Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrists Bundoora
Melbourne optometrist Eyecare Plus Bundoora focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health care for....
Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrist Bundoora
Melbourne optometrist Eyecare Plus Bundoora focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health care for the whole family.
Eyecare Plus Bundoora was established in 2007 as a branch of our Mill Park practice. Initially known as University Hill Eyecare Plus.
In April 2013 the Lamont and Walters Mill Park practice relocated from Childs Road to join Eyecare Plus Bundoora.
We are located within the University Hill Town Centre opposite the Coles Entrance on the corner of Janefield Drive and Plenty Road opposite RMIT.
BScOptom, P.G.Cert.Oc.Ther., FACO, Member Orthokeratology Society Australasia
B.Sci(Optom), Grad.Dip.(Child Development), Ocular Therapeutics, FACO
B.Sci(Optom), P.G.Cert.Oc.Ther., FACO
We proudly supply members of all major health funds, including:
- Medibank Private
- Australian Unity
Health Fund members with a valid optical entitlement receive 1 pair of single vision glasses with no out of pocket expense.*
Member Orthokeratology Society Australasia
Giorgio Campanella initially established the Mill Park practice in 1994. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Optometry (1992) and Post Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (2003) at the University of Melbourne.
Giorgio's special interests include ocular diseases, contact lenses and children's vision.
He is a fellow of the Australian College of Optometry, and a member of both the Cornea and Contact Lens Society (CCLS) and Optometry Australia (OAA).
Giorgio lives locally and completed his VCE at St Monica's College Epping.
Jean graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1977. She obtained a Graduate Diploma of Child Development in 1991 and a Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics in 2004. She is a member of the College of Behavioural Optometry, the Contact Lens Society of Australasia and a fellow of the Australian College of Optometry.
She developed an interest in children’s vision early in her career and has been involved in undergraduate education and professional development of her colleagues for over twenty five years.
Jean’s areas of expertise include the diagnosis and management of binocular vision disorders including strabismus (turned eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye). She also sees many children with a range of developmental and learning disorders who require the assessment of functional and visual processing skills. This type of optometry is now known as Behavioural Optometry.
With all the optometrist in the practice, Jean is qualified to prescribe ophthalmic medications and is experienced in the management of anterior eye conditions including dry eye, ocular infections and allergies and the removal of foreign particles from the cornea. She is always keen to learn new skills and keeps up to date with the latest technology.
Jean is married to Randal and they have two sons. She enjoys reading, cooking, skiing, travelling and trying to speak French.
Randal Lamont graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1977. His early interests were related to the detection and management of diabetic eye disease. He was one of the first optometrists in Australia to gain certification to prescribe ophthalmic medication, having travelled to Boston USA to complete the clinical component of his training. He is a member of the Australian College of Behavioural Optometry and the Contact Lens Society of Australasia.
Randal has always been an early adopter of new technology and has ensured that the practice is always up to date with a full complement of diagnostic imaging instrumentation.
Advanced contact lens practice is another area of Randal’s clinical expertise. He is experienced in the fitting of contact lenses for keratoconus and high astigmatism. He is also an exponent of orthokeratology, the use of overnight lenses to manage myopia.
Randal plays squash, skiis and supports the Demons. He also enjoys music, food and wine and travelling with Jean, their two sons and their extended family. He always has a joke to share and is guaranteed to have a laugh with you.
- Australian Optometry Association
- Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia
- Australian College of Optometry
Prerna obtained her Bachelor of Optometry degree from the University of Melbourne in 2006. She is also endorsed in the prescription of eye medications. Her first job was in Gippsland where she experienced a huge variety of work a country practice presents. Having worked for a further four years in various Melbourne practices, including one year at a behavioural optometrist, she was invited to join the team at Eyecare Plus Bundoora.
Prerna is a member of Optometry Australia (OAA) and the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO). She has a special interest in childrens vision, behavioural optometry and vision in the elderly. She has experience working in aged care facilities for over two years.
Since joining the practice in 2012, she has completed a course on Practical Vision Therapy, and keeps up to date on the latest developments in behavioural optometry. She also commenced clinical supervision of fourth year post graduate optometry students at the University of Melbourne Eyecare in 2016.
Her personal interests include travelling, trying different restaurants with friends in Melbournes growing café scene and running to keep fit.
Started working for Eyecare Plus late 2017. He has optical experience in both the UK and in Melbourne’s boutique practices. He brings a young fresh face to our team.
