Use Your Optical Extras before They Expire on 31 December!

Most private health fund benefits expire at the end of December. If your health fund is one of them, make sure you claim your optical extras before they reset…and you’ve claimed nothing! Why Australians Get Private Health Insurance An initial eye consultation is covered by Medicare, and most optometrists don’t charge any further costs or fees. However, certain prescription lenses, contact lenses or prescription sunglasses are not covered by Medicare. This is one of the reasons why Australians get private health insurance. According to the Australian Government’s private health advice website PrivateHealth.gov.au, your prescription lenses, frames and contact lenses are…
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Why Prioritising Eye Health during COVID-19 is Critical

Australians have been putting off having eye examinations, planning to visit their optometrists ‘after COVID’. The indicator? A significant drop in total rebateable optometric services under Medicare, according to Optometry Australia’s Chief Clinical Officer, Luke Arundel. Missing out on crucial eye care examinations have significant consequences. One reason is 90 percent of vision impairment which may lead to blindness are treatable when detected early. Stroke and Tumour Found during an Eye Test If you are experiencing vision changes, no matter how ‘mild’ they may seem, please visit your eyecare professional as soon as possible. “We have recently seen patients with…
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9 Visual Perception Activities to Help Your Child Get School Ready

The seeing process involves (1) the eyes focusing on an object, (2) the eyes sending visual information to the brain, and (3) the brain correctly interpreting what the eyes see. Visual perception is the brain’s ability to understand and make sense of visual information. A child who has visual perception problems usually has good eyesight, but struggles to understand and respond to what they see. This may cause problems in school and social settings. Visual perception activities can help a child make sense of the information that their eyes are sending to the brain. Good visual perception skills are needed…
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Increased Screen Time for Kids: 6 Things Parents Need to Know

Kids are now mostly studying from home and using technology for a good number of hours each day. After class, many would spend a few more hours staring at digital screens for leisure such as video gaming or watching movies. What does increased screen time for kids mean for concerned parents and guardians? 1. Kids are using their near vision more than usual. Our eyes are designed to look into the distance. When we do extended near work, this forces our ciliary body, or the eye muscle that allows humans to focus on near objects, to work overtime. As we…
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MiyoSmart, the Lens Designed to Slow Down Myopia in Children

Parents rejoice! The award-winning lenses developed to slow down short-sightedness in kids and teens are here in Sydney. HOYA, with their cutting-edge optics technologies, has partnered with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and developed a lens that’s proven to curb myopia progression by up to 59% and halt myopia progression by 21.5%. This lens breakthrough in myopia control uses an award-winning DIMS (Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments) technology, which means the lens has a central optical zone for correcting refractive error and a surrounding area of multiple segments of constant myopic defocus which extend to the mid-periphery of the lens. What…
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