Professional Independent Optometry


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A natural way to treat dry eye

Optimel Manuka honey dry eye drops have been specially formulated to treat the symptoms of dry eye and and improve the function of the glands in the eyelid. What makes Manuka eye drops unique is that this is natural product made from Manuka Honey that has both antibacterial and antinflammatory properties. A clinical study of 114 patients found that the drops significantly improved the symptoms of dry eye. It is especially useful of patients who suffer from evaporative dry eye and have problems with the oil producing glands on the eyelids. It is a preservative free product and only requires a dosage of twice daily. This drop may not be the best option to treat your dry eye so it is important to see your optometrist first for advice before using the product.

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After 40 years Eyes on Collins St has moved to a new home at Collins square

A few years ago we were told that our building was to be demolished. After many months of looking for a new location we finally found our new home at Collins Square Docklands. We decided to create a totally new look with the same great range of frames to suit all tastes. Our new consulting room has been equipped with brand new equipment utilising the latest digital imaging system and electronic refraction system.

It's only a short 9 minutes up the road at 727 Collin St, Docklands. To find us, enter the centre and head to the Batmans Hill Drive exit. Walk through the revolving doors and we are just outside on the right. If you enter through the Batmans Hill entrance go up the stairs and we are on the left just before the revolving doors.

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Stem cells help regain sight for patients with macula degeneration

Two elderly patients in London have regained some eyesight after receiving retinal tissue that was grown from stem cells. The new retina was implanted under the existing retina. During the following 12 months the patients went from not being able to read at all to being able to read between 60 and 80 words a minute. While it is early days, the procedure appears to be safe and effective and could revolutionise how we treat the very deliberating condition of macula degeneration.

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Make the most of your health fund rebate

Most health optical benefits finish on December 31. Unfortunately the rebate doesn't carry over to the new year, so if you don't use it then you lose it. Health fund rebates can be used for a wide range of prescription items including contact lenses, prescription glasses, computer glasses and prescription sunglasses. If you are interested in an updated look, spare pair or the latest in digital eyewear come and see us. We can advise you on the best way to maximize your health fund rebate and also determine the most appropriate vision correction for your needs. We are currently offering $50 off a complete pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses. Click to learn more about smarter ways to use your optical benefits.

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Trouble reading with your contact lenses? Try Multifocal contact lenses.

Starting to have trouble reading through your contact lenses? As we get older, our eye gradually looses its ability to focus on things upclose. Usually around the age of 45 people find that they have to hold things further away to keep things clear. This often happens sooner when wearing contact lenses. Rather than putting on a pair of reading glasses, multifocal contact lenses allow you to see clearly in the distance and up close. Using advance contact lens technology, the power of the lens varies to enable you to see clearly at all distances. If you are having trouble reading through your contact lenses, make an appointment with an eyeson optometrists to explore your options.

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It's important to protect your eyes from UV.

We all know the importance of protecting ourselves from exposure to the sun. While we all understand the need to protect our skin, it may come as a suprise to know that UV rays cause ten times more damage to the eyes than to our skin. It has been estimated that 20% of cataracts and almost 50% of pterygium treated every year in Australia are the direct result of sun damage. Damage to the eyes can occur directly from the sun but also from indirect exposure. Indirect exposure can include reflections from the water, windows, or buildings. While a hat will help, good quality sunglasses are the most effective way to protect the eye. Quality sunglasses are designed to protect you from both direct and indirect UV rays. Having a pair of sunglasses which fit correctly and have a slight wrap will provide you with the maximum protection. If you would to learn more about the best options for protecting your eyes, drop in to one of our stores to talk to one of our qualified staff.

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Suffering from allergies? It's that time of the year again.

Are you suffering from itchy, watery, red eyes? Then you could have allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when allergens in the air stimulate cells in the eye to release histamine. This causes the eyes to become red, watery and itchy. Traditional treatments such as antihistamines are effective at relieving the symptoms, but don't stop the underlying problem. Newer generation medications such as Patanol and Zaditen are more effective and longer lasting. Our optometrists can prescribe a wide range of prescription and no prescription medications to help treat your eyes and keep them comfortfortable during the hayfever season. If you are having trouble this season make an appointment and we will develop a tailored treatment plan to help your eyes feel comfortable again.

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Digital Eye Strain

We are now spending almost half our waking hours on digital devices. This can lead to excessive strain on the eyes causing symptoms such as dryness, headaches, neck aches, sore eyes and blurry vision. Positioning the devices correctly, having regular breaks and good posture can help alleviate these symptoms. In some cases, glasses specifically designed to relax your eyes when using digital devices are required. Remember the 20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a break for 20 seconds and look into the distance to relax your eyes. Read more.

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Biotrue: All day comfort in a contact lens

We have had a lot of success with the new Bausch and Lomb Biotrue lenses. Using a new generation HyperGel material, this contact lenses is extremely breathable so there is no compromise to the health of the eye. Unlike older generation lenses, the lens is resistant to drying, retaining 98% of its moisture during the day. Combined with a UV block, your eyes are protected from the elements and more comfortable all day. Currently the lenses are available as daily contact lenses.

