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Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrists Bankstown

Sydney optometrist Eyecare Plus Bankstown focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health care for....

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Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrist Bankstown

Sydney optometrist Eyecare Plus Bankstown focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health care for the whole family.

History

The practice was established in Bankstown in 2001 as Urban Eyewear Optometrists. The practice proudly became an Eyecare Plus branded practice in 2010.

Principal optometrists Ali Khalife and SooJin Nam believe that a good eye exam is about making sure your eyes are healthy, your sight is clear and your vision comfortable. This means the Bankstown practice offers a comprehensive set of eyecare services (including vision therapy) and the latest techonology in detecting eye diseases.

Health Funds

We proudly supply members of all major health funds.

Health Fund members with a valid optical entitlement receive 1 pair of single vision glasses with no out of pocket expense*.

* Includes frames from a select range with standard SV Lenses.

Our Optometrists

Dr Ali Khalife
B.Optom (UNSW), B.MedSci (UTS), Behavioural Optometry Practitioner, Ortho-k Practitioner

Dr SooJin Nam
B.Optom(UNSW), MBA (AGSM), Behavioural Optometry Practitioner, Ortho-k Practitioner

Dr Celine Zhang
B.Optom/B.Science(UNSW) Hons, Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber

Dr Hie Rin Lee
B.Optom (UOA), MSc (Optom,UOA), PhD(ANU), Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber

Dr Melissa El Azzi
B.Optom/B.Science(UNSW) Hons, Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber

Our Optical Dispensers

Carin Overs

Jinnie Lee

Sunny Lee
Practice Manager

Health Funds

We proudly supply members of all major health funds, including:

  • HCF
  • bupa
  • MEDIBANK PRIVATE
  • CBHS
  • nib
  • TEACHERS

Health Fund members with a valid optical entitlement receive 1 pair of single vision glasses with no out of pocket expense.*

* Includes frames from a select range with standard SV Lenses.

Our Optometrists

Dr Ali Khalife
B.Optom (UNSW)
B.MedSci (UTS)
Behavioural Optometry Practitioner
Ortho-k Practitioner

Ali Khalife is a dedicated optometrist who currently works at Eyecare Plus Chullora and Eyecare Plus Bankstown. He has been practicing for over 10 years in these two locations and continues to build on his skills in order to provide the best possible eye care for all his patients.

Ali Khalife has completed most of the Behavioural Optometry and Vision Therapy courses held by the Australian College of Behavioural Optometry as part of the Optometric Extension Program.

He has a strong passion for children’s vision, specialty contact lens fittings for Keratoconus, Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) and management of ocular conditions.

Dr SooJin Nam
B.Optom(UNSW)
MBA (AGSM)
Behavioural Optometry Practitioner
Ortho-k Practitioner

SooJin Nam is a behavioural optometrist who has a special interest in children’s vision, myopia control and learning difficulties in particular, the impact vision has on learning and concentration. SooJin enjoys learning and improving her clinical skills – she has travelled extensively both nationally and internationally to continue her education. As a mother of two little ones, she understands the importance of giving children a nurturing, supportive environment in order for them to achieve their best.

Dr Celine Zhang
B.Optom/B.Science(UNSW) Hons
Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber

Celine Zhang graduated from the UNSW Bachelor Optometry/Science course with First Class Honours. She is passionate about providing quality, individualised eye care to patients of all ages – no two pairs of eyes are the same! Before becoming an optometrist, she worked as an Optical Assistant at Eyecare Plus and looks forward to continuing that relationship with patients.

In university, she was awarded the Susan Larter Vision Trust prize, for demonstrating clinical excellence and knowledge of paediatric optometry and vision training.”

She has a keen interest in children’s vision, myopia control, contact lenses and therapeutic management of ocular disease. She is passionate about continuing education in Optometry to provide the most recent evidence-based care for her patients.

She completed an internship alongside renowned ophthalmologists (Glaucoma, Cataract, Oculoplastic and Retinal specialists) in OMNI Eye Services New York and New Jersey, where she gained knowledge of surgical and advanced therapeutic treatments for eye disease.

