The consultation with the Western Sydney Eye Doctors will involve two stages –
An Orthoptist is a university-trained allied health professional that specialises in patients with a variety of eye disorders, and the assessment of children’s vision and eye movements.
The orthoptist will perform technical diagnostic tests to aid the Ophthalmologist in the diagnosis and treatment of your eye condition. This may include –
On your first visit and periodically, the Orthoptist will dilate the pupils with some eye drops. Please note that the eye drops will blur your vision for up to 4 hours and you should not drive during this period. You may want to bring a pair of sunglasses to wear after dilation to protect your eyes from glare. Children can go back to school after eye drops however, their near vision will be blurred.
The eye drops take at least 30 minutes to dilate the pupil and after this time there may be some additional tests required. These could include –
These tests are non-invasive.
Once you have had the necessary diagnostic tests, you will be seen by the Doctor. They will use specialist equipment to assess the health of the structures of the eye, including the cornea, lens, iris and anterior chamber. They may need to stain the tear film of the eye with an eye drop or a paper strip to aid his assessment. The doctor will also assess the retina and optic nerve. This assessment will not hurt.
The Doctor will present findings and a treatment plan to you on the same day if possible.
It is important to assess the health of the eye thoroughly to provide the best standard of care to all patients. Unfortunately, this does take time so please allow 2-3 hours for your appointment with the Eye Doctor.
What to bring to the Appointment
Please ensure that you bring the following items to the first appointment.
How long will my appointment be?
|We ask that you allow 2 to 3 hours for an appointment. Thorough diagnostic tests and dilation drops require time.|
Where is the nearest car park?
|There is patient parking available on-site at Western Sydney Eye Doctors. This is free of charge.|
Can I drive after the appointment?
This depends on whether you have had eye drops or not.
Can my child go back to school after having eye drops?
Yes. However, you may wish to inform the teacher if they have had eye drops as their vision will be blurred and they will be sensitive to light. They may require sunglasses when outside.