Your optometrist is the best person to perform an eye test for cataract. They can examine your natural lens for cloudiness using a special magnifying light (or slit-lamp biomicroscope). They can even see early cataracts. Cataracts are a normal part of the ageing process of the eye.
Your lens becomes yellow at first and then develops cloudy areas. Your cataract may start to interfere with your quality of life. Cataract may limit your ability to drive or read. That’s when it’s time to talk to an eye surgeon about having your cataract removed in a microsurgery procedure.
At The Eye Practice, we perform the following tests:
The retina can be viewed using a powerful magnifying lens. At The Eye Practice we routinely photograph your retina and keep these images with your records for future comparison.
Our optometrists can view the front of the eye using this instrument. By using a high-powered lens, we can also see your retina.
Cataract often occurs with other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration.
Many of the retinal changes that occur in macular degeneration happen under the surface where we can’t see them. But OCT can. OCT allows us to take an image of the deeper layers of the retina to see what is going on under the surface. This allows us to pick up the signs of macular degeneration before the outward signs appear. For more on how OCT works, see our OCT page.