Eye Test Melbourne

At Microprism Optics, we take a holistic approach to eye health and function using innovative practical and diagnostic methods. Our eye tests in Melbourne use cutting-edge technology to correctly diagnose behavioural challenges in the eyes.

The initial consultation and eye test will usually involve a dynamic visual assessment, photography of the eye with a retinal camera, optical coherence tomography and corneal topography. Sometimes a pressure test and applied kinesiology are also used to identify muscle issues that may be contributing to eye problems. Kinesiology offers a way to ‘talk’ to the body through muscle testing in order to find the areas that are experiencing difficulty.

Early Signs that You Should Seek Out Eye Tests in Melbourne

Most of us like to believe that illness or changes in ability are always only temporary. We are so used to full functionality in all our physical processes that any dip or slight change is barely worth registering. But, as any doctor can tell you, certain changes are worth heeding, and among the most important of these is our sight.

Our eye tests in Melbourne are about more than just treating poor vision. Often, changes in vision and sensitivity around your eyes can be to do with other parts of your anatomy. It’s one of the reasons it is so important to have regular eye exams. You never know what might be caught early!

Vision Loss

One of the most telling signs that your eyes can give that something is wrong is a gradual or sudden loss of vision. We would hope that a total loss of sight would have you running to the nearest emergency room, but even a slight change in perception should convince you to undertake an eye exam in Melbourne. Vision loss can be linked to all kinds of underlying conditions, not least of which is both type 1 and 2 diabetes.

Bloodshot Eyes

There are a great many reasons, too, for having red and puffy eyes. The most common is allergies which can be easily controlled with antihistamines and eye drops. But if you cannot otherwise explain the redness, there may be other things at play, such as high blood pressure.


As with all your anatomy, the signs of inflammation around your eye are a signal that something is wrong. You might have a foreign object which has found its way under your eyelid, or there may be other underlying conditions, such as Shingles, Measles or Lyme Disease.


Again, itchiness can often be something that will pass and is often associated with allergies or hayfever. But if you are suffering from long term itchiness that doesn’t go away with antihistamines, it is worth coming into Melbourne for an eye exam. At times, prolonged itchiness has been linked to liver disease or autoimmune issues, and the sooner you are able to detect these problems, the more effective your treatment will be.

Colour Loss

Another issue you might encounter is the loss or fading of certain colours. Whilst it is true that many people have levels of colour blindness from birth, there are many instances where it can come later in life as well. It might be a slow change in your perception of red or green, blue or yellow, or, in more severe but rare cases, a complete loss of colour perception. It is often inherited but can also be the result of disease or damage to the optic nerve. You can book an color eye exam if you are unsure. There are even certain medications that have the side effect of a loss in colour perception.

Sharp Pain

There are many reasons why you might have sudden or sharp pains around or behind the eye. Sometimes it is something as innocuous as overly dry eyes, which make them sensitive to light. Other times, it might be that you have a substandard prescription, in which case it is a good time to come for a vision exam in Melbourne. There may also be more serious conditions at play, including intraocular pressure or even haemorrhaging or stroke, in which case it is imperative that you get to a hospital right away, certainly if the pain is unbearable.

It’s important to mention that all the above mentioned conditions could also occur due to incorrect and poor prescriptions, not only preexisting healths issues. We recommend consulting a professional Optometrist in Melbourne.

Get an Eye Test & Assessment Using the Latest Diagnostic Techniques

Here is a brief summary of what some these diagnostic tools mean:

Neuro-rehabilitative Optometry:

This form of optometry assists with the integration of neurologically (brain) based issues that can affect vision, for example closed brain injuries, from motor car accidents or concussion. It also includes vision, brain and body integration for patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post operative care and other neurological degenerative diseases and anomalies.
At our Docklands clinic, we believe that vision is a major part of brain processing and changing muscle use, and vision using appropriate microprism and lens combinations can affect neurological pathways.

