YOUR EYESIGHT IS ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING
“Low Vision” is sight loss or reduced vision that cannot be corrected by glasses, medicine or surgery
Low Vision Clinics
Many people at some time in their life will experience problems with their vision – sometimes temporary, sometimes mild, but sometimes also permanent. “Low Vision” is sight loss or reduced vision that cannot be corrected by glasses, medicine or surgery; and makes everyday tasks difficult.
Matthews wants to ensure individuals affected by low vision are looked after, so they can maximise their remaining vision. We want to work with you, your family, your ophthalmologist, your GP, and if applicable, your current optometrist; to give you the best visual outcomes.
We’ve partnered with the Blind Foundation to provide free Low Vision Clinics in Auckland (Ponsonby, Epsom and the CBD), Kapiti, Nelson, Richmond, Motueka and Blenheim. This is part of a National trial, with a hope that we can build a sustainable long-term model for providing support for those with Low Vision of all ages.
Your appointment will be done by an expert in Low Vision Care, who will assess you and provide advice about glare, magnifiers, lighting and other strategies to help you continue to do the things you enjoy.
To take the best care of your eyes you should have a full eyecare examination every two years. This helps ensure the future health of your eyes as we we can address any eye health problems before they become serious, and make sure you are seeing as well as you possibly can.
Your examination includes: full assessment of your vision at all distances, a thorough eye health test, measurement of your visual prescription to suit your lifestyle, and a personal eye health strategy based on your unique needs.
You’ll have a consultation with a qualified optician to personally design and fit your eyewear solution, using the latest lens technology and frame fashions. You’ll also receive a preliminary contact lens assessment and free trial.
That’s a whole lot of expertise and reassurance from an examination taking only 45 minutes.
7 IMPORTANT TESTS IN YOUR EYE EXAMINATION
Establishing a total care baseline
Once you’ve undergone a Matthews Full Eye Health Examination, we will have the ultimate baseline for a lifetime of eyesight enjoyment.
The knowledge gained from the seven in-depth tests outlined below allows us to really know your vision, understand your unique specific needs, and monitor any changes over the years.
It’s your complete insurance that you’ll enjoy, and continue to enjoy, the best possible vision.
Using sophisticated Zeiss Humphrey Field Analyser (HFA) technology we assess your peripheral vision – vital to evaluating your neurological ocular health. This test traces the neural pathways from your retina to your brain. This is an important test if you suffer migraines, have had a head injury, have glaucoma, unexplained visual difficulty or many other conditions.
Utilising our Zeiss Cirrus HD-OCT technology we measure and model your eyes microstructure, evaluating and monitoring changes so small that they go unnoticed by any other conventional techniques. High Definition 3D Laser Scanning allows us to investigate many eye conditions, including glaucoma, age related macular degeneration (AMD) and distorted vision.
Using our state-of-the-art Canon EOS digital imaging technology, and a 42 inch display screen, we fully assess your front-of-eye and back-of-eye functionality, enabling us to visually document and monitor your unique eye health.
Viewing your eyes via a stereo biomicroscope allows us to analyse the parts of your eye we can’t normally see, ensuring we fully understand the retinal health of your optic nerve. Highly important in cases of possible glaucoma, or if you’re displaying signs of elevated short sightedness.
Using miniaturised ultrasound technology we accurately measure the thickness of your cornea. This provides us with important eye health information that is invaluable in cases of glaucoma, age-related corneal disease, distorted vision, and post-injury or post-laser surgery.
Similar to Ultrasound Pachymetry, Optical Pachymetry is used when we need to carefully measure specific corneal locations. It provides a detailed assessment of corneal thickness in Keratoconus, and is useful in advanced contact lens fitting.
Utilising Placido Ring technology and state-of-the-art graphical analysis, this test enables us to analyse the shape of your eyes’ optical surface. It is essential in investigating unexplained corneal distortions, ocular surface lesions and eye injuries, and is a vital step in the fitting of contact lenses of complex design, and monitoring the long-term effects of contact lens wear.
Everybody's eyes have their individual requirements
There are any number of eye conditions modern eyecare specialists must deal with, including those listed below. Whatever your specific needs, come in and talk with our experts - your personal eye health is our priority.
- Convergence Insufficiency
- Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)
- Hyperopia (Long Sightedness)
- Macular Degeneration (MD)
- Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
- Migraine & Headache
- Myopia (Short Sightedness)
- Retinal Detachment
- Spots, Flashes & Floaters
- Uncomfortable Eyes
Sensational eyewear without the eyeglasses
At Matthews we understand how contact lenses provide many customers with the look and freedom they want in their lives.
The first step is to book an eye examination so we can assess the health and wellbeing of your eyes, test your vision, take measurements to ensure optimal fitting, and discuss your options with you fully, in terms of lifestyle suitability and cost.
Rest assured our professional expertise and in-depth product knowledge is your guarantee of a lifetime's trouble-free enjoyment of your bespoke contact lenses.
If you qualify, we’ll get you sorted
If you or your child has a Community Services Card or High Use Health Card, you may be entitled to a Spectacle Subsidy.
To claim the subsidy, the optometrist or ophthalmologist you visit must be registered. You need to bring your claim form with you to the practice, they will then sign it and submit it on your behalf.
All our optometrists are registered to sign the subsidy form when you get your eyes examined at a Matthews practice. Learn more about the Spectacle Subsidy by visiting the Ministry of Health website.