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Eye strain from computer

Soltes Wide – The Eye Fatigue Solution

ATTENTION COMPUTER USERS – We have a solution to make work easier!

If you suffer from a sore neck, tight shoulders or back pain after prolonged computer use it may be that you are wearing the wrong type of prescription glasses.

Working with computers has become a part of modern day life. However many patients find that viewing a screen for extended period can cause posture problems and eyestrain.

Computer screens are usually placed 60 to 80 centimetres from our eyes. Traditional “Near” or “Distance” glasses fail to correct this middle range adequate.

To solve this problem Nikon developed a spectacle lens that gives you both “Near” and “Middle” vision in one pair of glasses.

The Nikon Soltes Wide extends clear reading focus from 40cm to 10 metres from your eyes!

Web Lens allows an effortless transition of vision from close to middle range.

Soltes Wide – Eye fatigue Solution

Soltes Wide – Eye fatigue Solution

Effortless transition from Near to Mid range

Warm potato and salmon salad

Food for Vision: Salmon

Salmon is good for your vision!

Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which aids in the prevention of macular degeneration (AMD) and dry eyes. Salmon also contains selenium, which when combined with carotenoids and Vitamins C and E, may reduce the risk of AMD.

Salmon is also a great source of niacin, which helps reduce the risk of cataracts. If you love salmon, you will be happy to know it is recommended to consume salmon or other oily fish such as tuna 3-4 times per week.

Here’s a recipe we love to get you started!

Warm potato and salmon salad

Warm potato and salmon salad


  • 1 kg baby new potatoes
  • 500 g salmon fillets
  • 1 cup(240 grams) sour cream
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 100 g baby spinach leaves


  1. Boil, steam or microwave potatoes until just tender; drain. Slice potatoes thickly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, add salmon and just enough simmering water to barely cover fish. Simmer, covered, about 4 minutes or until salmon is cooked as desired; drain on absorbent paper.
  3. In a small jug, place sour cream, juice, dill and garlic; whisk to combine.
  4. Divide potato, spinach and sliced salmon among serving plates; drizzle with dressing.

Source: www.foodtolove.com.au

hoya id lenses

Notice everything with Hoyalux iD multifocal lenses

It’s not about seeing something, it’s about seeing everything.

No detail will go unnoticed with Hoyalux iD multifocal lenses. The state-of-the-art lenses are designed to suit your unique visual needs and lifestyle requirements.

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Speak to us today to see how Hoyalux iD lenses can offer you a stable, clear and focused vision without the unwanted ‘swim and sway’ effect.

Call us on 02 9872 1555 or leave us a message online here

Crizal UV Lenses

Fight the UV Front and Back

The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate. UV radiation can damage the skin causing premature aging, sun spots and wrinkles, and can even lead to the development of skin cancer.

UV rays are harmful in clear or cloudy weather, and UV damage is cumulative, meaning that it builds up over time without you even being aware of it.

Protecting your eyes and the skin around your eyes everyday is essential to safeguard your long-term vision and eye health.

Wear Crizal Lenses

Did you know that up to 50% of UV radiation penetrating the eyes is reflected off the back surface of the prescription glasses? Most clear prescription lenses claiming UV protection only reduce the transmission of UV through the front of the lens.

Only Crizal UV prescription lenses have been developed by Essilor to provide you with the maximum level of UV protection for clear or Transitions® prescription lenses from the front & back. They protect your eyes from UV by reducing the amount of UV radiation reaching them from the front, through the lens, and also from the sides and behind, by minimising reflected UV rays.

Crizal UV lenses are the only prescription lenses endorsed by Cancer Council, and provide the maximum level of UV protection available for your eyes in clear or Transitions® prescription lenses.

Other Benefits

As well as providing the maximum level of UV protection Crizal UV lenses also offers protection against the 5 enemies of clear vision.

  1. Reflections
    Crizal UV lenses reduce the appearance of reflections to improve vision quality, confidence and comfort at all times, even at night when reflections from lights can affect your ability to see clearly whilst driving.
  2. Dust
    Crizal UV lenses repel dust and dirt to ensure clear vision is achieved in all environments and weather conditions, and to help protect against scratching and damage.
  3. Scratches
    Crizal UV lenses enhance durability by being scratch resistance to protect you against everyday wear and tear.
  4. Water
    Crizal UV lenses repel water and most other liquids, so their surface remains as dry and clear as possible in wet conditions, providing the best vision possible.
  5. Smudges
    Crizal UV lenses disband grease and grime to reduce the appearance of smudges including fingerprints, so they stay cleaner for longer, are easy to wipe clean, making them hassle free to wear.

