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We offer a comprehensive range of eyecare including full eye examinations. We allow 45 minutes for these so we can ensure all the appropriate tests are done. We have 3 fully equipped testing rooms and a qualified dispenser to provide advice on lens and frame options, adjustments and fittings.

We also have a digital retinal camera so we can photograph the back of your eye if necessary as well as an automated visual fields screener. Our latest acquisition is an OCT machine which can scan all 10 layers of a retina or the nerve fibres of the optic nerve. This is used in glaucoma management and for retinal conditions like ARM and Macula holes. We also have a corneal topographer to analyse accurately the shape of the front of the eye- essentially for our new ortho-k fitting service. We have an onsite lab with the latest in edging technology and online ordering and can offer a 1 hour service for reglazes as well as a full repairs facility.

We offer drivers screening, contact lens fitting and checks, laser surgery assessments and glaucoma checks.

There is a government subsidy available for children under 16 if the family has a community services card or the child has a high health user card which totals $287.50 per annum. You just need to bring in your card and we can help with the paperwork.

At the other end of the scale, if you have a super gold card you can get a discount off the cost of your new frames. We have options to suit all budgets, package deals using quality frames, and designer eyewear.

We have a large contact lens base and can access the subsidy available for some wearers with certain eye conditions such as keratoconus.




Hyperopia - long sight
Eyes on Broadway
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Hyperopia - long sight

Hyperopia means “longsight”.

A young “normal” eye looking into the far distance sees clearly without making any focusing effort. A hyperopic (longsighted) young eye looking into the far distance can only see clearly if the muscular focusing system inside the eye is used. A normal eye begins to use its focusing system as an object comes closer. A long sighted eye has to make the same focusing effort for near work as a normal eye, but this is in addition to the effort it makes to keep distance vision clear. With hyperopia, a long sighted eye has to “work harder” than a normal eye at all distances.

What causes hyperopia?

In most cases hyperopia is due to the eyeball being smaller than normal. Because of this, when the eye is fully relaxed vision is focused some distance behind the back of the eye (retina). Clear vision is impossible unless the power of the optical system is increased either by the eye increasing its focusing effort, or by using spectacles or contact lenses. For low amounts of hyperopia young eyes will often make the necessary focusing effort without any eye strain or discomfort. The greater the hyperopia the greater the effort needed for clear vision, especially for close work.

§  The person with hyperopia may notice:

§  Vision is poor unless they make an effort to see

§  Vision is blurred when looking up from close work

§  They experience frequent eyestrain symptoms

§  They suffer from headaches and poor concentration

§  Occasionally they experience double vision

Does hyperopia change over time?

Eighty per cent of children are born slightly long sighted and some remain so throughout life. Since the size of an eye is the main factor governing focus, and as eyes continue to grow until about age 25, long sighted eyes tend to become less longsighted as a child grows. Visual disorders caused by poorly focused vision are usually inherited. Eyes with these simple disorders are capable of good vision and require no treatment apart from an optical correction. Because most changes in hyperopia are due to normal growth they happen regardless of factors such as the amount of close work done, rest, vitamins and exercises. Spectacles do not strengthen or weaken vision in fully developed eyes (after about age five). They merely allow the wearer to see more clearly and comfortably and their use is not habit forming. (For some young children wearing spectacles is very important if vision is to develop normally.) All eyes slowly lose their focusing ability with increasing age. Because of this most people, (even those with perfect distance vision), need reading spectacles sometime in their forties. Later in life a person with hyperopia also needs spectacles to give clear and comfortable distance vision.





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