Digital Retinal Imaging

At Yarra Junction Optical the health of your eyes is the most important thing we check every time you come in for your eye examination. For patients with an unusual or suspicious appearance of the back of the eye, anyone over 40 years of age or those who have a family history of eye disease we recommend Digital Retinal Imaging to be performed at least every 2 years, sometimes more often.

 

This test allows our Optometrists to document the exact appearance of your retina on the day of your appointment and directly compare it to Imaging taken at previous appointments. Conditions such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetes can be monitored and identified more readily with the aid of Digital Retinal Imaging. This test is not covered by Medicare but is available for a small additional charge, for more information please discuss with your Optometrist during your Eye Examination or speak to reception.

 

The retinal images we take are part of your eye health record and as such if you would like a copy of your images we are more than happy to supply you with a copy for your records. Alternatively we keep these images for life and we will always have them ready on file for comparison when you come in for your next eye test.

 

 

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Visual Field Analysing

Yarra Junction Optical provides comprehensive eye examinations which can often involve further testing which is performed on indication.

 

During your eye test the Optometrist may identify risk factors for diseases which cause your field of vision to be reduced and this can be assessed or diagnosed with the help of Visual Field Testing. While you may feel your field of vision is fine you will not notice a decline in your field of view unless it is severly affected which is why Visual Field Analysing is a very important tool for Optometrists.

 

This test is usually covered by Medicare, but in some instances, for example where Vic Roads requests Field testing in order to assess your fitness to drive, it may not be covered and you may be charged a fee.

 

Visual Field testing uses a series of lights of different strengths or Thresholds  to assess the sensitivity of your peripheral vision. It compares the minimum brightness of the lights that you are able to see with the Threshold normally seen by other people in the same age group as yourself to assess whether there is any defect in your field of view. Depending on what type of field test is performed it usually takes around 7 minutes per eye to complete. If you have difficulty keeping up with the test it can be slowed down to allow for a slower response time but this will usually double the time taken to complete the test.