We are happy to examine patients of all ages including small children
Our regular appointments are 40 minutes in duration which allows for a thorough and unhurried examination. It’s best to allow some more time for us to advise you with your frame choice after your consultation if spectacles are prescribed.
Standard 40 minute Appointment
- Assessment of internal eye health, including retina, optic disc & blood vessels
- An assessment of the external eye including lids, lashes and tear film
- Assessment of colour perception
- Glaucoma assessment including eye pressure test
- Assessment of visual function
- Testing of eye muscles to check they act and co-ordinate properly
- Assessment of pupil function and response
- Check of peripheral vision
- Measurement of your eyeglass prescription and a correction tailored to suit your lifestyle
Our optometrists can utilise our modern equipment which gives them the ability to see the very inner workings of your eye. This can assist in the diagnosis of eye conditions.
If you experience any sudden change in your vision please contact us as soon as possible. Whether referred by your doctor or not, we will endeavour to see you promptly.
You should ask for an acute appointment with any of the following symptoms:
- An eye that is painful or uncomfortable
- Eyes that are red
- Problems with sudden loss of vision or the appearance of spots, shadows or flashes of light
In addition to regular eyesight examinations we are able to provide specialized examinations for the following organisations.
- Accident Compensation Corporation
- Armed Forces
- Civil Aviation Authority
- Maritime Safety Authority
- New Zealand Police
Myopia, or short sightedness is a common condition. It affects about 30% of New Zealand adults and up to 80% of the East Asian population.
Myopia most frequently develops during adolescence and occurs when the eye grows too much and instead of images being focused on the retina (the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye) they are focused in front, causing distant objects to become blurred.
Progressive myopia is an increasing concern for two reasons,
-the inconvenience of having an increasing dependence on glasses and or contact lenses for clear vision.
-the association with a much greater risk of many eye disease such as glaucoma, retinal detachments, myopic macular degeneration and cataracts later in life.
"Myopia control" is a term to describe methods which aim to slow down the progression of myopia.
The methods we use are:
- The use of multi-focal contact lenses or spectacle lenses
- The use of atropine drops
-Ortho-keratology contact lenses
Orthokeratology (Ortho K)
Ortho K consists of a customised pair of contact lenses that reshape your eyes overnight. This allows you to have clear vision throughout the day, without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Ortho K gives you freedom from eyewear during the day without the need for invasive permanent surgery.
At Martin and Lobb, our optometrist Alice Chen specialises in Ortho K consultation and fitting. Get in touch for more information.
If you would like more information about how we can help to counter the effects of developing myopia for you or a family member please talk to one of our staff.
Pupil Dilation – Dilated Fundus Examination
This is the very best way of ensuring that the parts of your eye we can’t normally see are assessed. Dilating eye drops are used to relax the muscles which close the pupil. For the examination the difference is similar to opening the door of a room to look in rather than just looking though the keyhole. The drops will work in about 10-20 minutes but are slower to wear off. It can take 3-4 hours before vision is returned to normal. It is best to arrange for someone to drive you home.
Cirrus HD-OCT Scanning
The retina records the picture of the outside world imaged on it by the focusing parts of the eye. It is like the film or CCD chip in a camera.
The Zeiss Meditec Cirrus OCT provides us with a unique window into the workings and health of the delicate tissues of the retina. It never touches your eye so there is no discomfort but it produces cross sectional images of retinal tissues that cannot be obtained in any other way. It is now a critical part of the care process for: Macula Hole, Age Related Macular Denegation (AMD), and Glaucoma.
The Visual Field Test is an essential test in establishing how diseases affect your vision. This automated test maps the sensitivity of your peripheral vision, and can be used to investigate glaucoma, strokes, neurological problems and other diseases.
This test traces the neural pathways all the way from your retina to your brain, allowing us to check for normal function. We can accurately assess your peripheral vision, which is vital in testing your neurological ocular health. An important test if you suffer migraines, have had a head injury, have glaucoma, unexplained visual difficulty as well as many other conditions.
A test showing visual field defects
Another test with normal visual field
Digital Imaging is essential for monitoring your eyes, and making sure that they keep healthy. We take an image of your eyes on each of your visits and use the latest technology, a Zeiss Clarus 500 Ultra Wide Field Retinal Camera, so that our optometrists are able to make better decisions about changes in your eyes over time.
Spectacle Frame Repair Service
Our well equipped workshop and skilled staff are able to repair most frame types.
Frame appro service
We have an extensive frame selection, and we have new stock arriving regularly. Our staff can assist you in finding a frame that best suits you. If you would like to take frames home to show family & friends we offer a frame appro service of up to 3 days.