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Slip, Slop, Slap

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How to protect your eyes from UV-light

Summer is finally approaching and we can see a small ray of sunshine amongst the miserable weather seen in the past few weeks. It is time to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and SHADE.

Those looking for summer fun may find prescription glasses to be a bit of an inconvenience, especially changing from prescription pair of glasses to sunglasses! Luckily, there are alternatives that can be done make your life easier:  (more…)

Diabetic Eye Disease

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It is that time of the year again, when the city gets cold, and we start to huddle indoors and consume more food. One of the things that we should be looking out for is the amount of calories and sugar that we are consuming, especially those with the diabetes condition.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to process food. Normally, the body breaks down the food (carbohydrates and other sugars) into smaller molecules called glucose for the body to process. Glucose is the main fuel for the body, and needs a hormone called insulin to take in the glucose and use it as energy. Diabetes happens when your body does not produce the insulin, or makes defected insulin, which prevents cells from taking up glucose from the bloodstream. When the glucose is not taken up by the cells via insulin, it builds and starts to affect other aspects of your body by damaging the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys, heart, eyes and nervous system.

According to Diabetes Australia (www.diabetesaustralia.com.au) diabetic eye disease happens when diabetes starts to affect the eye (ocular) health. This happens when the blood vessels become weak, and starts leaking fluid and blood into the retinal cells, (more…)

Back To School Eye Examination

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When it comes to keeping children healthy and ensuring proper childhood development, annual visits to paediatricians are important. But what most parents don’t realise is that regular eye exams are equally as important. Healthy vision is essential to a child’s ability to learn and achieve their academic potential, as well as to play sports and other activities.
When is the First Eye Exam Needed?

Surprised to know that a six-month old should have an eye exam? That’s right. Because early exams are not just about vision.

During infancy, a child’s vision is constantly changing. In the earliest months of their lives, babies can only focus on close-up objects, and they see only high contrast colors, such as black, white, and red. At six months of age, however, visual acuity sharpens. It is at this point that babies should have their vision examined by a paediatrician to ensure that their eyes are developing normally, perform as a team, and are working together. If not, one or both eyes may be affected and that could lead to a lifetime of poor vision. (more…)

Eye Emergency

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Today I had an eye emergency experience of my own that I wanted to share with you. The day started off like every other day – a mad rush to get to the practice by 9am after dropping the kids at school! I was going about my business, and in the middle of an E-Eye treatment with a patient I noticed that the vision in my left eye was not normal.

I noticed that my vision was clear when I looked straight ahead, however, my peripheral vision in my left eye was unusual. At first I thought that I had something in my eye. I had a look in the mirror and could not see anything. My left eye looked normal and looked similar to my right eye. Looking at me, you would not think that there was anything going on. I rubbed my eye. Still no difference. I put drops in my eye. Still no change. My peripheral vision was like i was looking through water and felt like i might have a twitch on my eye!

I decided that I should let Jack, our optometrist, know what was going on and see what he thought. Jack asked me if I had any pain in my eye or if my vision was being affected. I said no, everything felt fine it was just the peripheral vision of my left eye only was like looking through water. Jack said that it could be a number of things and not to worry. It could be a retinal detachment or it could also be a symptom of a migraine. He said that he would dilate my left eye as he wanted to have a look at my retina.

Jack put the drops in my eye and we waited 30 minutes. During this time, I started to get a headache and I felt pain behind my eye and my vision went back to normal. Jack had a look at my retina and everything was clear.

The reason I share this with you is that if you experience any changes in your vision it is imperative that you have it looked at by an Optometrist. This could have been a very serious issue and if found early, would have been treatable.

Dry Eye Syndrome IPL treatment

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With our focus on innovative eye care, Mackinley Optical is the first Canberra practice to install the E-Eye, a medical-grade Intense Pulse Light (IPL) device to treat sufferers of Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry Eye Syndrome occurs when either not enough tears are produced by the eye or those tears that are produced, are of poor quality.  Symptoms can be made worse by modern lifestyle activities such as working on computers, working in air conditioning, driving a car and wearing contact lenses. (more…)

Childrens Vision

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Childrens Vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development, and to help them reach their full learning potential.  80% of how we learn is done through our vision.  Many children continue to experience undetected vision related issues and this can have a profound effect on how children learn.

Symptoms of eye problems in children include (but are not limited to):

  • Blurred vision, headaches, or sore eyes;
  • Delayed progress in reading;
  • A turned eye, red or watery eyes, and frequent blinking;
  • Poor hand-eye coordination in sports;
  • Losing their place or omitting words and skipping lines when reading.

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Regular Eye Examinations are Important for Your Vision

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Regular eye examinations are important for your vision.  Vision is one our most important senses that we have. 80% of what we learn is done through our vision.  With the evolution of technology and electronic devices, imagine your life today without your sight.  Most eye diseases progress quite gradually and are often painless. Often, there are no early warning signs of eye disease.  Eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration are often subtle and have no consequence to your vision in the early stages. By the time the disease state has progressed to effect your vision, it is often irreversible and the vision loss is permanent. Regular eye assessment is paramount in monitoring your eye health enabling prompt treatment.

At Mackinley Optical no two patients are the same. Our optometrists take a personalised and tailored approach in managing your eye health and vision requirements. Patients with general health issues such as diabetes and hypertension are recommended to have an ocular assessment yearly. Give us a call or make an appointment with our optometrist to discuss your individual ocular health needs.