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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Not All Blue Light Control Coatings Are the Same!

If you’re someone who works with a laptop or computer most of the day, digital eye strain might be a common experience for you. One of the solutions your optometrist will recommend for comfortable vision is blue light control coating on your spectacles. But did you know that not all blue light control coatings are the same? Firstly, what is “blue light”?  Sunlight contains rays of different colours, and each ray has different wavelengths and emits different levels or energy. Light waves having longer wavelengths emit less energy, while shorter wavelengths emit higher energy. Blue light has the shortest wavelength…
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Can Babies Develop Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease of the optic nerve that causes gradual and often painless loss of vision. In most cases, the risk of developing glaucoma increases as you get older, and glaucoma is often known as an older person’s disease.  However, there is a type of glaucoma that occurs in babies known as congenital glaucoma. This is a rare condition, and an estimated 1 in 5,000 to 10,000 children under 2 years of age will develop congenital glaucoma. It is usually caused by incorrect development of drainage system in the eye and can be genetic. The eye pressure…
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Free Sunglasses for Sydney’s Primary School Kids!

When it comes to kid’s sun safety, it’s our habit to slather on some sunscreen and get a hat on their head—but what about their eyes? Do your kids wear sunglasses, or have you ever wondered if they need to? It is vital that kids wear sunglasses from an early age for a myriad of reasons. Around half of our lifetime, sun exposure comes before the age of 18, and this exposure begins from the first year of life. It’s never too young to start wearing sunglasses. Experts recommend that children should wear sunglasses when they are playing outside for…
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MyoSmart, the Lens Designed to Slow Down Myopia in Children

The lenses developed to slow down or even stop short-sightedness in kids and teens may be available very soon! 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.…
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