Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- How are you different from other eye clinics and larger chains?
- How often should I get my eyes examined?
- Do I need to take any precautions before coming in for an eye examination?
- What about after the examination?
- How much do you charge for a consult?
- How long does a consult generally take?
- What qualifications does Paul Lagos hold?
- How do you check children’s eyes?
- Can you test baby’s eyes? How?
- Do I need to bring my old glasses or contact lenses with me?
How are you different from other eye clinics and larger chains?
Paul is the actual owner and optometrist so he can focus on providing excellent customer service and using the latest, best lenses on the market. He has low overheads and that means he can provide all his products and services at an excellent price.
Chain store managers unfortunately usually see you as a sale, rather than a valuable customer and usually have inflated prices to pay for their high overheads.
How often should I get my eyes examined?
Even if you have no eye problems, you should still get your eyesight tested every three years for early detection and prevention of common eye disease. General health problem such as diabetes and hypertension can also often be detected by looking at the blood vessels behind your eyes.
You should of course be tested more often if you or your family have a history of eye disease such as glaucoma.
Do I need to take any precautions before coming in for an eye examination?
The optometrist will sometimes have to put drops in your eyes that dilate your pupil and give you slightly blurred vision for 3-4 hours. You will be advised beforehand if this is necessary so you can bring a driver with you.
How much do you charge for a consultation?
We continue to bulk bill all Medicare eligible adults, pensioners and children. Please note though that all NEW clients will be charged a $60 out-of-pocket fee ($40 pensioners/concession and $20 for dependent kids) for a retinal scanning/technology fee. This is necessary as we undertake a comprehensive eye exam at your first visit to screen for possible eye disease. Please phone us if you require more information on the cost of your eye exam.
What qualifications does Paul Lagos hold?
Paul has a bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry and a Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics, both from the Queensland University of technology.
Can you test baby’s eyes? How?
Yes, an optometrist can test a baby’s eyes by using eye drops and an instrument called a Retinoscope to bounce light off the back of the baby’s eyes and detect any need for spectacles.