How much is an eye test?
If you are on a medical aid, we charge your medical aid rate and claim directly. Contact us for our private rates.
Do you have Package Deals?
Yes. These prices include the Consultation, Frame & Lenses. Our package deals are unique in that you can include all available lenses if you choose a budget frame. You will get a 20% discount your frame, lenses, consultation and extras.
What does 20/20 Vision mean?
20/20 Vision means that you see, at 20 feet what you should be seeing at 20 feet. 20/40 Vision then means that you see at 20 feet what you should be seeing at 40 feet.
How often should I have my eyes tested?
We should test our eyes annually. However, many medical aids only pay for spectacles every 2 years, so people tend to renew their spectacles according to their medical aid benefits.
At what age should I have my children’s eyes tested?
Children should have their eyes tested before entering Grade 1 and then annually thereafter. We need to ensure that our children have 20/20 Vision so that their education is not compromised.
Children are naturally farsighted until the age of about 6, until which time their eyes should be fully developed. Some kids take longer however, and then feel strain with near work and computers etc. If you feel that your child has a problem with his vision before the age of 6, then please have them tested. The earlier you detect this, the better the prognosis.
Does using glasses damage my eyes?
No. On the contrary if you have a prescription and don’t use a correction, you are straining your eyes. Straining over a period can cause you to lose vision permanently in your eyes. It’s called amblyopia. So, it’s very important to always have 20/20 vision.
What does far-sighted mean?
It means you can see further than normal at a distance and find near vision a strain. Many people think that they hence have excellent vision, but this is not the case. You will have computer strain and discomfort when reading. Farsightedness needs to be corrected so that your eyes are relaxed.
What does short-sighted mean?
Short-sighted means that you have clear near vision but cannot see well at a distance.
What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism is when your eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a soccer ball. This means that one meridian is steep and the other flatter. It causes distorted vision.
I used to have perfect vision. Why can’t I read anymore?
If you are over 40, the muscles in your eyes tire and cannot accommodate or focus as well as they used to. This is termed Presbyopia and is 100% normal. It happens to everyone. We correct this with reading spectacles, Bifocals or Multifocals.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is the principal cause of blindness in the world.
It feels as though you are looking through a dirty window. It gets progressively worse with time. Spectacles help up to a point. Thereafter surgery is needed. The intraocular lens is removed, and lens implant is inserted into the eye. Your eyes need to recover and stabilise before retesting to get a new pair of spectacles.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an ocular disease which is attributed high intraocular pressure. It causes you to lose your peripheral vision over a period of time which can eventually lead to blindness. It can be treated to reduce the rate of deterioration.
The Anatomy of the Eye