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Good floaters

Good floaters

Almost everyone has floaters. But what are they, these annoying little specks that whiz about in front of our eyes? Well, they are little pieces of condensed material from the gel INSIDE your eye, which is called the vitreous. The vitreous is made of carefully...

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Good floaters

Good floaters

Almost everyone has floaters. But what are they, these annoying little specks that whiz about in front of our eyes? Well, they are little pieces of condensed material from the gel INSIDE your eye, which is called the vitreous. The vitreous is made of carefully...

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Bad floaters

Bad floaters

We talked about good floaters, which are the most common by far. But bad floaters are the ones that are side effects of more serious eye problms. These problems can include a major infection or inflammation in your eye, a retinal tear, or even a serious injury. If you...

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Eyes, Contacts and Flying

Eyes, Contacts and Flying

Now that we have been set free from home detention and airlines are slowly (and expensively)restoring flights to all points of the globe, here are some tips to keep your eyes comfortable. Always pack spares. Spare glasses, extra contacts, and solutions if you need...

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Christmas Hours

Christmas Hours

Just for your information, we are going to be open through the holiday season for eye test and any spectacle or contact lens purchases. So if you’ve got some days off, and it’s been a while since your last checkup, call up and come in. We are closing Christmas Eve at...

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Contact Lens Safety

Contact Lens Safety

Contact lenses are a wonderful and safe way to correct your vision, especially for sports and in situations where glasses aren’t ideal. However, nothing in life is completely safe, and some things we do can increase the risk of things going wrong. Modern contact...

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Glaucoma Testing

Glaucoma Testing

As I said in a previous post, glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. To assess this damage, we have several tests.  The first is the visual field machine, in our case this is the HFA3 made by Zeiss.  The visual field is the extent we...

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Macula Degeneration

Macula Degeneration

MD for short is a blanket expression for several diseases that affect the central part of the retina, which is called the macula. The light that enters the eye focusses onto the macula, which is packed full of cone light receptors that convert the light info into...

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye diseases related to elevated pressure in your eyes.  It tends to have few noticeable symptoms, it rarely causes pain or headaches or even poor vision, until it is quite advanced. So, you don’t know you have it until someone...

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What is 20/20 Vision?

What is 20/20 Vision?

20/20 (or 6/6) is a measure of how well you see. It is what you see at 20 feet (for Americans) or 6m (for everyone else. 20/20 is “normal” vision and is achievable for most people, although some will need glasses to get there. It actually relates to the size of detail...

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Children’s Vision

Children’s Vision

Kids are normally born with quite a lot of longsightedness, which reduces until they are 5 or 6, and in most cases there is no need to correct it. Most kids are reviewed at birth or soon after by pediatricians or maternal child and health nurses who are skilled at...

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Bulk Billing

Bulk Billing

Bulk billing is a strange term but really means that the medical provider (doctor, optometrist etc.) doesn’t bill YOU for the service, they bill the government. For convenience, the bills for several patients are done altogether, so “bulk billed”. I’m sure whoever...

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Health Fund Claiming

Health Fund Claiming

About 43% of Australians have private health insurance, which includes extra cover. Extras allows rebates for services like physio, chiropractic, and optical benefits.  Most health funds have an annual limit of $200 to $250 for glasses and contacts. Some funds...

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New Glasses

New Glasses

What if my new glasses feel strange? Most of the time new glasses are sharp and comfortable. Sometimes they are clear but feel a little off. This is almost always because the prescription has changed, or the design of the lenses has changed. Sometimes this is because...

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Referrals

Referrals

A referral is a report to a specialist from an optometrist or general practitioner. We refer people for surgery, for treatment of serious conditions, or for a second opinion. In every case, we are required by law to see someone and assess their condition before we...

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FML Eye Drops

FML Eye Drops

FML is a prescription eye drop that we use to settle eye inflammations of various kinds. Some things it is used to treat are allergies, dry eyes, some contact lens overuse issues, and even for long term use after eye surgeries. It is very effective, and has few side...

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Taking Pictures : Retinal Pictures and Scans

Taking Pictures : Retinal Pictures and Scans

At Brighton we have a new Topcon device that in one unit can take a photo of your retina and also take in depth high resolution scans of the retinal structures. These are excellent ways to find defects and diseases of the eye like macula degeneration, glaucoma,...

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Taking Pictures: The Front of the Eye

Taking Pictures: The Front of the Eye

In optometry, we often take images of eyes, front and back, to keep a record of how the various structures look, and also to look for problems that may affect vision. At Brighton we have a Haag Street imaging system that takes pictures of the cornea, the lens and can...

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What happens in an eye test?

What happens in an eye test?

Booking in for a check-up may seem simple, but in reality lots of things happen in order to determine your prescription for glasses (and contacts if you want them), and to ensure your eyes are healthy. The tests done are determined by your problems, but we always:...

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Cataracts

Cataracts

Cataracts are a common eye condition - they mostly happen as a result of someone having lived through a number of revolutions around the Sun. Coincidentally, sunlight (well Ultraviolet light actually) is the major contributing factor. Cataract is where the natural...

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Laser Surgery

Laser Surgery

There are actually several kinds of laser surgery, from complex procedures to heal retina detachments, treat glaucoma and resolve painful conditions of the cornea. But most people think of “laser refractive surgery”, where the laser is used to correct your short or...

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Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

Contacts are a common alternative to specs, and can be a revolution for some people. I wear specialised contacts to make up for my wonky eyes, and they allow me to see far better than I would with glasses. For other people, contacts allow them to play sport, work in...

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Spectacles

Spectacles

As you might imagine, glasses/spectacles are the thing people think of most often when you mention optometry. They come in tens of thousands of styles, size, colours and materials. Some are good, some are great, and some should really go in the bin. Global brands like...

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Dry Eyes (Part 2)

Dry Eyes (Part 2)

The causes of dry eye are as plentiful as the symptoms. Air conditioning, heating, wind, and computer use are common causes. Some medications can cause dry eye as a side effect as well. Some medical conditions can cause it too, like hyperthyroid and Sjogrens syndrome....

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Dry Eyes (Part 1)

Dry Eyes (Part 1)

Dry eye is one of the most common eye conditions, especially over the lockdown/Zoom school era. Typical issues are gritty, irritable eyes, and it can sometimes feel like you have something in your eye, even when you don’t. Redness, wateriness and even blurred vision...

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Optometrists are Cool People

Optometrists are Cool People

Well, some are. I couldn’t possibly say if I am. My family would strongly disagree. Obviously. But, optometrists ARE highly trained, competent and experienced professionals who are your first stop for eyecare. We can provide all your eyecare and eyewear needs, and...

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Take Care of Your Eyes

Take Care of Your Eyes

Eyes are extraordinarily complex organs, but unlike teeth and your hair, don’t need constant attention to stop them falling out. In fact, they are designed to keep most things OUT, and it is good advice to keep dust, chemicals and so on well away from your eyes....

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Eyes Are Cool

Eyes Are Cool

This is where all the text information goes Eyes are very cool. Something like 80% of all the information we get about our world comes from seeing. In the right conditions, and with nice young eyes, studies have shown that we can detect the smallest possible amount of...

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