Ready to start using Crizal UV lenses?

Speak to us today on 02 9872 1555 or leave us a message online here!

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All new 1-day multifocal contact lenses

If you have to wear spectacles and would like the occasional or permanent break from wearing them – this new 1-day lens might be for you!



Advances in contact lens design and materials have resulted in the launch of the next generation multifocal single use contacts from world leader Johnson & Johnson.

This revolutionary lens features superior optics and improved wetability  that offers you

Clear comfortable vision at all distances — near, intermediate, and far, in dim light and bright.

For a limited time you will receive 10 days free trial lenses with your next appointment.

Take advantage of this exclusive offer – call us on 9872 1555 or book an appointment online today.

Glaucoma Vision

Check your eyes for the “invisible disease”

Looking to protect your eyesight? There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best.

More than 300,000 Australians have Glaucoma, yet only half know about it. Glaucoma is known as the ‘invisible disease’ as it has very few symptoms until the condition is advanced.

In the name of raising awareness for better eye health, here are our top five tips for healthy eyes:

1) Get Your Eyes Tested – The most important thing to ensure good eye health is to get your eyes tested every two years. Even if you think your vision is fine, having a regular eye test can help to detect a number of conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure as well as manage potential sight-threatening diseases including Glaucoma. At Sparks & Feros, optometrists use Digital Retinal Photography to produce a high-resolution photograph of your retina, optic nerve and blood vessel. The benefit of this technology is that images can be kept on file and compared for any changes in your eye over time.

2) Dry Eyes? – Whether it be from staring at your computer or being in an air conditioned office, everyone can get dry, tired eyes from time to time. Using eyedrops before heading into the office can help with this issue. Avoiding exposing your eyes to direct air such as a car heater and hairdryer may also help. If the problem persists, you can visit an optometrist to see if you might need to be treated for dry-eye-syndrome.

3) Wear sunglasses – Dangerous ultraviolet light (UV) can cause damage to your eyes causing problems such as cataractsdegeneration of the macular and in some cases even skin cancer around the eyes. To protect your eyes you should always wear sunglasses that offer good protection when you are driving or outdoors.

The benefits of wearing sunglasses include protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, reducing damage from glare, protection from wind, dust and debris and the noticeable reduction of headaches and eyestrain. Polarised lenses are a great option as unlike ordinary glasses, they eliminate 99.9% of glare from horizontal surfaces such as roads, water and snow.

4) Contact lens care – Keeping a contact lens case in your pocket or your purse creates a breeding ground for bacteria. It’s important to replace your contact lens case every two months and keep it in a clean, dry place. After you put in your contact lenses, make sure the solution is emptied from the case, then rinse and dry the case before you store your lenses in it again. Otherwise, disposable daily contact lenses are a great option.

5) Eat Fresh – Enjoying a nutrient rich diet with plenty of vegetables and leafy greens is important for healthy eyes. Choosing foods that are rich in zinc such as spinach and red meat as well as foods rich in omega-3 such as fish and nuts are a great choice.


Click here to book your eye test now to check for macular degeneration or give us a ring on 02 9872 1555

Macular Degeneration Vision

Early detection of macular degeneration can save your sight

Did you know that 1 in 4 people over 50 are still not heeding the call to action to have their eyes tested and macula checked despite 85% being aware of macular degeneration?1

Sparks & Feros Optometrists is supporting Macular Disease Foundation Australia in urging local residents at risk to see their local optometrist and take control of their eye health this Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (24-30 May). Risk factors for macular degeneration include being over the age of fifty, a direct family history, and smoking.

Macular degeneration, Australia’s leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness, affects more than 1.15 million Australians over 502, and without appropriate prevention and treatment measures, this number is set to increase to 1.7 million by 2030, given the rapidly ageing population.

Finding out is as easy as visiting your local optometrist for an eye test and macula check. The very early signs of macular degeneration can now be identified easily by modern technology, such as the Optomap Ultra-wide Retinal Imaging, which enables the optometrist to see the retina at the back of the eye, where the disease develops, and detect early signs of the disease.

Macular Disease Foundation Australia Chief Executive Officer Julie Heraghty says that dismissing symptoms and not seeking advice risks blindness. “Clearly, awareness of macular degeneration is not enough. Testing is essential and symptom recognition is critical to saving sight,” she said.

The symptoms of macular degeneration may include one or more of the following (the 4 Ds):

  • Difficulty with reading or any other activity with fine vision.
  • Distortion where straight lines appear wavy or bent.
  • Distinguishing faces becomes a problem.
  • Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision.

