John O’Connor Optometrists provide a comprehensive service to assess, test and diagnose eye conditions. As part of a comprehensive eye examination at a Henderson optometrist the following can be expected:
- Medical History
Just like a medical history is important when visiting a doctor, so is a history of the eyes. The first part of the consultation will therefore involve providing details of any eye problems that were experienced in the past as well as eye conditions that have affected family or relatives. Some eye conditions are genetic and result in a predisposition for developing the same condition as relatives.
- Eye Examination
The eye examination at a Henderson optometrist will include the following tests and will take about 20 to 30 minutes:
- Applanation Tonomotery or non-contact tonomotery, also called a pressure test, measures the amount of pressure required to flatten the cornea and is used to screen for glaucoma.
- A refraction test which most people are familiar with and is the reading of letters or numbers off a chart. The optometrist will use a phoropter through which the chart will be viewed using different lenses that will determine whether there are problems with clear short or long vision. This test helps determine whether there is a need for glasses or contact lenses and the strength of the prescription.
- The Slit-Lamp Exam shines a light directly into the eye and uses a microscope to look for a variety of different eye disorders, conditions or diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, myopia, hyperopia, macular degeneration and detached retina.
- Visual acuity testing that tests how far or near the eye can see and is usually used on children.
Further testing at Henderson optometrists may be recommended in the form of:
- Retinal Tomography which provides a detailed image of the retina and is used to identify retinal conditions.
- Corneal Tomography is a computerized scan that measures the curve of the cornea and looks for conditions such as astigmatism, scarring or swelling on the surface of the cornea.
- Furoscein Angiogram which tests the flow of blood through the retina and is used to identify diabetic retinopathy as well as range of other conditions.
- An ultrasound may be ordered to detect conditions such as bleeding, cataracts and tumours or the position of these defects before surgery.
After the eye exam, a full report of all the tests and results will be provided by John O’Connor Optometrists as well as suggestions for treatments for any conditions that may have been diagnosed. A patient may also be referred to an ophthalmologist for further diagnosis, treatment or procedures.
After the refraction test, the Henderson optometrist will prescribe glasses or contact lenses to improve vision. There are a variety of different options available for glasses such as regular, plastic lenses, bifocals, multi-focal, etc. The optometrist will discuss each option as well as contact lenses to find the most suitable choice.
To find out more about how John O’Connor Optometrists can assist in protecting your eye health starting with a comprehensive eye examination, visit their website.