For many of us, when we think of Specsavers, we think of designer eyewear and celebrity collaborations. But, the renowned Specsavers eye test is testament to the fact that this is a store wholly concerned with overall eye health.
Whether you've been advised to have an eye test, are due for your next one, or perhaps want to get the kids' eyes checked, the Specsavers eye test puts you directly in the capable hands of an optometrist for a check up - and with an OCT scan involved, it's one of the most comprehensive eye tests around.
Better still, as long as you have a medicare card, it won't cost you a cent!
Let's take a look at some common questions around the Specsavers eye test so that you know exactly what to expect and what's involved in the visit.
Who should have an eye test?
Specsavers recommends that everyone from around the age of three or four years should shave their eyes tested, and they should continue to do so every two years.
If you are noticing some rapid changes in your eye sight, it is recommended that you visit Specsavers more frequently.
How do I book a Specsavers eye test?
The online booking system is quick and easy, and you can book at whichever Specsavers outlet you prefer.
- Head to the Specsavers eye test booking page
- Enter your town or postcode to find the nearest store and select it from the list of options
- Select whether you want an eye test or a contact-lenses test
- Choose your preferred date and time from the calendar
- Enter your personal details and Medicare number and then confirm the booking
- And you're done! You will emailed a confirmation almost immediately
What will happen during my eye test?
Unlike many other outlets that offer eyesight evaluations, the Specsavers eye test includes an OCT scan (Optical Coherence Tomography) to detect glaucoma and the chances of glaucoma developing.
The optometrist can tailor your eye test to suit your needs, but for "general" eye tests, and especially people who are undertaking their first test, there are typically a few stages involved:
1. Pre-test - At this initial stage, your eyes will likely be tested with a tonometer, and this helps to detect the fluid pressure inside the eye and the consequential risks of glaucoma. At this stage, autorefraction may also help to detect whether you are short or long sighted.
2. Optometrist Check - At this point, an optometrist will take a closer look your eyes with a retinoscope, which shines light into the eyes so that the reflection off the retina can be examined.
3. Eye-Chart Test - This is probably what most of us imagine the most when we think of eye tests, and yes, it involves reading an eye chart with characters of different sizes. In this case, you may have to read the chart through various lenses to help the optometrist determine what strength you will need for you glasses, if indeed you need them at all.
4. Wait for Your Prescription - If the results suggest that you would benefit from wearing prescription lenses, the optometrist will organise your prescription for you on the spot.
Will the eye test hurt?
Specsaver eye tests are non-invasive, so don't worry, nobody will be touching you eye (never a pleasant thing!).
The pressure test involves having air blown onto the eye while it is open, and this can be a little uncomfortable, but certainly not painful.
Will I need eye drops?
Not usually, no.
Sometimes eye drops are necessary to dilate the pupil and allow the optometrist to test the eye better, but you would always be advised of this, and you would usually arrange to return at another time to have the drops administered and the tests undertaken.
How long will the eye test take?
Owing to how comprehensive the Specsavers eye test is, allow around 45 minutes for the test itself.
If you are quite sure you are going to need glasses, allow extra time to pick your new frames.
If I need glasses, will I get them on the same day?
You will get the prescription for your lenses on the same day as your test, and you can certainly pick out your frames with the helpful staff in the store, but your glasses will be assembled for you offsite.
How much do frames cost at Specsavers?
Take look at the Specsavers range of glasses to get a good idea of the pricing.
- Women's glasses start as low as $39, and extend up to $399 for ultralight and designer options
- Children's glasses start at $99
A Specsavers promo code could some in very handy for getting those prices down, so make sure you check them out before you buy.
Is the Specsavers eye test really free?
As long as you have a current Medicare card, you will be bulk billed for your visit. (This means the government fully covers the fees associated with the test so you have no out-of-pocket expenses.)
However, keep in mind that bulk billing does not apply to your contact lenses or glasses should you need it. Most health insurance policies have optometry benefits included, so be sure to check what you can claim back.
It's a good idea to take your health insurance membership card with you, because you may be able to claim some benefits on the spot by swiping your card.
See more on health funds at Specsavers, and determine what kinds of benefits you're entitled to.