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

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Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrist Penrith

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

About Us

At David Furniss Optometrist our priority is to provide professional, quality eye care. We are committed to our patients' visual health and not just to the supply of spectacles.

All examinations include a thorough assessment of both your vision and eye health. We also offer the latest techniques to enhance our evaluation of your ocular health with high resolution retinal photography. This allows us to detect details not visible by standard methods and as these images are stored permanently on your record we are able to accurately compare your eyes' appearance, from one visit to the next. We strive to enhance your experience as a patient by ensuring that you are properly informed about any procedures or treatments you may encounter during your visit.

At David Furniss Optometrist, we have an extensive range of quality eyewear available to suit every individual. We provide a dedicated 'one to one' service to ensure that you receive expert attention. When choosing your new spectacles don't leave it up to chance, make sure they are fitted by a qualified dispenser. Kelly and Cathy are highly skilled in the art of adjusting, choosing and fitting your spectacles. To become a qualified dispenser it takes 3 years of study. Look great and see well with a comfortable pair of glasses fitted by our highly experienced dispensing team.

Our Optometrist

Anna Barila
B.Optom (Hons)

Our Optometrist

Anna Barila
B.Optom (Hons)

Anna graduated with first class honours from the University of NSW in 1996 and worked in a private practice in Rockdale for 9 years. From 2004-2006, she worked as a locum optometrist travelling around Australia, as far north as Innisfail QLD, as far south as Hobart Tasmania and as far west to Dubbo NSW. In 2007, Anna commenced working with Eyecare Plus Penrith and Windsor.

Anna is a member of the Optometrist Association, the Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists and The Contact Lens Society. She served as a Councillor for the Optometry Association of Australia (OAA) NSW from 1999-2001.

Anna has given several lectures for school teachers and parent groups. She has a special interest in behavioural optometry, contact lenses and ocular diseases.

Eye Examinations

Every eye examination includes a thorough assessment of both your vision and your eye health. We are committed to providing the highest quality of eye care and offer digital retinal photography as a standard part of all eye tests.

10 Reasons for an Eye Examination

  1. Most eye diseases have no symptoms
  2. Family History - Many eye conditions are genetically linked
  3. Systemic Disease Affects the Eye - Hypertension, diabetes and chronic diseases often damage the circulation of the eye
  4. Prevention is Better Than Cure - Eye disease damage can be permanent. Fortunately many conditions can be prevented if detected at an early stage.
  5. Environmental Concerns - Environment conditions such as computer use, UV exposure and smoking can all play a role in affecting the human eye and vision system.
  6. Vision is Our Most Important Learning Sense - A child's learning is 80% visual. Therefore it is highly recommended that all children be seen before 4 years of age to rule out any ocular development problems at an early stage.
  7. Prescription Drugs Can Affect Your Eyes - Many drugs can cause side effects or discomfort to the eyes, thereby necessitating regular ocular monitoring.
  8. Contact Lens Wearers - Contact Lenses can cause subtle changes to the cornea. Contact Lenses should be inspected on a regular basis to determine their integrity and wearing safety.
  9. Previous Surgical Patients - Patients who have had Cataract, Retinal or Laser Correction surgery require close monitoring for future changes to the eye tissue.
  10. Maintain Clear, Comfortable and Efficient Vision - The human eye is a finely tuned instrument, a 'wonder of nature' that requires expert attention on a regular basis.

Diabetic Eye Examinations

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in older Australians.

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that diabetics may face as a complication of their diabetes.

All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness.

Cataract Assessment

We conduct a thorough check of all patients’ eye health during an examination. The optometrist will report the early signs of cataract development, monitor the progression of established cataracts and when necessary refer the patient on to an Ophthalmologist for surgery.

Behavioural Optometry

The function of our eyes is to collect information. In order to do this efficiently we need to be able to see well in the distance and at near. We must be able to change focus efficiently from distance and near and back again.

We also must have good eye movements so we can get our eyes pointed at what we are obtaining information from and then be able to track this object. One in five children has problems in one or more of these areas that could impact on their learning.

