My arms aren’t long enough! Do I have to wear reading glasses?

There comes a time when we’ve all had enough birthdays to start to notice that reading small print is getting harder. This is very normal, but doesn’t stop it being very disturbing and upsetting, especially if you’ve otherwise had perfect vision your whole life. This condition called presbyopia, where our arms get too short ;), is where the focussing lens …

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How your eyes are the ‘window’ to your general health

Our bodies are a complex system of interconnected organs. The eyes have some of the smallest blood vessels in your body, and often are the ‘window’ to showing early changes in general health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and changes that may occur due to medications.  Below is a list of a few eye conditions related to …

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How often should you get your eyes examined?

Regular eye examinations form an important part of maintaining good vision and eye health, much the same as regular dental checks are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Fortunately, for most people, visiting your optometrist is a far less anxiety laden exercise than visiting the dentist. Eye examinations are necessary, even if you feel you do not have a …

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What is an OCT?

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging test. It uses visible light to create a 3D model of the retina (the sensory layer at the back of the eye). Unlike MRI or CT scans, OCT does not use radiation and can be used regularly without risk when assessing the eye health. There are many eye conditions that cannot be …

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Top tips when getting an eye examination

Why do I need an eye examination? Regular eye examinations form an important part of maintaining good vision and eye health, much the same as regular dental checks are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Fortunately, for most people, visiting your optometrist is a far less anxiety laden exercise than visiting the dentist. Eye examinations are necessary, even if …

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Snoring – the Not-So-Silent Killer

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a condition where the airway is blocked during sleep as a result of tongue and airway muscle relaxation, has recently emerged as a new epidemic in healthcare (1). Often, a person with sleep apnoea may not be aware of their symptoms. Partners and/or family members may observe and report snoring, gasping/grunting during sleep, or episodes where breathing stops …

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Cataract Part 2 – Treatment

In the early stages where there are often no or minimal vision concerns, cataracts are monitored every 6 to 12 months by your optometrist. In cases where the cataract starts to affect the vision (blurred vision not correctable with new spectacles, frequent spectacle prescription changes, doubling or haloes and glare sensitivity), removal of the cataracts may be indicated. In certain …

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