What happens in an eye examination?
Many things are investigated during an eye exam (which typically lasts about 25 minutes). Firstly, the vision will be checked and lenses put up if necessary to improve the vision. The health of the eye both front and back will be thoroughly investigated. The eyes will be checked for squints, cataracts, and the presence of glaucoma. Visual field tests and other auxiliary tests will be carried out if need be.
How often should I have a sight-test?
It is recommended that everyone should get their sight checked at least every 2 years. Even for those who feel have perfect sight it is important that regular checks of the ocular health be maintained to avoid any potential problems in the future (e.g. glaucoma). Your eye specialist will advise if more frequent check-ups are needed (e.g. people with diabetes).
What is myopia (short-sightedness)?
If a person is having problems seeing objects at a distance but can see things up close clearly, they are generally considered to be myopic. This can often become a problem during adolescence and is easily corrected with spectacles or contact lenses.
What is hyperopia (long-sightedness)?
If a person has problems seeing things up close but feels more comfortable focussing on distant objects, they are considered to be hyperopic. Again, correction is generally achieved using spectacles or contact lenses.
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is a condition where the eye is oval in shape rather than round (the front of the eye is like the shape of a rugby ball rather than a football). It is an extremely common condition and can be associated with being either myopic, hyperopic or both. Spectacles or contact lenses can be used to rectify this.
Why am I having problems reading?
Most people that have sharp vision throughout their life and don’t wear glasses will start to experience problems focussing on close print when they reach a certain age (normally mid-forties). This condition is known as presbyopia and is perfectly normal. The lens within the eye becomes less flexible and cannot focus on close objects effectively. Spectacles need to be supplied to correct this.
Can anyone wear contact lenses?
Thanks to ongoing research and development, contact lenses are more comfortable and user friendly than ever. After careful assessment we find that most people are suitable and experience no problems or side effects.
Can I get my eye exam on my PRSI?
The Treatment Benefit Scheme is available to insured workers and retired people who have the required number of PRSI contributions. Under the scheme you may qualify for a free eye exam. For more information on how to claim please contact us.
Can I get glasses on my medical card?
If you are a Medical Card holder you could be entitled to a free eye examination every 2 years and free glasses. To claim your Medical Card benefit you must first apply to your Health Board. Contact us for an application form, and we will gladly help with completion and post it on to the Health Board for you. Once you have received your authorisation from the Health Board, just call us for an appointment. Remember, you must bring in your form at the time of your appointment to claim your benefit.