Bella Vista Eyeware – Greensborough optometry

Greensborough Optometrists

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For most people, we recommend having an eye examination every two years, and to attend earlier if any eye problems are occurring, or if advised by your optometrist.
Our eye examinations test includes both a test of vision and an eye health check. And if you have a medicare card, it will be bulk billed. Which means no charge.

With around 66% of Australians now wearing prescription glasses there are some signs to indicate if it may be time to schedule an eye exam;

  • Frequent squinting
  • Poor vision at night
  • Struggling to adjust from Dark to light
  • Eye fatigue or strain
  • Double vision
  • Frequent headaches. …
  • Blurred vision. …
  • Seeing halos around light. …
  • Sitting close to the TV. …
  • Eye rubbing.
  • Reading with a book near your face or at arm’s length

Yes – we will consult with you about your concerns and perform a comprehensive eye exam. Unfortunately, we cannot bulk bill your exam without a valid medicare card

We work around appointments so we don’t keep our customers waiting. Most appointments take around 20 minutes. You can book online here, via our Facebook page, or call us at the store. We sometimes have same day appointments available.

Unfortunately this is one area that people seem to neglect with studies showing that 40% of Australians clean their makeup brushes less than twice a year. Brushes can build up bacteria so we recommend cleaning them every 7-10 days and replacing mascara and eye makeup every 3 months to prevent infections or irritations.  

Research shows adults and kids are now spending more time than ever in front of digital screens – this includes TV, computers, gaming devices, tablets and our phones. The adult usage average per day is around 11 hours and the recommendation is 2 hours. For those of us working from home or working on our computers all day it is important to take a break from the screen every 20 minutes or so. Even if it’s for 20 seconds, we need to give our eyes a rest.

 

The average screen usage for kids is around 6 hours per day with the recommendation being around 2 hours per day for kids aged 2-12 with no screen time recommended for kids under two. It is important to regulate screen time as too much can lead to poor sleep, behaviour issues¸ physical strain to your eyes and body, headaches and delayed learning in young children.

This depends on what private health fund you are with and if you have extras or optical cover. You can always give your fund a call if you are unsure or we can help you in-store if you have your fund name and membership number.

• Your glasses or contacts if you wear them
• Your current script for lenses
• A list of any health conditions or allergies
• Your current Medicare cards
• Your Private health insurance/Fund information
• A list of any questions you have about your eye health
• Any results or history from a previous eye test

It is important to regularly clean your glasses as they can build up bacteria. However, it is important to follow the correct way to avoid any damage to your lenses or frames.

Firstly, avoid the temptation of cleaning your glasses with your t-shirt or a towel as they contain abrasive particles and lead to scratches over time. We recommend using a special microfiber cloth and cleaning spray on your lenses.

For your frames we recommend the following steps;

  1. Run the frames under warm water (not hot water). Use a mild soap, like lotion free-dish soap, and apply it to your frames using your fingertips.

  2. Rinse the frames thoroughly under warm water.

  3. Use a moist towelette with rubbing alcohol to clean the nose pads and earpieces of your frames. Never use household cleaners or acetone as they can damage your frames or lens coatings.

  4. Dry frames only with a soft tissue

With their rise in popularity it is important to know that there can be side effects form eyelash extensions. The extensions are a single lash made from natural materials (such as silk or mink) or synthetic, plastic fibres. They are glued on individually and the glue can be made from any of the following- latex, cellulose gum, cyanacrylates, benzoic acid and formaldehydes (in low concentrations).

We are all different and react differently to chemicals. There has been an increase of allergic reactions, loss of eyelashes and eye infections due to eyelash extensions. Repeated lash extension applications and removal can cause tractional alopecia which means your natural lashes fall out. If you do want eyelash extensions we recommend visiting a qualified therapist who is trained in this procedure, using equipment that has been sterilised in a clean environment and use glues lower in formaldehyde as they have been known to cause less irritation.

Times have recently changed with many of us now working from home. In terms of best practise for your eyes, here are some simple tips to help with the increased screen time;

1. First, your computer monitor needs to sit straight in front of you, not at an angle.

2. Maintain your necks neutral position by having the monitor sitting at a specific height to relieve neck and eye strain. When you’re seated at your desk comfortably, the top of your computer monitor should sit slightly below eye level.

3. Correct your chair – it is actually best to have a slight recline angle.

4. Don’t forget to take a break! Most health professionals recommend that we take a break every 30 to 60 minutes. During this break, stand up and move around. Even if this break lasts for 3-5 minutes, it helps. It forces our eyes to focus on other objects and exercise different muscles.

5. Consider Blue light blocking glasses. Perfect for anyone spending periods of time on the computer or looking at digital screens, they can decrease headaches, eyestrain and improve sleep quality.