At the recent International Congress of Behavioural Optometry in Sydney, Steve was presented with the Armand Bastien International Award. This is awarded to optometrists who provide outstanding contributions to the advancement of behavioural optometry internationally. An incredible achievement, congratulations Steve!
May is Macula Month!
Many Australians are at risk of developing macular disease but just don’t know it. If you’re over 50 or living with diabetes you’re risk is even greater. By adopting the healthy habits below you will help minimise your risk of vision loss from macular disease, whether you have been diagnosed with the disease or not.
How many of these “healthy habits” can you tick off?
I don’t smoke
I eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
I eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit daily
I eat fish two to three times a week
I choose low glycemic index (low GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI
I eat a handful of nuts a week
I limit the intake of fats and oils
I keep a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly
I have a regular comprehensive eye test and macula check
Regular comprehensive eye tests including a macula check are essential for monitoring eye health and signs of macular disease. If it's been a while between visits, get in contact to book an appointment with us this May!
You can also download the free Macular Menu e-cookbook, filled with a range of delicious and nutritious recipes contributed from celebrities, chefs, eye health professionals, and foodies from our macular disease community.
Get it here >> https://www.mdfoundation.com.au/content/macula-menu-MM18
With the HBF Run for a Reason a little over a month away, Perth is in full prep mode!
While ensuring your activewear is on-point is an obvious priority, don't forget about your peepers! Quality sunglasses are a must-have to make your time in the sun as comfortable as possible, protect your eyes from harmful UV and help you see that finish line clearly! Up until the 26th of May, we're offering 20% off all prescription and non-prescription sunglasses*. Choose from a range of styles including Oroton, Sass & Bide and Lozza.
*Excluding Maui Jim. Offer valid until end of trade on the 26th of May 2018. To claim the discount on prescription sunglasses, customers must have a valid spectacle prescription and purchase sunglasses frames and prescription lenses in a single transaction.
Eyes on Oxford Optometrist and Optometric Adviser to the Parkinson's Association of Western Australia, Liz Wason, outlines the impact Parkinson's can have on vision and the treatments she commonly uses to help those with Parkinson's manage these effects.
What is Parkinson's?
Parkinson’s is a neurological degenerative condition affecting various body functions especially muscle movement and control. It is caused by reduced Dopamine levels being produced in the mid- brain. By the time symptoms occur, there is already approximately 70% reduction in normal Dopamine levels. Dopamine is a chemical responsible for transporting messages from the brain through the nerves to parts of the body. Low levels means no message, weakened message, or intermittent messages to initiate a body movement or response.
How does Parkinson's affect vision?
The most common and typical effects to the vision system are:
- Reduced blinking rate and tear film irregularity causing dry eye. This can present as gritty eyes, sometimes redness, excessive watering, smeary vision or fluctuating vision.
- Reduced visual awareness in dim or low light conditions caused by the outer retina having less sensitivity because of low Dopamine levels. Often Parkinson's patients will want the lights turned on in the house even during the day to increase light levels for seeing more easily and moving confidently inside.
- Poor eye movements for scanning the environment, reading fluently and looking up & down. This will affect safely moving around both indoors and outdoors, driving awareness and reading or writing speed and accuracy. Having to move the head and body instead of just eyes to look at objects increases the rate of falls and increases effort to complete tasks.
- Eye co-ordination control is typically impaired for holding attention and concentration especially for close tasks such as reading, writing and computer use. This can cause issues such as losing place while reading, having to re-read print, reduced comprehension, loss of enjoyment and extreme effort for these activities.
- Medications prescribed for PD often cause changes to pupil reactions causing slower adjustment for change of focus (e.g. far to near) and from well- lit to darker situations.
Optic nerve function can be monitored as an indicator for progression of PD so digital retinal photos and OCT scans are important tests to be checked regularly.
How can these effects on vision be managed?
Commonly, those with Parkinson's will need:
- Eye lubricants for dry eye.
- Separate near task spectacles with prism to assist eye convergence for improving visual comfort and concentration. Bifocal and multifocal are not recommended due to increased risk of falls associated with slow body movement and posture correction and due to poor eye movements exaggerated by disturbed spatial awareness from the lenses. It is also recommended to avoid tinted lenses for indoors.
- In some cases, special prism lenses can assist posture concerns or improve eye position for specific tasks or hobbies.
It is important that medications are discussed with your Optometrist due to possible side- effects. It is also important that your eye exam is performed during your ON medication time to ensure best outcomes & consistent results are measured.
This year we're teaming up with Bullcreek Optometrist to take part in HBF Run for a Reason!
We'll be raising funds for, Manna, a local charity that helps feed those in need. Manna prepares and distributes over 200 meals to the homeless each day and provides breakfast for disadvantaged children at 20 schools in WA.
Any donation big or small will help Manna keep their kitchen stocked, so visit our fundraising page to make a contribution and help us reach our goal of $500. You can also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family via email, Facebook or Twitter.
Thank you from Team Bullseye!
Did you know more than 300,000 Australians are thought to have glaucoma, but only 50% have been diagnosed?
This World Glaucoma Week, make sure you're up to date with your eye health check. Symptoms are often 'silent' during the early stages of the disease and the development of peripheral vision loss can often go unnoticed in day-to-day life. Early detection is key!
Visit the Glaucoma Australia website for more information.
Now that 2018 is in full swing, it's time to get your eyes ready for the year ahead!
Check their eyes so they can dot their i's.
We know that for a child to perform at their best, their eyes need to as well. That's why an examination at the beginning of a school year is important to ensure their vision is developing as it should. With vision responsible for 80% of learning it's crucial that their vision is up to to the task of the year ahead.
Will your eyes work harder than you this year?
Our vision changes throughout our lives, particularly as we hit our forties. Even a small change in vision, uncorrected, can make everyday tasks frustrating. Feel like your eyes are working overtime? We can help you find an eyewear solution so you can see more clearly and comfortably.
We’ve teamed up with MADALAH, a not for profit organization that provides scholarships for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities. MADALAH also supports the development of a pool of positive role models and future leaders who will inspire others and illustrate the successes that can be achieved through education.
To help welcome the Year 7 scholarship recipients to their new school, we’re aiming to create 50 boarder welcome packs. The packs will contain home essentials to help the students settle into boarding life and will be presented to the students in March at their Year 7 orientation camp.
We are collecting donations of the following new, unopened items until the end of February:
- Body Wash
- Face Wash
- Shaving Cream
- Hand Sanitizer
- Laundry Powder