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Frequently asked questions.

Below are some commonly asked questions about eye care, optometry, glasses and contact lenses. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please call Wimmera Eye Care during office hours.
We have also provided some links to helpful websites at the bottom of this page.

Why do I have trouble reading fine print now I am over 45?  
Presbyopia is the progressive loss of flexibility of the eye lens, which reduces the amount of focus range.  Reading lenses solve the problem.

I can read fine, but I cannot see the TV clearly .  
Most likely cause is Myopia (short-sighted), so spectacles will improve the distance vision.  If you are over 45, you may require multifocals to solve this without causing a problem with reading.

I can see the distance fine, but I have difficulty with near work (and I am under 45.)
You may be hypermetropic (longsighted) Prescription lenses will give improved near performance.

How often  should we have our eye examined?
All children should be examined before starting school (if not before).
All children should be examined before starting secondary school, if not before.
Adults should be examined every two to three years, but more often as age increases due to the development of age degeneration changes.
Contact lens patients should have 12 month review to ensure proper fitting and that no complications are beginning.

Why do I need two yearly reviews if my vision is still fine?
To make sure that your glasses are the absolute best they can be, and that no early changes due to disease are beginning.

What happens in an examination?
Before you see the optometrist, your eyes are photographed for preliminary assessment and documentation. Several other pre-tests are done. You then see the optometrist, who measures your sharpness of vision (visual acuity) and measures the lenses needed to achieve the best acuity. You eye health is then assessed, including measuring the intra-ocular pressures. Your cornea and lens are examined with a binocular microscope. Other tests may follow if necessary. This could include visual field assessment.

How much does an eye examination cost?
At our practice, we bulk bill all patients. There are some procedures not covered by Medicare. These are retinal imaging (photos and OCT scans), Removal of foreign bodies.

I need glasses to see, but I also need sunglasses. Can I get something that does both jobs?
Yes, sunglasses can be made to almost every prescription. Lenses can be polarized to greatly reduce reflected glare as well as having your prescription.

My mother had macular degeneration. Should I be concerned?
Family history of macular degeneration increases the likelihood of developimg the condition. This applies to many other ageing eye changes, for example cataract and  glaucoma.

My child has an eye that turns. What should I do?
Seek an appointment with an optometrist.  There are many possible causes for an eye that turns, and full assessment is needed.

What is a lazy eye, and what can be done about it?
“lazy eye” generally means an Amblyopic eye, generally associated with an eye turn. The eye has not learned to see properly due to focus error or misalignment. Ocular therapy can often improve the vision, generally in conjunction with glasses.

My glasses are impossible for sport. What are my options?
Special sports frames which may solve the problem.
Contact lenses may be the answer.  An assessment by one of our optometrists will enable appropriate advice to be given.
Laser vision correction may also be an answer. Discussion with an optometrist is required.

How much do contact lenses cost?
The cost depends on the type of lenses prescribed. There are several different sorts. An assessment and discussion with an optometrist is needed.

Can children wear contact lenses?
There is no particular age at which a child can be fitted. Some babies even can be fitted. The main thing is can they clean and handle the lenses safely.

Can anyone wear contact lenses?
Most people are able to, but there are some who are unable for either physical reasons eg eyelid problems, poor coordination of the hands making insertion difficult, poor tear film,  and many other possible reasons. A trial lens fitting will usually give the answer.

What is Laser Vision Correction?
A specific type of laser beam is used to reshape the cornea to correct a focus error. Discussion with an optometrist is necessary to fully assess if that is an appropriate strategy for each individual.

I have noticed the sudden appearance of a black floating spot in one eye. What should I do about it?
All sudden changes of any sort in vision should be investigated.  Sudden onset floaters should be seen by an optometrist as a matter of urgency, particularly if associated with flashes in the eye.

Glaucoma Australia

Macular degeneration foundation

Diabetes Australia

Australian college of Optometry

Victorian Eye Care service