Do I need to have my eyes checked?

The New Zealand Association of Optometrists recommend you have your eyes checked every two years or more frequently should you have specific conditions which may require a closer check. Even if you don’t think there is anything wrong with your eyes, many sight threatening conditions are only apparent when it is too late. Regular checks will ensure early detection and treatment before major problems arise.

What is involved in an eye examination?

Having your eyes checked isn’t scary and doesn’t hurt at all! We will begin with a simple vision test, where we check your visual performance over distance, and measure your peripheral vision and binocular vision (how well your eyes work together).

We also have some innovative technology, which helps us to ascertain the health and well being of your eyes. This includes Digital Retinal Photography that captures high resolution images of your retina, optic nerve and blood vessels. This allows the early detection of diseases such as diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

We use computerized Visual Field Analysis to test the full horizontal and vertical range of what you are able to see peripherally. These tests assess the potential presence of blind spots that could indicate eye diseases.

Whatever tests you require we offer a straightforward approach where we will explain what we are doing and why, to ensure you not only understand the procedure, but also the treatment options which are available.

Can you test children’s eyes?

Yes. We carry out children’s eye examinations from about the age of two. Our priority is your child’s eye health whilst providing them with a comfortable and non-threatening environment.

As many children do not know they have vision problems, we recommend parents look out for the following signals:

  • Sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Frequent blinking, eye rubbing or red eyes
  • Tilting their head to use one eye only
  • Missing out words when reading or using a finger to follow along
  • Complaining of headaches or sore eyes.

If you are concerned about your child’s vision, come in and see us for a chat and an eye examination.

What does it cost?

The cost of an eye examination for an adult is $75, reduced for students and school children. The costs of further treatment will depend on the outcome of your examination and whether you require glasses, or you may opt for contact lenses.

Lens costs are becoming more competitive and affordable all the time, and the frame is completely dependent on your choice. We ensure we offer a range of lens and frame options to meet your requirements, design preference and budget. Typically frames range in cost from $170 to $300.

See our Offers page for special deals which may be relevant to you.

What are progressive or graduated lenses?

Progressive lenses offer an alternative to bi-focals. They correct both distance and near vision issues without the noticeable line of a bi-focal lens, instead offering a gradual and continuous change.

What are transition lenses?

Transition lenses adjust to different levels of light, so that they are clear when you are inside, but will darken when you are outside in the sunshine, providing you with protection from glare and ultraviolet light.

Can I get prescription sunglasses?

Yes, you can either choose from a selection of frames we have in store, or you can bring in your own frame and we can have sunglass lenses fitted. This is subject to the frames being able to be ‘glazed’ and is possible for the vast majority of frames.

Why choose contact lenses?

Contact lens technology has advanced considerably in recent years and for many people is a great alternative to glasses, especially if you have an active lifestyle. Today most prescriptions can be covered by contact lenses.

Contact lenses offer some benefits over glasses including sharper vision for some conditions and better peripheral vision, they can also be more appropriate for many sports. Whether you opt for contact lenses is a personal choice that we can help you to make. Come in to see us if you would like an open and honest discussion based on our expertise as to whether contact lenses would be right for you. And we offer a free trial to ensure you are completely satisfied before you buy. 

What are gas permeable lenses?

Gas permeable contact lenses are rigid yet soft lenses made of durable plastic that transmits oxygen. The front surface of the eye needs plenty of oxygen, so these lenses provide greater comfort and eye health.