Behavioural Optometry:

Specific process, function and task-related: Behavioural optometry deals with a variety of processing disorders such as dyslexia and concentration issues. ADHD and various forms of autism are also facilitated into a greater ease of visual consciousness that has positive effects on behaviour. Changing spatial context and perspective using appropriate lens and prism can positively affect and change these conditions.

Functional Optometry:

Vision is not a process that occurs in isolation to the rest of the body. It affects posture, balance, movement, intention and even emotions. Holistic optometry looks at the connection of all of these domains so that they can work seamlessly together giving a more enriching experience to see, feel, be and do well. Testing is primarily done under binocular conditions with ambient lighting, not isolating the two eyes. Although we have two eyes we have one vision that needs to be coordinated in conjunction with the rest of the body to work well together. All patients at our Docklands clinic can benefit from this process.

Microprism Glasses:

These prism glasses aim to deliver holistic vision training, reduced lower prescriptions and vision, mind and body improvement as described on this website.

Microprism Prismatic Integration – Dispensing:

Prismatic Integration can be explained as the process of massaging the eyes with light to trigger integration with the microprism lenses.

We value and respect your decision to purchase your new prescription glasses from Microprism Optics. Part of the process of ensuring good, clear vision and adaptation to your new lenses is the dynamic prismatic integration process, which uses lenses and specific movements of prisms (flippers) and prism bars, in front of your new glasses to ensure exact alignment. This process is carried out on collection of your new script from our Docklands premises.

Prismatic integration, when done correctly, allows for an ease of vision and the various parts of the visual system to become more harmonised with each other. The ability to regulate visual processing is easier. Prismatic Integration realigns the visual system and brings back the visual posture you had at the time of your initial or subsequent follow-up consultations, at which your script was determined. It also helps adaptation to progressive lenses.

This is important, as after your initial or subsequent consultations with Dr Michael, your visual system, while in transition, can switch back to its old patterns based on experience, habit and wearing your old glasses. A person can be locked into a way of seeing which can make adaptation to the new form of prescription difficult. A prismatic integration is a reset and eye work up using light at both conscious and subconscious levels.

Even if you feel you see reasonably well by just putting your new glasses on yourself, you may be missing a small part of the clearer vision that could be obtained if you had experienced the prismatic integration. It is also important that the frame is adjusted and sitting correctly on your face. Understandably, coming to collect your prescription can be difficult for people from far-away places, but please call our Optometrist in Docklands practice and ask to speak to Dr Michael if you suspect any difficulty in adapting to your new lenses and he will endeavour to help via a call or Skype session.

Virtual Reality (Vivid Vision):

The dynamic realignment of binocular vision anomalies including lazy eyes – amblyopia, eye movement disorders, turned eyes – tropias and Visual Personal Training for high performance in sport and cognitive demand of study and work.

Contact Lenses:

We supply a full spectrum contact lens service ranging from daily disposables to complex RGP contact lens prescriptions.

Retinal Photography:

This photography is used to document any abnormalities of disease process affecting the eye and disease such as diabetes, age-macular degeneration, glaucoma, neoplasm of choroid, cranial nerves, retinal or eyeball.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology can help diagnosis of illness by testing muscles for strength and weakness. It’s a way of obtaining feedback from the body on the state of its health.

Optical Coherence Tomography:

3D detailed images from within the biological tissue of the eye/retina.

Corneal Topography

This process maps the surface curvature of the cornea, the outer structure of the eye.

Visual Fields Testing & Analysis:

Used to monitor central and peripheral vision and monitor glaucoma.

Bioptron Light Therapy:

Use of non-coherent biologically active light and coloured filters to relax and energise vision and body.

Nutrition for Vision & Body:

We can recommend a variety of supplementation for vision and body health.

Frame Selection & Service:

We offer a comprehensive and diverse range of modern frame brands and models and a complete service and warranty of frames.


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