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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

People with diabetes have a greater risk of developing eye complications due to high blood sugar levels, however early detection and optimal management can prevent up to 98% of vision loss. 

 

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Blepharitis

Blepharitis

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis, sometimes called “granulated eyelids”, is the inflammation of the eyelids.  It is a condition commonly suffered by most people at some stage in their lives, although for some people it is a recurring condition. Symptoms include itchy, burning, watery eyes, a sticky discharge, redness around the eyelid edges and recurrent styes. Blepharitis however, can be easily treated and controlled.
 

 

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Astigmatism

Astigmatism

Astigmatism very common and it occurs early in life. A recent study in America has found 28% of children have some level of astigmatism. Astigmatism is an error caused by the eye when it is refracting light. This means light fails to focus to a single point on the retina, but multiple focal points occur. 
 

 

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Staff Profile - Melissa Oldfield

Staff Profile - Melissa Oldfield

Home Among The Gum Trees - Written by Merry Kirkwood

When Bob Brown and Harry Day created the well-loved ballad Home Among the Gum Trees in 1974, they neatly summed up the current life of Harden local Melissa Oldfield. 

Where the song promotes “a sheep or two and a kangaroo,” Melissa, husband Luke, and children Angus and Somer have  - at last count - their own sheep or two and (likely) kangaroo, plus three dogs, two rabbits, two cats, and just for interest, two birds. “We’ve just bought some acres out of town. We love it: the space and the sense of serenity,” she says. “The kids can ride their bikes, motorbike, and cool off in the pool.”

Melissa, an Optical Dispenser at YOUNG EYES, in Boorowa Street, says beyond her idyllic home life she enjoys simply “helping people”. And that’s exactly what she does most days.

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What is Streff Syndrome

What is Streff Syndrome

Visually, children may complain of blurred vision at near and in the distance, sensitivity to light, double vision, or increased clumsiness due to objects not being noticed in a person’s side vision

Anxiety and stress can affect vision in all persons. In children this may present as Streff Syndrome.

It is generally described as a functional vision problem or psychogenic in nature. It often involves reduced or blurred distance and near vision, poor eye co-ordination and eye movement capabilities, a reduction in visual field and a reduction in focussing.

The symptoms of Streff syndrome are not necessarily vision specific. The condition is often picked up by parents and teachers who begin to notice a sudden reduction in attention and focus during academic tasks, children may begin to struggle at school, and there may be an increase in the amount of mistakes made on homework.

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Frames for Fiji

Frames for Fiji

Here at Young Eyes we love to help. The most recent cyclones that hit Fiji had devastating effects on the small island's population. YOU CAN HELP TOO! We are wanting you to donate any old pairs of glasses you may have at home. These will help the Fijian people recover from losing their personal belongings in the last weather event and possibly any more to come. If you feel you can help, drop your old glasses in to our practice and we will forward them on to the Fijian villages that need them most. 

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What is hay fever (and how to relieve your red, itchy eyes in spring)?

What is hay fever (and how to relieve your red, itchy eyes in spring)?

Many of us welcome spring, yet others dread it. That’s because they know they’re in for months of red, sore and itchy eyes. 

Around one in seven Australians suffer from hay fever. Are you one of them? The symptoms include, itchy eyes, irritated throat, sneezing, a blocked or runny nose. 

Hay fever is caused by a number of active substances including, pollen, animal fur, mould, dust mites and make-up. However pollen is the main culprit and as trees and flowers bloom in spring the exposure to pollen is increased.

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Vision Loss and Depression

Vision Loss and Depression

Vision loss is often associated with Anxiety and Depression.

It is not surprising that a reduction in vision will cause significant emotional distress and fear for the individual. What is most important is that we not only provide adequate treatment to minimise the vision loss but that we provide good support to individuals to minimise the psychological stress.

Vision Loss will lead to feelings of anxiety further preventing individuals from caring for others and themselves. It is likely to lead to reduction in mobility and access to social contacts. In fact loss of vision is one of the most feared results of ageing.

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Cataract surgery isn't only for the older generation

Cataract surgery isn't only for the older generation

Whilst they are more likely to present in people over the age of 50 due to the natural ageing process of the lens of eye, there are several other types of cataracts that can also affect the vision of younger patients.

What is a cataract?
 A cataract is a disorder in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy decreasing one’s vision.
In a healthy eye, light passes through the transparent lens to the back of the eye to create a sharp image. However if the lens is cloudy, the image that reaches the retina will appear blurry. 
Cataracts are the number one cause of preventable blindness in the world.

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How to keep your winter eyes happy and healthy

How to keep your winter eyes happy and healthy

Wintertime can be tough on our bodies. Our skin dries out, we battle chapped lips and flaky scalps, and we’re often sniffling, coughing and spluttering on a daily basis.

The winter months are often much windier than the summer months and the air is also a lot colder. This affects the moisture levels in our eyes, leaving them dehydrated and feeling scratchy and sore. It further exposes our eyes to large amounts of dust and debris.

