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Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrist Bega

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

About Us

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 Bega practice offers a comprehensive set of eyecare services and the latest technology in detecting eye diseases.

Our Optometrist

Jason Harley
BOptom(Hons), Cert. Use of Drugs in Refraction, Cert. Audiometry, Post Grad Cert. of Ocular Therapeutics

Jason graduated from the University of NSW in 1982 and practiced in Bega with Roger Stewart before returning to Sydney where he practiced in Penrith before opening his own practice in Riverwood.

He returned to the Far South Coast in 1996 and opened his current practice in Merimbula, followed by the Bega practice a few years later.

Jason has a particular interest in contact lenses and innovative spectacle lenses. He has undergone further training in diabetic screening and completed post-graduate studies in 2010 to allow him to prescribe therapeutic medicines for treating certain eye diseases.

Jason Harley Optometry has digital retinal imaging equipment and ocular nerve head and macula scanning devices to ensure the very best in screening and eye care.

Your Eyes

Some people will be lucky enough to have perfect vision at all distances, however at least half the population will suffer from some form of error in focus or refractive error.

There are four main types of refractive error; Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism and Presbyopia.


Myopia, commonly called shortsightedness, is a condition in which light is focussed in front of the retina, resulting in blurred vision. Shortsighted people can often see reasonably clearly at short distances, but will not be able to see distant objects clearly.

There is currently no cure for myopia, but spectacles, contact lenses and refractive surgery can all provide good distance vision for people with myopia.


Hyperopia or longsightedness is a condition in which the optical components of the eye are not strong enough, and so light is not focussed onto the retina. This results in blurred vision that is usually worse at shorter distances.

The eye's lens and cornea focus light into an image on the retina, just as a camera lens focuses light on to a film. In a resting hyperopic (longsighted) eye, the light is focused behind the retina and so the image is blurred.

People with hyperopia often have reasonable vision in the distance, but may find that their vision is blurred or that they experience feelings of eyestrain or headaches when doing near work such as reading. This is because an effort must be made to accommodate so the light can be focussed on the retina.

What do we do about hyperopia?

The optometrist has many things to consider when making a decision and symptoms are very important. In general, young people who are slightly hyperopic do not have problems. If they do, they may benefit from eye exercises or need spectacles, mainly for close work such as reading and using computers.

Older people, or young people with significant hyperopia, often have problems because focusing requires much effort. Their vision is more likely to be blurred, especially for close objects. They usually need spectacles for reading and sometimes for distance vision as well.


Presbyopia is a common condition that makes vision difficult at a normal reading distance. It is not a disease.

How will presbyopia affect my vision?

Close tasks such as reading and sewing become difficult, particularly in poor light. For example, you may find that you are holding your newspaper further away from your eyes to make the print clearer. Presbyopia does not affect distance vision. You may also have difficulty concentrating when reading or you may find periods of close work result in sore eyes, headaches or tiredness.

What causes presbyopia?

It is important to understand how your eyes change their focus for viewing close objects. Normally they are focused for distance vision. Inside the eye there is a lens about the size of a pea. To focus on close objects, a special muscle in the eye changes the shape of the lens. This process is called accommodation.

With age the lens loses its flexibility and is less able to change its shape. This is a completely normal ageing change, just like stiffening joints or greying hair. The loss in lens flexibility is the reason that close focusing becomes more difficult.

Who is likely to become presbyopic?

Everyone experiences the ageing process that causes presbyopia. The condition cannot be prevented.

How is presbyopia treated?

Presbyopia is corrected by a spectacle prescription designed especially for close distances, in the form of spectacles or contact lenses.

It is important that the prescription is calculated for the distance at which you do your close tasks. It is not yet possible to cure presbyopia by surgery.

Will wearing spectacles weaken my eyes?

No. Presbyopia will continue regardless of whether spectacles are worn. Wearing spectacles will not accelerate or slow the development of presbyopia.


Astigmatism is a condition where the optical power of the eye varies depending on the angle of light passing through it. Astigmatism produces blurred vision at all distances. It is usually due to the shape of the cornea (the front surface of the eye). If the curvature of the cornea is not the same in all directions (like the side of an Australian football) it will bend the light passing through it by different amounts depending on the direction of the light, producing astigmatism.

Astigmatism is a focusing error which causes asymmetric blur. Some directions in an image are more out of focus than others. This can be contrasted with short-sightedness (myopia) where all directions are uniformly blurred.

How is astigmatism corrected?