Our initial consultation assesses a patient's ability to collect visual information as well as assessing their ocular health. Spectacles or exercises are given to correct vision. This consultation is covered by Medicare.

Visual Processing

Once we have collected visual information this information is processed in our brain we then send this information to multiple sites.

We call this visual processing.

  • To copy information from a blackboard we require good visual motor integration - sending information from our eyes to our hands.
  • To understand what we see we require good visual perception
  • To remember what we read we need good visual memory
  • To sound out words we require information to be sent from our eyes to our ears. We call this visual auditory integration.

These are but a few of the skills required to process visual information. These perceptual skills can influence a child's reading and learning abilities.

If your child is having problems coping in the classroom talk to us about having an assessment of their visual processing.

Digital Retinal Imaging

We offer the very latest technology in digital retinal imaging to detect the earliest signs of eye disease. The procedure is painless and designed to keep patient comfort a priority. This instrument produces a high quality colour digital image of the retina, instantly displaying it on a high-resolution monitor that can be used to detect the earliest stages of retinal change. It ensures that clinical information is comprehensive and facilitates in the proper diagnosis and management of a wide range of eye diseases.

Macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachments, and diabetic retinopathy are just a few of the common eye diseases that the imaging system is helpful in identifying and tracking over time.

Contact Lenses

New levels of comfort and convenience have dramatically changed the way we wear contact lenses. Today, it's as easy as applying a coat of lipstick.

We at David Furniss Optometrist provide comprehensive training and support to all our contact lens wearers.

Once you have decided that you would like to try contact lenses and the Optometrist has confirmed that your prescription is suitable, we will teach you the art of safely putting in and removing your contacts as well as the importance of caring for them correctly.

A one off fee covers all training, as many trial lenses as needed to find the best type of lens for each individual as well as ongoing support and advice. Contact lens wear requires more care and effort than spectacles. Because contact lenses are worn in direct contact with the eye, they affect the way the eyes function, and, as a result, contact lens wear carries certain risks. These risks can be minimised by taking care of the lenses properly. By regularly cleaning your lenses, potentially harmful deposits will be removed. These lens deposits can cause irritation or discomfort, blurred vision, and may eventually cause significant eye problems such as corneal ulcers and loss of vision.

People wear contacts for a variety of reasons:

  • Contact lenses may give better vision than spectacles for some visual conditions.
  • Some people like a wider field of view as your side vision isn't blocked by spectacles.
  • Contact lenses don't fog up with changes of temperature.
  • Many people wear contact lenses as they don't like the look of glasses or find spectacles annoying.
  • Sports people and people who are involved in vigorous activities also find them convenient.

There are many varieties of contact lenses including disposables, daily wear, monthly wear, multifocal, permanent and coloured cosmetic lenses.

Whatever the need, talk to our Optometrist about the range of possibilities that are available to you.

Prescription Lenses

Not all lenses are created equal!

Digitally engineered HD lenses can make a big difference to the way you see the world. Just like high definition digital TV, technology makes ultra crisp picture resolution. HD lenses offer truly clearer vision by making each prescription personalized with Truesight technology giving you a customised lens.

New generation progressive lenses gives you a wider field of vision than ordinary lenses and can't match the degree of prescription accuracy & clarity that HD allows.

Glasses for reading, driving, or the computer? - Bifocals, Multifocals or prescription sunglasses - The list goes on!

The right solution for you is not always the most simple. We aim to provide not only the correct clinical information but also to establish your lifestyle requirements in order to achieve the solution that is right for you.

Major advances in lens design mean that we now have a wide variety of spectacle lenses from which to choose in order to ensure optimum vision and eye comfort. Some specialised lenses we use are not manufactured in Australia but we are able to source them from the advanced optical technology in Japan and France.

High quality prescription lenses are also available as Transitions, with various tint colours or polarised as well as with a choice of hard or anti reflective coatings.

Single Vision:

Single Vision lenses have one power over the entire lens and are very simple to use. These are the most commonly used lenses and are available in various materials to suit each individual's needs.