She is therapeutically endorsed and is qualified to treat a wide variety of eye conditions ranging from dry eye to co-managing glaucoma with ophthalmologists.

Dr Hie Rin Lee
B.Optom (UOA)
MSc (Optom,UOA)
PhD(ANU)
Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber

Dr Hie Rin Lee is an optometrist who loves providing comprehensive and specialised eyecare to all her patients.  She has special interests in eye diseases including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and also in eye conditions involving retinal development and aging. She has experiences working in clinical research environments as well as teaching optometric skills. She was also involved in volunteering for educating young kids.

Dr Melissa El Azzi
B.Optom/B.Science(UNSW) Hons
Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber

Melissa El Azzi completed her Bachelor of Optometry and Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New South Wales and graduated with Honours. She completed a perceptorship at the Australian College of Optometry in Melbourne and at private practices in rural NSW; Armidale, Inverell, Glen Innes and Tenterfield. She also conducted a research project on the provision of eyecare to patients in the Northern Territory.

Melissa El Azzi is therapeutically endorsed, which allows her to prescribe medications to treat glaucoma, anterior eye infections and inflammations, and patients who have had surgery. She prides herself in providing all patients with comprehensive eye examinations. She conducts full diabetic eye exams, glaucoma examinations and macula degeneration monitoring and is able to use and interpret advanced technology including OCTs to manage these conditions. She is also experienced with removing foreign bodies, eyelash epilations and lacrimal dilation and irrigation. Her special interests are glaucoma, anterior and posterior eye diseases,  orthokeratology, keratoconus specialty lenses, children’s vision and behavioural optometry.

Our Optical Dispensers

Carin Overs

Carin Overs, a mother of two, developed an interest in optical dispensing at a young age and graduated with a Diploma of Optical Dispensing. She has worked in both Sydney and Canberra optometry practices, gaining experience and specialty skills in a vast range of optical needs for clients.

She joined the team over 10 years ago when the Eyecare Plus Bankstown practice initially opened. She is a familiar face at Bankstown and now Chullora. Having worked in the same practice for over 10 years, she can provide the most up to date trends and lens options to suit all face shapes. She strives on being able to challenge herself and the others she works with.

Jinnie Lee

Jinnie Lee is an experienced optical dispenser and optical fashion stylist. Her knowledge of the most recent advances in optical technology will help you make the right choice of optical frames and best optical lenses.

Sunny Lee
Practice Manager

Sunny has over 13 years of optical experience at field. She is the practice manager at Bankstown and is very passionate about optical dispensing. Sunny’s experiences has allowed her to be a consultant for all types of optical lenses and frames, especially for complicated prescriptions and specialty frames such as sports glasses, safety glasses, and other occupational spectacles.

As the practice manager, she is involved in the training of all new staff, delegating roles and being responsible for the work environment. She attends all training events to keep up with her product knowledge and provides excellent expertise when it comes to customer service.

Eye Exams

It is important for everyone to have their eyes tested at least every two years as there are many conditions that may not be noticed by yourself, and can only be picked up with a thorough eye test. Our general examination lasts approximately 30 minutes and includes the following tests:

Visual acuity testing

We test your vision in each eye at both distance and near to make sure that you are seeing what is expected for your age group.

Refraction

This test is to calculate whether you require spectacles and the strength of the spectacles needed to improve your vision. This is what is commonly thought of as the 'one or two' test.

Orthokeratology

Our optometrists are qualified to administer orthokeratology or corneal refractive therapy. Orthokeratology is a contact lens modality where a rigid gas permeable contact lens is worn during sleep to temporarily and reversibly correct short sightnedness. Numerous research has shown that orthokeratology halts or slows down the progression of short sightedness. For more information please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Binocular vision

These tests involves looking at how your eyes work together to determine how efficient they are. This is extremely important for classroom work, reading and playing sports.

Ocular health examination

This section is to ensure that the health of your eyes is okay. It consists of looking at both the front and the back of your eye under magnification to check there are no abnormalities.

