Importance of regular eye exams
The New Zealand Association of Optometrists recommends that everybody has their eyes examined at least once every two years. This is because many vision changes and sight threatening problems, which can be detected and treated during an eye exam, progress slowly and may not cause you any obvious visual problems.
What happens in an NZAO approved eye examination?
Your optometrist will measure your visual performance for different distances including driving, computer and reading distances and examine your eye's focusing system to ensure that you see as clearly and comfortably as possible.
As well as this, there will be measurements of your peripheral vision and of how easily your eyes work together (called binocular vision).
The second part of the examination is designed to check the internal and external health of your eye. Your optometrist will ensure that there are no signs of damage from common sight threatening conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macula degeneration.
Did you know that while examining the eye's health optometrists are also able to detect signs of general health issues like high blood pressure, cholesterol and even diabetes!
If, at the end of the eye exam, we have found a problem with your vision or health of your eyes, you and your optometrist will discuss your options and create the best solution for you!
Visionplan has been designed to ensure that members can look after their eyes and vision by having a comprehensive eye examination every year, without worrying about the cost barrier.