Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrists Broadway
Sydney optometrist Eyecare Plus Broadway provides comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses and spectacles, contact lenses including ortho-keratology....
Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrist Broadway
Sydney optometrist Eyecare Plus Broadway provides comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses and spectacles, contact lenses including ortho-keratology which is also excellent in controlling myopia progression and eye health for the whole family.
The optometrists at Eyecare Plus Broadway have a solid commitment to their role as primary eye care practitioners and have the latest technology available in detecting eye diseases such as keratoconus, glaucoma, diabetic eye diseases and macula conditions. We also have therapeutically endorsed optometrists who can prescribe ocular medication.
They are inquisitive practitioners who won't settle for second best when it comes to solving the visual complaints of their patients. That is why they have further training in areas of contact lens fitting and behavioural optometry (paediatric).
The services provided at Eyecare Plus Broadway goes beyond the average optometry practice and we can offer ortho-keratology contact lens fitting which is an alternative to refractive surgery and glasses/contact lenses during the day.
We also offer vision therapy which can enhance learning and work performances for students and workers who are exposed to high visual demands when reading and using the computer predominantly. Vision therapy is also an excellent way to treat lazy eye and eye turns.
Dr Janice Xue
B.Optom (UniMelb), Therapeutically endorsed Optometrist, OrthoK Practitioner, Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber
Dr Emily Chen
B.Optom, B.Sci (UNSW) Hons, Behavioural Optometry Practitioner and Orthokeratologist
Dr SooJin Nam
B.Optom(UNSW), MBA (AGSM), Behavioural Optometry Practitioner, Ortho-k Practitioner
Our Optical Dispenser
Diploma of Optical Dispensing
We proudly supply members of all major health funds, including:
- Defence Health
- Medibank Private
- Teachers Health
Health Fund members with a valid optical entitlement receive 1 pair of single vision glasses with no out of pocket expense.*
Dr Janice Xue
Therapeutically endorsed Optometrist
Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber
Janice Xue graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010 after an internship at SUNY School of Optometry New York. She is currently the Principal Optometrist and Vision Therapist at Eyecare Plus Broadway.
She began her career at the Australian College of Optometry (ACO) in Melbourne and as a therapeutically endorsed Optometrist she has been actively involved in the co-management and treatment of ocular diseases (Glaucoma/ Macula degeneration/ Diabetes/ Retinal disease clinic) with ophthalmologists from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. She also took on the role of clinical teacher at the ACO.
She has a keen interest in children’s vision and myopia control and has worked abroad in Asian learning Ortho-K and myopia progression Control.
She has undergone training with the Australian College of Behavioural Optometry as part of the Optometric Extension Program in the field of Behavioural Optometry and Vision Therapy.
Dr Emily Chen
B.Sci (UNSW) Hons
Behavioural Optometry Practitioner and Orthokeratologist
Emily Chen is a new addition to our team. She graduated with a Bachelors of Optometry with First Class Honours at the University of New South Wales in 2013. In her final year of optometry she undertook a placement at OMNI Eye Centre in Atlanta USA working alongside ophthalmologists experienced in treating ocular diseases.
Emily Chen began her career in the regional NSW and is passionate about providing personalised and comprehensive eye care to all her patients. She has a special interest in children’s vision, myopia control and Ortho-k lenses.
Emily Chen is therapeutically endorsed and can prescribe a wide variety of ocular medication. She is experienced in treating red eye conditions and removing foreign bodies. She has also been involved with co-managing glaucoma, macular degeneration, and laser eye surgery patients with ophthalmologists.
Dr SooJin Nam
Behavioural Optometry 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.
Our Optical Dispenser
Diploma of Optical Dispensing
Kathy grew up in Brisbane and was fascinated with optics from her very first pair of glasses at the age of 8 years old. She worked for her independent optometrist part time and then became a qualified optical dispenser with OPSM for 13 years, with various roles and in various locations including Brisbane, Sydney and Christchurch, New Zealand. Within the optical industry, she has been a trainer, dealt with customer service as well as store support.
Kathy enjoys finding the perfect match for each person in both frames and lenses and is always ready to talk through your options and find a solution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our practice is equipped with the Ishihara 24 plate diagnostic test which is used to assess for colour vision deficiencies.
Children should have an eye examination before the age of two and at least before they commence pre-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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
At Eyecare Plus we understand that glasses alone are not the solution to all eye problems.
Here are some numbers to consider:
- 1 out of 4 children have a vision problem.
- 15% of school kids have vision related learning difficulties
- 60% of problem learners were found to have an undiagnosed vision problem
- Vision therapy can successfully treat an eye turn in 87% of cases.
- 82% of children who received vision therapy showed significant improvement in the classroom reported by their teachers.
The vision therapy that we offer at our practice can be broadly categorised into three sections:
Binocular Vision and Focussing Therapy:
When we learn how to drive a car at first there are many things on our mind, how to turn the wheel, how to step on the pedals, how to keep focussed on the road but as we become skilled drivers those skills become automatic and we can drive being aware of the surroundings.
Similarly, our eyes are working as a team when we read up close and if they get tired because these skills aren't automatic, then the effort needed to understand what we're reading is exhausted by the effort our eyes and brain exert to keep the page clear and control our eyes. We may often experience blur up close, eyestrains or frontal headache as a sign our visual system is stressed.
Vision therapy helps to train our brain and eyes to control eye teaming and focussing via exercises so that these skills become automatic and we can enjoy and understand the information we read.
Lazy Eye/Eye Turn treatment Therapy:
When a person has a lazy eye( Amblyopia) it means that although their eyes are healthy it is not seeing as clear as the other eye, even with glasses. Sometimes the brain ignores the messages of the lazy eye because it's not as clear and so the aim of the therapy is to allow the brain to acknowledge what the lazy eye sees ( we call this breaking suppression) and then giving the lazy eye a chance to improve the clarity it sees through focussed exercises.
An eye turn (strabismus) is where the brain sees double vision because the eyes are not aligned when looking at a point in space. Surgery may straighten the appearance but it does not address the functional issue of helping the brain to fuse the two eyes to see one image. This is why often surgery needs to be repeated.
Vision therapy addresses the functional issue of treating strabismus and thus results in successfully fixing both appearance and function in 87% of cases. It is not always the only way to go, but it should definitely be considered for patients with strabismus.
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.
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:
- 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
- Allergic conditions such as hay fever
- Hormonal changes with age or certain medication use
- Our eye lid skin becoming loose with age can mean the tears aren't held well and thus lead to dry eyes
- Not blinking enough and blinking partially so only half our eyes are covered
- 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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Our optometrist Yery wears ortho-k contact lenses and was impressed by seeing street signs and train timetables clearly without glasses or contact lenses. Having worn contact lenses and glasses for over a decade she was amazed at seeing clearly.
"Glasses can be heavy on your face, they can fog up. Contact lenses are great but towards the end of the day they can become very dry and leave eyes feeling gritty. But none of this is the case with ortho-keratology."
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 is acceptable as well. The optometrist has to do further tests such as topography of the cornea to see if its shape is suitable as well.
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.
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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!
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glasses every year for little or even no extra on top of your Health Fund benefit.
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2nd pair SV hard coated lenses with same prescription into a select range of frames. Ask in practice for details.
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Eyecare Plus Broadway
|Phone:||(02) 9211 6635|
|Fax:||(02) 9212 5621|
|Address:|| Shop M110, Broadway Shopping Centre
1 Bay Street
Broadway (Sydney) NSW 2007
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