Detecting possible eye conditions or eye changes that may affect the clarity, comfort or health of your eyes should be the motivation for adhering to annual visual examinations for us all. Early detection of possible visual system problems may avoid loss of function or vision.

As an independent practice, we are able to allocate one hour of working time to each patient as standard. This allows for comprehensive evaluation and assists in better decision making, which in turn benefits the patient and helps attain the service level we strive for.

THE VISUAL EVALUATION MAY INCLUDE SOME IF NOT ALL OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Comprehensive case history
  • Taking and recording visual acuity with and without spectacles/contact lenses
  • Auto and balanced subjective refraction
  • Binocular muscle balances, accommodation, depth perception and colour vision
  • The external eye – Slit lamp microscope – Corneal topography – Digital Dry Eye evaluation
  • The internal eye – Slit lamp microscope – Ophthalmoscopy – Retinal photography (24 megapixels)
  • Non-contact tonometry – Intraocular pressures (Puff Glaucoma screening for Discovery Vitality points)
  • OCT – Accurate digital screening for glaucoma – Cornea – Retina – Advanced contact lens fitting

EQUIPMENT USED DURING THE EXAMINATION ARE NON-INVASIVE AND MAY INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

Our Auto Refractor is a computerised instrument, used to indicate the latest spectacle correction.
This information may be considered in the final balanced subjective refraction.

Our Ophthalmoscope is a hand held illuminated variable focus instrument, used to view the inner eye from close to the patient’s pupil.

Our Slit lamp microscope is an instrument used by eye care practitioners to specifically view and evaluate the anterior eye structures. These would include from the outer tear layer, through the cornea, anterior chamber, iris, lens and vitreous of the eye. It is also extensively used in fitting contact lenses to ensure an accurate fit and assess correct physiological responses.

Our Corneal Topographer is an instrument used to analyse the corneal shape very accurately. It assists in determining and monitoring corneal irregularities such as may be found in Keratoconus. It is used continually in the design and accurate fitting of soft, rigid and advanced contact lenses such as toric or scleral contact lenses. It also evaluates the eye’s tear layers for the prevalence of Dry Eye Syndrome.

Our Retinal Camera allows for very clear photographs (twenty-four megapixels) of the inner eye and is used to evaluate the integrity of the retinal structures for possible pathologies. These may include retinal disorders such as retinal detachments, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and epiretinal membrane. Annual comparative analysis allows for accurate detection of possible changes to the retinal structures.

Our OCT is the instrument used for micro millimetre cross section imaging of the eye segments. These images assist in the early diagnosis of ocular pathologies such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. The micro millimetre measurements derived from the OCT are invaluable for the accuracy required in the successful fitting of advanced contact lens designs to normal, irregular or pathologic corneas.

CONTACT LENS EXAMINATION:

Eugene Botha Optometrists have a specific interest in contact lenses. We use regular
soft contact lenses, as offered by most of the internationally recognised suppliers, to the latest in contact lens design and materials for the fitting of individualised soft, rigid, toric, Keratoconic and scleral contact lenses.
Our rigid contact lenses are designed by the very latest cutting edge lens design software offered by international EYESPACE. This personally custom manufacturing new technology allows for contact lenses that
match your exact eye specifications.

DRIVER’S LICENSE CERTIFICATE SCREENING:

The practice issues visual screening
certificates accepted by traffic authorities
for driver’s licence renewals at no charge to existing patients. The practice does not guarantee the acceptance of the certificate by the traffic authorities who may insist you take their eye test.

COMMUNITY CARE EYE TESTING:

Subsidised options are offered by the practice. The package includes a comprehensive eye test, correctly mounted prescription lenses in a professionally dispensed spectacle frame.