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What is optometry?

Optometry focuses on primary vision care where trained optometrists examine the eyes to detect defects in vision and other abnormalities. From sight testing and correction, to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of changes in vision, optometrists carry out a range of tests and procedures.

An optometrist will usually be able to supply the following:

  • Contact lenses for short sight, long sight and astigmatism
  • Prescription glasses
  • Hand held and illuminated magnifiers
  • Telescopic spectacles for distance and near vision
  • Artificial eyes
  • Soft lenses, including:
    • Daily, weekly and monthly disposables
    • Single vision and bi-focals.
    • Continuous and long term wear soft lenses
    • Gas permeable and scleral lenses              
    • Tinted and cosmetic lenses

Reasons to see an optometrist

How often you see an optometrist and have a comprehensive eye test varies depending on age and other factors including, risk. It is recommended to see an optometrist every two years and more frequently if you have eye problems or if you're over 60. It's important to attend eye exams so you can maintain your eye heath.

Wide range of treatments

Although most eye disorders and diseases are treated by an ophthalmologist, optometrists can diagnose and treat:  

  • Eye disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye infections
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Blepharitis
  • Eye injuries

If further diagnostic tests or treatments are required, these will be explained fully during your optometrist and they will most likely refer you to an ophthalmologist.

Common eye tests:

  • Funduscopy (retinal camera)
  • Tonometry
  • Slit lamp test
  • Corneal and retinal topography
  • Eye angiogram
  • Dilated pupillary exam
  • Refraction test
  • Visual acuity testing
  • Visual field test

How BMI Healthcare can help

Optometry at BMI Healthcare offers you fast, direct and convenient appointments with an optometrist. Your optometrist may be able to reassure you that what you are experiencing is nothing to be concerned about or they can discuss treatment options that could relieve your symptoms and maintain your eye health.

Together, you and your optometrist can decide the best route for you and develop a tailor made treatment package to achieve optimum results.