The Saks and Taylor Eye Test:
Because we pride ourselves in providing a very thorough eye examination we schedule patients for at least a 30 to 45 minute consultation (often longer, depending on the tests we need to do to provide you with the best eye care possible). Here’s some of what you can experience:
A measurement of the intraocular pressure. If this is too high, it can result in damage to the optic nerve (Glaucoma, to be specific).
- Visual Field screening
This helps us to detect any defects that may be present in your peripheral vision. This does not test how clearly you see (your central vision) but allows us to measure retinal sensitivity to peripheral visual stimuli. Damage to your peripheral visual field could be caused by a number of things, including a stroke or perhaps a brain tumour. It is possible to have perfect central vision but defective peripheral vision.
- Fundus photography
At our Brooklyn and Newlands branch we can take a photograph of your retina. This allows is to monitor conditions or detect pathology with more precision.
- Corneal Topography
This allows us to map your corneal shape with great precision. This technology is very helpful in fitting complex contact lenses (more of that under ‘practice specialities’) and monitoring corneal irregularity, curvatures and certain pathological conditions.
- Routine refraction:
This is made up of several tests and can be further modified depending on the visual symptoms of an individual. It includes testing the ocular muscles (both intra-ocular and extra-ocular), binocular efficiency (the way the two eyes work together), colour vision, depth perception, reading efficiency and obviously a comprehensive assessment of vision clarity. An extensive external and internal ocular examination is routinely done under high magnification.
Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter, gas permeable contact lenses, specially designed to vault over the entire corneal surface and rest on the sclera of the eye. In addition to treating certain cases of Keratoconus, scleral contact lenses can also be used for eyes that have undergone a cornea transplant, and for people with severe dry eyes caused by conditions such as Sjogren's syndrome, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
A non-surgical procedure using specially designed contact lenses to gently reshape the curvature of the eye to improve vision.
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
A non-invasive imaging test that uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of your retina. With this newly acquired machine , we can see each of the retina’s distinctive layers and evaluate their thickness. These measurements will help with the diagnosis and treatment of certain diseases and fitting of specialised contact lenses.
At any time, feel free to chat to either the optometrist you’ve seen or our highly trained staff with any questions you might have – we’ll do our best to help you!