Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrists Altona
Eyecare Plus Optometrist Altona have provided optometry services to the local community of western Melbourne for over 25 years.....
Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrist Altona
Eyecare Plus Optometrist Altona have provided optometry services to the local community of western Melbourne for over 25 years.
Our services include eye examinations (general and behavioural - for children), contact lenses, children's vision, digital retinal photography, screening for diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
We have Moved!
We are pleased to announce that on Monday 20th February 2017 we opened our doors in a bigger and better store!
We're now officially trading from our new store located at:
90 Railway Street South
Altona VIC 3018
Our phone number has also changed, with our new number being 03 9398 1344. The old number will continue to work (by redirection) for some time, however we recommend you update your contact information for us as soon as possible.
Optometrist Liz Muller has a special interest in behavioural optometry and the development of vision for learning in children (see our website dedicated to Behavioural Optometry www.visionadvantage.com.au). Visual perceptual examination and vision therapy programs are offered to develop visual skills in children who may be having learning difficulties.
Vision therapy is also offered to adults who may have unusual vision problems requiring specialised eye exercises.
Our frame ranges suit every style and budget. Oroton, CK, Nautica and Ted Baker to name just a few. We also stock a great range of children's frames, and a few special ranges for teens or young adults - Pepe Jeans and Guess Tweens.
We use the latest technology high definition spectacle lenses. These lenses offer better contrast, less distortion and overall better vision.
Our Eye Exams
Every eye examination includes a thorough assessment of both your vision and your eye health. We are committed to providing the highest quality of eye care and offer digital retinal photography as a standard part of all eye tests.
10 Reasons for an Eye Examination
- Most eye diseases have no symptoms
- Family History - Many eye conditions are genetically linked
- Systemic Disease Affects the Eye - Hypertension, diabetes and chronic diseases often damage the circulation of the eye
- Prevention is Better Than Cure - Eye disease damage can be permanent. Fortunately many conditions can be prevented if detected at an early stage.
- Environmental Concerns - Environment conditions such as computer use, UV exposure and smoking can all play a role in affecting the human eye and vision system.
- Vision is Our Most Important Learning Sense - A child's learning is 80% visual. Therefore it is highly recommended that all children be seen before 4 years of age to rule out any ocular development problems at an early stage.
- Prescription Drugs Can Affect Your Eyes - Many drugs can cause side effects or discomfort to the eyes, thereby necessitating regular ocular monitoring.
- Contact Lens Wearers - Contact Lenses can cause subtle changes to the cornea. Contact Lenses should be inspected on a regular basis to determine their integrity and wearing safety.
- Previous Surgical Patients - Patients who have had Cataract, Retinal or Laser Correction surgery require close monitoring for future changes to the eye tissue.
- Maintain Clear, Comfortable and Efficient Vision - The human eye is a finely tuned instrument, a 'wonder of nature' that requires expert attention on a regular basis.
Children should have an eye examination before the age of two and at least once more before commencing school.
On average, one in every four children have a vision problem but may not complain about it because they think everyone sees the same way they do. Most remain undiagnosed and can affect performance in the classroom.
Common symptoms may include; eye rubbing, headaches, holding page too close or far, trouble copying from the board and squinting.
Strong eye muscles and excellent Visual Processing are essential for school performance.
The visual system is the key pathway of learning. The visual skills are critical to learning and reading. Vision Therapy aims to develop these visual skills through a program of customised eye exercises.
Can my child benefit from Vision Therapy?
Here's a list of symptoms, if your child shows ANY of these they may benefit with Vision Therapy:
- Child not performaing to their Potential
- Slow reading speed
- Comprehension or learning issues
- Easily Distracted
- Fatigue or Tiredness
- Reversing Words
- Reduced Attention in Class or doing homework
- Headaches, nausea or dizziness after reading
- Blurry or double vision
- Crossed or turned eyes
- Blinking or eye rubbing after reading
- Dislike or avoidance of reading
- Placing head close to book when reading or writing
Interested in Vision Therapy?
To discuss your child's suitability for Vision Therapy with one of our optometrists, please make an appointment by clicking here or call us on (03) 9398 1344 any time during business hours.
Watery or Stinging Eyes?
New eyelid warming device improves your eye irritations in just 10 mins. Blephasteam® is a patented medical device based on the original scientific studies of Dr JR Fuller.
Blephasteam® is designed to deliver in standardised conditions a latent moist heat therapy to melt the oily top layer of our tears with a real efficacy in only 10 minutes. This dual action unblocks naturally the meibomian glands (glands inside the eyelids and responsible of lipid/oily production). As a result, the quality of tears is greatly improved, which provides better comfort, vision, and ocular health.