Has worked with Jean for many years. She is always the welcoming face around the practice that everyone knows.
Emma has re-joined our practice October 2017. Emma previously has worked at Eyecare Plus Bundoora and is happy to be back with all the lovely staff and patients.
Eating For Good Eye Health
There are a number of foods that can help support good eye health. These include, but are not limited to, leafy greens, bright coloured fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, and oily fish.
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which vision is lost due to damage to the optic nerve. The loss of sight is usually gradual and a considerable amount of peripheral (side) vision may be lost before there is an awareness of any problem.
Macular degeneration is an eye disease usually associated with age, which causes loss of vision in the central part of the visual field.
Diabetes is a systemic condition which can affect the entire body, especially peripheral organs such as the eyes, kidneys and feet. Diabetes can be managed effectively and requires daily self care with medication, diet and/or lifestyle choices. If complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. There are three main types of diabetes-Type 1(inherited), Type 2(acquired) and gestational diabetes.
Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye is characterised as a deficiency of tears or reduction of tear quality. Symptoms of dry eye include but are not limited to a scratchy or sandy feeling as if something is in the eye, stinging or burning of the eye; watery eyes, a stringy discharge from the eye; and pain and redness of the eye. Sometimes people with dry eye experience heaviness of the eyelids or blurred, fluctuating, or decreased vision.
Refractive error occurs when images are not focussed sharply on the retina due to the shape of the eye, forming a blurred image.
The most common refractive errors are myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
Cataracts occur when the natural clear lens behind the iris and pupil, becomes cloudy. The most common form of cataract happens with age. Other types of cataract include congenital cataract, secondary cataract and traumatic cataract.
Flashes And Floaters
Floaters are small clumps of protein called collagen that are part of the gel-like substance in front of your retina called the vitreous humour. The small clumps of protein casts a shadow on your retina that can appear like spots, thread-like strands, squiggly lines, little cobwebs or specks. They float about in your field of vision and they usually move as your eyes move and seem to dart away when you try to look at them directly. Although floaters could occur at any age, they seem to become more common as one gets older.
Children have vision and eye problems too! However, it is not always obvious to their caregivers that something is wrong. Sometimes the children dont know they do not see as well as other people. Sometimes they are so used to experiencing headaches or eye strain, they do not complain about them. So it is important for all children to have a professional eye examination before they start school and reviews at least every three years.
Eye disease in children
Serious eye disease is rare in children. However, the health of the retina and the optical surfaces needs to be assessed. Retinal photography can be performed on children as young as 3 years of age and has greatly improved our ability to rule out serious pathology. Children do not need to have dilating drops to obtain good quality retinal images.
Common conditions which can occur in children include inflammation of the tissues at the front of the eye.
Blepharitis is characterised by thickened and slightly red eyelid margins and sometimes crustiness among the eyelashes. It is easily managed by a combination of heat, massage and cleaning procedures. Sometimes an anti-biotic may be needed.
Conjunctivitis causes swelling and redness of the tissue covering the white part of the eye, which is called the conjunctiva. It may be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction or auto-immune response. An examination is necessary to determine the cause and the correct treatment for each type of conjunctivitis.
A stye is a blockage and subsequent infection of one of the glands within the eyelid. These occur more frequently in people with blepharitis. Management includes frequent warm compresses but sometimes anti-biotic drops or ointment will be required. All our optometrists are therapeutically qualified and can prescribe topical ophthalmic medication.
It is possible to determine the nature and degree of refractive error in children as young as six months. Long-sightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism are the most common refractive errors found in young children. Correction for these errors is required when there is a risk to normal visual development or academic progress.
Short-sightedness (myopia) is unusual in pre-school children but becomes increasingly more common in primary and secondary school. If myopia progresses rapidly, there is a chance that high myopia may occur with subsequent risks to eye health. Should this be likely, we will advise you on the best methods of slowing this progression.
BINOCULAR VISION DISORDERS
Humans have two eyes which both face forward. The visual field of each eye overlaps and this overlapping zone allows for "binocular vision". The main advantage of binocular vision is enhanced depth perception which is important in judging distances, especially for stationary objects and seeing contours on the ground. This is important for driving and playing sport but also everyday tasks e.g. avoiding an overhanging branch, pegging out washing, walking on uneven ground, pouring a drink and picking up a glass.
The two eyes must be aligned precisely in order to obtain good binocular vision and perceive space in 3D.
Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes, sometimes referred to as turned eye. The eyes may turn in, toward each other (crossed eyes, esotropia) or they may turn outwards, away from each other (exotropia). Sometimes a vertical misalignment can occur.
If a turned eye is suspected a professional examination is ALWAYS required and it should be arranged AS SOON AS POSSIBLE after the turn is seen. Intermittent turns can become permanent very quickly. Some strabismus can be corrected with glasses but others will need surgery to re-align the eyes.
Convergence insufficiency and convergence excess
These are less obvious forms of misalignment and are very common. As the name suggests people with convergence insufficiency have difficulty converging enough when doing near tasks. Convergence excess means that the eyes want to converge too much. It requires significant amounts of muscular and mental effort to compensate for these problems. Sometimes the sufferer will notice blurred or double vision when the effort becomes too great and the eyes slip out of alignment. However, sometimes, no physical symptoms are reported but the extra effort exerted will result in lack of concentration or comprehension when doing near tasks such as reading. This is termed a visual efficiency problem.
Accommodative or focussing insufficiency
The lens inside the eye focuses to obtain clear vision at near. Because convergence and accommodation both occur when looking at close distances, focussing problems will effect binocular alignment and vice versa. The signs and symptoms for focussing problems are similar to those for convergence problems. With any of these binocular vision problems, the symptom of blurred vision at distance can also occur. I.e. it is a near vision problem but it affects vision at distance. If these problems are not detected and managed correctly, they tend to become worse over time and can lead to permanent structural changes such as short-sightedness and astigmatism.
VISUAL INFORMATION PROCESSING
Visual information processing is a detailed examination which probes a childs ability to interpret, understand and remember what they see, together with the ability to link vision to language. With this testing, account is taken of the developmental level of performance. All test scores are evaluated according to well-informed age or grade normals.
A visual perceptual assessment takes approximately one hour and is made up of a variety of different tests to assess visual spatial skills, developmental eye movements, visual analysis skills and visual motor skills. We also perform screening tests for auditory analysis skills and dyslexia as part of the perceptual assessment in most children.
Visual spatial skills test body image awareness with laterality and directionality. This has a correlation to letter and number reversals. Developmental eye movements correlate with aspects of reading performance and thus may serve a diagnostic role in clinical practice.
Vision therapy, or vision training, is a program aimed at remedying and enhancing an individuals visual abilities. It can treat existing visual problems such as amblyopia, eye-coordination problems, focussing insufficiency and immature perceptual development. It can enhance the efficiency and comfort of visual function and also help to prevent visual problems.
Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the visual system, including the eyes and the parts of the brain that control vision and the muscles in and around the eyes. Each program of vision therapy must be designed to suit the specific needs of the individual, both in terms of their visual profile and their goals.
At Eyecare Plus Bundoora, we use a variety of home therapies and in office therapies. Our newest in office therapy for amblyopia and convergence issues is called Vivid Vision. This uses virtual reality and is the most advanced vision therapy tool on the market.
Myopia is a condition that results in blurring of distance vision and is typically corrected with conventional spectacles, contact lenses, or refractive surgery (LASIK). While clear vision can be restored using these approaches, none of these strategies offer a means of slowing the progression of myopia. The prevalence of myopia is increasing and there is evidence to suggest that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to myopia progression. The following ways are currently being used to potentially slow myopia progression.
Visual Hygiene Tips - The Sydney Myopia Study indicated that 2 hours per day spent outdoors is protective against myopia progression. It is not clear whether more time spent in distance fixation, light induced changes in dopamine levels, or an alteration of Vitamin D levels may be behind the mechanism for this observation.
Multifocal Spectacles- This has been the best approach we have had until recent times. These lenses offer better treatment effects to individuals that demonstrate certain focussing and alignment difficulties.
Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses - Multifocal contact lenses are a special type of contact lenses which have different powers in different zones of the lenses. There is an understanding that peripheral retinal blur may contribute to myopia progression. By correcting the central vision and the peripheral retinal blur simultaneously, myopia progression can be slowed by 59%. Contact lens wear carries the need for responsible care of the contact lenses and careful hygiene. Soft multifocal contact lenses are generally worn during the day and should be worn most days of the week if attempting myopia control.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) - Orthokeratology involves using contact lenses to reshape the cornea to temporarily correct or reduce myopia. Custom-made oxygen permeable contact lenses are worn overnight, which subtly alter the shape of the cornea enough to give clear vision after the lenses are removed and throughout the day.
