Book your glaucoma test or bulk-billed routine eye exam at our Mareeba clinic
At Eye Supply, your sight is our focus. Our optometrist is here to guide you through the processing of maintaining good, healthy eyes through bulk-billed routine eye exams and other non-invasive tests. We also repair glasses at our clinic in Mareeba.
If you’ve noticed a change in your sight or it’s time for your routine eye exam, get in touch with us now.
We know how important glasses can be to quality of life. For some people, having broken glasses can mean not being able to drive or read.
Our optometry staff provide a fast turnaround on all glasses repairs to limit the time you’re without them. Minor repairs may be able to be fixed then and there! Come and see what we can do for you.
Bulk-billed Routine Eye Exams
A routine eye exam helps to detect ocular and general health issues related to changes of your retina. We recommend booking in for a routine eye exam at least every 2 years, although we may advise some people to see us more regularly depending on the condition of their eyes.
We often get asked what happens during an eye exam. Everyone’s eyes are different, so the eye exam you receive may be different to the next person’s. Generally, a routine eye test will include:
Discussion of your medical history
Digital retinal scan
Visual acuity test, using eye charts
Dry eye assessment
Dilated fundus examination
Guidance & advice
We may also conduct a visual field test.
Visual Field Testing
If you or our optometrist believe you may have peripheral vision loss, we may conduct a visual field test. This examination is a way of diagnosing glaucoma and blinds spots, also known as scotomas, to allow us to provide treatment.
Blind spots are important to identify as they may be associated with other defects, such as damage to the eye and optic nerve, visual structures in the brain, retina disease and optic neuropathy.
During a visual field test, you’ll look into our visual field testing machine, and stare directly ahead. As you see flashes of light, you’ll press a button. While your eyes may become a little dry, with frequent blinking, this exam should not hurt. Our optometrist is there to guide you through the entire process and answer any questions you may have.
Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT)
OCT is a non-invasive test used to detect glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), macular holes, diabetic eye diseases and other retina conditions. It does this by using light waves to take cross-section images of your retina, showing us each of its distinctive layers. Our optometrist is then able to measure the thickness of each layer, giving us an indication of any problems.
Before an OCT exam, we may place dilating drops in your eyes to help widen your pupil for ease of testing. During the exam, you’ll sit in front of the machine, resting your head on a support to limit movement. The machine will then then take between 5 to 10 minutes to scan your eyes. Please note that this test will incur an extra fee please contact us for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When should I see an optometrist?
A. If you:
Have re-occurring dry, red or itchy eyes
Haven’t had a routine eye exam in 1 to 2 years
Are seeing small floating shapes in your vision
Have blurred vision
Have been referred by your doctor
Then please call to arrange a time to see our friendly optometrist.
Q. Can I claim my eye examination on Medicare?
A. If you have a Medicare card, we’re able to bulk bill your eye examination, meaning you pay nothing upfront.
Q. What can I claim on private health insurance at an optometrist?
A. It will depend on what cover you have with your private health insurer. Generally, optometry cover will include subsidised eyewear and contact lenses. You can find out your exact benefits by calling your provider.
Q. Do I need a referral to see an optometrist?
A. No referral is required to see our optometrist at Eye Supply. All you need to do is call, email or visit us to book a time that suits you.
Q. How long does a routine eye test take?
A. Please allow at least 30 minutes for a routine eye examination. If you need glasses, it may take a little longer due to selecting your frames and lens add-ons, such as tint.