HCF Fit and Well : HCF Fit and Well Summer 2015-16
UNPACKED Your eye examination If you want to protect your love “so it’s important to have them checked regularly so that any issues can be detected and treated as early as possible”, says Margaret Knapman, Managing Optometrist at HCF Eyecare Associated Optometrists. Not sure quite what to expect during O your eye exam? Knapman gives us a full rundown. Making your appointment When you ring to book in for an eye exam, make sure you mention family history (of glaucoma, for example) or health conditions (such as diabetes) that may indicate you need a longer appointment. “HCF’sMore for Eyes program gives members with selected extras cover a free eye health check using advanced digital retinal imaging technology, and access to a range of fully covered glasses if the need arises (depending on your type of cover and available limits) at participating outlets,” Knapman says. HCF provides easy access to its great More for Eyes program benefts through the seven HCF Eyecare Centres throughout Sydney and Specsavers nationwide. Eyecare on your phone The HCF Eyecare app is a great tool for eye health. It includes: • details about common eye conditions • descriptions of eye tests • general eye health tips • information about HCF Eyecare Centres and ofers • several eye-screening tools that check for issues like colour blindness and central vision distortion. The app is available via the iTunes and Google Play stores and at hcfeye.com.au/app ur eyes allow us to read a book, enjoy the beauty of a sunset and see the people we Pre-test chat The optometrist asks questions to clarify the main reasons for your visit (if you’re experiencing headaches or blurred vision, or simply want an eye check-up). Retinal photos While you look through an eyepiece that resembles a pair of binoculars a digital photograph is taken of one eye, then the other. “This high-resolution image is uploaded onto a screen,” says Knapman. “It allows your optometrist to view the back of your eye, including your retina, optic nerve and blood vessels, to check for signs of eye issues such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and impacts of high blood pressure.” Eye check In the consulting room your optometrist will conduct some or all of the following eye checks: • Visual acuity test With one eye covered, you read letters of the alphabet from a chart, with the type getting smaller with each row. This measures your sharpness of vision. • Slit lamp check This special microscope with a strong light illuminates the structures of your eye to allow assessment of your eyelids, lashes, irises, corneas and eye lenses. • Eye function tests The optometrist tests your muscle function, eye coordination and peripheral vision by getting you to visually track a moving object, look at a distant target and by bringing objects or computer images into your line of vision. • Glaucoma screening Glaucoma causes a build-up of pressure in your eyes that damages the optic nerve. Tests for the condition include an optic nerve examination. During an optic nerve examination the optometrist may use pupil-dilating drops (which take about 20 to 30 minutes eyesight for life, regular eye checks are a must. to work) and a small instrument called an ophthalmoscope to examine the optic nerve. “As your vision may be affected for an hour or two after the test, you will need to catch public transport or have someone else drive you home,” Knapman says. For the tonometry (or ‘puff of air’) test a small puff of air is directed into each eye. “The faster the return speed of the air, the higher the pressure, which may indicate risk of glaucoma,” she explains. • Refraction test If you need or use glasses your optometrist will ask you to look through a series of different lenses and pick which one looks clearer to determine the most appropriate lens power. The prescription is handed to an optical dispenser who helps you choose your glasses frames and arranges for them to be made up with the prescribed lenses. This may take a few days or weeks. HCF Eyecare is independently owned and operated by Eyecare Holdings Pty Limited ACN 054 365 196.
HCF Fit and Well Winter 2015
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