Having your eyes screened on a regular basis is important for your eye health. This is critical especially as you get older due to the higher probability of certain eye conditions occurring, e.g., presbyopia, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration.
If you are 45 years old and above, it is recommended that you have your eyes screened every couple of years, if not every year. The symptoms of these eye conditions may appear gradually so it is ideal to have them identified and treated as soon as possible to avoid complications arising when the conditions are in advanced stages.
The screening and consultation can take up to 3 hours. Do bring along your sunglasses as your eyes may be dilated with eyedrops – this may increase your sensitivity to bright lights for up to 6 hours.
The screening process may include the following:
To determine refractive errors including presbyopia (‘lao hua’) by checking the smallest letters you can read as well as placing various prescription lenses in front of your eyes.
Eye muscle coordination test
By moving a light in a predefined pattern for your eyes to follow.
Peripheral vision test
By moving an object to the edge of your field of vision for your eyes to follow.
Pupil reaction test
By shining a light in your eyes and observing your pupils’ reaction to it.
By asking you to differentiate different colours in a set of illustrations.
Pupil dilation test
By dilating your pupils using eyedrops and an ophthalmoscope to examine the retina and optic nerves.
To determine glaucoma by using a tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your eyes.
Once all the tests are completed, our eye specialist will inform you of the findings and the corrective measures, if any, to be taken. Do ask questions to get clarity on any concerns you may have.