Did you know that you can claim ANY health fund optical benefits with us? Maximise your entitlements and our expertise to find the perfect eyewear for you. We take the time to understand how you use your eyes so that we can tailor our eyewear recommendation for your needs.
Just a few of the ways you can use your optical benefits this year:
- Contact Lenses The latest technologies in contact lenses means we can prescribe a contact lens solution for almost any prescription.
- Prescription Sunglasses Enjoy clear vision and UV protection at the same time.
- Digital Eyewear Spend a lot of time in front of digital screens? Ask us about digital eyewear to help alleviate the strain on your eyes.
- New Fashion Look We love helping people select a new look from our hand-picked range of frames. - Reading Glasses If you enjoy reading and do a lot of close-work, a specific pair of reading glasses can provide clear vision and an extra level of comfort for your eyes.
- Driving Glasses Your vision is responsible for around 90% of the information we use for driving. We can assess your vision to ensure maximum road safety with appropriate eyewear.
- Spare Everyday Pair Losing or breaking your glasses can be stressful if you don’t have a back-up pair. Come in and claim a spare pair with your optical extras.
- Sports Eyewear Sport-specific eyewear can enhance both your comfort and performance on the field.
So, come in and let us help you make the most of your optical extras before they expire on December 31!
I've just joined the 10-day Trek for Sight fundraising challenge in Sri Lanka!
I'll be stepping out of my comfort zone to hike some of Sri Lanka’s most strenuous peaks and see firsthand the work that the Brien Holden Vision Institute & Optometry Giving Sight do - all in an effort to raise the standards of care for the vision impaired in Sri Lanka and around the globe.
I’ll have the opportunity to visit the Warakapola Vision Centre to gain better insight into how the project we’re supporting is run, and I’ll have the chance to participate in the screening process, registration of patients, and distribution of spectacles. This will be a powerful and life-changing experience not only for me but for the recipients receiving treatment.
If you would like to support me on my challenge and therefore help eliminate poverty and create equality for those suffering from poor vision and limited and insufficient eye care, then please make a donation by clicking here: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/trek-for-sight-sri-lanka. The more people that know about this great charity, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
It is vital to protect your eyes from UV radiation.
Just like our skin, our eyes are susceptible to both the short term and long-term effects of UV rays, the facts don’t lie:
1. Australia has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world.
2. Eyes are 10x more sensitive to UV than your skin.
3. Estimated 20% of cataracts and almost 50% of pterygium treated each year is caused by sun exposure.
4. Cataracts is the most performed elective surgery in Australia.
We are urging all of our patients to protect their eyes from long term sun damage with a pair of quality sunglasses and most importantly UV blocking lenses.
Ensuring that your eyes have adequate protection from UV whilst you spend time outdoors with friends and family and enjoy the beauty of our local area is really important to us. That’s why we recommend sunglasses for all adults and kids as part of our holistic eye care solution – assessing your eyes for UV damage is an essential part of our eye examination. While many people know the risk of UV to their skin, they are unaware of the impact of long-term exposure to UV on their eyes. Sunglasses are so much more than a fashion accessory.
The Skin Cancer Foundations research has shown that the eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV than your skin. Often people think that being under a tree or wearing a hat is enough to protect them from harmful UV. However, it is crucial to wear quality sunglasses with high UV protection to avoid indirect UV damage from reflections off surfaces such as water, buildings or roads. Direct sunlight can also be more prevalent at this time of year as the sun is lower in the sky especially during the morning and afternoons. Creating an angle that streams direct sunlight into the eye.
40 minutes is all it takes for us to undertake a 360° comprehensive eye consultation. This consultation is the main weapon against avoidable vision loss and blindness by picking up early signs of eye disease so it can be diagnosed and treated. The 360° eye consultation includes a holistic and extensive eye examination plus advice on health, diet and lifestyle and the latest eyewear solutions for maintaining healthy eyes and vision.
1. Cancer Council, 2018
2. Australian Skin Cancer Foundation
3. Cancer Council Australia’s National Skin Cancer Committee and reviewed by RANZCO (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists) 2013
4. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016-17
Kale is high in lutein and zeaxanthin as well as vegetable nitrates, while pistachios contain selenium. These are important nutrients in macula health. For more recipes and information see https://www.mdfoundation.com.au/nutrition.
1 large bunch kale, tough stems removed
1 cup olive oil
50g block parmesan
2 cloves garlic
1 cup basil leaves
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
50g danish feta, crumbled
Pre-heat a chargrill pan to high. Plunge the kale into a large pot of boiling salted water and blanch until it is limp. Drain well. Drizzle with a little olive oil and place on the grill until it is slightly charred.
