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Opportunity to Develop a Career at Young Eyes

Opportunity to Develop a Career at Young Eyes

Children's Vision

We are looking to expand our team. If you are a motivated individual who is interested in joining a stimulating workplace, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Young boy using screen at optometrists

How is screen time bad for my kidís eyes?

Children's Vision

Discover the adverse effects of excessive screen time on your children's eyes and learn practical tips to protect their eye health.

Roxy putting mascara on her eyeslashes

Mascara to keep your eyes healthy

Eye Health

Is this mascara bad for my eyes?...........

green earth in a hand

Plastic neutral contact lenses

Achieving Good Vision

Young Eyes has partnered with CooperVision contact lenses Australia to ensure all contact lenses uses are plastic neutral.......

Diabetes Lap the Map

Diabetes Lap the Map

Eye Health

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that can affect the entire body including the eyes........

Difficulty concentrating or reading?

Difficulty concentrating or reading?

Achieving Good Vision

Do you or someone you know have difficulty concentrating when reading? You may benefit from an assessment for coloured lenses. 

Christmas Eye - Not such a jolly eye condition

Christmas Eye - Not such a jolly eye condition

Eye Health

Despite what the name suggests Christmas eye is an extremely painful eye condition that is thought to be caused by a small beetle.

Welcome Brad

Welcome Brad

Team News

You may have recently noticed a change of faces at Young Eyes. We recently welcomed Bradley McMillan to the team..........

Itchy eyes

Itchy Eyes?

Eye Health

Are you suffering from red watery itchy eyes. This may be ocular allergy or allergic conjunctivitis.......

Position Available

Position Available

Team News

We are looking to expand our team. If you are a motivated individual who is interested in joining a stimulating workplace, we’d love to hear from you! It could suit a Gap year student or someone wanting a new career

How will I know I have Cataracts?

How will I know I have Cataracts?

Eye Health

A cataract occurs when there is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Most cataracts develop slowly, and cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision impairment in Australia, so it’s important to know what to look out for.

Manuka honey for dry eyes

Manuka honey for dry eyes

Eye Health

Chronic dry eye is a common condition that occurs when there is a lack of moisture or lubrication on the surface of the eye. This can result in tired and irrited eyes,

How to Order Contact Lenses Online

How to Order Contact Lenses Online

Achieving Good Vision

Our website allows you to order your contact lenses from the comfort of your own home and they will be delivered directly to your door! Follow the steps below and if you have any problems or questions give us a call on 02 6382 4000.

Keeping Your Eyes Safe with Safety Glasses

Keeping Your Eyes Safe with Safety Glasses

Eye Health

At Young Eyes one of the most common reasons, we see people with a sore eye is related to lack of protection when working at home or at work.

Contact Lens Sustainability

Contact Lens Sustainability

Eye Health

Demand for contact lenses has been growing consistently for decades, but this growth presents its own sustainability challenges for the eyewear industry. Plastic microbeads* have long been around in the cosmetic industry, but disposable contact lenses are also guilty of contributing to this problem as they contain microbeads.

COVID 19 update from Young Eyes

COVID 19 update from Young Eyes

Eye Health

We are open for business however we will be asking for your co-operation to keep everyone safe. Please note the points below if you are attending our practice.

Already myopic? What are your options?

Already myopic? What are your options?

Eye Health

Already myopic? What are your options?

If you or your child are already myopic, our Optometrist may suggest one of the following to correct your vision and aim to prevent progression.

Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Eye Health

Myopia (or short-sightedness) is a common eye condition where distance objects are not seen clearly. It is becoming more prevalent and is now occurring in younger patients.

Orthokeratology explained

Orthokeratology explained

Achieving Good Vision

Orthokeratology is a contact lens treatment that corrects your vision while you sleep. You simply insert the custom designed rigid contact lenses before you go to sleep at night, remove them in the morning, and wake up with clearer and sharper natural vision.

A career in Optical Dispensing

A career in Optical Dispensing

Team News

Start your career in Optical Dispensing at Young Eyes Optometrists

We are looking to expand our team. If you are a motivated young individual who is interested in joining a stimulating workplace we’d love to hear from you!

Tips For New Glasses

Tips For New Glasses

Achieving Good Vision

Some people will adjust to significant changes to their glasses prescription and not bat an eyelid, for others even a small change can seem a little strange.

National Work Safe Month

National Work Safe Month

Eye Health

In light of National Work Safe Month, we are reminding everyone of the importance of wearing safety glasses in the workplace. 

NSW Health requiring masks to be worn

Eye Health

NSW Health has determined that given the current context of community transmission, they are escalating advice to cover ‘moderate risk’ of transmission according to the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Response and Escalation Framework and poster.

young child reading a book

Why do some children have difficulty learning to read and write?

Children's Vision

Why do some children have difficulty learning to read and write, or ongoing problems reading to learn more?

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Eye Health

To keep everyone safe we continue to follow the NSW Health protocols.  We are open for appointments for everyone, so please book online or give us a call to organise your next appointment. 