Digital retinal imaging

Photography is the best way to record any changes in your eye and is also extremely important to obtain as a baseline image.

Intraocular pressure testing

This is a very fast test which checks the pressure within the eye. This is very important for detecting glaucoma and is important especially if there is a family history. We also have pachymetry testing which helps verify the measurement accuracy of eye pressures.

Visual fields examination

We have equipment to test your visual fields, also known as your side vision, to confirm that everything is in the normal range.

Corneal Topography

Our practice is equipped with a Medmont E300 Corneal topographer which is useful in mapping the shape of the cornea, the clear layer at the front of your eye. This is particularly important for treatment procedures such as Orthokeratology where the shape of the front of the eye is modified to give clear vision.

Colour Vision

Our practice is equipped with the Ishihara 24 plate diagnostic test which is used to assess for colour vision deficiencies.

Eye Health

DIGITAL SCREEN LIFE

Just 2 hours in front of a digital screen can cause your eyes to feel strained and dried out. The average Australian spends 10 hours a day staring at some form of screen.

Learn more about your screen life HERE

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye syndrome is a lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture in the eye leaving the cornea (the main lens of the eye) with an inadequate tear film. This occurs when the eye doesn't produce enough tears, or the tears have a chemical composition that causes them to evaporate too quickly.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms can include persistent dryness, scratching, redness, burning and sometimes excessive watering as the tears produced fail to wet the cornea properly. Dry eyes are typically worse in the evening.

You may have Dry Eye if you are experiencing:

  • Sore, gritty eyes
  • Itchy or irritated eyes
  • Inflamed eyelids
  • Faintly diffuse red eyes
  • The urge to blink hard frequently
  • Constantly runny eyes

What Are the Causes?

Dry Eye syndrome has several causes:

  1. Our eyes are sensitive to our environment. If the air condition blows air too hard or if it is windy, naturally it dries up the surface of our eyes and causes irritations
  2. Allergic conditions such as hay fever
  3. Hormonal changes with age or certain medication use
  4. Our eye lid skin becoming loose with age can mean the tears aren't held well and thus lead to dry eyes
  5. Not blinking enough and blinking partially so only half our eyes are covered
  6. Contact lens wearers also suffer from dry eyes more towards the end of the day as the lens reduces oxygen to the eyes

What Treatment is Available?

While the syndrome may not be completely curable (depending on the cause), the symptoms can be managed with the use of lubricating eye drops, gels and ointments. Your optometrist will advise you of the best option to help you obtain comfortable, clear vision again.

Blephasteam®

Recommended to relieve symptoms of Meibomian, Gland Dysfunction and associated diseases. In standardised conditions, Blephasteam® provides moisture and heat therapy. This dual action melts the meibomian secretions and obstruction.

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EyeGiene®

This system combines a soft mask with disposable warm packs for the application of localized heat therapy to the eyelids treating. In addition to a relaxing sensation, the warmth is known to improve the flow of natural oils in the glands in the eyelids .

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Optimel®

Optimel is a lubricant which incorporates manuka honey substance and also has an anti-bacterial factor as well. Studies have found it to be effective in alleviating chronic dry eye and eyelid disease issues, improve the tear quality of our eyes.

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What Else Can I do to Relieve Dry Eye?

Watch what you eat and drink

Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated, eat plenty of food that is rich in vitamins A, C and E, and get plenty of sleep to keep your eyes healthy. Modify your work or home environment to improve humidity and avoid airflow drafts that can dry out your tear film.

Warm compresses at home

You can heat up the eyelid margin by getting a towel hot enough to tolerate and leaving on top of your eyes closed for about two minutes every night.

Once the eyelids have been warmed, with your fingers, for your lower eye lids gently roll upwards to the lash margins and for your upper lids gently roll downwards. It has to be done at least 4-5days/every week for 2-3 weeks to notice a difference! But this is one of the most effective measures found by ocular experts.