Orthokeratology, which has become more popular in recent years, also aims to correct peripheral optics while providing clear central vision. Research supports a 35% to 90% reduction in myopia progression over at least 2 years. Orthokeratology is only effective with mild to moderate myopia (up to -6.00DS) and mild astigmatism.
Atropine Eye Drops - Atropine treatment has the largest body of evidence supporting it of all the available treatments. It has been used by optometry and ophthalmology in various parts of the world over the last 50 years. Atropine drops are used in both eyes on average three times a week. It is a very effective treatment. However there are some side effects such as glare outside and near blur. This can be treated with sunglasses and hat outdoors and multifocals for near work, or transition multifocal spectacles if required.
It has recently been found that 0.01% Atropine eye drops have similar results to 1% atropine, and side effects are minimised. However, 0.01% Atropine eye drops are only available at compounding pharmacies and are more costly (approx $40 on a month-to-month basis). Regular reviews are required and your optometrist will advise you accordingly.
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*Conditions apply. Available only at Eyecare Plus Optometrist Bundoora. Both first and second spectacles must be complete frames and lenses. Not to be used in with conjunction with any other offer. Must be purchased on the same day.
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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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Complete frames and lenses packages from $149 or 2 pairs from $199.Fashion Packages stating at $249 or $299 (includes 2nd pair).
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PURCHASE ANY CONTACT LENSES AND RECEIVE $50 OFF SUNGLASSES*
With 3 months or more supply of any contact lenses, receive a $50 gift voucher for non-prescription sunglasses.
*Conditions apply. Discount value of 20% off, up to $50 maximum.
COMPREHENSIVE OCULAR HEALTH ASSESSMENTS INCLUDING:
- Digital imaging of the retina and optic nerve using a retinal camera and an optical coherence tomographer (OCT)
- Assessments for diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration
- Diagnosis and monitoring of keratoconus using a corneal topographer
- Examination of the peripheral
- Assessment and management of Dry Eye and related conditions
- Assessment and management of ocular infections, inflammations and allergies
- Assessment and management of ocular emergencies
- Detection and removal of foreign particles from the cornea or under the eyelids, epilation of in-growing eyelashes
COMPREHENSIVE VISION ASSESSMENTS INCLUDING:
- Thorough history to ascertain your visual needs for all your educational, occupational and recreational activities
- Objective and subjective measurement of refraction for the prescription of glasses or contact lenses
- Assessment of ocular motility and eye movement disorders
- Assessment of focussing skills
- Measurement of ocular alignment and binocular vision skills
- Colour vision assessment
- Measurement of visual fields to assess peripheral vision
- Vic Roads vision testing
- CASA accredited aviation vision assessment
- High-end fashion frames including Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Oroton, Sass and Bide and Furla
- Face-a-Face and Coco Song for the adventurous consumer who wants something beautiful and a bit different
- Outstanding European designed and manufactured frames from Face-a-Face, Prodesign, Koali, Lightec, Dutz and OGA
- Lifestyle brands including Ray Ban, Levi, Nike, Adidas and Lacoste
- A large range of childrens frames including Tomato glasses, Mira-flex, Adidas, Nike, Hello Kitty, Titan-Flex and Flexon
- Plus a good range of moderately priced, quality frames as well as a low cost range for the budget conscious
We will find the right lens for your individual visual needs. We use Hoya and Essilor as our main suppliers of high quality single vision, occupational and multi-focal lenses. However, because we are independent, we can also access product from Zeiss, Rodenstock and a range of other lens companies.
Single vision lenses are the simplest option and work well for many people. However, if you require a different prescription to give you clear vision at different distances, you may need something different.
Bi-focal lenses have a small segment at the bottom of the lens which is used for reading and the rest of the lens is focussed for distance. Intermediate zones are out of focus. Many people are happy wearing bi-focals and will wish to continue using them. However, there are more modern options available.
Occupational lenses are designed for the work space and can provide clear vision at near and intermediate distances. There are many options available and we will advise you on the best configuration for your needs.
Multi-focal lenses are the option for an every-day lens that you will be able to use for driving, reading, shopping, watching TV, using laptops and devices. When you become accustomed to the lens you will be able to see clearly at any distance from far to near.
Lens options include UV protection, blue light filters, hard coating and anti-reflective coatings. We will advise you on the benefits and costs involved before ordering your lenses.
We carry a wide range of sunglasses including popular brands such as Oroton and Ray Ban. In addition we stock Maui Jim for the discerning buyer who wants the clearest polarised lens with the best glare protection available.
