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The digital age – is it affecting your eyes?

The digital age has changed the way we work, learn, shop, socialise and relax. However, our eyes are not accustomed to the digital environment and many of us are feeling the strain.

Australians on average are spending 10 hours a day on internet connected devices. This places stress and fatigue on our eyes and posture, resulting in a growing epidemic known as digital eye strain.

What is digital eye strain?

Digital Eye Strain is the physical eye discomfort felt by as many as 65% of individuals after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. Those using two or more devices simultaneously are at higher risk. Symptoms can include one or more of the following and the statics represent the frequency of reported symptoms:

  • 35% – Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain
  • 32% – Eye Strain
  • 28% – Blurred Vision
  • 27% – Headache
  • 27% – Dry Eyes

Why does it occur?

  • Our eyes are focusing more intensively, switching frequently between devices and adjusting to increasingly smaller, pixelated characters and bright, glowing screens. 
  • Digital devices are backlit and emit blue-violet light that can cause strain and discomfort and is linked to disrupted sleeping patterns. 
  • A new reading zone in ultra near vision has evolved with the smartphone, placing even greater demands on our eyes. 
  • The normal blinking rate is often reduced from 17 or more blinks a minute to 12 to 15 blinks, reducing tear production, making your eyes feel dry and uncomfortable. 
  • Our posture has changed as we lean toward our screens and/or slouch in our chairs, putting a strain on the neck and back.

How can we help?

We are increasingly prescribing innovative lens technology to alleviate digital eye strain by eliminating glare, filtering out blue light and preventing vision fatigue. The good news is that digital lens innovation caters to both prescription and non-prescription wearers affected by digital eye strain.

Referred to as your computer, digital or work pair, these lenses are designed to relax and protect your eyes by providing clear viewing at typical screen viewing distance, as well as reducing blurriness, pixelation, brightness and glare. If you wear prescription glasses currently, a dedicated computer pair will combat digital eye strain and deliver postural benefits as your focus will be optimised for closeup work and screen viewing.

Ask how we can help to ease the strain.

2 in 3 suffer real strain caused by a digital life. Book an appointment with us to find out how we can help lessen the strain. 

 

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1 in 5 children

1 in 5 kids have an undetected vision problem. 
Could yours be one of them?

Every parent wants to ensure their child sees every opportunity coming their way. But for a child to perform at their best, their eyes need to be working at their best as well. 

Did you know that vision is responsible for 80% of all learning in a child’s first twelve years?1 A child’s eyes are constantly in use, whether they’re reading, writing, using a digital device or playing outdoors. Children often assume their vision is just like everyone else’s, which means that vision problems can easily go undetected. In fact, a staggering 1 in 5 kids have an undetected vision problem that can interfere with their ability to learn and absorb information.2

Look out for the symptoms:

  • Noticeable tilting or turning their head
  • Frequently blinking or rubbing eyes
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Difficulty reading or holding a book very close
  • Headaches and blurred or double vision
  • Squinting
  • One eye turning in or out

Put an eye test on your back to school checklist

It’s time to make an eye examination a standard part of your back to school routine. Give your child the best chance to succeed both in and out of the classroom, and get ahead of any vision problems early. Book your child in for an eye examination with us today.

Book online or call 07 55784611

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choosing your child's glasses

Choosing your child’s glasses

Having to wear glasses for the first time can be a daunting experience for your child. Eyewear is such a significant addition to your child’s appearance, which is why it’s so important to choose glasses that make your child feel comfortable with their new look. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your child’s glasses.

Durability

Most children are pretty hard on their glasses and they can end up being dropped, sat on, or left at the bottom of the school bag. To save costly breakages, it is better to start with suitable frames for your child knowing that they will save you in the long run. Things to look for in frames are tough, flexible arms in materials such as plastics, stainless steel and titanium. For the lenses we recommended polycarbonate lenses for their superior impact resistance, lighter weight and UV protection. And a quality scratch resistance coating.

