The best optometrists in Wagga

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The eye is an incredibly complex, resilient sensory organ – home to over two million working parts a piece. Capable of processing millions of data points per second, they are one of the wonders of the human body.

With so much resting on our ability to see, it comes as no surprise that optometrists are in high demand. For most people, optometrists are the first point of call for any vision-based needs.

They are trained to assess visual ability and eye health, and can treat a range of eye conditions. Working alongside opticians and ophthalmologists, they provide 360 degree care for the majority of vision needs.

But with a range optometrists available in Wagga, how does one separate the best from the rest?

Read on for some pointers on finding a great optometrist and our shortlist of the best in Wagga.

What makes a great optometrist?

The best optometrists are eye experts through and through, assessing and treating a variety of ailments in the world of vision. For clear vision and the healthiest set of peepers around, look for the following traits:

  • Qualified and experienced. Optometrists have an intimate knowledge of visual systems, along with techniques and instruments to assess individual needs. This is gained through seven years of tertiary study, producing a degree in Vision Science and postgraduate qualification in Optometry. All practitioners must be registered with the Optometry Board of Australia to legally work as optometrists. Qualifications aside, experience also counts when seeking an optometrist. The best come with years of well-rounded experience and specialisations in an area or two.
  • Credentials. Good optometrists tick all the mandatory boxes for qualifications, but the best hold extra credentials too. For assurance of quality, look for optometrists that are members of the peak industry body, Optometry Australia.
  • Tip-top technology. Tried and tested visual assessment methods have served optometrists well. However, like many medical industries, optometry is always advancing. A wide range of new technologies now exist for eye imaging and assessing performance. So for the most accurate assessment, seek out the optometrists utilising cutting-edge technology to diagnose, evaluate and manage their clients’ needs.
  • Connection and comfort. Finding a good optometrist is much like finding a good doctor. Some instantly put you at ease, while others are a little harder to connect with. Consider your needs and find an optometrist that is most suited to deliver them. Good chair-side manner works wonders with young children or nervous patients, while accessible appointment times and locations adds to convenience. Building a relationship with your optometrist not only helps provide consistent care, it makes treatment easier too.
  • Diverse dispensary. Frames are more than a mere visual aid; they are fashionable extensions of your face itself. The best optometrists are also home to some great dispensaries, stocking a diverse range of frames and lenses. Consider your prescription needs and seek out optometrists who cater to them under the one roof.

The best optometrists in Wagga

Region Riverina’s editorial team has combed through countless on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best in Wagga series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Region Riverina and Facebook, as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Blue Frog Optics

Blue Frog Optics is a family owned, independent practice led by Lharn and Vern Howard, who together have more than four decades of optical experience.

Born in 2007, the business now supports five practices (Wagga Wagga, Mildura, Broken Hill, Leeton and Temora).

Blue Frog Optics believes eyecare should be affordable and accessible to everyone, offering bulk-billed eye tests that include free access to 3D OCT Imaging and digital retinal photography.

Annete Brown says, "Felt comfortable and relaxed, with professional service given from both the optometrist and staff."

Eyecare Plus Wagga Wagga

Independently owned and clinically driven, Eyecare Plus practices are all about excellence.

Through their Checkup Plus™ exam, Eyecare Plus Wagga Wagga check for a range of conditions and diseases in one sitting, including cataracts, vision quality, diabetic retinopathy, eye muscle control, glaucoma, macular degeneration and more.

A range of eyewear is also available in store at affordable prices.

Peter Lothian reviewed, "Thank you for finding the right set of glasses for my music performance and teaching - now I can clearly see the difference between F and G!"

Zacharia Naumann Optometry

Brought to life in 2002 by Wagga optometrists Kathryn Naumann and Zac Zacharia, Zacharia Naumann is a full scope optometry practice that covers simple prescriptions through to complex treatments for eyes of all kinds.

Using state of the art equipment, optometrists offer standard and complex eye tests, children's vision care, eye condition and disease treatment, emergency eye care, and more.

Elle-Jane Wright says, "Absolutely wonderful experience, I have been using this optometrist for years but this time I had my little girl with me and they were so good with her."

Specsavers Wagga Wagga

Open seven days a week and operating under one of the most well known optometry brands in the world, the team at Specsavers Wagga Wagga have skill and experience to boot.

Just some of their many services on offer include 3D scanning, children's eyecare, fitness to drive and glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataract assessments, as well as audiology checks and hearing aid maintenance.

Brendan Flanagan said on Google, "Great service and pricing. Store is clean and well presented. Service is prompt with little wait time."

OPSM Wagga Wagga

OPSM is all about vision solutions.

Since its birth in 1932, the Australia/New Zealand brand has garnered nationwide confidence in its ability to serve, offering eye tests, glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and more.

The OPSM Wagga team is best known for their friendly yet professional service and meaningful advice.

Andrew Mayberry said online, "I was greeted in friendly manner and offered information, support and time to think. The whole process was conducted in a professional manner. I was extremely happy."

If you’re looking for more information on health services in Wagga, you might also like our articles on the best massage therapists, dentists and sleep clinics Wagga has to offer.

Your experience with optometrists in Wagga

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the Wagga optometrists listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an optometrist?

An optometrist is can eye care professional who provides primary vision care; that is they are the first port of call for any problems with eyes or vision. Optometrists perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribe corrective lenses, detect eye issues, and can prescribe medication for some eye conditions.

How often should you have your eyes tested?

Generally, adults without any existing eye conditions should have their eyes tested every 6 years for those aged 20-39 years; every 2-3 years for those aged over 40; and every 1-2 years for those over 65. More frequent testing is typically advised for spectacle wearers and young children, with spectacle wearers requiring an annual test and children bi-annual testing. Always consult your optometrist to obtain the best advice for your needs.

What is the difference between a routine and comprehensive eye exam?

A routine eye exam is generally needed to assess vision, check or update vision aid scripts for lenses or glasses, and screen for any eye diseases. A comprehensive eye exam on the other hand involves a full assessment of the visual system and overall eye health. It generally takes longer to complete and includes additional tests, resulting in a full evaluation of eye vision and health.

What health problems can eye tests detect?

Along with identifying visual concerns, eye tests can also detect other health related issues. Common health issues include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, some autoimmune diseases and in other cases certain types of cancers.

How do I prepare for an eye test?

It's a good idea to prepare for an eye test by writing down any questions you might have for the optometrist, a list of your current medications and/or health conditions and any glasses you currently wear. If you're unsure, don't be afraid to call and ask what to bring ahead of time.

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