“Macular degeneration is a chronic disease requiring early detection and diagnosis. In the case of the wet form, it can progress very quickly and requires urgent treatment to save sight. All Australians over 50 should have a regular eye test and macula check, and monitor for any changes in vision between visits to their optometrist,” said Ms Heraghty.

Along with having an eye test and macula check, Australians over 50 should incorporate the good eye health practices of diet and lifestyle into their everyday health routines. Eat dark green leafy vegetables, fresh fruit and fish. Consideration should be given to an appropriate supplement in consultation with your doctor. Quitting smoking is also critical, as smoking can lead to blindness.

Optometry Australia CEO Genevieve Quilty urged people to go to their local optometrist this week and commended Macular Disease Foundation Australia for helping to raise awareness of eye health in general.

“Macular Degeneration Awareness Week is a great reminder to make an appointment to visit your optometrist today. Early detection is crucial to saving sight,” she said.

For more information call us on 02 9872 1555 or email us at info@sparksferos.com.au


  1. The study was conducted on the Galaxy Telephone Omnibus in March 2015, among 1,100 Australians nationwide aged 16 years and older. The data was weighted to the latest ABS population estimates.
  2. ‘Eyes on the future – A clear outlook on age-related macular degeneration’. Report by Deloitte Access Economics & Macular Degeneration Foundation, 2011. 2014 projections are a linear projection between 2010 and 2015 estimates.

About macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. All Australians over the age of 50 years should have an eye test and make sure their macula is checked. The macula is the central part of the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The macula processes all central visual images and is responsible for the ability to drive, see colours clearly, read and recognise faces. Macular degeneration causes damage to the macula, resulting in central vision loss.

About Macular Disease Foundation Australia

Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s vision is to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia through education, awareness, research, support services and representation.

The Foundation is a national charity providing information, guidance and support for those living with macular disease, primarily macular degeneration, which is responsible for fifty percent of all vision loss and blindness in Australia. It is the voice of the macular disease community.

About Optometry Australia

Optometry Australia is the peak professional organisation for almost 90% of Australian optometrists.

Click here to book your eye test now to check for macular degeneration or give us a ring on 02 9872 1555

Transitions Graphite Green

Transitions Signature VII Graphite Green

Are you a fan of transition lenses that conveniently change colour in the sun, removing the need to take your glasses off to put on your prescription sunglasses? Then you will LOVE the new Essilor Transitions product! Check it out:

Advanced technology that puts your best look forward. Graphite Green lenses perfectly complement many frame styles and colours.

Like a pair of your own? Speak to us now on 02 9872 1555 or email us!

Optrex Actimist

Optrex ActiMist 2in1 Eye Spray

Do you have dry or irritated eyes? Try the Optrex ActiMist 2in1 Eye Spray – Buy it at Sparks & Feros now!

Optomap Exam

Optomap Ultra-Wide Retinal Imaging now available!

Great news! Sparks & Feros Optometrists is officially the first eye care provider in the Carlingford-Epping areas to offer patients high resolution Optomap® Ultra-Wide Digital Retinal imaging. The Optomap® system is a scanning laser ophthalmoscope that captures an image of virtually the entire retina.

“I am extremely pleased to offer this new technology to my patients,” said Principal Optometrist, Norm Sparks.

“Most patients feel they should only be examined when they need a change in prescription.

In reality, the most important part of the examination is determining the health of the retina. The Optomap® provides us with a permanent digital image which I can manipulate and magnify to have the most comprehensive view of the back of the eye in order to better and more effectively discover abnormalities that may be present.”

We have the new the Optomap® Tx 200 system non-invasively captures an instantaneous, ultra-wide field digital scan of the retina, revealing important information for the comprehensive evaluation of systemic and ocular health. The 200 degree internal scan captured in a quarter of a second enhances clinical care, patient satisfaction and practice efficiency. It is performed quickly and easily enabling practitioners to spend more time analysing, diagnosing and educating rather than gathering information. Optomap® imaging is performed as an initial step in a comprehensive eye exam, giving practitioners a tool to help discover retinal disease. This offers an opportunity to diagnose eye conditions – as well as other health conditions – early. Importantly, it enables the practitioner to effectively determine the next course of action.

Early detection of any retinal abnormality may lead to earlier and safer treatments and in many cases prevents vision loss. Optomap® imaging should be performed annually regardless of symptoms, thereby allowing optometrists to observe subtle changes occurring as patient’s age.

Schedule your Optomap Examination today by calling us on 02 9872 1555 or book online now!