. During these appointments, lasting between 30 to 45 minutes, our dedicated optometrists ensure thorough assessments of your eye health. Additional specialty tests may be conducted as needed, ensuring comprehensive care for your vision

A comprehensive eye examination consists of four essential parts:

  1. Patient Consultation: We take the time to understand your vision concerns, considering your medical history and overall health.

  2. Refraction: Using advanced technology like the auto-refractor and Phoroptor, we conduct precise scans to evaluate your vision and eye muscle coordination. Trial lenses may be utilized to fine-tune your prescription.

  3. Health Assessment: Our team employs a range of instruments to thoroughly examine both the external and internal structures of your eyes. From corneal health to retinal conditions, we assess for any potential issues. Early detection of sight-threatening conditions allows for timely intervention and treatment.

  4. Discussion and Recommendations: Following the examination, we provide a detailed overview of our findings and the current health status of your eyes. We offer impartial guidance on the most suitable course of action, ensuring you receive personalized care tailored to your needs.

Common focusing problems can impact your vision in various ways:

  • Myopia: Also known as nearsightedness, myopia occurs when the eye is longer than usual, leading to difficulty seeing distant objects clearly.
  • Hypermetropia: This condition, often referred to as farsightedness, occurs when the eye is shorter than average, resulting in blurred vision for close objects.
  • Astigmatism: Characterized by an irregularly shaped cornea or lens, astigmatism causes distorted or blurred vision at both near and far distances.
  • Eye Muscle Coordination: When the muscles controlling eye movements don’t work harmoniously, it can lead to problems like double vision or difficulty focusing on objects.

Understanding these common issues allows us to provide tailored solutions to improve your vision and enhance your overall eye health.

Several sight-threatening conditions require careful attention:

  • Cataracts: This condition involves the clouding of the lens inside the eye, leading to impaired vision. While often age-related, cataracts can also result from eye injuries and are a significant cause of vision loss worldwide.

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): AMD is characterized by damage to the central zone of the retina, affecting central vision for tasks such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces. It is a leading cause of blindness among older individuals.

  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma arises from a drainage problem, causing increased pressure inside the eye and resulting in peripheral vision loss. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness, making early detection crucial. Approximately 10% of individuals over 70 may develop glaucoma.

  • Diabetes: Diabetic individuals are at risk of vision loss due to complications such as retinal bleeding. With over 200,000 diabetics in New Zealand, proactive eye care is essential to prevent diabetes-related vision problems.

 

Excessive screen time can lead to Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), affecting a large portion of the workforce. Common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty focusing on objects both near and far
  • Tired, achy eyes
  • Burning sensation and dryness in the eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

If you experience any of these symptoms, it may indicate the need for corrective lenses to alleviate discomfort and improve visual comfort during prolonged computer use.