Versatility

Generally, the more your child wears their glasses the more they will benefit from them. Glasses which tint (when exposed to light) can be a great solution for kids, because they are designed to be worn inside and outside.

Fit

At Rosser Optometry, we pride ourselves on finding the right fit for each face. This is particulary important in children who have different facial dimensions to adults. The better the fit, the better the effect of the glasses. When frames fit well your child’s vision will improve as the lens will sit in the correct position and do their job effectively. As your child grows their frames may need to be either updated or adjusted. Rosser Optometry offers complimentary frame adjustments as needed.

Include your child

It is important to include your child when choosing your child’s glasses. If your child likes the way their glasses look and feel they are much more likely to want to wear them. Including your child in the frame selection process is possibly the most important thing to do when choosing their frames. All the other frame selection criteria is null if they do not want to wear them. Luckily these days there are plenty of options to choose from. Designs are colourful, creative and unique so your child can find something that matches their own personality. 

To book your child in prior to the start of the school year call us on 5578-4611 or you can book online. 

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Could your child be myopic (short-sighted)?

myopia

What is myopia?

Also know as ‘short-sightedness’ or ‘nearsightedness’ – myopia is an eye condition that makes distance vision blurry. It usually starts in childhood when the eyeball grows too long and progressively gets worse as the eye continues to grow.

Myopia currently affects around 80 million children worldwide and is projected to increase to nearly half the world’s population by 2050. The average age of onset is progressively getting younger. In 1983 it was 11 years old, whereas in 2000 it was 8 years old.

Signs your child may be myopic

Early detection and treatment of myopia can slow it’s progression and reduce the risk of further eye problems in the future. Some signs in children can include:

  • Blurred distance vision
  • Moving closer to the TV
  • Reduced performance at school and/or difficulty seeing the board in classroom
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Tired eyes
  • Squinting eyes to focus
  • In some cases there are no signs at all

What causes myopia?

It comes down to two main contributing factors – genetics and lifestyle.

Genetics

The risk in children increases when parents are myopic.

  • 50% – when both parents are myopic
  • 33% – when one parent is myopic
  • 25% – when neither parent is myopic

Lifestyle

Modern lifestyles may influence the development of myopia. These include:

  • prolonged near task such as reading or smartphone use
  • low levels of outdoor activity
  • poor lighting levels

How is myopia managed?

Treating myopia early can slow its progression and therefore reduce the potential risk of developing future eye health issues. That is a reason why it is so improtant to have children’s eyes examined regularly.

Our general recommendations are:

  • Discourage excessive use of devices.
  • Encourage time outdoors – at least 90 minutes a day is recommended to reduce the risk of developing myopia. Possible reasons for this include improved light levels, vitamin D and more distance-vision use while outside.
  • Regular glasses and contact lenses – will allow your child to see clearly and will need updating frequently as, unfortunately, they have little to no effect on slowing down the rate of myopia progression.
  • Contact lenses – special myopia management contact lenses are available to allow children to see clearly while slowing down myopia progression by half.

If you think your child may be myopic, talk to us about options proven to slow the rate of progression of myopia in children. Call us on 075578-4611 or you can book online!

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Optical extras? 

Optical extras

Use them or lose them by December 31st. 

Did you know that you can claim ANY health fund optical benefits with us? Maximise your entitlements and our expertise to find the perfect eyewear for you. We take the time to understand how you use your eyes so that we can tailor our eyewear recommendation for your needs.  

And as a bonus receive $50 OFF your next pair of glasses*

We’ll give you $50 OFF your purchase up until December 31st. Add this to your health fund optical extras for an amazing deal on quality eyewear!

Just a few of the ways you can use your optical benefits this year: 

Contact Lenses 

The latest technologies in contact lenses means we can prescribe a contact lens solution for almost any prescription.  

Prescription Sunglasses 

Enjoy clear vision and UV protection at the same time. 

Digital Eyewear 

Spend a lot of time in front of digital screens? Ask us about digital eyewear to help alleviate the strain on your eyes. 

New Fashion Look 

We love helping people select a new look from our hand-picked range of frames. 

