You may not think you need glasses at all! Or perhaps your existing glasses are still performing well? But, give yourself peace of mind, knowing that your precious sight is being monitored. It’s especially important if you have reached the delicate age of, ahem, forty!
Changes in your visual acuity can take place very slowly, your brain may adapt to these changes and may not even perceive the difference. Left uncorrected, this can lead to complications like dry, irritated, or tired eyes. Neck, back or shoulder pain and double or blurred vision.
If you have a family history of any eye conditions, glaucoma, diabetes or high blood pressure, then check-ups are vital!
NOTE: Children 15 years and under, with a caregiver’s community services card, qualify for a free eye test and subsidised eyewear through the Ministry of Health’s Enable scheme. Up to 20% of kids may have blurry vision that can be easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Without this correction, the child may struggle with learning, sport and hobbies.
Our comprehesive eye health examination
We believe that your valuable eyesight deserves the best possible care. Get in touch to make an appointment for a comprehensive eye health examination. This will include; vision testing, free retinal photos, glaucoma and cataract assessment, colour vision, driver’s licence screening and exceptional service. They require approximately one hour, all for $89, children 15 and under are $49. (Free with a CS card)
Make sure your eye test is comprehensive and includes all the mandatory requirements of The NZ Association of Optometrists.
According to the World Health Organisation, ‘75% of blindness in the world is preventable’. Many of the conditions that affect the eye are asymptomatic, meaning you won’t know you are afflicted with them until it’s too late to effectively treat them; this can lead to permanent vision loss.
- Amblyopia (Lazy Eye): Develops in a child when one eye is not being used, either because of poor focus or poor co-ordination with the other eye. If left untreated, permanent loss of vision in the lazy eye can result. It must be detected early for treatment to be effective. Ensure all children have a test with an optometrist before 6 years of age. The before school check is... only effective at picking up the most extreme visual defects, subtle ones can be missed.
- Glaucoma: More than 70,000 Kiwis aged 40 and over have glaucoma. At least half of these people do not know they have it. Usually glaucoma has no symptoms until it is well advanced; unless detected early, serious loss of vision will occur.
- Diabetes: Diabetes weakens the small blood vessels supplying the nerve layer of the eye. This can lead to bleeding and scarring, both of which cause loss of vision.
- Macular Degeneration: Also called ARMD, 25,000 New Zealanders have already lost sight due to ARMD and a further 2000 are developing the disease each year. Cells in the most sensitive part of the retina deteriorate, causing loss of central vision.
- Cataract: Even mild cataract can cause reduced vision and when the lens becomes more opaque vision may be severely reduced. Surgical removal of cataracts is a relatively simple procedure in most cases.
- Colour Blindness: People with colour “blindness” are not actually blind to colour but simply have difficulty identifying and distinguishing between certain colours. Colour deficiencies affect one in 12 boys, but only one in 200 girls. Normal colour vision is required for some careers including the military or police. Find out more about it on the ‘Save our Sight’ webpage