FAQ 

top questions we hear from patients
What does an examination involve?

A routine eye exanination will take about half an hour.  It is very thorough and will be individually taylored to suit you personal needs and requirements.

We start with your general health and any relevant family history. We'll then measure your current vision (unaided and aided) and the external and internal health of your eyes. The eye pressure and muscular balance are also checked. More tests may be recomendeed if necessary for visual fields, ocular coherence tomography (OCT) or dry eye.

What about contact lenses?

Contact lenses have become popular as an alternative to wearing glasses full time because they can offer greater freedom, convenience and safety for sports activities. Contact lenses are available in single vision and multifocal designs suitable for a wide variety of prescriptions and needs. They can also provide flexibility in choosing your own eye colour, from subtle to dramatic colours.

When you book an appointment at The Eyecare Centre we'll advise you of you options, offer a free trail and then teach you how to insert, remove and if necessary clean and maintain your new lenses.

We offer most brands available for frequent or not so frequent use.

When should I bring my child for a test?

From the moment of birth, children are learning to see. Every action taken helps build better vision. To ensure this path follows evey step we recommend pre school eyecare, from as young as 6 months old. We can then diagonose any vision problems before they impact your childs development and learning abilities.

Because their vision may change through out the school years, regular checks every 2 years are recommended while you child is growing up. Small defects in vision can often lead to difficulty in learning and a shorter attention span a school.

How can I look after my eyes?

We can easily take our sight for granted. A sight test every 2 years for most people, and a check through family history is a good start.

Exercise and a balanced diet, rich in omega 3 fatty acid's, antioxidants and a good supply of vitimins and minerals including lutein, B vitiamins and zinc.

Wearing UV protection also in presciption eyewear may stop irreversal damage from the sun.

Resting your eyes while spending long periods of time in front of a screen, tablet or phone will stop strain caused by fixation at a focal length. Our lenses can be coated with anti glare and blue light filters to help with digital enviroments.

What are Ortho-K contact lenses?

Ortho-k lenses correct your vision while you sleep. Simply pop your ortho-k lenses in before bedtime, remove them in the morning, and wake up to a world of clear, sharp, natural vision. Ortho-k is sometimes referred to as 'myopia control' as it can often lead to a reduction in the progression of short sightedness in patients.

Can I have my presctiption in sunglasses?

UV rays are invisable, so we need to take necessary precautions to protect ourselves. Our prescription lenses take the hassle out of sun protection with our range sunglasses and available lens options.

You can choose from options such as polarised lenses, Transitions® and different tints to reduce the impact of UV radiation on your eyes and the surrounding area.

Polarisation is the only lens type to block UV as well as reducing horizontal glare off reflctive surfaces such as, snow, roads and water.

Transitions®, are photochromic, adjusting to different UV levels. Clear indoors and dark outside when the sun is at its strongest.