Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about your vision, prescription glasses, contacts or anything else optometry related? You may find exactly what you're looking for here. If you don't find the solution you're looking for, call S M Weston Optometrist. We're happy to help.
How can I tell if I need prescription glasses?
Sometimes you might not even realise you're experiencing eyesight problems, which is why it's important to book an annual check-up.
  • Concentrating brings on headaches, dizziness or nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Lazy eye/s
  • Rubbing eyes after close-up work or concentration
  • Unable to concentrate for long periods
  • Difficulty reading small print or distinguishing far off objects
  • Holding books close to face or leaning forward to see
How often should I get my eyes checked?
We recommend every 2 years, or as advised by your optometrist. If you have high blood pressure, do a lot of close-up work or take prescription drugs that affect your vision, you may need to have more regular assessments.
Children should have their eyes checked prior to starting school and every 2nd year.
Is there anything I should tell my optometrist before the eye exam?
Make sure you're aware of your family history and any medications you take on a regular basis. Also bring your glasses or contacts with you. The eye test may require for your pupils to be dilated. This can make your eyes light-sensitive, so be sure to bring a pair of sunglasses, and you'll need to organise someone to pick you up afterwards.
What type of contacts are suitable for swimmers?
If you normally wear glasses or contacts, we suggest you invest in a pair of prescription goggles rather than risk your contacts being washed out of your eyes.
What are the most common eyesight problems in children?
Being unable to focus on close-up objects, see things far away or distorted vision. Most of these are easily correctable with prescription glasses.
I fell asleep with my contacts in and now they're stuck! What should I do?
Even a short nana nap can result in your contacts being stuck to your eyeball and quite often happens if you have not had enough water to drink. Don't panic! Apply moisturising drops designed for lenses and blink several times.
What are multifocal lenses and contacts?
Multifocal lenses and contacts allow you to have different prescriptions built into the one lens.
I see dots and lines floating in my eyes, what does this mean?
These are called floaters and are caused by cells floating around the gel which surrounds your eyes. Generally, it's nothing to worry about, but if they come on suddenly and you are experiencing other visual disturbances, please consult us as soon as possible.
Why do they puff air into your eye during an eye test?
The puff of air measures the pressure in your eye. High pressure can be a sign of glaucoma. For anyone who's had the test before can tell you, it doesn't hurt. It just feels a bit strange.