Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2024-03-14T03:13:51+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have my eyes checked?2024-03-14T01:57:09+00:00

It’s recommended that adults have their eyes checked by an optometrist every two years.

However, if you have a pre-existing eye condition, a family history of eye diseases, or if you are over 40 years old, you might need to have your eyes checked more frequently.

Your Eye Doctor can provide specific recommendations based on your individual circumstances.

Is laser eye surgery safe, and am I a good candidate for it?2024-03-14T02:01:00+00:00

Laser eye surgery, such as LASIK, is generally considered safe for suitable candidates and is a common procedure in Australia.

Suitability for laser eye surgery depends on various factors including the health of your eyes, your age, your vision prescription, and the thickness of your corneas.

An Eye Doctor or Surgeon can assess your suitability for the procedure during a consultation.

Can cataracts be cured without surgery?2024-03-14T01:59:50+00:00

Currently, the only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery, where the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial one.

While cataracts cannot be cured without surgery, early cataract symptoms may be managed with updated eyeglass prescriptions and better lighting conditions.

However, as cataracts progress, surgery is usually necessary to restore vision.

Do I need a referral to see an Eye Doctor or Surgeon in Adelaide?2024-03-14T01:58:49+00:00

Yes, in most cases, your doctor will require you to have a referral from a general practitioner (GP) or an optometrist to see an Eye Doctor or Surgeon in Adelaide.

This referral is important as it provides your Eye Doctor with the necessary medical and eye health information.

It’s also essential for your doctor to submit Medicare rebates on your behalf. In emergency situations, you may be able to see an Eye Doctor without a referral.

Can I keep my hearing aid in during surgery?2021-07-01T03:57:02+00:00

It will be necessary to remove a hearing aid worn on the same side as the eye having surgery. This is to ensure no water gets into the hearing aid causing permanent damage.

When can I wash my hair after surgery?2021-03-22T02:09:47+00:00

It is fine to shower and wash hair the following day after surgery. Keep your eyes closed to ensure no water enters the eye.

When is it safe for me to drive?2024-03-14T03:12:04+00:00

This depends on a number of factors, including the vision in your other eye. You should discuss this with your doctor at your post-operative appointment.

How long will I be off work?2021-03-22T02:10:32+00:00

We usually recommend 1 week off work.

Will I be able to fly following surgery?2021-03-22T02:11:08+00:00

There are no restrictions to flying except under very rare circumstances.

Can I watch TV or read after surgery?2021-03-22T02:11:31+00:00

Yes. You may find reading difficult without new glasses. You may like to purchase over the counter magnifying glasses from chemist to assist with reading until you get new glasses.

When can I get new glasses?2024-03-14T03:16:45+00:00

You will have a review with your doctor 1 month following surgery, after which you can see an optometrist for new glasses if required.

Please call 8357 8833 for further information or to book an appointment.

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