Break the parmesan up into a few pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor. Blitz until it is finely chopped. Add the kale, garlic, pistachios, basil and salt and blitz again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and blitz again, pouring the oil in a steady stream as you go. Stir through the crumbled feta.
Place in a lidded container and cover the surface of the pesto with a thin film of oil to prevent discolouration. Place the lid on and store in the fridge for 2-3 days.
This pesto is lovely as a dip on its own and is also great as a pasta sauce, loosened with a little of the water the pasta cooks in.
Do you find yourself having to hold the menu further away to read it? Are you struggling to read messages on your mobile phone or the small print on grocery labels?
If you are, you’re not alone.
These are common first signs of presbyopia, the normal loss of near focusing ability that occurs with age. Unfortunately, we can’t escape this, and most of us will start to notice this change in our early to mid-forties. The good news is that we can correct presbyopia very simply with glasses or contact lenses in the prescription you need.
What causes presbyopia?
As we age, the lens in the eye gradually thickens and loses elasticity. As a result, light focuses behind the retina instead of directly on it, compromising our ability to focus on close objects.
What are the common symptoms?
• Small print appears blurred
• Having to hold reading material further than arm’s distance
• Tired or strained eyes when performing close tasks
Why see us?
You don’t need to put up with the inconvenience and strain of presbyopia. Our job is to get your near vision within arm’s length again, and this starts with a comprehensive eye examination. Once we have a full picture of your vision and eye health, we’ll prescribe a tailored solution that fits best with your daily life. It’s natural to feel a little apprehensive about wearing glasses or contact lenses for the first time. Our experienced team will support you through the process, so you see well and feel confident in your new eyewear.
As screen time increases, eye examinations for children become more important than ever.
As another school year begins, we are raising awareness of the critical role a child’s eyes play in their school life; from reading, writing, sports activities to computer use. More often than not, children themselves won’t identify that there is anything wrong with their vision as they assume their vision is just like everyone else’s. That’s why we urge parents to bring their kids in before they start school and every two years thereafter to give us the best chance to pick up vision problems early.
An astounding 1 in 5 children suffers from an undetected vision problem, however the research shows a sharp decline in optometric services to children of all ages up to 14.
This trend is alarming because vision is responsible for 80% of all learning in a child’s first 12 years. Poor vision can interfere with your child’s ability to learn both in and out of the classroom, and can also stunt their emotional and social development. Seeing your child before they start school means we can ensure their visual system is functioning optimally for learning.
Some of key signs and symptoms of vision problems include:
At Tamborine Mountain Optometrists we take a holistic and extensive approach to an eye examination, including advice on health, diet and lifestyle and the latest eyewear solutions for maintaining healthy eyes and vision. Call us on 5545 0277 for an appointment or book online on our website www.tamborinemountainoptometrists.com.
The facts and figures in this article are sourced from research conducted by Vision Council of America, Making the Grade, 2009.
Relying on a single pair of glasses may not be enough to meet all your vision needs.
One pair of glasses usually won’t do it all. While many people make do with just one pair of glasses, we want people to be aware that settling for one general-purpose pair often means a compromise on their vision.
Take advantage of your optical extras to find the perfect eyewear to update or complement your current pair. Our job as eyewear experts is to recommend what will benefit you most and help you achieve the sharpest vision possible, and we take this job seriously. Whether you spend most of your time in front of digital screens, lead a very active lifestyle or want a high-fashion pair for those special occasions, we’ll tailor our eyewear solution to ensure you get the most out of your annual optical extras.
So what eyewear solutions are available for the various aspects of life?
The facts and figures in this release are sourced from research conducted by:
1. Ernst & Young (2016). Digital Australia. Sydney, NSW.
From a young age we are educated about the dangers of sun exposure to our skin and overall health, and yet many of us are still unaware of the risks to our eyes. Did you know that your eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV damage than your skin? Here are 4 reasons why you should protect your eyes as well as your skin, all-year-round.
4 Reasons You Should Protect Your Eyes From UV
What You Can Do?
Given the high levels of UV that we’re exposed to in Australia, it’s important to protect the whole family (yes, your kids too!) all year round from UV eye damage – no matter the weather. How? By wearing quality sunglasses that offer high UV protection, and other sun protection as well, like a wide-brim hat.
When to wear sunglasses?
Australia has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world, which means when the sun is out in full force you want quality protection from UV rays and dangerous glare.
There's UV light on overcast or cloudy days and during other seasons – anytime it’s daytime.
Protecting your eyes from UV is a year-round job.
