Dr André Burger

OPHTHALMOLOGIST • OFTALMOLOOG

PIETERMARITZBURG

Your eye exam:

A complete eye exam involves a series of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. Dr. Burger may use a variety of instruments, shine bright lights directly at your eyes and request that you look through an array of lenses. Each test during the eye exam evaluates a different aspect of your vision or eye health.

Why is an eye examination done?

An eye exam helps detect eye problems at their earliest stage — when they're most treatable.

When to have an eye examination?

Several factors may determine how frequently you need an eye exam, including your age, health, family history and risk of developing eye problems.

General guidelines:

Children under 5:

If you, a family member, a friend, your GP and/or your pediatrician notices any eye abnormality such as a lazy eye, crossed eyes or turned-out eyes etc., please schedule an appointment to see Dr. Burger as soon as possible. Early intervention may reduce the chances of permanent damage to your child's eye.

Have your child's vision checked before he or she enters first grade. This may be done by an Optometrist or by Dr. Burger.

If your child has no symptoms of vision problems and you don't have a family history of vision problems, have your child's vision rechecked every two years.

If your child does have vision problems or a family history of vision problems, have your child's vision checked by Dr. Burger as soon as possible.

Older children and Adults:

Any new symptom or eye abnormality: See Dr. Burger as soon as possible to exclude important conditions.

If you're healthy and have no vision problems:

Age 20 - 30: have your vision checked every 5 to 10 years.

Age 40 – 65: have your vision checked every 2 to 4 years.

After age 65: have your eyes checked every 1 to 2 years.

If you wear glasses, have a family history of eye disease or have a chronic disease that puts you at greater risk of eye disease, such as diabetes, have your eyes checked annually.

An eye exam usually involves these steps:

First, you'll be asked about your medical history and any vision problems you might be experiencing.

Next, how clearly you can see (visual acuity) is measured. Drops are instilled to measure your eye pressure and also to dilate your pupils.

Dr. Burger checks the health of your eyes, possibly using several lights to evaluate the front of the eye and inside of each eye.

Finally, Dr. Burger discusses what he found during the exam and answers questions you have about your eyes.

Several different tests may be performed during the eye exam. The tests are designed to examine the appearance and function of all parts of your eyes.

What to Expect:

When you arrive you will be greeted by our Receptionist who will ask you to complete the patient registration form and medical history questionnaire.

To simplify your visit, we've provided links below to all of these forms so that you can print and complete them in advance.

Dr. Burger will meet with you to examine your eyes. Depending on your eye condition, other special tests may be performed.