THE EYE EXAMINATION
At Thomas & Mackay Optometrists in Goolwa we are committed to providing you with a comprehensive eye examination using state of the art equipment. This approach ensures we always carry out a thorough investigation of your vision, assess your eye muscle coordination, examine your eyes for possible health problems and offer advice on any specific occupational or recreational needs.
Using our retinal cameras located at each of our 3 practices we can take a picture of the back of your eyes. This enables us to have a more detailed inspection of your retina. It proves particularly useful in detecting:
- Macular degeneration.
Retinal photography is a standard procedure for all our eye examinations
Often referred to as the sneak thief of sight our comprehensive eye examination will include a retinal photograph and possibly the measurement of eye pressure to aid detection. Furthermore our state of the art equipment includes field of vision assessment with our electronic visual field screeners and optic nerve head assessment with retinal nerve fiber analysis.
This can be found in only a handful of optometry practices in Australia.
Macular Degeneration (MD)is the name given to a group of degenerative diseases of the retina that cause progressive, painless loss of central vision, affecting the ability to see fine detail,drive,read and recognise faces. It can also result in impaired balance and increased risk of falls.
One in seven Australians over the age of fifty is affected by macular degeneration.
Although there is no cure for MD, there are treatment options that can slow down its progression.depending on the stage and type of disease ( wet, dry and other forms). The earlier the disease is detected, the more vision you are likely to retain.
In the early stages of MD you may not realise anything is wrong and you may still have normal vision. That is the best time to detect the disease.
One in five children suffer from an undetected eye problem. Research shows that the early detection of eye abnormalities in children can prevent eye problems, such as lazy eyes developing in the future. We recommend that all children have their eyes examined by age 5 and younger if problems are suspected.