Eye Test Information
Come and visit us for an eye test at Oscar Wylee!
- Free eye test when you purchase a pair of optical glasses–otherwise $30
- Easily book online
- Quick and convenient–approximately 20 minutes
- Performed by skilled and dedicated optometrists with high-quality equipment
- Come in on your lunch break or when out shopping
Why do I need an eye test?
Not all eye health problems show obvious warning signs. Regular eye exams help to keep up with changes that lead to identifying the need for prescription eyewear, eye health support, and other medical conditions.
How often should I have my eyes tested?
The average person is recommended to have an eye exam every 2 years. Annually for diabetics and patients over 65, or as recommended by your eye care practitioner.
For sudden vision changes, sore/red eyes, flashes, vision loss, or other eye conditions, please see an optometrist as soon as possible. To make an appointment with our friendly and highly-qualified optometrists, simply book an eye test at one of our New Zealand stores.
Your eye test explained
An eye test is not just about prescriptions. Our optometrists are eye health professionals who can help identify changes or problems with your vision.
When you arrive for your eye test, we will confirm your booking details, including: health fund cards, visual history (includes reading your prescription from your current eyewear), any eye concerns or needs you might have.
To provide your optometrist with a baseline for your eye exam, our trained team members will take a recording of your current eyewear and perform a pre-test of your eyes using a dedicated pre-test machine. The pre-test machine measures eye pressure and provides an estimation of your prescription for your optometrist to build upon. We may request that you arrive a little earlier than your designated appointment time in order to obtain this information.
- Optometrist Consultation
After your pre-test, you will be introduced to one of our qualified optometrists who will conduct your comprehensive eye examination. They will address your presenting concerns, assess your eye health and determine a prescription for any refractive errors. At the end of your appointment, you will be offered any eyecare and eyewear solutions or referrals relative to your ocular needs. You will be reintroduced to our friendly front of house team to cater to your eye care needs or book follow-up appointments.
What you can expect from an eye test
During an eye test, your optometrist will take a comprehensive medical history to determine what they should be looking out for. They may also ask you questions about your family history, past and present medical issues, any medications you might be on, injuries, and other factors. It is essential to be as thorough as possible with your answers to ensure that your test will cover all likely possibilities.
A comprehensive eye exam can vary slightly depending on the person. Factors such as age or specific conditions change experience.
Your test may include:
- Visual acuity: To measure the sharpness of your vision using an eye chart.
- Refraction: To determine your prescription for glasses if required.
- Retinal photography: Uses a high-resolution digital camera to take images of the back of your eye so that your optometrist can look at changes over time and find out the state of your retina.
- Eye movements: To determine how well your eyes can follow a moving object and focus on various targets.
- Glaucoma test: A test of the pressure in your eye.
- Slit lamp test: Examines the structure of your eye under high magnification which can detect a wide range of eye conditions and diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and corneal ulcers.
- Colour vision test: Checks your colour vision in order to detect a colour vision defect or colour blindness.
Importance and benefits of regular eye exams
Regular eye exams are an important part of taking care of your health, especially as having your vision corrected can improve the quality of your day-to-day life. Some other benefits of eye tests include:
- Routine eye tests can be critical in identifying systemic health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, brain tumours and skin cancer.
- Early detection and treatment of eye conditions and diseases can improve the quality of your vision and ultimately better your quality of life.
- In addition to correction of visual impairments, a comprehensive eye test is also a good way to determine your overall health and well-being.
The majority of a child's learning in school is through vision.
It is common for children in the classroom to have vision problems. Vision impairment can impact greatly on a child’s learning, confidence, and behaviour.
With the addition of more technology in the classrooms and more close work than ever before, regular eye testing is imperative. It is best to have your child’s eyes tested by a Paediatric Optometrist as a toddler (about 4 years of age) and again before starting school. Eye tests are then recommended every two years thereafter (or as often as recommended by your eyecare professional). Not all of our optometrists perform eye exams on children, please contact the store before booking an eye test for your child.
The sooner that vision problems are detected, the better the outcome, and that could make a big difference to your child. Our qualified optometrists are here to help you look after your vision.