The principal effect is to improve the thickness and quality of the lipid layer of the tear film thus enhancing tear function and preventing conditions such as dry eye syndrome (stinging and/or watery eyes).
Blephasteam® is convenient, safe, and allows clear vision during the use, allowing you to carry out normal task activities such as reading and watching television. It has been studied and validated to ensure device safety.
GlamourEyes recommends at least 4 weekly 10 mins sessions in our practice for the most effective results.
How Blue Light from Digital Devices is Affecting Your Sight
Blue light's impact on sleeping patterns
Research into the production of melatonin/seratonin when light enters the eyes found that blue light can affect sleep patterns set by our body's natural circadian rhythms. While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, according to a study conducted by Harvard researchers, blue light does so more powerfully. In an experiment comparing the effects of 6.5 hours of exposure to blue light with exposure to green light of comparable brightness, the researchers discovered that blue light suppressed melatonin for about twice as much. Interestingly the research also suggests that shift workers and night owls could perhaps improve their sleep pattern if they wore eyewear that blocks blue light.
In recognition of the growing concern about the harmful effects of blue light, many of the international lens laboratories have already introduced blue light blocking lenses. Please ask us about the Nikon Blue Light Blocking Lens Coatings.
Further Blue Light Protection
Other practical and lifestyle oriented steps that can be taken to protect your vision over the long term are:
- Diets rich in eye health foods; e.g. dark green leafy vegetables and other fruit and vegetables high in Vitamin C, E and Zinc or use supplements to protect macular health.
- When in front of a computer, tablet, smartphone or television turn the brightness to the lowest comfortable setting, instead of using the contrast adjustment to enhance vision. Try to avoid using blue coloured backgrounds and put some distance between the eyes and the light source.
- Attach a blue light neutralising screen over electronic display devices, particularly before bedtime.
- Replace blue light headlights with regular headlights - reflections from these lights that bounce off bonnets, buildings etc can be harmful to drivers and passengers.
- Replace "daylight" or full-spectrum lights with lights with 'warmer' lights like the red and yellow hues of candlelight and avoid 'cooler' lights that imitate a clear blue sky.
How does UV affect unprotected eyes? UV rays can increase the speed of age related changes to our eyes:
- The white of the eye- Sun damage can cause the conjunctiva, the thin membrane covering the white of your eye, to thicken and become irritated and inflamed.
- Retina- if the macula, the central part of the retina deteriorates, it can lead to reduce clarity of our vision
- Lens- UV light can lead to development of cataract, is a cloudiness of the lens of your eye, which again can reduce the clarity of our vision
How do I know my glasses will protect my eyes? Choose glasses that claim to block at least 99 percent of UV rays -- UVA as well as UVB.
What types of sunglasses can I choose from?
- Tinted Sunglass Lenses: Lenses may be tinted in several different colours depending on their style and purpose. For general use, the colours grey lenses are recommended in order to reduce sunlight while maintaining natural colour perception. Brown and green lenses tend to enhance contrast with low distortion of colours. Orange and yellow lenses also have excellent contrast enhancement and depth perception, but tend to distort colours. Tinted sunglasses should include both the tint and 100% UV blockout.
- Transitions / Photochromatic Lenses: These lenses darken or lighten when entering into bright sunlight. Upon returning indoors, the lenses return to a clear state. Photochromatic lenses normally blockout 100% UV light are an ideal choice for those not wanting to carry a separate pair of sunglasses along with their regular eyeglasses. However, most brands of photochromatic lenses do not darken completely inside of cars, making them less effective sunglasses while driving. For those who prefer a dark lens inside the car, a separate pair of sunglasses may be necessary.
- Polarized lenses: These are specially designed lenses to block out certain types of sunlight glare that tend to reflect from surfaces . They are recommended to reduce reflected light glare for tasks such as boating, fishing, skiing, golfing, jogging, and driving. Most polarized lenses will bear a label identifying them as such. They normally include a tint, 100% UV protection and the polarising glare filter.
What additional types of protection should I consider? If you worry about light, including harmful UV, leaking in through sides or top of your sunglasses, wear a broad-brimmed hat to reduce some of this exposure.
Please use the following contact details to get in touch, or fill in the form below to send us an email.
Eyecare Plus Altona
|Phone:||(03) 9398 1344|
|Fax:||(03) 9398 1744|
|Address:|| 90 Railway Street South
Altona (Melbourne) VIC 3018
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If you require an appointment within the next 48 hours, please call us on (03) 9398 1344 during normal business hours.