 

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Relieving eye strain at the end of the day

Relieving eye strain at the end of the day

The increased use of our computers, smart phones and tablets is affecting our eye health in many ways. Some of the symptoms we may notice include loss of concentration, dry eyes, headaches, back pain and blurred vision. For many of us the checking of our digital device is the last this we do in bed at night and the first thing we wake to in the morning.
 

 

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Staff Profile - Catherine Miller

Staff Profile - Catherine Miller

Local Connections - By Merry Kirkwood

As Catherine Miller (optical dispenser at YOUNG EYES) sees it, some friendships project you towards interesting people, paths and places. 

This has proved true for Catherine, originally Sydney born and bred. Years ago, friend Nicole made the introduction to future husband Matt, from Young… and the rest as they say, is history. “She was my local connection for sure,” she quips.

While Catherine and Matt made their start in life in Sydney with idyllic times a fisherman’s cast from Mooney Mooney’s watery edge, they were destined for life in the country.

 

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Optos Optomap®

Optos Optomap®

For those of our patients who have come in for an examination in the last few months you will have experienced the new wide field camera (Optos Optomap). The Optomap® system uses a wide field imaging system which allows Janine to examine the health of your eye into the margins of the retina. The camera is able to give exceptionally good images without requiring the use of dilating drops on the pupil.

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Why do I need glasses when I see perfectly well?

Why do I need glasses when I see perfectly well?

For success in school, children need more than just clear vision. They also need the eyes to move as a team, follow a line of print without losing their place and maintain clear focus. These skills are needed when they read or make quick focusing changes when looking up to the board and back to their desks.

Our eyes are designed to work as a team, but each eye functions independently. When the visual system is working correctly you can sustain clear, comfortable vision. 

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Staff Profile - Jeanette Elliott

Staff Profile - Jeanette Elliott

Country Girl - By Merry Kirkwood

The saying “You can take the boy out of the country, but not the country out of the boy”, could be cheekily skewed to the feminine to fit local lass Jeanette Elliott.

A seven-year team member at YOUNG EYES in Boorowa St, Jeanette grew up on a nearby sheep/wheat property in Wallendbeen and wears her rural upbringing on her sleeve: “I still feel it when there’s a drought on,” she says, “that’s all I know.”

But the truth is Jeanette knows plenty more, having worked in numerous roles in the district, and having a fine eye for both tennis and golf. 

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Would you like to know how to clean your glasses properly?

Would you like to know how to clean your glasses properly?

Your glasses are a significant investment. We only use Cancer Council endorsed lens coatings to protect your eyes and it is important to look after the coatings well.

When you clean your lens it is essential that you don’t damage the UV protective coatings as these protect best against damaging light.

Cleaning your glasses wet will help prevent scratching.

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World Sight Day 2015

World Sight Day 2015

We here at Young Eyes care about protecting your vision; we also care about people around the world who lack access to quality vision care. Because of this, our practice will participate in the World Sight Day Challenge this year on Thursday October 8 2015.  
 

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Rubbing your eyes, does it do any harm?

Rubbing your eyes, does it do any harm?

Most of us rub our eyes regularly, however, if you rub your eyes too often or too hard, you can cause damage in a number of ways…  

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Which is your Dominant Eye?

Which is your Dominant Eye?

Do you know if you are left or right eyed? Most people will have dominant eye and this can be important. 

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Serious Sports Eye Injuries Do Occur

Serious Sports Eye Injuries Do Occur

The growing concern regarding the permanent damage that a head injury can cause players in sports, such as rugby league and union football and cricket, is a timely reminder that the risk of sports eye injuries needs to be taken seriously.

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3D fun for almost everyone

3D fun for almost everyone

While offering a fun and alternative cinema experience, 3D movie viewing isn’t for everyone.

 

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Sunscreen for your eyes.

Sunscreen for your eyes.

While scientists celebrate the recent announcement of a reduction in the size of the hole in the ozone layer, one of our most delicate organs remains exposed and at risk to the dangers of UV radiation.

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Local Eyes, Global Vision

Local Eyes, Global Vision

“I’m pretty excited,” says Janine Hobson, Optometrist from YOUNG EYES, of her upcoming volunteer eye-care trip to assist communities on Sumba Island, 400km east of Bali, Indonesia.

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Dry, Scratchy Eyes?

Dry, Scratchy Eyes?

This is often caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. One of the many new treatments is a Manuka honey drop or Gel. Do you suffer from stingy itchy eyes?

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Don't Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight!

Don't Let Glaucoma Steal Your Sight!

Unlike many eye diseases and disorders, glaucoma is especially concerning because it can begin to take your vision away without you even knowing it is happening.

In fact, glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. There are often no immediate or obvious symptoms of glaucoma. The disease comes on gradually, so vision loss is hard to detect, and any sight that is lost through glaucoma can never be retrieved.

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What are eye floaters?

What are eye floaters?

