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Adult Eye Exams

There is always a misconception about eye health – that if you can see well or if you can read the letters on a standard eye chart at the end of the room, then there is no need of an eye exam. In fact, there is so much more to healthy vision than 20/20. Most sight threatening conditions have no symptoms at first and by the time you feel something is not quite right – it usually has progressed to the most advanced state. The good news is that most are preventable. At Chic, we focus on prevention – we want to detect signs of disease or abnormalities early on, while conditions are still treatable, and have therefore designed our exams to reflect this. When you first consult our optometrist you should expect to have a comprehensive eye examination.  This will take time as there is a lot to cover. As your eyes are valuable and they are all you will ever have, you should not expect to be examined roughly and get rushed through exams within 10 – 30minutes. Please expect approximately 45minutes on the exam.

During your eye exam, we will perform a thorough evaluation to assess long sightedness, short sightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia, visual fitness, as well as signs of sight threatening conditions such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. We test various visual skills such as eye teaming, focusing, and eye tracking to ensure each patient, young and old, is able to correctly interpret their environment. Our evaluation also includes an anterior segment imaging and a Canon Retinal Exam. These provide us with a more detailed view of the front, middle and back of your eye. Throughout your exam, the optometrist will clearly explain the tests performed and go over the results with you to ensure you have a complete understanding of your current eye health and vision needs

Specialised Eye Services:

Contact Lens Exam:

If you are an existing wearer or are requesting to wear them for the first time, additional procedures are necessary to ensure that you are or still are a good candidate for it. Since our eyes change over time, it is essential to update your contact lens measurements and recommendations at your annual exam.

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CAA Exam:

This type of examination is not an everyday eye exam and cannot be conducted by any optometrist. Our optometrist has undertaken further training to be qualified to perform the eye examination required by the Civil Aviation Authority for flying.

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Vision Therapy:

It is a customized programme to help improve functional visual skills of each individual. The programme is individualized and varied depending on the visual needs of each person. It is a highly effective treatment for many common visual problems that are often misdiagnosed as reading or learning disabilities, ADHD or dyslexia.

 

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Irlen Assessment:

Rather than being a ‘visual’ problem, Irlen syndrome is a ‘perceptual’ dysfunction that affects mainly the reading and writing based activities. It can also induce problems with handwriting and depth perception. When undetected, students might be viewed as underachievers with behavioural or motivational issues. It is a complex condition that can co-exist with learning difficulties. Standard visual and medical examinations, educational and psychological evaluations and other school related evaluations or tests may not pick up this type of dysfunction. Our optometrist has undergone special training to become certified in this field of medical diagnosis and can help to determine if you have Irlen Syndrome and whether you can be helped by coloured overlays or coloured lenses.

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Dry Eye Centre of Excellence:

Our optometrist has completed extensive training on dry eye conditions and their treatments. We are happy to offer a very thorough evaluation of your dry eye disease and subsequently design a treatment plan specifically for you.

Why get annual or biannual eye exams?

Regardless of your age or health condition, you should have a regular eye exam at a frequency advised by your optometrist. For children, it is to ensure normal vision development and prevent problems that could cause learning difficulties. For adults and seniors, the purpose is to detect harmful conditions at an early stage and preserve your eye health. Eye disease is more prevalent than you may think. Many are preventable – but these can only be prevented if your eye health and vision had been
examined on a regular basis.

Facts

  • Age-related vision problems often strike without warning or symptoms*

  • Approximately 25-30% of those aged 75 or more show some sign of Macular Degeneration. It is the leading cause of severe vision loss among the elderly.*

  • More than Seventy thousand New Zealanders aged 40 or older have glaucoma. At least half do not know they have it. Left untreated, it will cause sight loss.*

  • Most vision loss is permanent and irreversible.*

  • By age 90, half of the population has some form of visual impairment and 1 in every 8 are blind.*

The good news is most blindness and vision loss are preventable. Do not rely on having symptoms to tell you that your eye health is in danger; remember to put your health first and get your eyes examined on a regularly basis. Never just “wait and see”, be proactive and preserve your vision. After all, these are the only eyes you will ever have.

Information provided by New Zealand Association of Optometrists.*