Eye Conditions

This section provides general information about common eye problems. Our Optometrists are members of the Optometry Association of Australia, and the following information is © of the Optometry Association of Australia.

This section is NOT provided for “self diagnosis” and it is recommended that if you are concerned about your eyes or a family members eyes you should contact us for an eye examination. We are able to bulk bill eye examinations for you.

Normal

For perfect clear vision, the image needs to be focused onto the retina, just as a camera has to be focused properly in order to take a clear picture.

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Amblyopia

Amblyopia, sometimes called lazy eye, results from abnormal development of vision in early childhood. In amblyopia, one eye develops proper vision, while the other eye (the amblyopic eye) fails to develop normal vision.

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Colour Blindness

Colour vision defects are almost always inherited, although some forms can be acquired condition as a result of some diseases or injuries.

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UV and your Eyes

More than 99% of UV radiation is absorbed by the anterior structures of the eye, although some of it does reach the light-sensitive retina. The UV radiation present in sunlight is not useful for vision.

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Visual Skills

Vision is a learnt skill that embraces the ability to identify, interpret and understand what is seen. It requires not only correct focusing but also the efficient mechanical functioning of the eyes and brain and a high degree of coordinated activity of the two eyes.

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VDU Symptoms

One of the most significant changes to the modern office in recent years has been the introduction of computers into the workplace. As a result we spend a lot more time using a VDU screen or computer monitor.

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Aging Vision

While many older people maintain good eyesight well into their 80s and beyond, others may have their vision affected by some type of visual impairment. As part of the normal aging process some changes occur that can weaken your eyes.

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Astigmatism

Is a focusing error which causes asymmetric blur. Some directions in an image are more out of focus than others. This can be contrasted with short-sightedness (Myopia) where all directions are uniformly blurred.

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Convergence

To see clearly and without confusion at close distances, both eyes must be aimed precisely at the object the person is trying to see.

Unfortunately, not everyone develops this ability in childhood. Inaccuracy of the alignment of the eyes con result in visual fatigue, blurred or doubled vision, poor judgment of depth, eye ache, headache and mental fatigue.

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Keen Vision

To see clearly and without confusion at close distances, both eyes must be aimed precisely at the object the person is trying to see.

Unfortunately, not everyone develops this ability in childhood. Inaccuracy of the alignment of the eyes con result in visual fatigue, blurred or doubled vision, poor judgment of depth, eye ache, headache and mental fatigue.

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Presbyopia

Is a common condition which makes vision difficult at a normal reading distance. It is not a disease.Close tasks such as reading and sewing become difficult, particularly under poor lighting conditions.

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