At first, you’re not quite sure whether you’re ‘seeing things’… you know, that spot that appears as you turn your head. Eventually, you realise that the ‘thread’ that floats in and out of sight isn’t going away.

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Headaches

Headaches

A headache is defined as "a pain or ache in the head...It accompanies many diseases and conditions, including emotional distress."

Headaches are one of the most common symptoms that can be experienced. Most people will experience a headache at some point of their lives. They can affect anyone regardless of age and gender.

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Performance Plus

Performance Plus

Whether you enjoy casual weekend sports or are a budding professional, your eyes play a significant role in how well you perform.

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Kids Downtime

Kids Downtime

We all know kids are spending more time on their digital devices and some play organised sport. What happened to the down time, chilling out with the family and their mates? Does this affect children’s vision and their learning ability?

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Does Your Eye Colour Influence Cataracts?

Does Your Eye Colour Influence Cataracts?

Everyone is at Risk of Cataracts. However, did you know that you could be more at risk simply because of the colour of your eyes?

People with dark brown eyes have the greatest possibility of developing cataracts. An Australian study found that the risks can be up to 2.5 times more likely for certain types of cataracts

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Macular Degeneration - Can I Lower My Risk?

Macular Degeneration - Can I Lower My Risk?

1 in 4 Australians Risk Losing Part or All of Their Vision to Eye Disease

Each year 1 in 4 Australians are at risk of losing part or all of their vision to eye disease. Despite the fact that 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable, 2 out of 5 Australians are still not having their eyes tested at least once every two years, according to the latest Newspoll1 commissioned by The RANZCO Eye Foundation as part of its annual 'JulEYE' campaign.

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Dyslexia - The Invisible Disability

Dyslexia - The Invisible Disability

Dyslexia is sometimes referred to as the invisible disability. It is estimated to affect 10 to 15 per cent of the population. It is a lifelong, inherited condition that has a neurological cause. Those who have it will struggle to learn to read, even if taught using methods that work well with other children.

Even intervention programs that have proven effective with other slow learners, such as Reading Recovery, tend not to help dyslexic children. Dyslexics do not simply write letters backwards, as some people assume, they generally have significant difficulty reading, spelling and writing.

It is not an intellectual disability - many people with dyslexia are gifted.

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Optometric Care of Acquired Brain Injuries

Optometric Care of Acquired Brain Injuries

Vision problems and symptoms are among the most common difficulties associated with acquired brain injuries. The nerve systems that control the way the eyes work and focus together, and transmit the visual information to the back of the brain for understanding of our visual world, are the most complex systems of the brain. Vision enables us to be aware of our surroundings and to know where we are in our world, to steer our walking through our environment, to direct the hand and other actions to write and hold things, and to help us stay balanced.

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Eating For Your Eyes

Eating For Your Eyes

Healthy eating is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of your eyes. Enjoying a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables will not only benefit your overall health but can also lower your risk of developing eye disease.

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HOW computers are affecting our vision and our childrens vision?

HOW computers are affecting our vision and our childrens vision?

Should you worry about how much time your child spends in front of the computer every day?

Sitting for hours in front of a computer screen stresses a child's eyes because the computer forces the child's vision system to focus and strain a lot more than any other task.

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Children and Computer Vision Syndrome

Children and Computer Vision Syndrome

Nine out of Ten young adults in Singapore are myopic (short-sighted).  Early indications are that myopia is becoming much more common in young adults here. Research indicates that heavy computer use among children puts them at risk for early myopia  However there are some strategies for limiting the risk of short-sightedness.

 

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Eyebrows - what are they for?

Eyebrows - what are they for?

We all have them, but it could be said that most people tend to take their eyebrows for granted.

When you look in the mirror, it’s impossible not to notice your eyebrows and it’s probably reasonable to assume that most of us are more aware of how they affect our appearance than what benefits they bring.

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Growing Concerns over Risks of Blue Light on Macula

Growing Concerns over Risks of Blue Light on Macula

There is growing concern among leading optometrists and researchers over the harmful effect of blue light from LED screens on the macula and its risk of damaging the macula. LED lights are increasingly used in the latest high definition televisions, tablets , smartphones and computers.

Janine Hobson says “Children especially, are at particular risk of macular damage from blue light because their eyes are not as efficient at filtering out the rays”.

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Tired Eyes - A Very Real Condition

Tired Eyes - A Very Real Condition

Most of us will experience periods where our eyes feel tired. Is this a real condition or is it just a normal symptom after a long day?

In fact, it is very real and even has a name. The medical term for eyestrain is ‘asthenopia’.

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How eyes adapt to the darkness

How eyes adapt to the darkness

Have you ever wondered how your eyes can adapt too many different light conditions? Our eyes are amazingly versatile – we can see perfectly well in a vast variety of light conditions thanks to a very neat system that is able to adapt to brilliant sunshine and then to total darkness when required.

This is all made possible by two distinct parts of the eye – the pupil and the retina

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