Spectacles and contact lenses (hard and soft) can correct astigmatism. Sometimes correction of astigmatism can cause change in the apparent size and shape of objects and may affect judgement of distance.

A patient may feel taller or shorter, or walls may appear to slope and floors curve.In most cases, adjustment to these side effects takes only a week or so. Astigmatism correction may involve a compromise between optimal clarity and visual discomfort.

How is astigmatism detected?

Some people notice blur themselves. Only a proper eye examination will determine for certain if you have astigmatism.

Astigmatism is not an eye disease and any changes are generally gradual and not necessarily for the worse. Most people have at least very slight astigmatism.

Eye Diseases

Eye diseases are relatively rare, although they become more common as we get older. All eye diseases should be regarded as serious - even diseases that appear mild have the potential to cause serious damage if not treated appropriately.

Many serious eye diseases do not have dramatic symptoms. Some people with serious eye diseases don't realise there is a problem until they've suffered irreversible damage.

Everyone should have a checkup from an optometrist or ophthalmologist every two years.

Your optometrist will look for any signs of eye disease and may recommend more frequent checks if you're at higher risk.

Five eye diseases are responsible for most of the blindness or poor vision that occurs in the western world:

1: Age-related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is damage to the macula. The macula is the part of the retina responsible for sharp central vision. Over time the blood supply to this area can become compromised and the receptors begin to fail. This affects the quality of information being sent to the brain for processing.

2: Diabetic Retinopathy

For those with diabetes changes may occur and damage the retina at the back of the eye. The risk of developing retinopathy increases with the length of time you have had diabetes and with the quality of control of the condition. Diabetes causes blood vessels to become leaky and as a consequence blood may not get to the target tissue.

3: Cataracts

Cataracts are cloudy areas that form in the clear lens inside the eye. This cloudiness results in poor vision in the same way that a dirty window scatters light and degrades the image. Cataracts result from aging of the lens and most people will develop some degree of cataract through their life.

4: Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a condition in which the nerve cells which transmit information from the eye to the brain become damaged and prevents visual information from getting from the retina in the eye to the brain. Untreated Glaucoma can lead to 'tunnel' vision, whereby peripheral awareness becomes diminished. The damage occurs very slowly and most people who are diagnosed with glaucoma are unaware they have the disease.

It is treatable with medication or surgery. Ongoing assessment and timely referral for treatment are necessary.

5: Retinal Detachment

A retinal detachment occurs when the film at the back of the eye breaks away from the underlying tissue. These generally begin as small holes in the periphery and progress towards the centre of our vision.

If untreated they can rapidly result in significant vision loss or complete blindness. Retinal detachments normally presents as the sudden appearance of floaters and/or flashes. These symptoms are often associated with a Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD), which is a less serious and much more common occurrence.

If you notice these symptoms you should contact your optometrist’s office immediately. It is likely that they will arrange for you to attend their clinic for a dilated retinal examination to determine the exact nature of the problem.

Eye Testing - Essential for Good Health

We recommend that you have your eyes tested every two years, to check for degradation of your eyesight and to screen for disease.

Our tests can help assess your colour and depth perception and target any vision problems you may have.

The health of the anterior and posterior segments of the eyes will be assessed with particular attention to the lenses, optic nerves and maculae. If necessary, further testing using specialised equipment will be requested. This could be indicated if Glaucoma or Macular Degeneration are suspected.

All of these tests can be undertaken at either of our practices.

We specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of various eye diseases and complaints, as well as in the prescription and dispensing of glasses, lenses, contact, frames and more, including great advice.

Jason Harley Optometry has digital retinal imaging equipment and ocular nerve head and macula scanning devices to ensure the very best in screening and eye care.

Specialised Tests

At Jason Harley Optometrists we have access to some of the most advanced diagnostic tests so that we can offer complete eye health assessment.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

One of the major advances in retinal examination over the past ten years has been the ability to construct two dimensional images of the inside of the eye with an OCT. These devices measure theoptical reflection of light from the different structures within the eye. These instruments can see within these structures.

The OCT is particularly effective in examining the macula for any signs of degeneration, particularly Wet AMD which requires urgent attention. The instrument is also great at looking for evidence of glaucomatous damage to the Optic Nerve.

We have an Optovue OCT in Merimbula which can quickly and painlessly screen the maculae and optic nerve heads for any signs of damage. This test is not done routinely, however you can request to have an OCT done if you have any concerns or perhaps a family history of macular degeneration or glaucoma.

