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Common Eye Conditions We See

Many of our patients have common concerns, some of which may sound familiar to you. A thorough eye health and vision check by an experienced Optometrist is essential to making an accurate diagnosis and starting on the correct course of treatment.

Some of the more common conditions we regularly see are:

Longsightedness

Also known as hyperopia which is difficulty seeing up close.

Shortsightedness

Myopia is difficulty seeing in the distance.

Presbyopia

Blurred vision caused by ageing of the natural internal lens of the eye is called presbyopia. This condition generally begins to affect our vision in our 40s.

Astigmatism

Most eye balls are not perfectly spherical. When this causes blurry vision it is because the eye is shaped more like a rugby ball than a soccer ball.

Colour blindness

With 1 in 10 men affected by colour blindness, the inability to see certain colours, particularly red and green is more common than you might think.

Computer vision syndrome

Eye muscle fatigue results from prolonged periods of near vision work. Known as computer vision syndrome in the modern computerised world, other electronic devices such as portable game consoles can also result in the same eye problem. As many as 1 in 6 individuals have eye muscle problems that can lead to symptoms such as motion sickness, loss of concentration, and double vision. 

Both children and adults spend so much time reading or working on computers and other close up work today that the problem is increasing. 

You should have your eyes checked over if you have any of the following symptoms: 

  • Headaches 
  • Feel sleepy or fatigued after reading 
  • Lose concentration 
  • Lose your place 
  • Have to re-read the same line of words 
  • Feel like you read slowly 
  • Have double vision or see two words or sentences 
  • Notice words or sentences that are blurry or wiggly 
  • See words or sentences that come in and out of focus 
  • Words “pop out" at you, scrunch together or pull apart 
  • Words move from side to side or up & down 
  • Words on the page appear to be moving, jumping, swimming or floating 





We can't change technology, but we can reduce its effect on our vision, and we can use technology to treat the problem for many patients. 

Our office can prescribe vision therapy programs which will provide the type of eye exercises needed to coordinate the muscles, improve vision, and help to eliminate the symptoms associated with eye muscle problems. 

Allergies

Hundreds of thousands of Australians suffer from the impact of seasonal allergies on their eyes resulting in red, watery and itchy eyes. Proper diagnosis and treatment can relieve the symptoms and help to manage future episodes. 

Dry Eye

The incidence of dry eye increases with age as the natural tear quality diminishes. Dry eyes often result in the unexpected symptom of excessive watering of the eyes but also present as tiered and sore eyes or red eyes. 

Conjunctivitis

Known as 'pink eye', conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid. It can be caused by a number of things including soap, makeup, bacteria and viruses. It is important that a correct diagnosis is made as the incorrect treatment may worsen the problem. 

Floaters 

You may have noticed tadpole like substances floating around in front of your eyes. They are often just a build up of protein cells. Sudden, larger floaters can indicate some emergency eye conditions, so always get your eyes checked if you suddenly notice a floater. 

Diabetes 

Diabetic patients have a much higher risk of vision loss due to damage to the fine blood vessels in the retina. All diabetic patients are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and should have their eyes checked annually. 

Cataracts 

One of the most common eye conditions, cataracts are a cloudiness that often forms in the natural internal lens of the eye causing vision problems, generally in older age. 

Glaucoma 

More than half of patients with glaucoma don’t even know they have it, which is why regular eye exams are so important. Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve at the back of the eye causing irreversible damage to the nerves and results in blindness without treatment. 

Macular Degeneration

Age related macular degeneration (AMD) affects 1 in 7 Australians over the age of 50 and is the main cause of vision impairment and legal blindness in Australian adults. This disease affects a part of the retina which is responsible for our central vision, causing blurriness and dark spots in the centre of your vision. Early detection and treatment can help to prevent blindness from macular degeneration. When detected early, AMD is best managed with the use of dietary supplements, wearing sun protection, and careful monitoring by your Optometrist and Ophthalmologist (specialist eye surgeon). 

Pterygium 

This is a triangular-shaped lump of tissue which grows on the white of the eye and is associated with exposure to ultra-violet radiation and hot, dry environments. 

Red eye and infections

There are many possible causes of red eye. Some are cause for concern but some are medical emergencies. Always have a red eye properly diagnosed and avoid trying over the counter medications and ointments as this can exacerbate the problem. 

Emergency care 

Almost all ocular injuries that occur could have been prevented by using protective eye wear. Fast and accurate medical diagnosis, removal of foreign bodies and treatment will reduce the risk of permanent vision loss in the injured eye. 

Specialist and Ophthalmologist care 

We provide advice and assessment for patients seeking LASIK or refractive surgery and for those who can benefit from other forms of medical or surgical intervention. We refer patients to an Ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) who can provide the best available diagnosis and treatments for specific eye conditions.