If you’re considering going to an optometrist, or have questions about getting your eyes tested, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions that we get asked at our Optometrist Williamstown office. Whether you’re wondering about price or why you might need to see an optometrist, you’ll find the answers below.

All Medicare card holders can claim a full rebate on an eye test, as we offer Bulk Billing services. Without a Medicare card the test will cost about $70.
You should see an optometrist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: eye strain, fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, double vision, or watery eyes. You should also book an appointment if you find yourself having to squint to properly focus on objects.

With so many people now working in front of a computer screen this is a very common enquiry. The answer depends upon a range of factors. These include what the surrounding lighting is like, how long you are working without breaks, and so on.

In general, sitting in front of a computer for hours on end is not good for your eyes. Doing so without taking regular breaks can result in eye strain and fatigue. Try to take a five-minute break from the computer every hour. Use this time to have something to eat, rest, or go for a quick walk. Activities such as this can keep you feeling refreshed, and mitigate eye strain.

Getting laser eye surgery is an effective, long-lasting solution for poor eyesight. It is a process that reshapes the front of the cornea to improve the ability of the eyes to focus. By undergoing this process, people will gain far better sight than they ever did with glasses or contacts.

If you would like to know more about this process, please speak to one of the optometrists at Eye Philosophy.

Ortho K, short for Orthokeratology, is a process where users wear gas-permeable contact “ortho k” lenses overnight, to improve eyesight. Through this, the cornea is gently reshaped over time. It is a popular alternative to laser eye surgery. It provides long-term benefits to a person’s eyesight without them having to undergo surgery.

By wearing these contacts, wearers will have long-term eyesight problems, such as short-sightedness, corrected over time.

Children should have their first eye test at the age of six months. By having a test at such a young age potential eyesight problems are identified, and can be treated, early on.

Following their test at six months, they should have their next one at three years of age. If the tester suggests a treatment then the child should have an annual eye test. This will help track progress, and determine if the treatment is effective.

Wearing glasses can be a simple yet effective solution for correcting eyesight problems in children. It is common for many children from the age of six and older to wear glasses. Doing so can improve vision almost immediately, and help strengthen eyesight over time.

In general, to be eligible for laser eye surgery you should be over 18 years old. You should be suffering from an eyesight problem that needs correcting, such as near or far-sightedness. Your corrective lenses prescription should have remained unchanged for at least 18 months. Furthermore, pregnant or breastfeeding women are strongly advised against getting it.

Depending on your specific circumstances, there may be other eligibility requirements. Contact Eye Philosophy for more information.

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This FAQ Page has provided an overview of some of the common questions we are asked by customers. If you have a query that wasn’t addressed here, feel free to contact our specialists today on (03) 9397 5895. Alternatively, you can email them at info@eyephilosophy.com.au. We look forward to hearing from you.