Through the eyes of the beholder

I used to be one of those people who other people came to to thread a needle or read the fine print on a label. That was before a certain milestone birthday! (You know, the one that rhymes with sporty?) Since then, I have been in search of seeing things as clearly as I used […]

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How Often Should Children’s Eyes Be Tested?

Visual demands alter as children progress through different ages and stages. The visual requirements of a baby and preschooler are different from a school-aged child, who is learning to read and write. As students progress through their studies, the volume of time on screens and near based tasks increases. Older teenagers may elect to learn […]

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What Can Cause Blurry Vision in a Child?

Discovering that your child has blurry vision can be quite upsetting for parents. How long has their vision been blurry? Is the blurry vision impacting their ability to perform in the classroom or on the sporting field? Will it improve? Will it get worse? What is wrong with their vision? Is the vision blurry in […]

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Tracking Eye Movements

What is eye tracking? Eye movement tracking skills are motor skills that allow the eyes to focus on objects, move from one object to another and follow moving objects. Eye tracking is the process of measuring either the point of gaze (where one is looking) or the motion of an eye in relation to the […]

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Visual Spatial Skills

Visual-spatial skills are used to understand directional concepts which organise our visual space such as left and right, and influences letter and number reversals. Visual spatial skills help us with letter reversals. Some people considered letter reversals after age seven to be a symptom of dyslexia. While this can be true, the most common cause […]

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What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a completely natural part of aging where the eyes gradually lose the ability to focus on nearby objects. Presbyopia usually becomes noticeable in your early to mid-40s and continues to worsen until around age 65. You may become aware of presbyopia when you start holding books, newspapers and your phone at arm’s length […]

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Multifocal Contact Lenses: All You Need to Know

What are multifocal contact lenses A multifocal contact lens is any type of contact lens that has two or more “powers”, or prescriptions. The prescriptions for multifocal contact lenses generally are made up of one prescription to see things clearly at a distance, and then another prescription for close distances. This arrangement is ideal for […]

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What is Colour Vision Deficiency?

Colour vision deficiency (sometimes called colour blindness) represents a group of conditions that affect the perception of colour.  Most colour-blind individuals identify objects by their texture, shape and other features instead of their colour. Types of Colour Vision Deficiency Red-green colour vision defects are the most common form of colour vision deficiency. Affected individuals have trouble […]

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Why Should I Have My School Aged Child’s Eyes Examined?

We are often asked if children should have their eyes examined if they are not reporting any difficulties. The short answer is yes.  Children typically do not notice subtle changes in their vision. Their visual world is different from ours as adults. They are not driving and having to keep an eye out for street […]

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How to Know if You Have Glaucoma

What is Glaucoma Glaucoma is an eye disease that results in vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve at the back of the eye. Approximately 300,000 Australians have glaucoma. Individuals who have a first degree relative with glaucoma have a 10 fold risk of developing the disease. In Australia, optometrists routinely assess patients […]

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