At Max Astri Optometrists we have invested heavily in world class diagnostic equipment to ensure that we are providing you with the highest level of eye care possible. We recommend a comprehensive eye examination for all patients at least every two years. More frequent eye examinations are recommended for patients with particular needs. No referral is necessary.
What to bring to your consultation
- Your Medicare card or Veteran Affairs card. We will bulk bill your consultation directly to Medicare or Veteran Affairs if you are eligible.
- Your Health Fund membership card if you have optical cover. We are able to make direct claims for your optical benefits from most health funds.
- Your Seniors card if you have one. If you are purchasing new spectacles please present your Seniors card to our receptionist prior to your consultation.
- Cash/ Cheque/ credit or savings card. A 50% deposit is required when ordering spectacles. To provide you with the best possible eyecare your optometrist may recommend additional services or scans that are not covered by Medicare. Payment for any non-Medicare services and scans is required on the day of your consultation.
- A list of any medications you are taking.
- Any information you may have about any family history of eye disease or health conditions that affect the eyes.
- Current spectacles, prescription sunglasses or contact lenses.
- The name of any contact lens solutions you use if you wear contact lenses.
- Sunglasses. Dilating eye drops are used during consultations and you will be glare sensitive for a few hours after your consultation.
What to expect upon your arrival
If you are a new patient to our practice our reception staff will ask you to complete a patient registration form prior to the start of your consultation so that we have a record of your preferred contact details and other important information such as your medicare number, the name of your doctor and the name of your health fund if you have private health insurance with optical cover.
During your consultation your optometrist will ask you about your personal medical and ocular history as well as any relevant family medical or ocular history. This information is important for us to be able to provide you with the best possible eyecare and advice.
If you are on a full pension and wanting to apply to have spectacles supplied through the Visioncare Spectacle Program please inform our receptionist before the start of your consultation so she can supply you with a Visioncare application form.
If your eye examination appointment is in our Dubbo practice, one of our trained staff may perform some pre-tests before the start of your consultation with your optometrist.
These pretests may include tonometry (which measures intraocular pressure), autorefraction and autokeratometry. Autorefraction provides the optometrist with an approximation of your spectacle correction, while autokeratometry measures the curvature of your cornea.
These pre-tests are painless and take only a few minutes to complete.
A standard comprehensive eye assessment will take 90 minutes. If any additional tests or screenings are recommended then additional time will be required.
Your comprehensive eye examination will initially involve your optometrist discussing with you your current visual needs, your medical history and any family history of systemic or eye disease. Your optometrist will record your existing vision and then test your eyes to make a thorough assessment of your current ocular prescription. Once this has been assessed your optometrist will make a recommendation as to what is the most appropriate correction for your should you require vision correction. This may be in the form of spectacles and/or contact lenses.
Following your vision assessment your optometrist will dilate your eyes by instilling dilating drops into your eyes. This allows your optometrist to fully assess your ocular health. We are one of very few optometry practices in Australia that routinely dilate patients’ eyes. Dilation is acknowledged as best practice when assessing, screening and monitoring ocular diseases. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes for the eye drops to fully dilate your pupils. Once the drops have dilated your pupils your optometrist can thoroughly assess your anterior eye and retina for any irregularities or abnormalities.
Our commitment to providing the best possible level of eyecare means that our optometrists recommend digital retinal imaging for all patients. Retinal imaging technology allows your optometrist to look for subtle changes in the structure of your retinas, but most importantly it allows us to detect, diagnose and manage changes observed in your retina over time.
If your optometrist detects any changes in your eyes further testing may be recommended to fully assess the nature of the changes observed. Many of these tests can be performed on the day of your consultation but occasionally you may require further speciality services to fully assess your ocular condition. Some of these further speciality services will be performed at a separate consultation. These services include:
- OCT scanning
- Corneal Topography
- Visual Field Tests
- Anterior Segment OCT scanning
- Ultrawide Field Digital Retinal Imaging
- Standard and ultrawide field digital retinal imaging with autofluorescence
- Macular pigment density assessment
- Tear osmolarity analysis
- Advanced glaucoma assessment including retinal nerve fibre analysis and gonioscopy
The fees for retinal imaging, OCT scanning, corneal topography, ultrawide field digital retinal imaging, macular pigment density assessment and tear osmolarity analysis are not covered by Medicare and are payable by the patient.