Archives for Eye Tests

Looking and Learning

Young Eyes and Learning We live in a visual world and there is a very clear connection between good eyesight and learning success at school. Experts say that about 80 percent of what children learn at school is presented visually: good vision is essential for students of any age if they are to reach their potential. Research has shown that in New Zealand around 15% of children have problems with their vision; many of the children are pre-schoolers. If left untreated, eyesight problems can impact on learning, confidence and sports. If your child is not doing so well at school, ruling
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Blepharitis Treatment

Treating Blepharitis This is a stubborn eye disorder requiring  systematic, on-going treatment; not only to eliminate redness and irritation but to prevent further blepharitis outbreaks. Blepharitis symptoms are similar to other more serious eye diseases, which is why it is vital that you get a professional diagnosis of your condition from one of our optometrists. If you do suffer from blepharitis it is very important you understand the type you have so we can provide the correct blepharitis treatment. The most common form, seborrhea blepharitis, is caused by small oil glands on the eyelid becoming clogged, causing waxy, greasy scales
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Blepharitis

What is Blepharitis? At John O’Connor eye care, we provide a wide range of optometry services, including the treatment of eye infections such as blepharitis. Are your eyelids red, itchy, swollen or irritated? Do you get flaky eyelid skin? Do you get a sticky discharge along your eyelashes? Are you losing your eyelashes? Do you wake up with crusting along your eyelids? Is your vision sometimes blurry between blinks? Are your eyes watery? Do your eyes sting or feel gritty? Are your eyes sensitive to light? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have an ocular condition called blepharitis.
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Is Glaucoma Hereditary?

Glaucoma – Keep An Eye On Your Family Glaucoma has a hereditary and non-hereditary form, meaning everyone is at risk of developing it. However, individuals with a family history of the disease are more likely to be affected. Glaucoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the developed world, is caused by a rise in pressure within the eye that damages the optic nerve. The increased pressure is most often due to a blockage of the eye’s drainage channels; this prevents eye fluid from flowing out. As the pressure builds, the nerve deteriorates, and blind spots develop in your vision.
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Vision Insurance

Are Eye Exams Covered By Health Insurance? Yes, vision insurance is designed to reduce your costs for routine preventive eye exams and prescription eyewear such as eyeglasses and contact lenses. John O’Connor Optometrists have recently become an easy-claim provider for Southern Cross. What that means for you is that if you’re with Southern Cross and you have vision insurance, you can see us for eligible eye care services at either our Newmarket Optometrists or Henderson Optometrists and you won’t have to pay or fill out a claim form. You don’t have to pay us. We claim from your insurance provider directly. Simply
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Do I Need a Test For Glaucoma?

Glaucoma Test Safeguarding Your Vision: Priceless Do I need a test for glaucoma? The short answer: Yes! Worldwide, it is estimated that about 66.8 million people suffer from poor vision due to glaucoma, with 6.7 million suffering from blindness. Optometrists estimate that half of those affected may not even have been aware they initially had glaucoma; symptoms often do not appear during the early stages of the disease. This is why glaucoma screening and treatment is so very important; without treatment glaucoma can simply creep up and steal your vision. While there is no current cure for glaucoma, treatment can be
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Through A Child’s Eyes

Looking After Young Eyes It’s easy for poor eyesight to go unnoticed in children. Young people may find it difficult to explain any difficulties the’re having with their eyesight. In fact, they may not even be aware they have any problem at all. To make sense of the world we rely on many different kinds of information and 80% of what children learn is through vision. How young people see the world affects how they respond to us, how they learn and how the world will respond to them as they grow and develop. Poor eyesight can cause learning and
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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts – the most common cause of blindness What are cataracts? Is your vision cloudy when you’re watching television? Are your eyes sensitive to light and glare? Does sunlight or indoor lighting seem too bright? When you’re driving, do oncoming headlights have a “halo” around them? Do colours seem faded or are you having trouble differentiating between certain colours? If you have any of these symptoms, it is possible you have cataracts on your eyes. You’re not alone. This eye disease is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. 5,000 out of 100,000 people aged 52–62 are affected by cataracts. 46% of people aged
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Cataracts and Glare

Cataracts: Sensitivity to light and glare People with cataracts usually have issues with glare or halos which interfere with being able to see surroundings clearly. Cataracts cause light to be scattered inside your eye rather than following a usual path to the retina in the back of the eye. Vision is blurred, you can’t see sharp images and coping with bright light is difficult. An example of cataracts and glare is discomfort when leaving a dark room and moving into bright sunlight; the light is just too strong. The glare of bright lights can be painful, causing people to squint, look
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Tired Eyes

Give It A Rest The muscles of the eye, just like any other muscle in the body, can tire from overuse. Any discomfort caused in your eyes by excessive wear and tear is collectively referred to as eye strain. In most cases, eye strain is not a serious medical condition and usually goes away once the eyes are given adequate rest. There are many possible causes of eye strain. Eye strain occurs when your eyes get tired from long hours of driving, reading, exposure to bright light or straining to see in dim light. Stress and fatigue are also significant risk
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