Looking Out for Your Eyes
The best way to detect and manage any potential problems with your eyesight is to have regular consultations with your optometrist.
There are a number of vision tests available which will be tailored for your needs. Here are just a few.
Visual Acuity Test
Most people are familiar with the visual acuity test. This test is a very common one where you read letters or identify shapes from a chart on a wall. It’s used to determine the smallest size of letters you can just see or resolve.
By placing the chart at a standard distance and observing while you cover one eye at a time and attempt to correctly identify letters or shapes, an optometrist can measure your visual acuity. It is generally expressed as a fraction, like 20/20, which is standardised in feet, or more recently 6/6 which is in metres. The top number represents the actual distance, while the bottom represents the distance someone with “normal” vision can see that letter size.
Regular visual acuity tests are a quick and easy way to monitor your eye health.
Standard and Ultra-Wide Digital Retina Scans
A digital retina scan is a comprehensive, yet surprisingly quick and easy, procedure. Every Laubman & Pank store can do one for you.
With a single flash photo or laser scan, we can look at your retina, optic nerve and blood vessels closer up and in more detail than ever before. This advanced digital imaging allows us to look for signs of eye diseases relating to diabetes, hypertension, macular degeneration, and glaucoma – all in five minutes.
Our new ultra-wide technology allows for an even more detailed and comprehensive view of the hard-to-see peripheral retina, with as much as 4 times the retina able to be imaged in on shot.
An Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scan looks out for the early signs of a range of eye conditions like Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. More and more Laubman & Pank stores are acquiring the technology for these eye tests every day.
An OCT scan takes a detailed 3D image of the area below the surface of your retina, so we can really examine the state of your eye health. All you need to do is look into the lens of the machine for a few seconds and we can map out any changes in your retinas.
Astigmatism tests are a great way to find out whether the front surface of your eye, your cornea, has an irregular curvature causing a “spread of light”.
The tests can be taken with or without glasses, and involve covering one eye at a time and looking at a series of black lines on a white surface. If some lines appear to be darker than others, astigmatism may be present. While home tests are effective, the best way to get a diagnosis is by taking the eye examination with an optometrist.
Peripheral Vision Test
Visual field tests are a simple way to check your peripheral vision – that is everything that is not within your central field of vision.
It may seem quite easy to test your own peripheral vision at home but only an eye health professional can give you an accurate diagnosis. Early changes are often imperceptible. There are a few ways that an optometrist can test your eyes for peripheral vision loss.
- Confrontation Visual Field Exam: You signal when you can see your optometrist’s hand moving across in front of you.
- Automated Perimetry: You stare straight ahead and press a button when you see small flashes of light in your peripheral vision.