Myopia is a common vision problem where things far away are blurry but things close to you are clear. It can be caused by the cornea (front of the eye) bending light incorrectly, or the eyeball stretching and growing too much. Common symptoms being blurry vision in the distance. It is important to not only improve your vision but to consider myopia control therapy which aims to prevent the worsening of eye health linked with worsening myopia.
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- MYOPIA CONTROL
- VIRTUAL REALITY
If you notice any eye or vision symptoms it is important to seek an immediate appointment for an eye exam. Make sure you describe your problem as clearly as possible and when you first noticed it, and we’ll try to fit you in as soon as possible (usually on the same day).
Our eye test always includes advice on how you can maintain good eye health. Additionally, where needed we will give you written instructions on how to prevent various eye or vision problems from occurring.
As well as checking your vision for glasses, a comprehensive eye test and assessment should include a pupil dilation test to fully examine the health of your eyes. Even if your vision is fine, there are a number of life threatening and sight threatening diseases that can be identified by such an examination.
Since many eye problems don’t have obvious symptoms in their early stages, it is important to conduct routine eye tests which can offer early diagnosis and treatment. It left untreated vision loss can be irreversible. For these reasons and to avoid long periods between eye exams, our patients often find it is simplest to book an annual visit.
The World Health Organisation has identified the alarming increase in people, mostly children, who are becoming short sighted (myopic). In myopia, distance vision becomes less sharp as the eyeball becomes longer. The concern with myopia is that it often continues to worsen and the eyeball continues to elongate. This in turn causes an increased risk of serious eye diseases as the years go by.
Fortunately, there are several ways of reducing the risk of onset of myopia and of controlling its progression once it has set in. The four main types of myopia control are: orthokeratology (ortho-K) lenses, specialty soft lenses, MiYOSmart spectacles lenses, and atropine eyedrops. Come in for an eye test to find out which treatment methods are most suited for you.
Eye health has been linked to a healthy diet.
- The so-called Mediterranean diet has been suggested as a best choice diet.
- Adding fish can help to reduce dry eyes, whilst yellow capsicum can help avoid loss of clear central vision in age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- A pinch of saffron daily can improve the health of the macula in the all stages of AMD.
- MDEyes is a once daily supplement based on the AREDS2 study that has been shown to slow down the progression of AMD.
- Dry Eye Forte can be used to help relieve dry eye symptoms by increasing tear secretion and production, decreases the rate of tear evaporation, and maintains eye health.
We offer Virtual Reality training which involves eye exercises designed to work your eyes within the virtual reality headset. Virtual Reality is used to treat a variety of vision problems including: amblyopia, strabismus and to improve binocular function.
The benefit of Virtual Reality training over traditional vision training is that there is much more individual manipulation that can be changed to suit your needs. Objects seen by each eye can be changed independent of the other eye and varied as you progress. Everything can be done in the comfort of your own home. Results are sent directly to us and the program adjusted accordingly to allow for more prompt adjustments depending on how you are progressing. It works for children and adults too!
COMMON EYE CONDITIONS WE CHECK FOR(Click conditions to learn more)
We recommend comprehensive eye checks every year, with special eyedrops to dilate the eyes every 1-3 years. All new patients will need a comprehensive eye test with eyedrops as a baseline.
We love checking eyes of all ages and have a range of modified tests for children of all ages, even babies! Not only can we check but should there need to be further intervention such as for myopia control or vision training, they can all be done here.
If you’ve ever been told you have a lazy eye, most likely you have some amblyopia and/or strabismus. Amblyopia is when one or both eyes do not work as well as they should despite the eye being healthy and strabismus is when the eyes point in different directions. Strabismus often results in amblyopia. There are a range of specialty treatments we offer for kids and adults to improve how your eyes work.
Macula degeneration is a disease that gradually destroys the macula region of the eye. This area is important because it is your central field of view and is responsible for fine detail such as reading, driving and recognising details on faces. Did you know you’re at higher risk of developing macula degeneration if someone in your family has it?
Glaucoma is a disease where the optic nerve that takes information from the eye to the brain slowly atrophies. The problem with glaucoma is that often in the early stages there are no signs or symptoms, vision can be good, there is no pain or discomfort. However, if left untreated/undetected it can cause irreversible blindness. Did you know you’re at higher risk of developing glaucoma if someone in your family has it?
Diabetes is a condition that can affect the small blood vessels of the body, such as those in the fingers/toes, kidneys and eyes. Annual dilated eye checks (checks using eyedrops) are important in looking out for early diabetic complications in the eye.
Is a condition where the clear front part of the eye (cornea) gradually thins and bulges into a cone. It is often treated initially with spectacles but may need specialty contact lenses or surgery if it worsens. Book in to see what options might be suitable for you.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens structure in the eye. Annual checks are important in screening for cataract changes.
Red eyes can be caused by a range of different things from dry eye to infection and allergy. Treatment will vary depending on the cause, some medications may need to be prescribed by a therapeutically qualified optometrist.
Dry eye is a common condition where the tear layer at the front of the eye provides inadequate protection. It is becoming more and more frequent and can cause significant distress if it becomes chronic.
Changes in your general health from medications, health problems and even just aging can cause changes in your eye health and should be checked routinely.