Optometrists are registered, university-trained health professionals. They are qualified to examine the eyes, detect, diagnose and manage vision problems, and assess eye health.
During an eye test the optometrist will use special equipment to assess your visual acuity (how well and clearly you see), and the general health of your eyes (to detect signs or symptoms of eye disease for example). Optometrists can prescribe and fit glasses or contact lenses. They can also advise you on and manage many aspects of your eye health. Many optometrists are qualified to prescribe topical eye medications for problems such as allergies, infections or glaucoma.
You do not need a referral to see an optometrist. If required, optometrists can refer you to an ophthalmologist (specialist eye doctor) for further tests, treatment or surgery.
A Medicare rebate is available for most optometry services.
Did you know?
Optical dispensers and optical mechanics often work alongside optometrists. Optical dispensers interpret prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses and ensure that they fit you well. Optical mechanics work on the production and fitting of the lenses in your glasses frame.
For more information
Visit the following websites:
Optometry Victoria (where you can also look for an optometrist near you)