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+ How frequently should I have an eye examination?
Don't take for granted your ability to see. Even if you think you see well, it doesn't necessarily mean that your eyes are healthy. I can detect serious eye conditions (such as glaucoma and macular degeneration) in their early stages. Early intervention gives you the best possible chance of maintaining good vision. In fact, some health conditions such as diabetes can even be detected through regular, preventative eye examinations.
Make a regular visit to your optometrist part of your overall health plan. Follow the guideline of “Test yearly to see clearly” for optimum ocular health.
+ How much will my eye exam cost?
The cost of an eye examination depends on the specific tests performed. Our fees are at or below the recommended fee guide of The South African Optometric Association. The 2012 fee for a comprehensive examination is R378.00 – We charge R350.00. [Fees are subject to change without notice.]
We have a regular Tuesday Clinic Day for domestic staff and people in need. Packages are heavily subsidised by our suppliers.
+ How can I pay my bill?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, debit card, cash and electronic transfers.
+ What is glaucoma and how common is it?
Glaucoma is an eye disease usually caused by increased pressure inside the eye which damages the optic nerve. If left untreated, it can cause blindness. If detected early enough through regular examinations, it is easily treatable by an eye specialist.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness. In fact, half of people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it!
+ What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is a chronic disease of the eye caused by fluid leaking from blood vessels lying under the retinal receptors, which causes loss of central vision. 35% of the population over 75 years of age have the disease.
Progression of this disease can be slowed down by early detection through regular eye examinations.
+ How does diabetes affect vision?
Diabetes mellitus is a leading cause of blindness in people aged 20 - 74. As well as causing excessive thirst and frequent urination, the first symptoms of diabetes can be a sudden change in spectacle prescription and / or fluctuating vision. When blood sugar is brought under control, vison will often return to normal.
However, retinal damage can occur over time if blood sugar is not properly controlled. Regular eye examinations are therefore important to monitor the condition of the retina.
+ What is a cataract?
The crystalline lens, situated inside the eye, is the focusing mechanism of the eye, just like the lens on the front of a camera. As we age, this clear lens becomes cloudy and yellow and loses its ability to change focus (accommodate). This condition is called a cataract and results in a general dimming of vision. A cataract may be slow to develop but once it appears, it almost always continues to become cloudier.
There is no known treatment such as diet, exercise, eye drops or laser technology to prevent formation or to cure a cataract. It is for most people a normal part of aging. When it has developed, the only way to restore normal vision is surgical removal of the lens by an eye specialist and replacement with a permanent implant. Once a cataract has been removed, it will not come back.
Cataract removal is probably one of the most common and successful operations done on the human body. For the first couple of days after cataract surgery, the eye may be red and sensitive, but full recovery usually takes about four – six weeks. At this stage we will test your eyes again to determine whether you require new spectacles.
+ What is a pterygium
A pterygium is the pinkish yellow growth on the conjunctiva, which can be seen with the naked eye. A pterygium can grow towards and onto the cornea, inducing astigmatism and loss of vision. When this happens, it needs to be surgically removed.
Pterygiums are fairly common in areas where people live mostly outdoors, and where they are more exposed to ultra-violet rays, wind and dust. When a pterygium is irritated by above factors it can become inflamed, red and uncomfortable. Therefore it is always wise to wear a good pair of sunglasses and use a moisturising eyedrop, to relieve discomfort.
Your pterygium is generally not malignant in nature, but it is crucial to see your optometrist regularly to monitor the progression of your pterygium’s growth. Surgical removal is performed by an eye specialist when necessary.
+ I see spots.
Floaters are a condition characterized by cloudy particles within the eye that seem to float about in the field of vision. As we age, the fluid in the eye becomes more compact, forming these cloudy particles. Due to gravity, these particles lie at the bottom of the eye and only on movement of the eye we seem to notice them. Almost everyone has some floaters; they are quite common and are usually harmless.
When to consult your optometrist:
+ Does pregnancy affect vision?
Temporary eye conditions, due to an
increase in hormones, can occur but vision returns almost to normal after
+ Can my medication cause visual problems?
Drugs, and mostly drug combinations, may have a drastic effect on your vision. These visual changes may be symptomatic of a reaction to medication: it includes dry or teary eyes, blurred, yellow or double vision, sensitivity to light, swollen eyelids, increased pupil sizes, poor night vision, and change in your normal eye color. Consult your GP before reducing any intake of medication.
+ Why do I need reading glasses?
As we get older, regardless of whether or not we have always had normal vision or have suffered from myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, a natural age-related process, called presbyopia, occurs. When you go past the age of 40-50, the lens inside your eye loses its elasticity and cannot accommodate any more, making it difficult to focus on objects that are close by. By holding reading material at arms length, we temporarily compensate for this problem in the short term, but later necessitates needing reading glasses.
+ What is laser surgery?
Laser surgery is a computer
controlled correction of the refractive error of the cornea using lasers, and performed by an eye specialist. The ultimate goal of this surgery is to not
need spectacles any longer. To determine
whether you are a suitable candidate, the following must be taken into
There are many different surgical options open to the eye specialist.
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