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1 Visual standards

2 What are visual standards? Many occupations and activities require people to have particular levels of vision Visual standards are needed for personal and public safety

3 What professions require visual standards? Motor vehicle drivers Train and tram operators People in the maritime industry Metropolitan Ambulance People in the aviation industry Australian Defence Force Victorian and Federal Police Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services

4 Visual standards are also required for Operators of Cranes, hoists and forklifts Laser users People involved in motor sports

5 Visual standards are used by General Practitioners Medical Specialists Optometrists Psychologists Physiotherapists Occupational therapists

6 Tests Visual acuity Colour vision Visual field Binocular function

7 Visual Acuity A measure of how clearly you can see Measured with a letter chart at a distance (usually 6m) Decreased by refractive error, cataract

8 Colour vision defects Most commonly red/green 8% of males, 0.5% of females Affects colour discrimination, colour matching and career choices

9 Visual field A measure of how well you can see with your side vision Decreased with eye disease –Glaucoma –Retinitis Pigmentosa Computerised test

10 Binocular vision Two eyes work together for full depth perception or “stereopsis” Glasses can help eyes focus equally

11 Visual standards and occupations Each particular occupation will have different visual standards, depending on the visual tasks and the risk

12 A manual outlining visual standards is available from Optometrists Association Australia

13 Optometrists Provide a comprehensive visual examination Detect and diagnose eye health problems Prescribe and supply glasses and contact lenses when required Diagnose and treat eye coordination and focussing problems

14 Optometrists Are university educated and undertake continuing professional education No referral is required Eye tests attract a medicare rebate

15 To find an optometrist Optometrists Association Australia Yellow Pages


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