The most comprehensive eye-check I had to date!

I have been using contact lens as long as I can remember. My normal mode of “eye care ” involves walking into an eye care store, getting my eyes checked & praying that my eye power has either; miraculously lowered or remains the same. Then I’ll walk out with a 6 months stash of Acuvue Monthly disposables or whichever brand that may be having a promotion.

While I try to be be good, getting them eyes examined every 6 months; if truth were to be told, it is only when my vision starts to get blury (which is then I realized maybe my power has changed) I would hastily make an effort.

I’m sure most of us can relate to this.

My recent good fortune had landed me an opportunity to review Johnson & Johnson’s One Day Acuvue Moist. I’ve just picked them up last week so my review on that would be after 2 weeks of use.

For now, I absolutely must share with you the most COMPREHENSIVE eye examination of my life! Seriously. Bear with me as I take you through how a PROPER & THOROUGH eye-check should be like. It is NOT the usual “put on a pair of glasses, optician switches the lenses til he determine your eye power & the whole “can you read out the line below the ‘D’ ” routine”.

And, there is a difference between an OPTICIAN & an OPTOMETRIST.

The whole session lasted about 20 minutes & was concise, efficient & comprehensive. Mr Woon, the Optometrist is experienced, knowledgable & affable, making the whole session a truly educational one.

Consultation-1

We started out with the usual tests.

Consultation 1

And then, came the sophisticated equipment. This is a Slit Lamp.

Slit Lamp-1

Purpose: To detect infections, dry eye, cataract, allergy reaction, swelling etc.

Slit Lamp

This was a cool shot! You can actually see the speck of light in my eye. 😉

Slit Lamp

And this is a Keratometer.

Keratometer

Purpose: To measure the curvature of the eye’s front part/cornea. For contact lens fitting purpose.

Keratometer-1

Next is this. Tonometer.

Tonometer

Purpose: To measure the pressure within the eye. Too high the pressure will indicate risk of glaucoma, too low will indicate risk of eyeball rupture.

Tonometer-1

And this, is a Fundus Camera! It takes photographs of your retina. Seriously. Damn cool weiiii… 😉

Fundus Camera

And may I present to you…. my retina!

screen capture

Apparently my eyes are very healthy. No spots, no blurness or any distorted areas. *relieved*

RebeccaSaw eye

Remember your eye’s cross section? What year & chapter in Science was that??

retina

Mr Woon said that the above should be a standard tests for anyone. But it is not available at every optical shop which is why most people (moi included) haven’t ever had such tests done before. Considering the fact that these tests doesn’t even incur additional cost (if you purchase ANY lenses/spectacles, otherwise it is RM180), I don’t see why should anyone settle for anything less than the most comprehensive & proper eye examination.

So please, do not just seek for an optician. Look for an Optometrist. You owe yourself your eyesight!

Instruments and Tests in Vision Space Optometrist, Damansara Utama.
PS: I was examined using the Ophthalmoscope & Retinoscope as well but no photopgraphs were taken then.

Tonometer Tonometer

To measure the pressure within the eye.

Too high the pressure will indicate risk of glaucoma, too low will indicate risk of eyeball rupture.

The pressure of the eye was build up by the fluid in the eye.

Testing by this machine is simple; it will not touch the eye, just a soft air puff blowing out.

Fundus Camera Fundus Camera

Taking picture inside the eye (retina). To check for condition of the retina and to detect certain eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinopathy etc.

Like normal photography, with a closer distance.

Retina is a layer of nerve formed with millions of light sensitive sensor to capture light/image that you see (like the film of a camera).

Slit Lamp Slit Lamp

To check the front/anterior part of the eye especially for contact lens wearer. To detect infections, dry eye, cataract, allergy reaction, swelling etc.

Just a slit of light shinning towards the eye, non-invasive.

It’s a must to check if a person wants to wear contact lens healthily.

Ophthalmoscope Ophthalmoscope

A portable instrument to check parts inside the eye. To detect cataract, glaucoma, and diseases related to retina. And to check for floaters.

Like a torch light, just shinning the soft light to the eye.

Retinoscope Retinoscope

To measure the power/prescription of the eye without the respond from the patient. Mostly used for children and illiterate people.

Light source coming out.

Keratometer Keratometer

To measure the curvature of the eye’s front part/cornea. For contact lens fitting purpose.

Non-invasive, light coming out.

Cornea, a very important part of our eyes, transparent, it is where the contact lens will sit on.

Colour Vision Chart Colour Vision Chart

To check for colour vision defect.

So what do you think of my eye test? Have you had such experience before?

NOTE:

This is not a paid advertorial. My compensation for 2 blog posts on my eye care experience with Johnson & Johnson is 6 boxes of Acuvue daily lenses (which is actually 3 months supply).

The purpose of this post is to share with you the types of eye tests that you deserve & are entitled to prior to selecting your contact lenses/eye wear.

Location

Vision Space Optometrist is facing the LDP, on the same row as Restaurant Dharoos.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Sean

    Hey. I could totally use this. I haven’t had my eyes checked for years! I’m still using the same power for my lenses (650 and 575) that were confirmed years ago! I do feel the power has increased since then

    1. rebeccasaw

      Years ago??
      Do make an appointment w Mr Aw. Then after that, we go dinner ya?? 😉

    1. rebeccasaw

      Oh yes yes, Form 3 (in Msia).

      Fuh, u can still remember!

  2. Tim

    Did you also consider 1-Day Acuvue TruEye lenses? The are – not like 1-Day Acuvue Moist – silicone hydrogel lenses. Not sure they are available in you country yet.

    1. rebeccasaw

      Hey Tim, actually I have. But problem is there are some batches that were recalled due to some issue.
      So hence, I’m told to review this instead.

  3. Tim

    Did you also consider 1-Day Acuvue TruEye contacts?
    They are – not like 1-Day Acuvue Moist – silicone hydrogel lenses. Not sure they are available in your country yet.

  4. TLS

    The optometrist in the pictures is Mr Woon, not Mr Aw! Mr Aw is the other optometrist that works there. Mr Woon has been my optometrist for years & always does a thorough job.

    1. rebeccasaw

      Eiks!
      Edited! And yes, he is the best I’ve met so far. I’m not going anywhere else for my eye-check frm now on.

  5. Aw

    Hi Rebecca, Thanx so much for the nice writing. We are currently setting up our website, can I link this page from our site? (under the news & events)

      1. Aw

        Thx!!!

  6. Xiang

    Please keep going on and continue to add excellent posts. That’s big help for me. Didnt knw such comprehensive eye-check machines exist!

  7. Aw

    Hi, our website is up!!!

    1. rebeccasaw

      Oh! GREAT!
      What is the link? I googled “vision space damansara utama” but no results yet.

      1. rebeccasaw

        Oh ok ok.. got it frm my WordPress dashboard. Thks!

  8. Sage

    I genuinely really like it and will probably be returning to read alot more information.Enourmous thanks to your magnificent website.

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