Your Eye Examination
At Max Astri Optometrists we have invested in world class diagnostic equipment to ensure that we are providing our patients with the best possible care. We recommend comprehensive eye examinations for all patients at least every 2 years. More frequent examinations are recommended for patients based on their particular needs.
What to bring:
- Medicare Card or Veterans Affairs card – we bulk bill your consultation directly to Medicare of the Department of Veterans Affairs if you are eligible.
- Medicare does not cover the costs of any extra testing that may be recommended by you optometrist – fees for retinal imaging and other tests are out of pocket costs for each patient
- Health Fund Membership card – if you have optical cover, we will be able to make direct claims to cover part or all of the cost of any spectacles or contact lenses you may require.
- A list of any medications you are currently taking
- Any information regarding your family history of eye disease or other health conditions
- Current spectacles, prescription sunglasses, or contact lenses
- Sunglasses – we routinely dilate our patients. This process will make you glare sensitive for a few hours following your consultation
What your consultation will involve:
Our standard comprehensive eye examination takes approximately 90 minutes. Additional time may need to be made for further testing.
- New Patient registration – we collect some personal details including contact information and the name of your regular doctor
- Pre-testing – including auto-refraction and tonometry
- Vision Assessment – your optometrist will measure your current glasses prescription and discuss any lens options you may require to meet your specific visual needs
- Ocular Health Assessment – your optometrist will assess the health of the anterior and posterior segments of your eyes. This will include the use of dilating drops to adequately assess the peripheral retina. Specialised equipment may be used where necessary to provide the best care
Following your examination, your optometrist will discuss any findings with you and may recommend follow-up visits to conduct further testing or to monitor any ocular conditions you may have. Further testing may include:
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning
- Corneal Topography
- Visual Field assessment
- Ultrawide Digital Retinal Imaging
- Further glaucoma assessment in including retinal analysis, gonioscopy, and tonometry
Fees for OCT scanning, retinal imaging, corneal topography, and ultrawide imaging are not covered by Medicare. These additional tests are payable by the patient. Please contact us for more information about the fees associated.