Reading Glasses 

If you enjoy reading and do a lot of close-work, a specific pair of reading glasses can provide clear vision and an extra level of comfort for your eyes.  

Driving Glasses 

Your vision is responsible for around 90% of the information we use for driving. We can assess your vision to ensure maximum road safety with appropriate eyewear.  

Spare Everyday Pair 

Losing or breaking your glasses can be stressful if you don’t have a back-up pair. Come in and claim a spare pair with your optical extras. 

Sports Eyewear 

Sport-specific eyewear can enhance both your comfort and performance on the field.   

Come on in and let us help you make the most of your optical extras before they expire on December 31! Book online or call 07 5578-4611!

Gift Certificate

*$50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to use in conjunction with your health fund optical extras! Expires 31 December 2018

*Terms and Conditions: Must be mentioned to redeem offer. One gift certificate per person. Fully transferrable. Redeemable towards a frame and lens purchase of $350 RRP or more. Cannot be used to pay an account or in conjunction with other offers.

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Why protect your eyes from UV? 

 

UV

From a young age we are educated about the dangers of sun exposure to our skin and overall health, and yet many of us are still unaware of the risks to our eyes. Did you know that your eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV damage than your skin? Here are 4 reasons why you should protect your eyes as well as your skin, all-year-round. 

 

 

4 Reasons You Should Protect Your Eyes From UV  

  • Australia has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world.
  • Eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV than your skin.
  • Estimated 20% of cataracts and almost 50% of pterygium treated each year is caused by sun exposure.
  • Cataracts is the most performed elective surgery in Australia.

What You Can Do? 

Given the high levels of UV that we’re exposed to in Australia, it’s important to protect the whole family (yes, your kids too!) all year round from UV eye damage – no matter the weather. How? By wearing quality sunglasses that offer high UV protection, and other sun protection as well, like a wide-brim hat.  

When to wear sunglasses?  

Sunny 

Australia has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world, which means when the sun is out in full force you want quality protection from UV rays and dangerous glare. 

Cloudy 

There’s UV light on overcast or cloudy days and during other seasons – anytime it’s daytime. Protecting your eyes from UV is a year-round job. 

Reflective Surfaces 

UV rays bounce directly off surfaces like water, snow, sand and concrete – even if you’re in the shade. Quality polarised sunglasses provide superior glare and UV protection in these situations. 

Driving 

There are studies to suggest that most cars’ side windows do not provide effective protection from UV rays. Quality polarised sunglasses will help protect your eyes as well as minimise distracting glare on the road. 

You see sunglasses. We see Protection from eye damage!

Assess Your Eye Health 

Seeing us for a regular eye examination allows us to monitor your eye health over time for any signs of UV related eye damage. We will examine the internal and external health of your eyes at length through a series of tests using the latest technology, checking for signs of eye disease and UV damage. 

Discuss Your Eye Protection Needs 

As part of your consultation, we’ll provide a personalised recommendation for UV protection moving forward that considers your lifestyle and vision needs.  

High Quality Sunglasses 

Not all sunglasses are created equal. We recommend highest rating UV and glare protection and embrace the latest lens technology to deliver you the best combination of vision and protection. 

Polarised Sunglasses 

Once you try polarised sunglasses, we’re confident you won’t look back. Superior glare protection is achieved by eliminating distracting reflective light that bounces off horizontal surfaces such as water, roads and sand into our eyes.  

Prescription Sunglasses  

Sunglasses in your prescription are no longer an indulgence and you can select from a wide range of the latest styles. Enjoy the freedom and convenience of clear vision combined with UV protection. 

Maximise your optical extras 

Did you know sunglasses in your prescription are claimable with optical extras? You can claim ANY health fund optical extras with us. 

 

Book an appointment with us today!

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Why are my glasses so expensive?

Why are my glasses so expensive?

‘Why are my glasses so expensive’ is a thought you may have after seeing some of our retail optical competitor’s marketing. At Rosser Optometry we aim to educate our patients on the difference in quality and craftmanship between the products that we sell and those available online or through retail optical outlets. We are unique from other providers in that we take a great deal of pride in our products and expertise.

