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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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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