EYE CARE

About Eye CareAn eye exam being performed

Checking your vision to see if you require glasses or contact lenses is only one aspect of an eye examination.

We can also detect ocular health problems such as glaucoma and cataracts, and even general health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Our practice takes great pride in providing the most comprehensive eye examination possible and uses state-of-the-art equipment to assist us in the assessment of your vision and ocular health.

Regular Eye exams

Regular eye tests ensure your eyes are healthy and that you are wearing spectacles most suited to your individual needs.

If computer work occupies a large part of your working day you may benefit from spectacles specifically designed for the computer screen, also called a Visual Display Unit (VDU).

It is wise to have an eye test every 2 years or sooner if you are experiencing problems.

Suitable Glasses

With developing lens technology we can now prescribe spectacles which will provide clear, comfortable vision for almost all daily activities. We take great care in prescribing the best lens design for your individual visual needs. For example you may benefit from a pair of spectacles specifically for screen use, or a pair of multifocal lenses if you have dynamic visual demands.

As the population ages health authorities are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of UV protection. A pair of sunglasses is integral in the protection of your eyes from ultraviolet light whenever you are outdoors. Decreasing your exposure helps to protect you from Age Related Macular Degeneration and Cataract.

Ergonomics

Ensuring that your desk chair and screen are set up at the right height for your individual requirements can go a long way in preventing visual fatigue. Eye strain, neck and back pain and headaches can all result from sitting in the wrong position for extended periods.

Ideally if you use a computer monitor it should be:

  • Situated directly in your line of sight
  • 5 - 15 degrees below your line of sight
  • At least 60 cm away from your eyes

Lighting

Working in adequate light is essential for comfortable vision. Avoid annoying reflections which add to visual stress by turning your screen away from windows and bright lights.

Regular Breaks

Try to take regular breaks when working for prolonged periods at a screen. Relaxing your eyes by looking out the window for a few seconds can help to prevent ocular fatigue.

Blinking

When concentrating on a particular task we can sometimes forget to blink, allowing the front surface of our eye to become dehydrated and subsequently uncomfortable.

Many people suffer from dry eyes while concentrating on a computer screen, particularly when working in an air-conditioned environment. Reminding yourself to blink can prevent this and ocular lubricants can be sometimes advised by the optometrist.