There is a fee for this extra test. Ask our receptionist for information when you book your appointment.


If you are looking to upgrade your current style of glasses or need a new prescription we invite you to browse our extensive range of eyewear.

Independent businesses offer a more personal service and can also offer some great deals!

Fashion eyeglass frames include men's and women's plastic, metal, plastic and metal as well as titanium eyeglasses.

Frame type options include full rim, rimless, semi-rimless, flexible, clip-on, fit-over and flip-up eyeglasses.

Jason Harley Optometry has many frames available for you to try on in-store, and we are happy to speak to you regarding a specific style or brand you may have in mind.


Get 20% off any pair of prescription sunglasses when ordered with a pair of clear glasses. This includes all of our ranges.


We made a decision some time ago to sell sunglasses that do the best job of protecting the eye from the potentially harmful effects of radiation.

You don't have to forgo style to achieve performance!

You can get the best of both worlds with sunglasses from the ranges by Ray Ban, Serengeti, Bolle, JAG, Police & Mako.

Each of these makers have outstanding lenses in their spectacle quality frames, and also have an Rx program that allow us to have your prescription made up in the same quality lenses - even with difficult wrap and bike-riding prescriptions.

We are offering a 10% discount off the RRP for each of these ranges - off the shelf or Rx !

Contact Lenses

A popular alternative to spectacles, contact lenses can be used for correcting short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.

Properly prescribed contact lenses provide great comfort & vision.

In some cases contact lenses provide better vision than spectacles, while providing an obvious advantage for people with active lifestyles.

Contact lenses can also be tinted to change the colour of the wearer's eyes if a cosmetic effect is desirable.

It's important to have contact lenses individually prescribed to ensure that they fit the eyes correctly, as well as focusing light properly.

Poorly fitting lenses can lead to severe eye problems including infections. Because contact lenses are placed in direct contact with the eyes they must be cleaned and disinfected regularly, and contact lens wearers are recommended to have more frequent eye examinations in order to prevent any problems developing.

Ask for our 30% discount off all disposable contact lenses when re-ordering after your initial fitting!

Special Offers - Shop Local & Save!

When you shop at Jason Harley Optometrist you are supporting a locally-owned family business which keeps the cashflow within the local community.

An an independent retailer, we work hard to ensure we offer superior service & support above the big corporations - and we have the flexibility to source a diverse range of quality products - not just the most profitable!

As a 'thank you' to our valued customers we offer you:


Silhouette eyewear offers a classic and timeless style. Come and see our collection.

Drop in any time during business hours, or make an appointment at Eyecare Plus Optometrists Bega online here or phone (02) 6492 5511.


A sophisticated neoclassical collection that distills the essence of timeless eyewear design with a modern twist.

Drop in any time during business hours, or make an appointment at Eyecare Plus Optometrists Bega online here or phone (02) 6492 5511.


Ogi Eyewear focuses on craftsmanship, design, color and quality providing the ultimate in affordable luxury eyewear.

Drop in any time during business hours, or make an appointment at Eyecare Plus Optometrists Bega online here or phone (02) 6492 5511.


Oakley spectacle frames offer great styles for the young and young at heart. They're made from quality materials at an affordable price.

Oakley sunglasses feature Prizm™, a revolutionary lens technology that dramatically enhances contrast and visibility over a wide range of light conditions.

Check out these frames and sunglasses by dropping into Eyecare Plus Optometrists in Bega, or make an appointment here or call (02) 6492 5511.


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

Depending on your prescription, we will give you $80 - $110 off your second pair of complete spectacles. A perfect time to order that pair of prescription Sunglasses with your standard spectacles!

*Conditions apply - see in store for full details. 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 full details. Make an appointment online today!

*Conditions apply - see in store for full details. Initial purchase must include both frames and lenses. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.


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 Eyecare Plus Bega. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.


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. Ideal for a pair of prescription sunglasses or just a spare pair of spectacles.

*Conditions apply - see in store for full details.


This season we have some of the latest sunglasses from Oroton, Jag, Morrissey and Nike available, including your prescription lenses, tint and UV coating. There is now no excuse to not look good and see well at the same time while giving yourself full sun protection.

Make an appointment online, or drop in during business hours to find out more!

*Conditions apply - see in store for full details. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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

Eyecare Plus Bega
Phone: (02) 6492 5511
Fax: (02) 6492 0061
Address: 209 Carp Street
Bega NSW 2550
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