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Dry Eye and Blephasteam

Poorly functioning meibomian glands is a common cause of dry eye. The meibomian glands are located in the eyelids and release oils which reduce evaporation of the tear layer. These glands can become blocked and inflamed resulting in dry eyes. The blephasteam system unblocks the glands by gently warming the lids causing the oils to melt and clearing the ducts. We have found as little as four treatments can significantly improve comfort and reduce the effects of dry eye. Currently available at our Southgate, Docklands, Dromana and Somerville stores.

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Computer Eye Strain

Crizal Prevencia lens coatings provide three way protection of the eyes. It protects the eyes from UV and blue-violet light as well as reducing eye strain and improving comfort on the computer. UV light is a know cause of cataracts while blue-violet light is thought to contribute to the development of macula degeneration. While we all know that we need protection from sunlight, blue light is also emitted from LEDs, computers, smart phones and other electronic devices.

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Protecting your eyes

Warm compresses are a simple but very effective treatment to help relieve the symptoms of dry eyes. Tear ducts in the eyelid release oils to help prevent evaporation. These ducts can become blocked over time leading to dry eye. Warm compresses can help clear the ducts and help improve the functioning of the tear glands.

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Why do I need to replace my contact lenses regularly?

As you wear your contact lenses proteins and oils from the eye deposit on the surface of the lens. While cleaning the lenses every day will help remove some of the deposits, over time they build up on the surface. As these materials break down they effect the surface of the lens reducing comfort and quality of vision. They can also cause the eye to develop an allergic or immune response resulting in sore, red eyes.

Replacing the lenses as recommended by your optometrist will ensure that you always have comfortable vision and minimize the chances of developing any problems.

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Dry Eyes and the Environment

While we can't cure dry eyes, there are things that you can do in addition to using drops to help alleviate the symptoms.

  • Avoid direct contact with drafts. Any airflow directly on the eye will increase tear evaporation and exacerbate the condition. Keep the air vents in the car pointed away from your face and wear sunglasses.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes on windy days. This will help reduce the amount of tear film evaporation.
  • Wear possible try to avoid prolonged exposure to refrigerated air-conditioned environments. Refrigerated air-conditioners cool the room by removing moisture. At home use a humidifier during the winter to keep the room moist.
  • For more information follow the link to our dry eye page.

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    Dailies Total One: A new concept in disposable lenses

    For many years not a lot changed in daily contact lens technology. The last 6 months however has seen the release of many new products. Alcon Dailies Total One is a totally new concept in contact lens design. Modern contact lenses use silicon hydrogel materials which provide high levels of oxygen to the eye but tend to repel water which can cause discomfort and dryness. Alcon Dailies Total one use a water gradient technology. The central part of the lens has a low water content that gradual increases as you get to the surface of the lens. The benefit of this is greater all day comfort and reduced drying effects while still providing a more breathable lens. This lens is 6 times more breathable than traditional daily lenses which is good for the health of the eye.

    At Eyes On Optometrists we have access to all the major suppliers of contact lenses.

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    Itchy Watery Red Eyes

    If you suffer from these symptoms you may have allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the eye reacts to substances in the environment like pollen. This causes the eye to release histamine which causes the eye to become red, swollen and itchy. Traditionally antihistamines were used to combat the symptoms. New generation medications such as Zaditen and Patanol have a double action of stopping the release of histamine as well as treating the symptoms. Our Optometrists can give you advice about the best way to treat this problem. Always seek the advice from a health care professional before commencing treatment.

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    We can now see deeper into your eye

    OCT technology is a new way of assessing the healthy of the eye. Using a sophisticated scanning laser we can see through the layers of the retina and optic nerve. This allows us to detect the early signs of retinal diseases such as macula degeneration and glaucoma much earlier than traditional methods.

    Our new Nidek Duo OCT is located at our brand new Docklands store

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    3D Digital Imaging

    Seeing the eye in 3D allows us to assess the health of the eye more accurately. Traditionally this involved using bright lights and drops. The Kowa retinal 3D camera allows us to take images that can be view through special glasses in 3D. This camera is located at our Southgate store.
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    Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

    Patients often ask us, can I have my cataracts removed with laser? Only recently has laser become an integral part of some cataract procedures.

    Cataract surgery has four basic steps:

      Make incisions in the cornea (front of the eye) to allow entry into the eye
      Open up the front of the lens
      Remove the cataract
      Place an artificial lens (Intra ocular lens or IOL)

    Laser assisted cataract surgery uses a precise femtosecond laser rather than a blade to make the incisions in the first critical steps of surgery. Using a laser rather than a blade has a number of advantages:

      More precise incisions
      Perfectly shaped and centered openings to insert the artificial lens
      Easier removal of the cataract
      Overall a more gentle procedure

    Currently Laser assisted cataract surgery is an optional procedure at some Melbourne cataract clinics. Should you be interested in this option our optometrists can provide you with more information and a appropriate referral.