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Do I need an Eye Exam for Reading Glasses?

Posted in 'General' on January 10, 2015 by Stuart Macfarlane

It usually starts around age 40 and happens to everyone. The natural lens in your eye becomes less elastic with age. Focusing on object or text near you becomes more difficult or results in eye fatigue. This is completely normal. The medical term for this is called Presbyopia. Presbyopia comes from the Greek word "presbys” meaning "elder” and the Greek word "ops” meaning "eye”.

 Reading Glasses

Reading Glasses

Local patients looking for reading glasses (also known as "readers”) in Brisbane typically call their optometrist or visit the drug store. Sometimes, a pair of magnifying glasses work adequately; however, it is definitely in your best interest to take this time to get an eye exam.

Get an eye exam before buying reading glasses.

While presbyopia is a normal age related condition, similar symptoms can sometimes be related to something more serious such as macular degeneration. Also, headaches and eye strain can result from wearing reading glasses that are not prescribed correctly to your prescription. Eye exams should also be taken annually; if you have not had one please visit our page on comprehensive eye exams to learn why they are so important. Early detection is always key in eye care. After you have consulted with your optometrist you can make an educated decision on your next pair of readers. 



What is a stye? Identifying and treating hordeolum

Posted in 'General' on January 10, 2015 by Stuart Macfarlane

One of our patients from Brisbane came in to our Logan Central office last week with a bump on his eyelid. The bump was tender, red, and irritating. This patient was due for an eye exam as well, so we were able to tend to the irritating bump and get his eye exam completed in one consultation. The bump was diagnosed as a stye which is also known as an hordeolum. 

What is a Stye?

Stye
A stye, also known as a sty, is swelling at the edge of an eyelid. The medical term for stye is hordeolum. An internal hordeolum occurs whereby the bump is a bacterial infection of a (meibomian) oil gland.  With an external hordeolum the infection is centred on an eyelash follicule.  Nearly everyone will get at least one stye once in their lifetime. Occasionally, a stye will make the entire eyelid swell. Styes should not affect vision; if you are experiencing vision problems please contact your optometrist immediately.

 Causes

 Styes are a bacterial infection generally caused by staphylococcal bacteria. This bacteria is transferred to the eye when people rub their eyes and can also be associated with blepharitis. Staphylococcal bacteria is found in the human body, including the nose.

 Symptoms

 Styes typically start with pain, redness, tenderness, or swelling, then advance to a bump at the edge of an eyelid. The stye may resemble a pimple. Other symptoms which may accompany a stye include swollen eyelids, swollen eyes, or watery eyes.

Diagnosis & Medical Treatment

 Most styes are self-limiting and go away all by themselves. To speed the process apply a hot compress on the stye for 5-10 minutes several times daily. This can be followed by light massage of the area. Eventually the stye should rupture and drain itself. If your stye lasts over a month or is causing excessive discomfort, contact us. Very occasionally styes may need to be surgically drained, or we may prescribe an antibiotic eyedrop. Sometime other bumps around the eyelid are mistaken for styes, including chalazia, milia, and xanthelasma. If you have frequent styes, please inform your optometrist.

 If you develop an increased temperature, marked pain, or the swelling is spreading to involve the entire eyelid or surrounding tissue then seek attention.

 Sometimes styes are related to a lid condition called blepharitis.  Using lid hygiene with a commercially available preparation such as "lid care" can control blepharitis, reduce the bacterial load on the lid margin and reduce the frequency of styes.

 






Prescription Sunglasses

Posted in 'General' on January 20, 2015 by Stuart Macfarlane

We're always keeping up with the latest fashionable sunglasses from the top names in eyewear and bringing them right here to Logan Central for you. 

Ray-Ban, Oakley, Espirit, Bill Bass, Guess, Trent Nathan, and Charlie Brown are just a few of the brands that we carry.

When driving or spending time at the beach or lake, a good pair of prescription sunglasses is a huge convenience and allow you to see the world with clarity. 

Prescription sunglasses are available for practically any lens prescription, just like regular spectacles.

All the sunglasses we carry offer UV and glare protection. UV protection is the most important aspect to getting any type of sunglasses, prescription or non-prescription. For a comprehensive explanation please visit our page on UV radiation.

We also carry transition tinted lenses. Customers from Brisbane, Springwood, Daisy Hill, and all around Logan Central come in for the latest trends. 

For more information please give us a call or stop by today and take a look. Be sure to ask about our current package deals as well. 



What is Acanthamoeba Keratitis?

Posted in 'General' on January 20, 2015 by Stuart Macfarlane

Acanthamoeba are microscopic one celled parasites which are most often found in water such as tap water, well water, hot tubs, lakes, sea water, swimming pools, HVAC systems, humidifiers, and dirt. They can cause a rare but serious infection of the eye called Acanthamoeba Keratitis and most cases involve wearers of contact lenses.

Symptoms of Acanthamoeba Keratitis

 Symptoms vary from patient to patient and closely resemble other eye issues. The most common symptoms are:

  • Eye pain
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Foreign body sensation (the feeling of something in your eye)
  • Excessive tearing

Treatment of Acanthamoeba Keratitis

Left untreated, Acanthamoeba Keratitis may lead to corneal scarring and the need for a corneal transplant. Early treatment is key to treating Acanthamoeba. Diagnosis can be difficult as the symptoms closely resemble those of conjuctivitis.

Prevention

Follow your optometrist's tips regarding contact lens care. Remove contacts before swimming or going into a hot tub. While anyone can get this infection, the vast majority of infections are limited to people who wear contact lenses.

 

 





Spectacle and Eyeglass Frames

Posted in 'General' on January 20, 2015 by Stuart Macfarlane

You might not get to choose the prescription of your lenses; however, you can choose your frames.

If you are located in the Logan Central, Springwood, Daisy Hill, or nearby area and looking for new frames feel free to visit us; we have a wide variety of spectacle frames available.

Choosing the right frames 

There are a few technical aspects to selecting frames. For example, certain frames may allow more light to enter the lens. A trained optician can assist you with making sure you get the best type of frames. Technicalities aside, choosing the right frames for you has a lot to do with your personal preference.

Facial shape

Many people like to select frames that contrast their facial shape or balance out certain facial features.

The 7 most common facial shapes are oval, heart (aka inverted triangle), long (aka oblong), round, square, diamond, and pear (aka triangular).

Typically people with oval faces can get away with most any frame. Many of our patients with rectangle faces are happiest with large, square frames with decorative edges. Some people with square faces enjoy round or oval glasses to reduce angular appearance.

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Frame Color

Hair colour, eye colour, and skin tone are always a factor when selecting the frame colour of your new glasses.

Some of our patients like eyeglass frames that match their skin tone. This is usually the most important or first factor used in selecting spectacle frames, and complexions fall into a 'cool' or 'warm' undertone.

There are a wide variety of eye colours. People usually want a frame colour that will complement their eye colour.

Hair colour is also an important factor. Hair colours are also considered warm or cool. As a brief example, people with brown hair and dark undertones may like black, blue, or pink frames, and people with brown hair and light undertones may select red, cream white, green or purple frames.

Need help deciding?  

 We will be happy to assist you in your selection of frames, just let us know how we can help. We carry a variety of designer eyewear for you to choose from.