Is Wearing a Face Mask Making Your Eyes Feel Dry? Here’s What You Can Do.

As Australia, along with the rest of the world, slowly gets back on her feet to reclaim some of our lost economy, wearing face masks for extended periods of time will become the norm…at least whilst there is still no vaccine or cure available for the dreaded Coronavirus. Wearing a facemask, along with frequent handwashing, is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus, which is why we request that all our patients and staff wear their face masks whilst at our practices. However, many of our patients have complained about increased dry eye symptoms with…
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Why We Ask Our Patients to Wear a Mask

Our eye care team works hard to fulfill our commitment to keep all our patients safe during their eye tests, but we have this one simple request—that our patients wear a mask when at the practice at all times, at least whilst the Coronavirus is still a threat. Why Wearing a Mask Is a Must A simulation of a patient coughing once during a slitlamp eye examination showed that respiratory droplets can spread up to five metres. The droplets were found on the slitlamp, breath shield and the practitioner including their hair, arms and hands, shoes and clothes. Smaller droplets…
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“Back to Online School” Checklist to Prevent Eye Strain in Kids

Kids’ eye strain is real. It isn’t something one experiences only when they are older. 2020 is the year everyone will remember, including kids who are experiencing “distance learning” for the first time—transitioning from regular school to online school. Because online learning requires kids to use a laptop or computer, eyecare professionals anticipate a school year filled with complaints of digital eye strain. In fact, there has been a noted increase in kids complaining of eye strain early on in the school year. Why Eye Strain Happens When kids work with a computer or digital device, they don’t blink as…
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This Gently Spinning Eyelid Scrub Treatment Works Wonders for Eyelid Inflammation

Eyelid inflammation, medically called Blepharitis, is very common amongst Australians, yet it is one of the most underdiagnosed eye conditions because symptoms can be mild in the earlier stages, or they can be mistaken for other eye conditions. If left untreated, blepharitis can get worse and may cause serious eye conditions. Symptoms of blepharitis include: The “sticky slime” called biofilm develops as bacteria multiplies. Parasitic eyelash mites called Demodex feed on the biofilm and make a home within your eyelid margins, which worsens inflammation. Watery eyes Red eyes Gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes Eyelids that appear greasy…
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How the Coronavirus Affected Optometry…and What We’re Doing About It

During the early months of 2020, when Australia was just recovering from the raging bushfires, another threat came swooping down globally. It was an invisible foe this time, something so tiny yet caused such huge devastation: the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. In what seemed like overnight, masks, sanitisers and toilet paper became scarce. People were panicking, and mostly everyone was afraid to go out. This affected a lot of businesses and service providers including the healthcare sector. Optometry was no exception.   The Coronavirus’ Impact on Optometry When COVID-19 cases spiked in NSW, Hillsdale optometrist Dr Tania Seligmann was…
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