Dry Eye Clinic

Not a dry eye in the house – A Focus on Dry Eye Syndrome

It may sound a little strange but people who suffer with dry eye may notice their eyes actually water more than normal. This is because the eyes are responding to the irritation caused by the condition.

Staff-Patient-EyecheckWhile Dry Eye Syndrome can affect anyone at any age, the likelihood of occurrence does increase as we age. It occurs when the tear film is inadequate and the front surface of the eye (the cornea) starts to dry out due to a lack of lubricant when blinking. Symptoms to look out for include things like stinging or a burning sensations in your eyes, mucus in or around your eyes, an increased sensitivity to light, redness of the eyes and blurred vision or eye fatigue.

Dry Eye Syndrome is usually more annoying than detrimental to your health. That said though, it can affect your quality of life and be quite disruptive. In severe cases dry eye can cause serious inflammation. Continuous problems with dry eye can cause abnormalities of the cornea which has the potential to cause decrease in vision.

The Australian Eye Care Clinic, under the leadership of Specialist Ophthalmologist, Dr Mark Goodrich, focuses on proactive eye care management. Dr Goodrich believes in the early identification of patients at risk of eye diseases through painless clinical screening and eye examinations.

Using advanced technologies like Keratograph Analysis, a first in the region, and used to diagnose Dry Eye Syndrome, Australian Eye Care offers proactive management plans which actually prevent the loss of vision for many patients.

If you think you have Dry Eye Syndrome you need to get a referral from your GP or Optometrist. You will then see one of Australian Eye Care’s trained staff for a comprehensive ophthalmic assessment. There are numerous ocular conditions that can present with symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome, so assessment is necessary before and a treatment plan can be prescribed.

If you are interested in learning more about proactively managing your eye health or are suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome, don’t hesitate to call 1800 469 3937.  Our friendly team are ready to assist with your inquiries.

 

Eye Health

Tips To Ensure You Are Not Overlooking Your Eye Health

AEC Eye HealthIt is a sad fact that nearly half a million Australians have impaired vision. The prevalence of vision loss increases with every decade of life after 40 years of age. Three quarters of visual impairment can be prevented or treated with early detection. An eye test can detect the early signs of disease long before you notice any effect on your vision. The importance of regular eye examinations by your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist – if being treated for a particular eye condition, cannot be understated. A good habit to get into is having an eye examination every 2 years, unless you have an eye condition that dictates more regular check-ups.  Your eye health is paramount as diminished vision can mean diminished independence.

There is also a lot you can do to take better care of your eyes. The following information on recommended eye care strategies has been sourced from Vision 2020 Australia.

Protect your eyes

  • When spending time out in the sun you should always wear sunglasses and a hat to prevent ultraviolet damage.
  • Should you intend to undertake “Do-It-Yourself” activities around the home, protect your eyes by wearing eye protection goggles or glasses.
  • If you play sport, especially sports like squash, protect your eyes by wearing appropriate protective sports glasses.
  • Stop smoking! Smoking triples your chances of developing Macular Degeneration and can contribute to the development of cataracts.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption (which increases the chances of injury due to trips and falls).
  • Eat a healthy diet with a good mix of fruit and vegetables included, and undertake regular, gentle exercise. A balanced diet that is low in fats and high in fruit and vegetables can help prevent a range of eye conditions. Dark green vegetables (spinach, broccoli), yellow/orange vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, whole grains, oily fish and eggs all contribute to healthy eyesight.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your whole body including your eyes hydrated.
  • If you do a lot of computer based office work, take regular breaks from looking at the screen, look away from the screen and try to blink regularly, and make sure you are not straining your eyes by having the screen too bright.
  • Ensure you are not going to become one of those sad statistics, arrange an eye examination without delay if you notice any of the following:
    – a change in vision is noticed – blurring of vision, dark spots, headaches & dizziness etc.
    – you have a family history of eye disease.
    – if you have diabetes or a family history of diabetes.
    – are over the age of 40 years.
    – of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Remember: If you have any concerns with regards to your eyes, no matter how minor, please consult a medical or eye care professional immediately.

If you are interested in learning more about proactively managing your eye health, don’t hesitate to call 1800 469 3937.  Our friendly team are ready to assist with your inquiries.

For further information on Eye Health, check out Vision 2020‘s website.

Eye Care Providers

 Should I See an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist?

Choosing the right Eye Care Provider For Your Needs

Should you choose an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for your initial eye examination? What is the difference between them? Do you need one anyway if your vision is fine? What prevents your eye doctor from overcharging you for services you do not need or leaving out important information that could be important for your eye health and overall well-being? If you don’t know the answers to any of these questions, read on! It could save you valuable time and money in the long run.

Ophthalmologists and optometrists have different levels of training and overall expertise when it comes to caring for your eyes, but it is equally important to understand that they each have an important role to play in your overall eye health.

Optometrists, have a degree in Optometry. They routinely check your overall eye health and write prescriptions if you need glasses or contact lenses. Optometrists care for your vision in Microscope-abstract the same way that medical practitioners care for their patient’s overall, general health. Your optometrist’s skill is based on an in depth knowledge of eyes and how they work. Optometrists use a variety of multifaceted techniques and instruments to assist them to understand their patient’s eye care needs. To ensure your eyes remain in the best condition they can be you should have regular, routine eye examinations with your Optometrist, as they are an important way of detecting eye problems before you have symptoms.

If needed, Optometrists refer patients needing surgery or treatment of some eye diseases and conditions to ophthalmologists.

An ophthalmologist is a qualified medical doctor who has undertaken a minimum of 12 years of tertiary study with specialist medical training in diagnosing, treating, and managing diseases, injuries, and deficiencies of the eyes. You will often hear them called eye specialists, eye surgeons or eye doctors. If you have a known or suspected medical eye issue or disease such as cataract, glaucoma, or diabetes, to name a few, you will be referred by your Optometrist to an Ophthalmologist. After you have a confirmed diagnosis of your eye condition by your treating Ophthalmologist, it is reasonable to choose them and their specialist support team for your ongoing and long term eye examinations and treatment, but this is an important discussion you must have with your specialist as each individual case is different.

It is very important to understand that your Optometrist or specialist Ophthalmologist and their associated teams must follow strict and very clear medical guidelines and protocols when they decide what to provide you with in relation to your ongoing eye care and related medical intervention. Any concerns about your ongoing eye care and treatments are best discussed directly with your practitioner because the relationship they share with you is of paramount importance for your ongoing eye care and overall health outcomes. Your treatment and the protocols being followed on your behalf are decided upon based on the information you disclose about your medical history, the diagnostic tests undertaken to monitor your condition, the risks involved in treating your condition – both long term and short term, past experience and qualifications of your chosen medical practitioner, new treatment options and practices as they arise and your joint overall treatment goals based on your presenting condition.

New technologies, an ever increasing array of drug and treatment options, improved communications, ongoing research and specialised education in relation to these options, vastly improves your Optometrist’s and Ophthalmologist’s capacity to jointly and proactively diagnose and manage your eye conditions better than ever before.

You are the focus of every decision made in relation to your eye care no matter which practitioner is providing you treatment, but it is very important for you to understand who you are seeing and why, how often this should happen and why you are having the kind of treatments you are so that you are comfortable your eyes are the best they can be for both now and into the future.

If you are interested in learning more about proactively managing your eye health or further information on provider services, don’t hesitate to call 1800 469 3937.  Our friendly team are ready to assist with your inquiries.