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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.
It is a safe, convenient, non-surgical alternative that allows you to achieve clear vision all day without the use of spectacles or contact lenses. The lenses need to be worn every night to help achieve ongoing clear vision.
Why choose Ortho-k?
Along with the convenience and freedom during the day, ortho-k has been shown to be one of the most effective methods of slowing the progression of short sightedness in children and young adults. This reduces the risk of associated conditions such as glaucoma or retinal changes.
Who is suitable?
The best candidates are those who:
- Would like an alternative to glasses or soft contact lenses
- Are involved in sport
- Work in dusty or dirty environments
They are also a great alternative for people who suffer from dry eyes and cannot wear regular soft contact lenses. Children who have progressive myopia are also excellent candidates, as it can slow the progression of short sightedness. As the lenses are only worn at night, they are only handled at home when a parent can be present and it means that contact lenses or glasses are not required at school.
Factors that influence the effectiveness of Ortho-K:
- Prescription (works best for prescriptions up to 6.00 dioptres of myopia and 2.00 dioptres of astigmatism)
- Corneal shape
- Corneal thickness
The degree of success is high, but the above factors can mean the myopia is reduced but not fully corrected.
What is involved?
Firstly, an appointment with our optometrist is required to assess your suitability for Ortho-K. If you are a suitable candidate, we will make a series of appointments in which insertion, removal, care and handling will be discussed. These appointments will be arranged over the course of a month to assess the fit and progress of the lenses.
To find out more information, please make an appointment with one of our experienced optometrists, who can discuss any further questions you may have.... read more
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.... read more
This information is made available from the Roads and Maritimes Services NSW.... read more
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.
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.... read more
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.... read more
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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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.... read more
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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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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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.... read more
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.... read more
Do you know if you are left or right eyed? Most people will have dominant eye and this can be important.... read more
While offering a fun and alternative cinema experience, 3D movie viewing isn’t for everyone.
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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.... read more
Whether you enjoy casual weekend sports or are a budding professional, your eyes play a significant role in how well you perform.... read more
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.... read more
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.... read more
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... read more