Eye Care at Medispecs Optometry

Our optometrists Douglas Garth B App Sci (Optometry) and Emma Richards B App Sci (Optometry) are experts in eye care. They’ll take you through a comprehensive eye examination using the latest in digital eye testing equipment. A normal adult eye test takes about 30 minutes, and for children up to 45 minutes. We bulk bill all our examinations.

 

The eye test can involve:

  • Investigation of reduced visual acuity
  • Investigation of recurring headaches
  • Treatment of dry eyes or watery eyes
  • Easier picture or number charts for Paediatric eyecare
  • Sports eyecare assessing visual tracking and performance
  • Managing ocular health in patients with diabetes
  • Monitoring cataracts
  • Monitoring glaucoma
  • Computerised visual field assessment
  • Digital Retinal Photography
  • Assessment of vision for QLD Transport licensing
  • Colour vision assessment
  • Consultations and referrals for cataract surgery, as well as pre-operative and post-operative care
  • Consultations and referrals for laser corrective eye surgery, as well as pre-operative and post- operative care
  • Contact lens evaluation, fitting and ongoing care

We strive to provide exceptional eyecare for all our patients. 

Digital Retinal Photography

Included free in our comprehensive eye tests, our optometrist will take a digital photograph of the back of your eye using our state-of-the-art retinal camera,. This allow us to instantly diagnose a number of common conditions. It’s non-invasive, simple and quick.

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WHEN SHOULD I GET MY EYE'S CHECKED?

We recommend a test if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches, nausea or dizziness after visual concentration
  • Blurred or double vision at any time
  • Crossed or turned eyes
  • Blinking or eye rubbing after visual concentration
  • Dislike or avoidance of close work
  • Placing head close to book when reading or writing
  • Squinting while looking at the TV, blackboard or driving
  • Poor night vision
  • Difficulty reading small print
  • Difficulty adjusting focus between near and far objects.

We always bulk bill so feel free to come in if you have a question about your eyes.

CHILDREN'S EYE TESTING

We’re approved by Children’s Health QLD to provide paediatric eyecare services. This is part of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital paediatric optometry alignment program. We have almost 2 decades of experience testing kids vision and making sure they can see clearly and comfortably 🙂 The following are a few things to look out for with the kids:

    • Have you noticed an eye turning in?
    • Are they clumsier when other kids?
    • Do they complain they see double?
      • Is vision affecting their ability to learn at school?
      • Are they complaining of sore eyes?
      • Do they hold things too close?
      • Are they saying things are blurry?
      • Do they lose their place when reading?
        • Has your child been diagnosed with a lazy eye?
        • Do you need better fitting or stronger frames?
        • Are you struggling with eye patching?
          • Are you worried about Myopia or short-sightedness?
          • Is your child wearing glasses for distance?
          • Do you have a family history of myopia?
          • Could contact lenses be an option?

          If its been 2 years or more since their last eye test, we recommend you contact us to book an appointment today!

How Often Should You Have Your Eyes Examined?

It is important to have your eyes examined regularly. The sooner eye health and vision problems are discovered, the sooner you can be helped.

For most people we recommend an annual eye test. Some ocular conditions like diabetes, glaucoma and cataract require more frequent assessment. Our optometrists will discuss these ongoing care requirements with you.

Colour Vision

Colour blindness (colour vision deficiency, or CVD) affects approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women in the world. In Australia this means that there are approximately 1 million colour blind people (about 4.5% of the entire population), most of whom are male.

There are different causes of colour blindness. For the vast majority of people with deficient colour vision the condition is genetic and has been inherited from their mother, although some people become colour blind as a result of other diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis, or they acquire the condition over time due to the ageing process, medication etc.

Our optometrist Douglas is well acquainted with CVD having a red green deficiency himself. Our testing equipment includes the Ishihara test for screening and the Farnsworth D-15 test for determining type and severity.

If you have concerns that yourself, or your children, have colour vision problems then book an eye test and we’ll find out. Even if you’ve been told that your colourblind and would like to find out more (ie type and severity) then feel free to come in.

Macular Degeneration

The macula is the central part of the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
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