Computer Lenses:

Do you use a computer for extended periods of time? Standard reading glasses have been the choice for many wearers for near vision tasks and computer use, however reading glasses only offer a limited area of vision. Your computer is usually positioned outside the near vision area and as a result, reading glasses can sometimes blur. Computer lenses can offer the wearer greater depth of vision allowing comfortable wear over extended periods of time.

Bi-Focal Lenses:

Bifocal lenses combine a reading and distance prescription within one lens. These two areas are separated by a distinct line on the lens. Bifocals are ideal for those patients who require spectacles for both reading and distance, avoiding the need for two pairs of glasses. Bifocals are available in a range of styles.


Multi-focal or progressive lenses provide vision correction for both near and distance prescriptions, but in a single lens. They are designed to provide a smooth visual transition from distance, through intermediate to near with no need for lines on your lenses between each section.

This allows the wearer to see in the distance, look ahead to see things like the computer in the intermediate area, and look down to read close up comfortably.

Technical advances within the industry mean that there are now a wide range of progressive lenses available depending on your prescription, frame size and lifestyle.

New Generation Progressive lenses:

There have recently been huge changes within the optical industry leading to amazing advances in lens technology. Progressive lens wearers now have a variety of lenses to choose from depending on their individual needs.

Progressive lenses provide the closest to natural vision that you can get in a pair of prescription glasses and with the new generation of premium lenses now available, wearing progressive lenses is now a much more natural, comfortable experience.

Innovative new lens designs are now available in high index materials providing crisper, clearer vision with a substantially wider field of view.

The extensive range of different lenses to suit all prescriptions and measurements enables the patient more freedom when choosing their new frame. The patient is no longer restricted to a larger frame but can also select a smaller more fashionable frame without compromising their vision.

High Index Lenses:

Technological advances are constantly providing us with more choices in lens design. High Index lenses are able to bend light more efficiently and are thinner and lighter than ever before, providing the patient with optimum vision as well as improving the appearance of spectacles. This is especially relevant for those patients with high prescriptions.

Polycarbonate and Safety lenses:

Polycarbonate lenses are safer for eye glasses than traditional lens materials as they are less brittle and are therefore more impact resistant. These lenses are particularly important for use in work safety spectacles, sports glasses as well as for use in children's frames.

Specific eye protection is required by legislation in many work places and we have a wide variety of frames and lenses that meet the standards required.


Transition lenses give you the benefits of clear lenses indoors and at night, as well as the distinct advantages of sunglasses when you are outdoors - all in the convenience of one lens. Thanks to advanced technology the lenses automatically adjust to the UV levels to darken when you go outdoors, while quickly fading back to clear once you step back inside.

Polarised Lenses:

Polarised lenses eliminate the glare that causes squinting, eyestrain and general discomfort and in doing so the wearer benefits from crisper clearer vision. Wearing a polarized lens is particularly beneficial when driving, skiing, fishing or pursuing other outdoor activities. Polarised lenses are available for both prescription and non prescription wearers and come in a variety of tint colours.

Anti-Reflective Coatings:

AR coatings are applied to the surface of spectacle lenses and other optical devices to help reduce reflections. Lens coatings can enhance the performance and appearance of eyeglass lenses by significantly reducing the reflections created by the wearer's surroundings. These anti-reflective coatings also improve the appearance of your glasses.

Reducing the reflective quality in the lens creates a nicer cosmetic appearance as it allows others to see your eyes rather than themselves reflected back in your lenses. These AR coatings are particularly beneficial for those working under overhead lighting and on computers as well as driving at night.

Scratch-Resistant Coatings / Hard Coat:

No eyeglass lens material - not even glass - is scratch-proof. However, a lens that is treated front and back with a clear, hard coating does become more resistant to scratching. Kids' lenses, especially, benefit from a scratch-resistant hard coat. Today most types of plastic lenses, including high-index, polycarbonate and traditional plastic materials such as CR-39, have built-in scratch-resistant coatings.

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Eyecare Plus Penrith
Phone: (02) 4721 5297
Fax: (02) 4732 2608
Address: 381 High Street
Penrith NSW 2750

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