The revival of coloured lenses

The revival of coloured lenses

Achieving Good Vision

Whether we're emotionally ready for it or not, the revival of fashion from the 2000's has begun.
Yep, that’s right–better get ready to relive some of your best ‘what was I thinking?’ moments.  While some of the eyewear trends of the ‘naughties’ can stay well and truly buried (diamanté encrusted frames, anyone?), one iconic look has returned in full force–the glorious coloured lens.  Donned regularly by the likes of Drew Barrymore and the Olsen twins, with tones in vibrant red or blue, the tinted lens was hard to ignore.

Men neglecting eye health

Men neglecting eye health

Eye Health

At Young Eyes we know men are less likely to get their eye health assessed. Men between the ages of 45 and 74 utilised the least level of optometric services in 2016, according to Medicare.
Most conditions causing vision loss that we see at Young Eyes can be treated. Failure to treat them can however stop healthy independent ageing.

Driving with Glaucoma

Driving with Glaucoma

Eye Health

Glaucoma patients are at least five times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash compared with others in the same age group, despite meeting legal driving requirements, a new study has found.

Eyewear designed for Phone, iPad and Computer

Eyewear designed for Phone, iPad and Computer

Achieving Good Vision

Australians love our digital devices and we devote half of our waking hours using one or other product. It has changed the way we work, learn, shop, socialise and relax. This is why unless well managed most of us will eventually succumb to eyestrain.

young blonde girl trying on pair of glasses

Choosing your child's glasses

Children's Vision

When choosing a pair of glasses for your child, there are a few points to consider: durability, safety, versatility, overall fit and your child's involvement.

Pattern Glare, Photosensitivity and Tinted Lenses

Pattern Glare, Photosensitivity and Tinted Lenses

Achieving Good Vision

Tinted lenses are often prescribed by optometrists for patients who complain of light sensitivity as well as for protection against U.V. light exposure.

“Pattern glare” is a condition in which patients are abnormally sensitive to light, and to certain patterns. Printed reading can also often cause problems for people who are sensitive to light due to the spatial effect of words and rows.

Optometry and Mental Health

Optometry and Mental Health

Eye Health

Eye health is becoming an increasingly important part of the conversation surrounding mental health.

A study in the U.S. reported that adults with visual function loss are at least 90 per cent more likely to have depression than those without visual function loss.

What makes your eye twitch?

What makes your eye twitch?

Eye Health

A twitching eye is very common and usually occurs for people at some stage in their life. It doesn’t cause any pain however can be an annoyance for the individual. When your eye twitches, it usually indicates a muscle spasm and it can be very difficult to pinpoint what the specific cause might be.

Pterygium

Pterygium

Eye Health

A pterygium – pronounced as ter-ig-e-um – is a fleshy growth that develops when an eye is regularly exposed to bright sunlight and wind. It’s common in people who spend a lot of time outdoors in sunny and windy conditions. Hence its very common in our patients at Young Eyes.

Staff Profile - Nicole Martin

Staff Profile - Nicole Martin

Team News

Home and Away - By Merry Kirkwood

Six degrees of separation, they call it, before we find a solid personal connection.

Is it just our imagination or does Young enjoy an exceptional mix of contacts with the wider world? We often find a “link” with strangers a mere three steps away. Occasionally, it’s a lazy two degrees of separation.

Macular Degeneration - Face the Facts

Macular Degeneration - Face the Facts

Eye Health

Since 2007, the awareness of macular degeneration as a disease has increased by 53%. As outstanding as this result is, there are still many of us ignoring the eye health message and not getting regular eye exams.

New trial finds honey to be a great treatment for blepharitis and dry eyes

New trial finds honey to be a great treatment for blepharitis and dry eyes

Eye Health

For thousands of years communities have recognised the wound healing and anti-bacterial properties of honey.

We at Young eyes have been using Optimel Antibacterial Manuka Eye Gel and drops for several years.

We have found it of greatest assistance in treating blepharitis. Symptoms include itchy, burning, watery eyes, discharge, redness around the eyes and sometimes recurring styes.

Could your regular beauty routine be damaging your eyes?

Could your regular beauty routine be damaging your eyes?

Eye Health

Whether it is expensive makeup or novelty cosmetics being used to create the ultimate look, bloodshot and puffy eyes are never beautiful. At Young Eyes Optometrists we see first-hand the damage caused by common cosmetic mistakes.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Eye Health

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. 

 

Blepharitis

Blepharitis

Eye Health

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.
 

 

Astigmatism

Astigmatism

Achieving Good Vision

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. 
 

 

Staff Profile - Melissa Oldfield

Staff Profile - Melissa Oldfield

Team News

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.

What is Streff Syndrome

What is Streff Syndrome

Children's Vision

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

Frames for Fiji

Frames for Fiji

Achieving Good Vision

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. 

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)?

Eye Health

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.

Vision Loss and Depression

Vision Loss and Depression

Eye Health

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.

Cataract surgery isn't only for the older generation

Cataract surgery isn't only for the older generation

Eye Health

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.

How to keep your winter eyes happy and healthy

How to keep your winter eyes happy and healthy

Achieving Good Vision

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.