Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrists Alexandra Hills
Brisbane optometrist Eyecare Plus Alexandra Hills focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health....
Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrist Alexandra Hills
Brisbane optometrist Eyecare Plus Alexandra Hills focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health care for the whole family.
Our optometrists believe that a good eye exam is about making sure your eyes are healthy, your sight is clear and your vision comfortable.
This means our Alexandra Hills practice offers a comprehensive set of eyecare services and the latest technology in detecting eye diseases.
We proudly supply members of all major health funds, including:
Health Fund members with a valid optical entitlement receive 1 pair of single vision glasses with no out of pocket expense.*
Aphrodite Livanes has been practicing optometry for over 30 years, and is a graduate from Brisbane's QUT. She is a Behavioural Optometrist and gets tremendous satisfaction from helping children and adults with their visual problems.
Aphrodite has received extensive post graduate training in behavioural vision care and opened her practice in 1989.
Aphrodite is a member of the Australian College of Behavioural Optometry, Optometry Australia and Contact Lens Society of Australia.
THE PURPOSE OF OCT
Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a process used to capture images of the sensitive layers below the surface of the retina. Because these are deeper layers, they cannot normally be seen by other standard clinical procedures.
WHO SHOULD HAVE OCT?
Everyone who wants the best available eye care but particularly:
- Those over 40
- Those with a family history of eye problems
- Diabetics and smokers
- Anyone with health problems or taking medication that may affect the eyes
- Anyone who has had any abnormality detected using any other method
- Anyone with particular concerns regarding their vision or eye health
HOW IT WORKS
The OCT instrument uses a projected near-infra-red light and a powerful computer to provide three dimensional images of the retina at the back of the eye. This then makes it possible to examine the nerves and layers in the retina; and to see any disease that might be present. For example:
- Macular Degeneration
- Retinal Cancer
- Cysts & Retinal Bleeding
- Macular Swelling
- Traction Syndromes
- Diabetic Retinopathy
Ocular Coherence Tomography works much like an ultrasound, except that it uses light rather than sound and thereby achieves a resolution that is ten times better.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS
Using OCT Eyecare Plus optometrists can look beneath the retinal surface and detect:
- Changes too small to be seen by other methods.
- Eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Diabetic Retinopathy may be detected, and treatment started at a much earlier stage helping to preserve your sight. We can keep a permanent record, so small changes can be regularly monitored.
Should referral be required we can include photographs and diagnostic levels of detail. For the first time you can see and understand any changes taking place
What to expect
OCT scans are completely painless and non-invasive. The patient is simply asked to sit in front of the scanner and place their chin on a rest. The optometrist or ophthalmologist then lines up the scanner with the patient's eye and the scan takes only a few seconds. Through all of this procedure the scanner is not big or noisy.
The OCT Results
The scan obtained with OCT shows a cross-sectional and three-dimensional image of the retitnal tissue in living human eyes. OCT images are real-time and in micron scale resolution.
The patient is typically shown these images and the clinician is then able to explain what they mean. If something unexpected is detected a course of action and treatment can be recommended.
It is also important that the OCT scans are kept on file as a baseline for future comparisons.
OCT CAN DETECT
The macula is the most important part of the retina at the back of your eye. It provides the central "fine detail" vision which allows you to work, read and watch TV with clarity. Macular Degeneration affects the macula, resulting in a loss of central vision, and is one of the major causes of blindness in the western world. OCT gives a three-dimensional view of the macula so that your optometrist can tell early if you are at risk of Macula Degeneration, helping them try to preserve your precious central sight.
Glaucoma is a slowly progressing disease which causes gradual irreversible damage to the nerve fibres in the retina. This damage affects your peripheral vision first, and left untreated, will ultimately affect your central vision as well.
As the loss of vision generally occurs gradually, it often goes unnoticed until it is well advanced. OCT technology gives your optometrist the ability to measure the thickness of your retinal nerve fibres and compares this with normal values for your age and genetic type. Abnormalities can be found and treatment initiated before any loss of vision has a chance to begin.
Diabetes is a disease which ultimately affects the blood vessels (arteries and veins) in our body. The back of the eye relies on the oxygen from blood for nourishment, so diabetes can have serious effects on vision. Haemorrhages and micro aneurysms (tiny bulges of the walls of blood vessels) can be detected by OCT, and full-colour scanning by the in-built retinal imaging system makes early detection of diabetes possible helping reduce the impact of diabetes.
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Eyecare Plus Alexandra Hills
|Phone:||(07) 3824 1878|
|Fax:||(07) 3824 6326|
|Address:|| Shop 43, Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre
Alexandra Hills (Brisbane) QLD 4161
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