J & J Optical Optometrist

Shop 1a/17 Mitchell Drive East Maitland, NSW 2323.  Ph: 4933 0055

Frequently asked questions about optometry in Newcastle

How often should I have my eyes examined?

What does an eye examination involve?

When should children have their vision tested?

What is behavioural optometry?


How often should I have my eyes examined?

It is recommended that everybody has their eyes examined on a two yearly basis. However, if you feel you need an examination you can choose to come in before the two years is up. If you are experiencing symptoms such as blurry vision, headaches when reading or by the end of the day, recent onset floaters or flashing lights, sore eyes, red eyes, or any other problems with your eyes you should have your eyes examined as soon as possible.

Some people require eye examinations more frequently than two yearly. If you are a contact lens wearer, diabetic, or have a visual condition requiring more frequent monitoring this is likely to be the case. Jason can advise how often appointments are recommended for you.

What does an eye examination involve?

Retinal Photograph of a healthy retina

A complete eye examination (usually performed once every two years) at our practice includes assessment of the following:

  • Visual acuity (how well you are currently seeing with and/or without glasses)
  • Whether your current glasses prescription requires a change (or whether you need glasses if you do not currently wear glasses)
  • How well your eyes are working together (binocular vision)
  • Focusing (accommodation) assessment
  • Pressure check for glaucoma
  • Front of eye check including screening for cataract, dry eye, and sun damage
  • Macula health check
  • Retinal health examination

Jason will explain the results of your eye test in detail as well as answer any questions you may have either during or after the examination.

When should children have their vision tested?

Child eye test

Jason is able to examine the eyes of children of any age. At the very latest, all children should have their eyes tested prior to starting school. If you have any family history of eye problems such as strong glasses, lazy eyes, or turned eyes it is advisable to have your childrens' eyes examined from the age of two, or even earlier if you have any concerns. If a child over the age of six months has a turned eye (squint), either some or all of the time, they need to be tested as soon as possible.

We stock a wide range of frames for children, including specialised frames for babies and toddlers. View our Miraflex baby frame range here.

What is behavioural optometry?

A common cause of reduced reading and school performance in children is an undiagnosed problem with their visual system.

The most important component of good vision is good eyesight. However, children can have clear eyesight and still have difficulties with visually demanding tasks. Behavioural optometrists diagnose deficiencies in visual skills and provide vision therapy programs to treat them.

    A behavioural optometrist will aim to:
  • Provide glasses correction for any significant shortsightedness, longsightedness or astigmatism.
  • Test for functional vision problems such as a turned eye, weakness in eye movements, poor tracking, focussing problems, and visual perception skills such as spatial awareness and visual memory.
  • Provide treatment and vision therapy to develop the visual skills needed for clear, comfortable, and optimally functioning vision.

Children requiring a general eye checkup do not need to see a behavioural optometrist specifically but behavioural optometrists are generally good with kids! Jason completes an initial bulk billed comprehensive eye examination on all children, then conducts further behavioural testing when indicated.

Child eye test