Eye Health

Eyeman wants to keep your eyes healthy. Below are some common problems people can have with their eyes.

If you think one of these might describe what you’re experiencing, let us know and we’ll arrange for time you at our practice in Newstead.

We provide treatments, therapies and surgical referral for every condition listed here as well as others that are less common.

Common Eye Problems

Amblyopia (Lazy eye)

Commonly caused by strabismus (when one eye is turned), anismoteropia (when you have different vision in each eye), or blockage of an eye due to a cataract or a lid droop. The brain does not fully acknowledge the images seen by the amblyopic eye and typically this can still affect the vision received from the “good eye”. This conditon is typically experienced by young children and they do not report symptoms as their good eye often does enough to get thme by. Sometimes it is detected too late resulting in uncorrectable reduced vision which may to poor spatial acuity, low sensitivity to contrast or reduced sensitivity to motion. This is why having your children’s eyes examined at a young age by an optometrist skilled in dealing with children is important.

Blepharitis

Chronic inflammation of the eyelid often caused by infection. You’ll experience your eyes and eyelids being red, flaking skin around your eye, a gritty sensation when you blink or reduced vision. Often your eyelids and or eyelashes have a crusty appearance to them in the morning. This common problme is often diagnosed and believe it or not, if it is treated early the cure is quick and simple. If left to simmer, you can end up with red irritable eyes for life!

Cataracts

As we get older and the lens of the eye can yellow and lose transparency, causing your reduced vision. Cataracts often occur after about 60 years of age but sometimes earlier due to ocular injuries or some steroids.

Conjunctivitis

Inflammation of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids often caused by infection. You’ll experience red eyes, irritation, watering; or if it’s because of a viral infection, perhaps also the symptoms of a common cold and sore throat.

Diabetes and vision

Diabetes can affect the eyes in many ways and it reduces vision terrible when it affects the retina and the tissue layer at the back of the eye which receives the information of sight and passes it to the brain. If you have diabetes, get in touch with us and we’ll make sure we monitor your eyesight regularly.

Dry eye

Just like it sounds, it’s an eye disease caused by eye dryness, which, in turn, is caused by either decreased tear production or increased tear film evaporation. It’s often caused when the body produces fewer tears and this can be a result of aging, hormones, medications or general health issues. Unfortunately the name is self-explanatory but the cure can often be complex. We have vast experience in addressing this condition and will take time to explain your options to get you to a successful and comfortable outcome.

Flashes and Floaters

These are flashes of light or small specks or clouds moving in your field of vision. While these objects look like they are in front of your eye, they are actually floating inside it – in the fluid known as the vitreous. What you see are the shadows they cast on the retina, the layer of cells lining the back of the eye that senses light and allows you to see. The flashes can begin to present when the vitrous begins to pull on the retina, and this a a SIGN you need to present for an eye examination. While there is often little to be concerned about, this symptoms of flashes is the most commonly found symptoms associated with retinal detachment, which can cause irreversible loss of vision. If you are concerned you are experiencing flashes you can contact Patrick Gerry after hours on 0408 069 075, or call the practice during office hours.

Keratoconus

A degenerative disorder of the eye in which structural changes within the cornea cause it to thin and change to a more conical shape than its normal gradual curve. You’ll experience a minor blurring of your vision which can then quickly worsen. Keratoconus requires corneal topography for accurate diagnosis and the topographical maps are then used to fit specially designed contacts lenses.

Macular degeneration

This usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field because of damage to the retina. It is a major cause of vision impairment in older people. If this is occuring, you’ll experience blurred vision, colour alterations, a loss in contrast sensitivity, missing areas of vision or distorted vision.