Children

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 of these 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. Please read on for some more information about common eye conditions.

Amblyopia

Lazy eye is an eye that experiences constant blurred vision that is not cleared with the appropriate spectacles or contact lenses. Early diagnosis and treatment can increase the chance for a complete recovery.

Strabismus

Strabismus is an eye turn. In children the brain can fail to develop 'binocularity' or the ability to use both eyes at the same time. Eye turns can be linked to either poor eye coordination and binocular balance, or muscular imbalances.

Myopia

Myopia causes a distinct blur that occurs in the distance. Squinting is a common behaviour, as well as brining tasks closer. Parents and teachers will often be able to detect myopia in a child by simply noticing behavioural tendencies.

Hyperopia

Hyperopia causes issues at near. Difficulty focusing when reading can lead to headaches and poor concentration. In a child this can manifest and cause poor reading ability.

Astigmatism

This is a distortion in the front corneal curvature. Small amounts cause uncomfortable eyes that fatigue while higher amounts cause distorted vision at both distance and near.

Eye Teaming

Eye teaming is the ability to coordinate the eyes together. Poor coordination and eye teaming problems may show up as a learning difficulty or dyslexia. About ten percent of school-aged children have eye teaming problems. Children don't complain because they can't compare their vision, they think its normal for them to see this way.

Eye Focusing

Eye focusing allows us to see clearly at different distances. Some children may avoid reading whilst others will continue to try 'hard', holding print very close when reading. When that happens, their vision can transiently blur causing watery eyes, excessive blinking, eyestrain and headaches. They also fatigue easily.

Visual Analysis and Spatial Skills

Visual analysis skills are the active processes for locating. These visual skills helps differentiate small differences in letters (k/r, u/a), numbers and words. Difficulties will show up in spelling, comprehension and in expressing ideas. Visual Spatial Orientation Skills are the awareness of one's left and right side. This skill is normally developed through the child's interaction with their environment and can be divided into bilateral integration, laterality and directionality. Children should know their left and right by the time they are 5 years old.

Vision Therapy

At Eyecare Plus we understand that glasses alone are not the solution to all eye problems. That is why we offer both orthoptic eye therapy, which helps the eyes work together, and developmental eye therapy, which aids in the processing of visual information.

What is Orthoptics?

Orthoptics refers to 'straightening of the eyes' and was originally developed back in the 1930s. The orthoptic health care profession evolved and specialised as scientific development increased in the diagnosis, management and pre/post-surgical care of patients with strabimus, binocular vision abnormalities and specific pediatric disorders. Orthoptists study a post-graduate 2 year degree at the University of Sydney.

What is the process for orthoptic eye therapy?

To see an therapist (orthoptist), patients will need a referral from either an optometrist or eye specialist. A 'Pre-therapy questionnaire' must be first becompleted to ensure all your visual needs are identified and addressed. After your initial assessment, your orthoptist may recommend: corrective lenses/prisms, eye therapy or an additional perceptual vision assessment to see if other vision problems are also affecting their learning.

Developmental Vision Therapy

What is Perceptual Vision?

Perceptual vision is a visual skill that helps children interpret and accurately process in their brain what their eyes are seeing. These skills are necessary once children are ready to learn to read. Children with functional vision problems such as strabismus and amblyopia are may also experience perceptual vision difficulties.

What is Developmental Vision Therapy?

Just like binocular skills, poorly developed perceptual skills can be trained to a higher level of efficiency and stamina. Developmental vision therapy uses one-on-one sessions to train children to improve their cognitive visual abilities. This helps them to interpret and organise the information they see, thus attributing meaning to perceived shapes and forms.

What is the process of a Vision Information Processing assessment?

A 'Pre-therapy survey' must be completed to ensure all your child's visual concerns are identified.

The Vision Information Processing assessment includes many standardised tests to assess exactly which visual skills a child may be struggling with. The assessment take 90 minutes. A separate appointment with the parent to discuss assessment results and a comprehensive report will be provided.

Orthokeratology

What is it?