If you wear your glasses all the time or for driving, you will also need a pair of prescription sunglasses. Most of our sunglasses can be scripted. You can choose from tinted lenses with UV protection or polarised lenses. We can even order genuine Maui Jim prescription sunglasses.
We encourage our patients to consider contact lenses. Nowadays, almost all prescriptions can be corrected with contact lenses. It may even be possible to get you out of your reading glasses!
Advances are being made all the time. Modern materials are healthier than ever. If you have stopped using contacts because of discomfort in the past, it may be time to have another try.
We can also fit complicated cases such as keratoconus and high astigmatism.
We offer orthokeratology, the use of overnight lenses which allow patient to be free of spectacles during the day.
In addition to the comprehensive assessment of visual skills outlined above, behavioural optometrists are experienced at examining children and adults with a range of developmental and learning disorders. Taking the time to ascertain that the patient has normal focussing and eye alignment skills is the first step to ensuring that they are able to process visual information efficiently.
Other aspects which are considered include visual memory, the ability to discriminate directional information, the ability to recognise patterns and sequences and the integration of vision and language information. Screening of some auditory perceptual skills is often also required.
Treatment options may include glasses or vision therapy or a combination of both.
MANAGEMENT OF MYOPIA
Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a condition which causes blurred vision in the distance. It is generally caused by axial elongation of the eyeballs and is associated with increased risk of ocular pathology such as retinal detachments and macular degeneration. Once it starts, myopia usually gets worse over time. Known risk factors include family history, prolonged near vision tasks, and limited time outdoors.
In cases where the myopia appears to increasing rapidly, we offer a variety of treatments which research has shown can slow down or halt myopia progression. These include multifocal spectacles, multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology contact lenses and weak atropine eye drops. The mechanism behind these treatments is different and we will offer the one(s) which we think are most appropriate to each individual case.
We have recently invested in cutting edge technology to treat amblyopia, strabismus and other binocular vision disorders. This consists of a programme written to run with an Oculus Rift device and is proving to be beneficial in treating lazy eye even in adult patients. This is offered as an in-office procedure and will require weekly visits.
CONTACT LENS FITTING
An accurate contact lens fitting is additional to a routine eye exam. In order to provide the best fitting contact lens and the best type of contact lens for your eyes. We will assess the shape, size and condition of your corneas. We will also take into account your lifestyle, workplace and other factors to determine the best contact lens options to try.
A variety of contact lenses are available, from the daily disposable contact lenses to the latest silicone hydrogel monthly contact lenses that can be used for overnight wear. These contact lenses allow much more oxygen to flow through to the cornea and so can be worn for longer periods with increased comfort.
Contact lenses are available in spherical form (for those patients with short-sightedness and long-sightedness), in toric form (for those patients with astigmatism) and in multifocal form (for those patients who also need to wear reading glasses).
At Eyecare Plus Bundoora, we also offer contact lens fitting for keratoconus and ortho-keratology.
Keratoconnus or irregular astigmatism requires the use of rigid contact lenses. Their rigid material enables the lens to sit over the cornea in such a way that it covers the irregular shape with a smooth, uniform refracting surface to improve vision.
Screening examinations for high-risk medications, such as hydroxychloroquine (plaquenil), is important and provided at our practice. Hydroxychloroquine is most frequently used for the management of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. In more recent times, it is being applied to treatments in adjunctive cancer therapy, diabetes, and heart disease. Retinopathy associated with Plaquenil is hallmarked by changes within the retina at the macula region. There may be no symptoms associated with early toxicity. However, early toxicity can be detected with specialized testing of the retina, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and macular visual field evaluation.
VICROADS EYESIGHT TESTING
Good eyesight is essential for safe driving. Adequate central and peripheral vision is necessary to read road signs or recognise objects from a distance, and other tasks like merging into traffic and changing lanes. When you apply for a drivers licence, you will be required to declare any illness, disability or disease that could affect your ability to drive safely. There are various minimum vision standards required for you to hold a licence for a car, motorcycle, light truck or boat. If you are at all concerned about the state of your eyes (difficulty concentrating or blurred vision), visit us for a comprehensive eye examination.
Areas that are assessed in a comprehensive eyesight test for driving include visual acuity, ocular health and binocular driving visual fields.
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Eyecare Plus Bundoora
|Phone:||(03) 9467 7580|
|Fax:||(03) 9467 8849|
|Address:|| Shop 5, University Hill Town Ctr
224 Plenty Rd
Bundoora (Melbourne) VIC 3083
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