If you have any concerns about your eyes or eyesight, you should book in for an appointment with an optometrist. Optometrists are primary health care providers, and as such can either deal with your concerns directly or refer you to an appropriate specialist.

Please keep in mind, though, that an issue in a single eye is typically more serious than something that is occurring across both eyes. This is because it is more likely to go unnoticed. People with significant loss of vision in one eye often suppress this vision in favour of the better vision in the other eye. You can check this out roughly by looking at something that is hard to see and closing one eye and then the other. But subtle losses can still go unnoticed so its best to have a proper eye exam.

There are potential serious issues that can cause droopy eyelids. You should book in for an appointment immediately and get it checked out.

Any pain associated with your eyes should be assessed immediately. Book an appointment to see our optometrist ASAP.

Booking an appointment with your optometrist is generally recommended once per year. Additionally, if you book routinely for the same period each year, it makes it easier to remember.

If you are experiencing any new issues with your eyes, we recommend that you book in immediately.

Other more or less frequent visits may be needed, but will be dependent upon your specific diagnosis.

This is called “asthenopia”.

The screen induces lower blink rates which causes the tear film to break up. A simple solution to this is to blink more often when in front of your computer. If this doesn’t help, come and visit us as there may be other issues with your binocular vision; there  may be other issues with your tear film or with your binocular that need attention.

There are many eye conditions which have a genetic component. If someone in your family experiences such eye problems, you should come in and get yourself checked out. It is also important that you regularly monitor any changes to your eyes.

If your puffy eye has happened slowly the cause may be genetic. If eye puffiness has occurred quickly, it could be serious and you should get it checked immediately.

There is also the potential for puffy eyes to be caused due to allergic reactions.

Common Eye Disorder

Dry eye is a common eye problem which is becoming more frequent due to increased screen and device use. It occurs when the natural protective fluid in your eye is not balanced. Common symptoms can be dry, gritty, burning or red eyes, fluctuating vision or even watery eyes. Addressing dry eye sooner rather than later is important to prevent persistent symptoms.

If the information you require is not available here please read more about dry eyes or feel free to contact us directly.

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva (this is the membrane that lines the white part of the eye). It is best to have an assessment as treatment differs depending on the cause and it can be contagious.

Diabetes is a condition that can affect the small blood vessels of the body, such as those in the fingers, toes, kidneys and eyes. Annual dilated eye checks (checks using eyedrops) are important in looking out for early diabetic complications in the eye.

Cataracts are when the lens structure inside the eye becomes cloudy and harder to see through. Vision cannot always be improved with spectacles and may need surgical intervention where a plastic lens is inserted in place of the cataract.

Macular degeneration is a disease that gradually destroys the macula region of the eye. This area is important because it is your central field of view and is responsible for seeing fine detail when reading, driving and recognising faces. It is important to be screened regularly for AMD, especially if there is family history.

Glaucoma is a disease where the optic nerve that takes information from the eye to the brain slowly deteriorates. The problem with glaucoma is that in the early stages there are usually no signs or symptoms, vision will often be good with no pain or discomfort. However if left untreated/undetected it can cause irreversible blindness. It is important to be screened regularly for glaucoma, especially if there is family history.

This is when one or both eyes do not work as well as they should despite the eye being healthy. It is often referred to as having a “lazy eye”.

Strabismus is when the eyes point in different directions. This may be sometimes or all the time. Strabismus often results in amblyopia.

Presbyopia is the gradual loss of flexibility of the lens structure inside the eye as we age. Common symptoms include difficulty reading, especially in dim light, or holding things further away to try and keep them clear.

Hyperopia is a common vision problem where things far away are easier to see than things up close. There are not always symptoms for hyperopia, but you may have trouble reading, focusing, headaches, eyestrain or worsening vision in the evening.

If the information you require is not available here please feel free to contact us directly.

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