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Local optometrist Eyecare Plus Clifton Beach 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 Clifton Beach

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

About Us

Our optometrist Shane focuses on high end clinical and medical eyecare, with focuses in many unique areas, including the treatment of Dry Eye disease.

Location

We are conveniently located near Target Country in the Clifton Village shopping centre on the corner of Endeavour Street and Captain Cook's Highway, There is ample parking available on site and easy wheelchair access.

Our Optometrist

Shane Mortier
B.Optom (Hons Class 1), Grad.Cert.Ocular.Therapeutics, Member of The Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO)

Mr Shane Mortier graduated in 1997 from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons Class 1) and subsequently completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics. Shane is a member of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO), the peak body for Behavioural Optometrists in the Australasian region.

The focus of Eyecare Plus Clifton Beach is comprehensive clinical eye review. Patients requiring detailed ophthalmic eye examinations can be managed at this clinic.

Eye Health

Dry Eye

Dry eye disease is a complex condition of the tears and ocular surface that results in discomfort, visual disturbance and instability of the tear film. Due to the high density of the corneal nerves compared to other tissues in our body, the discomfort that occurs with untreated disease causes significant distress to certain patients who are unable to function normally.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease which slowly destroys the optic nerve at the back of the eye. In some cases in may move rapidly. It is usually caused by increased pressure inside the eye though it may be caused by poor blood supply or a weakness of the optic nerve. Over 300,000 Australians have glaucoma. It is more common as we age but it can occur at any age.

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding or haze of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision. Opacities in the lens obstruct light from passing through and being focused on to the retina.

Pterygium

One of the most common effects of UV damage to the eye is pterygium. This is a triangular growth of thickened degenerative tissue on the white of the eye (the sclera) that may also extend onto the cornea (the window at the front of the eye).

UV Damage

In recent years, it has been shown that just like sunburn and skin cancers, exposure to ultra-violet (UV) radiation also causes eye damage.

Excessive UV exposure has become an increasing problem since the depletion of the ozone layer.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Approximately 4% of people have diabetes, often undiagnosed. Diabetes can damage many parts of the body, including the eyes, causing vision problems, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy.

Services and Equipment at Eyecare Plus Optometrist Clifton Beach

  • 3D Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Medmont E300 Corneal Topographer
  • E Eye IPL for Dry Eye
  • Digital Slit Lamp with Meibographer
  • Humphrey HFA 860 Visual Field Analyzer - widely considered the Gold Standard in Visual Field Analysis
  • Diagnosis & Therapeutic Management of a wide array of Anterior Segment Disorders
  • Comprehensive Medical Eye Review
  • Refractive and Dispensing Facilities
  • Intuitive Colorimeter for Visual Stress Syndrome
  • Private Billing Practice

Dry Eye Disease - Information and Specialised Treatment

Dry eye disease is a complex condition of the tears and ocular surface that results in discomfort, visual disturbance and instability of the tear film. Due to the high density of the corneal nerves compared to other tissues in our body, the discomfort that occurs with untreated disease causes significant distress to certain patients who are unable to function normally.

What Are the Symptoms?

Ocular symptoms can include:

  • soreness
  • stinging, burning, watery eyes
  • tired eyes
  • fluctuating vision
  • lids stuck together on waking and
  • occasional transient sharp pains in eyes.

Often these symptoms can be exacerbated by air conditioning, windy days, ceiling fans, airplane travel and computer use.

What Are the Types of Dry Eye?

The two main forms of dry eye disease are Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye (ADDE) whereby the aqueous tear volume produced is reduced and Evaporative Dry Eye (EDE) whereby there is a normal aqueous tear volume however an increased evaporation of the tear film occurs. Patients can have any form or sometimes combinations of both forms causing their symptoms.

What Causes Dry Eye?

Whilst many factors can cause dry eye disease, the most common is Meibomian Gland Disease, which causes Evaporative Dry Eye. The Meibomian Glands are the oil glands within our superior and inferior lids that make the meibum (oil) for our eyes. This stops our tear film from evaporating at an accelerated rate. Left untreated this condition will continue to worsen to the point where the meibomian glands will suffer chronic changes affecting the quantity and quality of the oil they produce and eventually Meibomian Gland dropout.

What Treatment Options are Available?

Until relatively recently the standard treatment has only brought about an improvement for some patients with the condition. Recent developments, many of which are available at Eyecare Plus Clifton Beach, have seen excellent results for a wider spectrum of affected patients.

Depending on the underlying cause or causes of your Dry Eye Disease, a management plan is optimised for each patient. This may also involve the use of Intense Pulsed Light Therapy.

E Eye Intense Pulsed Light Treatment

The advent of Intense Pulsed Light technology which emits polychromatic light extending from the visible (515nm) to the infrared spectrum (1200nm) has shown remarkable results translating to improvement in quantitative analysis of the non-invasive tear break up time (of the order of 85%), however more importantly, a corresponding significant reduction in ocular discomfort due to dry eye disease.

Please note that for 15% of patients who undergo therapy there is no improvement in symptoms. It is unfortunately not possible to identify these patients at the outset of treatment.

Treatment protocol involves 4-5 flashes of Intense Pulsed Light under the eyelids of both eyes with the patient having protective goggles on. The procedure is very safe with your optometrist going through a comprehensive checklist of other conditions and medications that can cause potential photosensitivity. Potential patients will have a precautionary skin test with the IPL applied to the underneath of their forearm with follow up evaluation in 48-72 hours to check if any signs of photosensitive reaction have taken place.

Whilst many patients report lasting benefits from therapy, some will benefit from follow up treatments if symptoms return or a yearly or 2 yearly top up treatment to keep the glands flowing optimally.

More Information and Treatment Options

For more information on Dry Eye Disease and the treatment options available at Eyecare Plus Optometrist Clifton Beach you can download our comprehensive fact sheet here.

To be assessed for possible treatment or just to see if the condition affects you please call us on (07) 4059 1444 or click here to organise an appointment with our qualified optometrist.

Visual Stress Syndrome


Intuitive Colorimeter

Visual Stress Syndrome is a condition whereby sufferers may report a host of problems when reading, some of which include the words moving on the page, coloured patterns, blurred vision, variable distortions and headaches. It has been proposed by Professor Arnold Wilkins that in predisposed individuals there is hyper-excitability and inappropriate firing of neurons in the visual cortex leading to perceptions of illusions and distortions. The use of highly specific coloured lenses is thought to minimise this hyper-excitability and subsequently reduce the anomalies that these patients report.

The determination of these highly specific coloured lenses is achieved with the use of the Intuitive Colorimeter which has over 100,000 different colour combinations and determines quite accurately the lenses required to minimise of eliminate the distortions that patients with this condition experience when they are reading. This system has been in use for over 20 years in the United Kingdom and has been endorsed by their Medical Research Council.

For more information on Visual Stress Syndrome, please see the following documents:

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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 Clifton Beach
Phone: (07) 4059 1444
Fax: (07) 4059 1344
Address: Shop 25, Clifton Village Shopping Centre
Clifton Beach QLD 4879

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