Changes to eye health happen gradually and many conditions show no symptoms during the early stages. It’s important to get regular eye health exams so we can treat any serious conditions at the earliest possible time. We recommend regular eye health exams for most patients every two years. Or, if you wear contact lenses you should get an eye test every 12 months.
Children should also have regular eye tests. Poor vision can affect your child’s growth and development.
During the exam, we test your vision, the health of your eyes and look for signs of general health problems. Our goal is always to help you see clearer, which we believe will improve your overall health and wellbeing.
About the Exam
Don’t let an eye exam be the only obstacle standing between you and better vision. The test is just 30 minutes and we’ll talk you through every step of the exam.
The exam includes Digital Retinal Photography and full macular review, so we can detect any serious eye diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal changes that may be associated with diabetes.
We also treat these conditions:
Dry Eye: The incidence of dry eye increases with age because your body stops producing adequate amounts of lubricating tears, which makes the eyelids start to lose their ‘tone’.
Floaters: These are seen as little specks that float around in front of your eyes. Sometimes, they are a build up of protein cells or a change in the vitreous or ‘gel’ inside the eye. The sign of floaters means there are significant changes happening within your eye, so you should book a full eye exam as soon as possible.
Diabetic Retinopathy: All diabetics are at risk of developing this eye condition which damages the fine blood vessels in the retina. We recommend all diabetics have a full dilated eye examination every 12-18 months.
Cataracts: This condition is when cloudiness forms in the lens of the eye causing vision problems. It is often treated first with new prescription eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses.
Glaucoma: This condition refers to a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve at the back of the eye causing irreversible damage. If left untreated, you can develop ‘tunnel-vision’ and lose your peripheral vision.
Macular Degeneration: This disease affects the macula which is the area of the retina responsible for our central vision. The disease causes blurriness, distortion and dark spots in your central vision.
Contact Lens Trial
Contact lenses have improved significantly in the past few years becoming more comfortable and healthier for your eyes. So if you’re thinking about trying contacts out for the first time, then we take the risk out of trialling them by allowing you to have your first trial pair free.
Many people chose contacts for different reasons, but they may include wearing contacts for sport and watersports or switching from spectacles to contacts when you go out at night. If one of these options sounds appealing, then head into our practice to give your first pair a go.
First, you’ll need to book a contact lens consultation with our optometrists and we will assess your vision, fit your lenses and teach you how to care for your contacts.
We carry a wide range of contact wearing options including daily, fortnightly, monthly and extended wear contacts. We also have extended prescriptions ranges to suit almost every patient's vision correction needs like single vision, monovision and multifocal contact lenses.
We offer a one-off fitting fee which covers as many visits as you want for the next 12 months.
We offer referral services at Alison Steer Optometrist. If you’ve decided you no longer want to wear eyeglasses or contacts you can choose from a few options. We can refer you to the right surgeon and clinic for LASIK treatment or refractive lens exchange.
LASIK surgery uses lasers to correct your vision while refractive lens exchange replaces your eye’s clear natural lens with an artificial lens to help you achieve sharper focus.