Information & Resources

Before you come in for an appointment at Helen Summers Optometrists, here is some information that may be helpful. We have also included some information sheets that outline common eye conditions and some of the scans that can be performed in our Darwin optometry clinic.

Call us to arrange for an eye exam today.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How often should I have an eye test?

    We recommend an eye examination be performed by an optometrist every two years. This applies to both adults and children. Regular eye tests can pick up any potential eye health issues long before symptoms are noticed.

  2. How long does an eye test take?

    A general eye test takes approximately 30 minutes. This includes a comprehensive check of your overall eye health and a consultation.

  3. I currently wear glasses. Do I need to have eye tests regularly?

    If you have a vision problem, eye health issue or medical condition that can affect your eye health, we recommend more frequent eye tests. Should you notice a change in your vision, it is recommended you see a doctor or eye health professional. If you or a family member suffer from glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts or strabismus, ensure you book in for an eye test regularly.

  4. What do I need to bring to my eye test appointment?

    If you currently wear glasses, please bring these with you (or a current glasses prescription). We will also need your Medicare card, any concession cards (Pension card, Territory Health Concession), a private health fund card if you are a current member and a list of your current medication.

  5. What can I expect during my consultation?

    During your 30 minute consultation, we will ask you about your general health, family history of any medical conditions and your lifestyle. Please notify us during your consultation if you are experiencing any headaches, blurred vision or problems focusing. This information allows your optometrist to determine whether any special testing should be performed in addition to a regular eye test.

  6. What does the eye test involve?

    Your optometrist will conduct a thorough eye examination to assess your vision and eye condition. They will check the optic nerve, retina and blood vessels at the back of your eye to check for signs of eye disease.

  7. I have an eye condition, do I need to take any special steps to prepare for my appointment?

    Please bring a list of your current medications and your current glasses with you. In some cases we may need to administer drops to dilate your pupil, as this allows Helen to conduct further assessments. These drops blur your vision and can increase sensitivity to light. It is not recommended to drive for up to 4 hours after the drops are administered, so please arrange a lift to and from your appointment.

Eye Health Conditions

Our Darwin optometry practice specialises in the assessment and management of many eye health conditions. Some of these include dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic vision care. At Helen Summers Optometrist, we take the time to discuss these conditions with you.

If you are looking for further information on some of these conditions, our fact sheets can be of assistance. Please feel free to call our practice to discuss any of these conditions with your optometrist.

Fact Sheets