Ortho-keratology contact lenses are hard contact lenses worn when the patient is sleeping only. It is not worn during the day. Like retainers for our teeth, it temporarily changes the shape of our cornea while they are placed on our eyes so that we may have clear vision during the day.

It is not a permanent effect

Refractive laser surgery also changes the shape of the cornea but it is a permanent and invasive procedure.

Ortho-K is reversible if the patient stops sleeping in the contact lenses.

How do I know if I am suitable for it?

Ortho-keratology works best for short sighted people where their prescriptions lie in the range between -1.00 - -4.50 Dioptres. Small degrees of astigmatism are acceptable as well. The optometrist will also do further tests such as topography of the cornea to see if its shape is suitable.

How much will it cost?

Ortho-keratology consultations require the patient to come in multiple times during the year. It is a complex procedure and for that reason, the consultation itself will cost $750. This includes the initial fee of $250 where the optometrist determines if the patient is suitable or not.

The contact lenses are also more advanced than normal disposable contact lenses. They can also last for 1-2 yrs if is handled with care. They will cost $750.

Find Out More

Please visit our dedicated Orthokeratology website - orthokclinic.com.au - here.

Offers

MULTIFOCAL LENS SATISFACTION 100% GUARANTEED

There are over 1,000 different multifocal lens options available and not all optometrists get it right. We guarantee that we will or replace it for FREE!

BUY A PAIR OF PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES AND RECEIVE A CLEAR BUDDY PAIR!*

*Conditions apply. Available only at Eyecare Plus Bankstown. Initial purchase must include sunglasses frames fitted with prescription lenses. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

2nd pair clear SV hard coated lenses with same prescription into a select range of frames. Ask in practice for details.

25% OFF SECOND COMPLETE SET OF SPECTACLES

In our busy varied lifestyles we need different types of glasses for various activities.

We will give you 25% off your second pair of complete spectacles. A perfect time to order that pair of prescription Sunglasses with your standard spectacles!

NO GAP & LOW GAP GLASSES

We have special deals for patients in Private Health Funds. Get a new pair of
glasses every year for little or even no extra on top of your Health Fund benefit.

Ask in store or call us on (02) 9790 5343 for more details.

OUR PRICE MATCH PROMISE

Terms & Conditions

  • The product being compared must be the same in all respects and in stock at a competitor retail outlet in Australia.
  • It must be a current advertised price and readily viewable by Eyecare Plus. Eyecare Plus will not match any prices sourced online.
  • A written quote, receipt, invoice, advertising or any other official document from the competitor showing the cheaper price is required.
  • All sale, stock liquidations and clearance items are excluded from the price match promise.

LOW COST PACKAGES FROM $148 COMPLETE*

Budget spectacle frame fitted with standard single-vision hard coated prescription lenses.

Includes spectacle case, microfibre cleaning cloth, bottle of cleaning spray, lens & frame warranty. Upgrades to other lens types also available. All prices are GST inclusive.

*Conditions apply. Available at this Eyecare Plus practice. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

VALUE PACKAGES FROM $249 COMPLETE*

Fashion spectacle frame fitted with standard single-vision hard-coated prescription lenses.

Includes spectacle case, microfibre cleaning cloth, bottle of cleaning spray, lens & frame warranty. Upgrades to other lens types also available. All prices are GST inclusive.

*Conditions apply. Available at this Eyecare Plus practice. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY PAIR OF GLASSES
WITH YOUR INITIAL PURCHASE*

*Conditions apply. Available only at Eyecare Plus Bankstown. Initial purchase must include both frames and lenses. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

2nd pair SV hard coated lenses with same prescription into a select range of frames. Ask in practice for details.

Contact Us

Please use the following contact details to get in touch, or fill in the form below to send us an email.

Eyecare Plus Bankstown
Phone: (02) 9790 5343
Fax: (02) 9790 1208
Address: Shop SP232, Vicinity Bankstown
Stacey Street
Bankstown (Sydney) NSW 2200
Web: eyecareplusbankstown.com.au
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