Optometry

Our Services

Optometrist services are available at Ungooroo.

Our services cover:
eye checks (all adults and children bulk billed)
glasses assessment through Centrelink
signs of glaucoma
macular degeneration
diabetic retinal disease testing

Eye Checks

The number of children who are developing nearsightedness (myopia) is growing faster than ever and it is occurring at an earlier age in our children. Children who become nearsighted very early in life tend to experience a worsening and progression of nearsightedness that continues throughout childhood — and this puts them at a significantly greater risk of very serious and potentially sight-threatening eye conditions later in life, including cataracts, glaucoma and retinal detachment.

Scheduling annual eye exams is the best way to assess your child’s risk of nearsightedness. When detected early, control measures can be taken to slow the progression and reduce a child’s risk of serious eye problems later in life.

The Importance of an Eye Exam.

Children who pass a school “vision screening” test have not passed an “eye test”. Adults who pass a “vision screening” at the motor registry have not passed an “eye test”.  department. Vision screenings filter out individuals who have serious (and usually quite obvious) vision problems. Screenings may identify problems but only a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist can ensure your vision is as clear and comfortable as possible. Eye examinations can also ensure you are free from potentially serious eye diseases that don’t have obvious early symptoms, including glaucoma and even eye cancer.

Glaucoma and Other Problems

The early stages of glaucoma has no discernable symptoms and nothing to alert you that something is wrong. Without routine eye exams glaucoma is often found only after sustained permanent vision loss caused by disease. By then controlling glaucoma to prevent additional vision loss can be very difficult and without successful control through medical treatment and/or surgery the disease can lead to blindness.

Our eyes can also tell us a lot about our overall health because the blood vessels in the retina are a good predictor of the health of blood vessels throughout the entire body. Conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia all are visible by changes in the appearance of the retinal blood supply and blood vessels.

Annual eye exams are especially important for anyone with diabetes or who might be at risk for the disease (due to obesity, family history or other reasons). In its early stages, diabetic eye disease has no visible symptoms; only a comprehensive eye exam can detect signs of the disease so treatment can begin soon enough to prevent vision loss.