Eye Care Articles

Empower Your Vision with Varilux from Essilor

Are you seeking inspiration beyond your vision? Don’t let eye sight limit you!

Varilux progressive lenses from Essilor provide seamless and sharp transitions from near to far.

See no limits and empower your vision.

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Featured Product: NuPolar Polarised Lenses

Need to protect your eyes from the harsh brightness of the sun?

NuPolar could be the perfect lens choice for your sunglasses.

Its quality is built to last. The rich lens colours stay as vibrant as your vision, no matter how long you spend under the sun.

NuPolar is the polarised lens of choice for long-lasting satisfaction and value for money.

Keen for a pair of prescription polarised sunglasses? Visit our store in Carlingford Court today for an eye test. You can also book an appointment or give us a call on 9872 1555


Etnia Barcelona Eyewear

Etnia Barcelona creates a more stylish look for every face. It has a wide array of designs that injects colour, turning functional accessories into works of art with its bright primary coloured frames. It’s also famous for its collaborations with legendary artists!

If you are looking for eyewear that can not only improve your vision, but can also up your fashion game, then this one’s for you.

Grab your very own pair! Visit our store in Carlingford Court today or book an appointment for an eye test to see these stylish frames in store!


Why IPL Treatments is the solution for your Dry Eyes

Do you have dry eyes? It might be time to get an IPL or Intense-pulsed light treatment. But how do you know if you have dry eyes and what can IPL do to help? 

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is a common condition that happens when you are unable to produce enough tears to properly moisturise your eyes. This is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. Your eyes may feel sandy, it can have a burning sensation, can cause redness, too much tearing, blurry vision, and you may experience light sensitivity. You may also find it difficult to wear contact lenses if you need them.

Dry eyes give a whole level of discomfort. It creates significant negative impact on your day-to-day life and certainly should not be ignored. So what can you do to fix it?

What is IPL and why is it the best treatment for dry eyes?

There are several treatment options for dry eyes. While artificial tears, supplements and other methods can help, they can also be inconvenient and do not ultimately treat the root cause of a dry eye like IPL does.

IPL has multiple functions that help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes:

The treatment is fast and painless, and is performed by ophthalmologists (specialist doctors for eyes). If you feel you may have dry eyes, book in for a Dry Eye Assessment today!


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Introducing Transitions light intelligent lenses

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The all new Transitions light intelligent lenses constantly adapt from indoors to outdoors, meaning you can keep them on and explore without any interruptions!

Speak to our friendly team on 02 9872 1555 or in store at Carlingford Court to find out more!

Introducing TruBlue Vision

A huge welcome to our all new sister brand, TruBlue Vision! Specialising in affordable blue light filtered eyewear.

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Eyesight test

Do you need an eyesight test?

What is an eyesight test?

Eyesight plays such an important role in daily life, from reading to driving to browsing the web, so protecting your eyes is vital. Making regular appointments with an optometrist ensures you stay on track with your eye health.

There are a number of eyesight tests (or eye exams) that can be performed. Let’s take a closer look!

The visual acuity test (performed with the ‘Big E’ or ‘Snellen’ chart, like in the image below) is the most common – this is the one where you sit in a chair and read letters from a chart that is a small distance away, the letters start off really big and reduce in size as they near the bottom. The optometrist will run this test on each eye by covering the other eye. This test helps to determine how each eye’s level of vision compares to the standard 20/20 complete vision.

Snellen eye chart


Another eyesight test performed is a retinoscopy – this allows the optometrist to ensure a correct lens prescription for your glasses or contacts. As you focus on an object, the optometrist will shine a light into your eyes and conclude how it affects the way your eyes process the light. This test shouldn’t cause any pain, so let your optometrist know if you experience any discomfort.

A refraction test is another common test undertaken. This test also helps the optometrist to access your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription – the optometrist will put a device in front of your eyes and replace the lenses to be stronger or weaker, depending on your answer when they ask ‘Is it clearer with lens 1 or 2?’. Don’t worry, there is no right or wrong answer here! This test will help determine if you are nearsighted (can see items clearly up close but not far), farsighted (can see things clear from afar but are blurry when brought closer) or have astigmatism (which is when the abnormal curvature of the eye creates two focal points to point in two separate locations.)

Knowing what happens in our peripheral vision is just as important as knowing what happens inside the eye, which is why a peripheral visual field test is carried out. There are a few ways this eye test can be carried out; automated perimetry, tangent screen exam or a confrontation visual field exam. Your optometrist will decide which test to use.


When should I get an eyesight test done?

In general, regular eyesight tests should be done at least every 2 years. However, this depends on factors including age, current health and any predetermined risks of developing eye problems. Frequent testing is highly recommended for those with medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or neurological conditions. Specialists also recommend getting eyesight tests done more frequently if you already wear glasses or contact lenses, have a family history of eye disease or loss of vision, or take any medications that may have eye-related side effects. If you notice a change in your eyesight, you should get an eyesight test performed, even if it’s before the recommended 2-year time frame.

The same applies for children, eye tests every couple of years are recommended, but if your child complains of vision problems or you suspect your child cannot see well, make an appointment for them straight away.


What should I expect from an eyesight test?

An eyesight test is nothing to be afraid of and should not be painful.  The optometrist will start off by asking about your medical history, family history and about any vision problems you may be experiencing. A clinical assistant may perform some diagnostic tests before seeing the optometrist – these tests will give the optometrist an insight into the health of your eyes. The optometrist will then take that data and see what further tests may be required – this will most commonly be testing your vision with the “Big E”/”Snellen” chart, and testing your eyes reaction to light and muscle co-ordination.

Generally speaking, these eyesight tests should be enough to test your vision, however depending on a number of circumstances, further eyesight testing may be required, which can some times even include eyedrops in your eye to dilute the pupil to see a more in-depth picture of the eye.

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for an eyesight test. However, make sure you have as much information as you can about; your health background, any pre-existing family conditions, what medication you take (name, dosage and how long you have been on them) and if/when you first started to notice your vision changing. When attending an eye exam please bring; your Medicare and private health find card (if you have one), any existing glasses or contact lenses you are using, sunglasses (sometimes optometrists use drops that can cause temporary light sensitivity), and a list of any allergies or medications (if applicable).

Whilst it can be confronting going to get your eye health checked, it is an important part of your overall well-being. Look after your eyes now is an investment in your future.


What to take to an eyesight test


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If your health fund optical benefits reset at the end of June come to see us in store or call us on Tel: 9872 1555.

Our practice is now open Mon-Sat 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sat 10:00am to 4:00pm providing eye tests, glasses, contact lenses and urgent repairs.

We are taking every step to ensure that our practice is a clean and safe environment for you and our staff. As a health care provider, we will continue to uphold our high standards of hygiene and infection control policies and procedures.

We look forward to seeing you soon for all your eye care needs.


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