UV rays bounce directly off surfaces like water, snow, sand and concrete - even if you’re in the shade. Quality polarised sunglasses provide superior glare and UV protection in these situations.
There are studies to suggest that most cars’ side windows do not provide effective protection from UV rays. Quality polarised sunglasses will help protect your eyes as well as minimise distracting glare on the road.
You see sunglasses. We see protection from eye damage.
Assess Your Eye Health
Seeing us for a regular eye examination allows us to monitor your eye health over time for any signs of UV related eye damage. We will examine the internal and external health of your eyes at length through a series of tests using the latest technology, checking for signs of eye disease and UV damage.
Discuss Your Eye Protection Needs
As part of your consultation, we’ll provide a personalised recommendation for UV protection moving forward that considers your lifestyle and vision needs.
High Quality Sunglasses
Not all sunglasses are created equal. We recommend highest rating UV and glare protection and embrace the latest lens technology to deliver you the best combination of vision and protection.
Once you try polarised sunglasses, we’re confident you won’t look back. Superior glare protection is achieved by eliminating distracting reflective light that bounces off horizontal surfaces such as water, roads and sand into our eyes.
Sunglasses in your prescription are no longer an indulgence and you can select from a wide range of the latest styles. Enjoy the freedom and convenience of clear vision combined with UV protection.
A regular eye exam could save your sight
The Facts around Eye health in Australia don’t lie:
Tamborine Mountain Optometrists is launching the ‘If you can’t see clearly, nothing is wrong. Right?’ Preventive Eyecare campaign to urge people to safeguard themselves and their families against preventable vision loss with an eyes test every 3 years, or every 12 months if over 65 years old.
Nicky Carr from Tamborine Mountain Optometrists said ‘the main reason someone visits an optometrist today is that they experience a deterioration in their vision. Many symptoms of eye disease are silent, so it is really important that Australians don’t wait until they experience a change in their vision before seeing their local optometrist.’
As part of the campaign, Tamborine Mountain Optometrists are highlighting that taking 40 minutes today may just save your sight tomorrow, because 40 minutes is all it takes for the team at Tamborine Mountain Optometrists to provide a holistic 360° comprehensive eye consultation. This consultation is the main weapon against avoidable vision loss and blindness by picking up early signs of eye disease so it can be diagnosed and treated.
A 360° eye consultation not only includes an evaluation of the sharpness of your vision, but also an in-depth look into the internal and external health of your eyes to check for signs of eye disease, UV damage and other general health conditions. ‘We place an emphasis on our patients’ overall health and well-being, by looking at their diet and lifestyle as well, so that we can prescribe the most tailored eyewear solutions for maintaining healthy eyes and vision’ says Nicky.
Tamborine Mountain Optometrists has been operating on Tamborine Mountain for more than 19 years. The team has more than 58 years’ experience and is passionate about delivering the best possible eye care to the community. They can be contacted on 5545 0277 and are located at North Tamborine Shopping Square at 17-27 Main Western Road.
The facts and figures in this release are sourced from research conducted by: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW); Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011–12 National Health Survey (NHS); Line of Sight blueprint by Optometry Australia; Vision Australia; www.aihw.gov.au/hospitals/surgery-2010-11; www.visioneyeinstitute.com.au/article/facts-eye-health-australia/; ^ Ranzco Eye Foundation *ProVision Consumer Study, 2016 #NEHS 2016.
As technology makes cars increasingly safer, we are raising awareness of the critical role vision plays in safety. Drivers have become very focused on safety, it’s a must-have. Most are concerned about their car’s abilities but don’t think about the major influential factor in crashes: human error. If the person operating a safe car can’t see clearly, then safety features may be inconsequential.
We know that vision is the most important sense for making decisions on the road and that uncorrected vision is a contributor to crash risk.^ Road safety starts with good vision, and that means seeing well at all distances, in all conditions.
This lack of awareness around driver safety is concerning for Tamborine Mountain Optometrists. Vision is responsible for around 90% of the information used when driving, even a small change in vision is cause for concern.
But how do you know if you might be at risk? Ask yourself if you experience any of the following:
Driving and modern-day living go hand in hand. Australians are spending more time in their cars commuting and traffic is ever-increasing. Poor vision is a contributor to road accidents and yet it’s a risk every driver can easily reduce by following the ‘Check Your Vision’ Golden Rule*:
^Dr. Tj Van Der Berg, 2005, Relevance of glare sensitivity and impairment of visual function among European drivers, European Commission. World Health Organisation raining Manual 2006: Road Traffic Injury Prevention.
*Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), 2017
Nicky Carr is our full time optometrist and is also our practice owner.