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.
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.... read more
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
When choosing a pair of glasses for your child, there are a few points to consider
- Overall fit
- Your child's involvement
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
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.... read more
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.... read more
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.... read more
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.... 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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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.... read more
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
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.... read more
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.... read more
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.
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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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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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.... 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
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.
While offering a fun and alternative cinema experience, 3D movie viewing isn’t for everyone.
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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.... read more
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.... read more
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.... 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
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?... read more
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.... read more
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.... read more
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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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’.... 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