Use it or lose it


If you have private health insurance and haven’t used your optical allowance in this calendar year, it may reset on January 2018.

All health funds are different, but in general members are eligible to make a claim each year on prescription optical frames, prescription sunglasses or contact lenses. Some health funds use the word ‘preferred provider’ in an attempt to guide you towards their own specified health professionals. In actual fact, you have the choice of who prescribes and fits your prescription glasses. All optometrists are able to use the HICAPS system for rebates. 

Some health insurance companies work on a financial calendar year, some from date joined, but the majority follow the January to December calendar. If you don’t claim your rebate within that twelve month period, it will not roll over each year. In other words, your benefits are not accumulative — any funds you don’t claim will “reset” each year and no longer be available to you.

How to make the most of your optical rebate

If you’re due for an eye test, you can book by calling today at Tweed Heads .

If you already have a prescription, it’s easy, you just need to select a frame. Our optical frames start at just $60! You could walk away with a pair of prescription glasses for little to no out of pocket payment.
Call today for an appointment!

You don’t need glasses? You still need an eye test


Whether you need glasses or not, an annual routine eye examination is important for checking the overall health of your eyes. An optometrist can often diagnose many eye conditions and disease well before you will notice any symptoms.

During an eye examination, your optometrist will check muscle movement and how well your eyes work together. They will use an eye chart to check how well you can see. Your peripheral vision will be tested as well as your pupils reaction to light. Eye pressure is also checked, as abnormal pressure can indicate glaucoma.

Sometimes your optometrist may be required to dilate your pupils for a more thorough investigation of the internals and back of the eye. Dilating drops will make you sensitive to light, and create some blur which will gradually wear off over 3-4 hours.

Eye conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration can creep up on you without any noticeable symptoms. Early treatment is important to maintaining optimum vision and reducing or stopping progress of the disease.

So if you think it’s been more than two years since your last eye test, call today and make an appointment. You only have one set of eyes, look after them.



Diabetes and Eyes


People with diabetes have a greater risk of developing eye complications due to high blood sugar levels, however early detection and optimal management can prevent up to 98% of vision loss.

How can Diabetes affect your eyes?
People with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age and are twice as likely to develop glaucoma as are non-diabetics. The primary vision problem caused by diabetes is diabetic retinopathy.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is retinopathy (damage to the retina) caused by complications of diabetes, which can eventually lead to blindness.
The retina is the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye which enables us to see. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when elevated blood glucose levels damage the small blood vessels of the retina, causing them to weaken and become more susceptible to blockages. This can lead to blood leakage, swelling and reduced oxygen supply in the retina.

What are some common symptoms and early warning signs?
Common symptoms and early warning signs include blurred vision, sensitivity to light, distorted vision, poor night vision, dim vision, loss of vision, and floating spots in your vision.

Can eye complications due to Diabetes be treated? 
At present there is no cure for diabetes, but early detection and optimal management are essential in reducing your risk of eye complications.

How can I reduce my risk?
The good news is that while the risk of developing retinopathy is present, maintaining your blood sugar levels within the recommended range, adopting a healthy lifestyle and having your eyes tested regularly can reduce your risk by up to 58%.

Eye Myths Uncovered

It’s important to separate fact from fiction, particularly when we are talking about your eyesight. Understanding how to care for your eyes can sometimes be a tricky minefield of information, so here are a few eye myths busted and facts substantiated to help you find your way.

Failure to use the correct glasses will hurt your eyesFACTFUNNY GLASSES-0

Who hasn’t tried someone else’s glasses and felt dizzy or a noticeable strain on their eyes? While wearing the incorrect script can feel weird, it won’t actually cause any long lasting damage. It will however leave you with a headache and if you are wearing the incorrect script to drive you should consider the legal implications if you are in a car accident.


Use a raw steak on a black eyeMYTH

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Ummmm, NO! Just no. Although black eyes aren’t usually serious, you should still see your eye doctor to rule out possible internal eye damage. As for placing raw meat over the injury, you are potentially exposing your eye to a breeding ground for infection. The best course of action for a black eye is a cold compress to reduce swelling. Save the steak for the barbecue.

Carrots improve your visionFACT

While parentscarrot-juice-1623157_1920 will tell their kids anything in the hope to get them eating vegetables, the saying that carrots will improve your vision is true. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid pigment which is an essential precursor for vitamin A. Deficiencies in vitamin A are the leading causes of blindness in the developing world. A dinner plate full of vegetables is essential for not only good eye health, but good overall health.


Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes – MYTH

watching-2082788_1280While sitting too close to the TV can cause eye strain, it won’t actually do any permanent damage. Children can focus at close distance without eyestrain better than adults. Therefore children often develop the habit of holding reading materials close to their eyes or sitting right in front of the television. Ordinarily most children grow out of this habit, but if you have concerns, get your child’s eyes tested.



Reading in the dark will weaken your eyesMYTH

It is more than possible that reading in the dark will cause eyestrain and possibly a headache, but it won’t cause any long lasting problems.


Using glasses will weaken my eyes MYTHeye-7335_1920

Wearing glasses will not weaken or damage your eyes. Corrective lenses will take away the eye strain and blur, leaving you with clear vision. Over time your prescription will change and this is due to the natural aging process or eye disease. The lens inside the eye changes as we grow older and usually by about 40 -45 years of age you will require a pair of glasses to improve your near vision.


If you can see clearly you don’t need an eye testMYTH

Even though your vision might feel okay, there are many eye diseases that begin with no visual symptoms. By the time these symptoms are noticeable, often the vision loss is irreversible. It is recommended that anyone with eye disease, or a family history of eye disease, have their eyes tested annually, while two yearly eye tests are suggested for everyone else.

And remember, if in doubt, give us a call and we can help you sift through fact and fiction. Dr. Google isn’t always the best go-to tool for diagnosing eye conditions and providing treatments. 

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