Whilst all eye conditions are routinely checked for as part of a comprehensive eye examination, some conditions demand more specific testing and investigations.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness and vision loss in Australia, and the incidence of Diabetes in our community is rising. Regular and thorough eye examinations are required to check for early signs of diabetic eye diseaase, and these tests can be performed by your optometrist at Dyson and Long. A diabetic eye examination will typically involve dilation of the pupils with eye drops, which enables your optometrist to carefully examine the retina for early signs of diabetic retinopathy.
Glaucoma is another prevalent eye disease in Australia’s ageing population, and is notable for being difficult to detect early. Our optometrists assess all patients for signs of glaucoma, and will often suggest more specialised screening for those at high risk (e.g. family history). Where indicated, patients can be screened by the most up-to-date equipment available, allowing us to detect the disease far sooner than was previously possible. All optometrists at Dyson and Long are also therapeutically endorsed, allowing them to prescribe glaucoma medications when necessary.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of serious vision loss in older Australians, and has received a lot of attention in recent years due to breakthroughs in treatments. Along with these breakthroughs has come the need for more accurate and timely diagnosis of the condition, in particular using Ocular Coherence Tomography to obtain a 3D image of the retinal structures. This technology not only allows earlier detection of changes in the Macula, it also aids in determining the most effective treatment options for the condition. This technology is now available at Dyson and Long – your optometrist will discuss this scan with you when appropriate.