Back to School in the Time of Coronavirus

It wasn’t long ago when we shared a back to online school checklist to help kids prevent eye strain from home computer use. Those were the times of “distance learning,” when COVID-19 cases were at their peak in Sydney and people were advised to work or study from home. Now, our government has approved that kids can resume learning in a classroom setting. Scientific data from John Cook University also shows it is safe for kids to return to school, whilst further reading about school safety for Sydney’s school-age kids can be found in the NSW Government website. As parents,…
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Kids Can Get Eye Strain Too! Here’s How to Prevent It.

Eye strain affects both adults and kids but is especially uncomfortable for kids because their eyes are still developing. Unfortunately, the current pandemic has shifted classroom learning to e-learning, allowing more hours of screen time, less outdoor time, lessened peer-to-peer interaction and decreased visual activities which don’t involve the computer. Fortunately, here are six simple things parents can do to help prevent digital eye strain in kids so they can make the most out of learning from home. 1. Make sure your child has had a recent comprehensive eye test. If your child’s last eye test was over a year…
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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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