Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the signs of vision problems?

The following is a partial list of symptoms in children and adults which indicate the need for a complete vision analysis:

  • headaches, nausea or dizziness after visual concentration
  • blurred or double vision at any time
  • crossed or turned eyes
  • blinking or eye rubbing after visual concentration
  • dislike or avoidance of close work
  • short attention span
  • placing head close to book when reading or writing
  • frowning while looking at the TV or blackboard
  • difficulty reading small print
  • difficulty adjusting focus between near and far objects.

If you or one of your family members have any of the above symptoms you can follow up with an eye exam from one of our expert optometrists. Please make an appointment with us at any of our three location.

What is “NORMAL” in my vision?

It is normal for most eyes to be long-sighted at birth. This usually reduces as the eye grows to full adult size during adolescence. It is then in the teens that short-sightedness tends to develop, if at all.

After a relatively stable time in the 20’s and 30’s another significant time for change begins in the 40’s. This involves a gradual loss in the ability to finely focus the lens inside the eye. The result is a totally normal and expected change called “presbyopia“, which continues into the 60’s.

After 60, the eye will tend toward less long-sightedness or more short-sightedness as the inner part of the eye lens hardens. Sensitive vision drops and the retina’s fine discrimination of colours is dulled. By 70 most eyes show signs of cataract and the older, harder, clouded eye lens scatters light so that glare often becomes more of a problem.

How often should I have my eyes examined?

In general children and adults under 65 should have a full eye examination at least every 2 years. Those 65 and older should have a full eye examination every year.

Patients with certain eye conditions, family history or health conditions may require more regular review.

Your optometrist will advise you of the interval between your full eye & vision examinations which is appropriate for your vision and eye health needs. This time interval does vary for different situations, so we contact our patients when their next routine check is due. Changes in vision and eye health are often quite slow and subtle, and can easily go unnoticed if not checked regularly.

Of course, if a problem arises sooner, please make an appointment so that we can assess the situation for you.

Are all eye examinations bulk billed?

At Rolfe Optometrists Eyecare Plus we continue to bulk bill our eye examinations for your convenience. Unfortunately, since the 2012 Medicare changes, where rebates were frozen and then reduced, we have needed to charge an out of pocket fee of $20 on top of the Medicare rebate to enable us not to skimp on the time needed to give you a thorough eye examination.

Some auxiliary testing may also incur extra fees that are not eligible for rebates through Medicare or Private Health Insurance. We suggest a full Digital Retinal Image that helps with the detection of macula degeneration and many other diseases at every full examination. The cost of this is $45 for adults and $15 for children.

Interested to know more? To make an appointment with our optometrists at Rolfe Eyecare Plus Optometrists simply book online here or contact one of our practices during business hours.

How long does it take to make my glasses?

Spectacles can take between 4-10 days to manufacture depending on the complexity of the lens and frame design. We take time to make sure that the spectacles are made accurately and to your requirements.