Posts by Rachel

Keratoconus: causes and treatment options

Keratoconus – Progressive thinning and distortion of the cornea Keratoconus is an eye disease of the cornea: the thin, clear tissue covering the surface of the front of the eye. A normal, healthy cornea is round in shape, but sometimes the cornea can weaken, losing its shape. Instead of a dome, it becomes cone-shaped, preventing clear vision. This is known as keratoconus. It is a progressive disorder that can either progress rapidly or take years to develop. It may affect only one eye but more commonly occurs in both. Causes of Keratoconus The cause of keratoconus is unknown. It is
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Categories: Eye Conditions.

What are occupational glasses?

Feeling tired by the end of the work day? Spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen? Been a few years since your 21st birthday party? By the end of the day, many of us young folk over 40 can have difficulty seeing the words clearly on the computer screen, even with reading glasses. Eyes can become irritated, feel heavy and we can suffer blurred vision. Why? Basically, the optical correction for presbyopia (from the Greek meaning “trying to see as old men do”) or short arm syndrome is not designed for reading at near to intermediate distances: computer
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Categories: Prescription Glasses.

Photochromic lenses

Sick of playing musical glasses? Do you get tired of having to carry around both prescription glasses and sunglasses and then switching between the two every time the sun comes out? Then you will definitely benefit from wearing Transition Sensity photochromic lenses. Designed for people on the go, these are smart lenses that seamlessly change when you move from indoors to outdoors, ensuring maximum visual comfort in all settings. By helping your eyes adjust to shifting light conditions, photochromic lenses let you discern objects of different size, contrast and brightness. You will see better in all light conditions. Good for
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Categories: Eye Health, Prescription Glasses, and Sunglasses.

Progressive lenses for a clearer view

Suffering from ‘short arm syndrome’? A common eye condition as we age If you’re over 40, you’re probably starting to suffer from ‘short arm syndrome’, the need to hold a phone or the list of ingredients on the back of that packet of chips at arm’s length to see it. This almost inevitable development for most of us is also known as presbyopia, which endearingly comes from the Greek meaning ‘trying to see as old men do’. But don’t panic. This eyesight change does not mean you’ll be reduced to wearing ugly bifocals or trifocals like the previous generation did.
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Categories: Prescription Glasses.

Eye protection in winter

The not-so glaringly obvious risks of winter. Winter eye protection is just as important as it is in the summer.  In the gloominess of winter, many of us put away our sunglasses until the longer, sunnier days of summer come back. The overcast skies and lack of sunshine fool us into thinking that our eyes do not need to be shielded from invisible UV rays. But eye protection in winter is very important, sometimes even more so than in summer. UV (or ultraviolet) rays don’t take a break in the winter. In fact, the lower angle of winter sun in
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Categories: Eye Health and Sunglasses.

PVD – floaters and flashes in your eyes

Posterior Vitreous Detachment A common eye condition as we age Posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is a very common eye condition. It’s caused by natural changes to the vitreous gel that takes up the space inside the eye. Many people develop posterior vitreous detachments and never experience symptoms, whereas others may notice floaters and flashes. Although PVD causes some frustrating symptoms, it doesn’t cause pain, harm the eye or cause permanent loss of vision. Understanding PVD Basically, the eye is divided into three sections: the anterior chamber, the vitreous chamber and the posterior chamber. The vitreous chamber is positioned at the
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Categories: Eye Conditions and Eye Health.

Digital Eye Strain

Do you have tired eyes, irritated eyes, blurry vision or headaches? Looks like you could be suffering from digital eye strain. According to the Vision Council of America, 70% of U.S. adults experience digital eye strain as a result of digital devices. And it’s getting worse. As people spend more time each day looking at computers, mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices, digital eye strain is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. The problem is also occurring more frequently in children as they acquire phones and tablets at younger ages and use them for longer periods throughout the day.
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Categories: Eye Conditions and Eye Health.

Eye-deals You Can’t Overlook

Eye Exam, Frames & Lenses Package Need glasses? Save up to $164 on our eye care package. Get a free eye exam with your new pair of prescription glasses – frame and lenses – a savings of $65. Buy any set of frames from either of our Auckland optometrists and we will give you the HOYA brand single vision stock lenses – another saving of $99. Get a complete glasses eye test and glasses package from either of our two Auckland optometrists in Newmarket or Henderson and you can save your eyesight and your wallet up to $164. Only $89.00 for frames,
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Categories: Deals, Frames, and Prescription Glasses.

Keratoconus Subsidy – Need Help?

If you suffer from keratoconus, there is financial help available. What is keratoconus? Keratoconus: progressive thinning and distortion of the cornea causing reduced vision. The cornea is the window of the eye. Light travels through the cornea past the lens to the retina and then the brain to form a visual image. A normal, healthy cornea holds its round shape. However, sometimes the cornea becomes structurally weakened and loses its shape. Instead of a dome, the cornea becomes cone shaped and the surface irregular. This prevents the light entering your eye from being focused correctly on the retina, so a
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Categories: Eye Conditions and Prescription Glasses.

Computer Glasses

Our lives are increasingly dominated by digital equipment. Most of us are virtually glued to our devices or exposed to LCD/LED lighting, televisions, laptops, screens etc. Combine blue light radiation with screen glare and you have the leading causes of eyestrain. Blue light and eyestrain Due to the high-energy visible (HEV) artificial blue light emitted by these supposedly time-saving technologies, many of us suffer from headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and eyestrain. But blue light is everywhere … Blue light itself isn’t a bad thing. It’s everywhere; it’s in sunlight. Blue light is short-wavelength light – at the high end of
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Categories: Eye Health.