The Consultation Journey
Consultations take half an hour. We respect your time and run our appointments on schedule so you are not be kept waiting. If you are coming for the first time or you have changed your details please arrive a few minutes early so as your records can be updated. Please bring your Medicare Card with you to your appointment so we can process any rebate back to your bank account.
We believe the best person to examine your eyes is your optometrist and not a series of technicians. We believe this is the best way to get to know you personally and solve your visual problems with communication one to one.
Your eye examination involves an ocular health check including an Optos Retinal Scan to record the health of your macula and retina. Your examination also involves a refraction to ascertain your best visual correction. Individual solutions for your visual needs will be discussed together and an action plan outlined.
FLASHES, FLOATERS AND RETINAL DETACHMENTS:
As we age the jelly inside our eyes becomes more liquid and often we notice an increase in the tiny flecks in our vision that are evident when you look at a blue sky or a white wall.
These specks are known as floaters and are perfectly normal. If you notice a rapid shower of floaters or a sudden increase of spots in your vision especially if they are accompanied by light flashes this is not normal and you should make an appointment immediately. These signs may indicate that structures inside your eye are changing and although there is no pain, damage to your retina may be occurring that can affect your vision permanently.
Retinal detachment is rare however chances are increased by myopia, family history, some associated eye diseases and traumatic injury. Retinal detachments are painless and patients often describe the sensation of a curtain coming down over their vision or a vague shadow that follows one direction of gaze.
These symptoms constitute an ocular emergency and you should be seen as soon as possible at the practice for review and possible referral to an appropriate specialist. Outside business hours please use our mobile phone contact 0418 283 490. If unable to contact us please present at the Sydney Eye Hospital Macquarie Street Sydney.
Painful Red Eye
A painful red eye should never be ignored. Your body is telling you something is amiss. Make an appointment a matter of urgency. Contact lens wearers should always remove their lens and wear their glasses as soon as they notice pain or redness before coming to see us.
A red eye is best triaged through your optometrist to ensure you are getting the right course of therapeutic treatment or appropriate referral to an ophthalmic specialist.
A cataract is an opacity or gradual clouding of the tiny lens inside the eye. A cataract can be present from birth, be caused by disease or injury but most commonly is part of the aging process.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures in Australia. The most successful visual results post operatively are achieved when the surgeon has the best referral advice from your optometrist who knows how you operate visually, has experience of the type of correction you enjoy wearing and has thoroughly discussed the options with you.
Your visual result after cataract surgery will be your vision for the rest of your life and the choice of surgeon and the products he uses will influence the outcome. We are happy to spend time with you and arrange referral to an Ophthalmologist who uses the latest techniques and specialises in the achieving the desired result for your individual situation.
Macular Degeneration is a major cause of blindness. Every eye examination involves a macula check and an Optos scan which is recorded and stored to monitor any changes in the retina.
It is recommended that those with a family history of Macular Degeneration or any early precursors of the condition undergo regular eye testing and additional OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography) scanning to monitor changes and facilitate prompt referral to a retinal specialist if treatment is appropriate.
Glaucoma is a serious sight threatening condition and only half of the Australian population with glaucoma are diagnosed. If you have a blood relative with glaucoma you are ten times more likely to develop the disease which is as common as one in eight elderly people.
A glaucoma screening is part of every eye examination however we recommend that anyone who has a family history of glaucoma or shows subtle sign of its development should have a full glaucoma workup including an OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography) scan. This scan looks at the retinal structures and can uncover subtle signs of damage to the nerve structures so as appropriate referral and treatment can commence.
In some instances co management of glaucoma medications can be shared with your ophthalmologist to increase compliance, to improve time management and reduce costs.
Headaches can be caused by many things. If they are experienced regularly, particularly later in the day, vision testing and visual field analysis can sometimes uncover a potential cause.
Persistent headaches should never be ignored and eyestrain due to an uncorrected refractive error or imbalance of the eye muscles can often be relieved with glasses or an exercise program.