 

The Value Equation

Value isn’t just about getting the lowest price!

“The bitterness of low quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has been forgotten”

Purchasing frames that fall apart with normal use or poor quality lenses and coatings that may peel and smudge quickly is never good value no matter how cheap the purchase price was. Getting an inaccurate prescription or not having your glasses measured up properly to your individual measurements will give you inferior glasses that will adversely affect the quality of your vision and performance. In the long run these will need to be replaced on a more regular basis therefore it is really a false economy in the long run.

Why pay more for glasses?

At Rosser Optometry, we believe in delivering consistent quality. We select the best quality frames – they are made out of better materials, look better and feel better to wear. Our lenses are lighter, thinner and more durable and will provide better vision with superior lens surfacing and anti-reflective coatings. Our staff are trained to find the best glasses for you and ensure that they look good and fit precisely to optimise your vision and comfort. Our products are also more economical in the long run as they last longer, therefore delivering value for money.

Not all glasses are created equal!

Being independently owned means we focus on providing you the highest quality products for your money. We don’t sell inferior products at high mark-ups to maximise profits like retail optical outlets do. We are proud to offer you these industry leading guarantees, providing you with confidence and peace of mind in the quality of your chosen glasses.

Lifetime Service Guarantee – We offer a free service on any glasses purchased from us. We will professionally clean and adjust them to ensure the proper fit for vision and comfort.

2 year Frame Guarantee – We only use high quality frames that all come with a 2 year warranty. This warranty covers defects in workmanship and/or materials. If your frames fail within the 2 year period we will adjust, repair or replace your frames.*

Lens Guarantee – Your lenses are protected by a 3 month guarantee and a 12 month lens coating guarantee. If your prescription changes or a manufacturing fault is found within the guarantee period then we will replace your lenses free of charge.*

Once you get past the illusion of savings, you are actually paying more for inferior quality. It actually costs you more to replace cheap frames and lenses more often, than to buy good quality frames and lenses in the first place. In buying glasses, like most other purchases, you get what you pay for!

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Why do spectacle lenses vary in price so much when they all look the same?

Lens expert

Why do spectacle lenses vary in price when they all look the same?

Whilst spectacle lenses may all look the same it’s what you don’t see that matters. There are huge differences in quality and lens features that will affect your vision. Your prescription and/or eye issues will dictate what lens will be suitable for you. The lens selection process will determine how well and comfortably you can see with your glasses on and will determine how satisfied you are with your glasses.

Often the focus is on selecting frames that look good. While it is important to find frames that suit your features, are fashionable and are comfortable, the lenses are the practical aspect in your glasses that will allow you to see at your best. Not all prescription lenses are created equal, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to selecting the right type of lenses for each individual.

There’s no substitute for expert advice

For most people choosing the right lenses for your glasses is like speaking a foreign language. The key to successful lens selection is getting accurate advice on lense quality and features. As an independent optometrist we have access to a variety of lens brands and can find the one that is best suited to your individual needs. Our experienced optical dispensers David and Rosanne will take the time to find the right lenses for you.

To find the right lenses for your eyes call us on 07-55784611 or book online.

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Rosser Optometry has undergone a renovation!

We are very excited to announce that Rosser Optometry has undergone a renovation for a fresh, new look! Same people, same location and same great service.

The practice was first established in 1984 by Ian Rosser and went by the name ‘Ian Rosser Optometrist’. It was relocated to it’s current location in 2001, and now in 2017 as New Street in Nerang changes with new buildings popping up either side of us, we have updated our look.

We wanted the new decor to reflect the high quality of service and eyewear that we aim to provide. So far feedback from our clients has been great!

Here’s a quick look at our new practice! Come in and see for yourself!

Rosser Optometry frames display

Rosser Optometry reception desk

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What is amblyopia and how do I detect it?

What is amblyopia and how do I detect it?

What is amblyopia?

Amblyopia, also known as ‘lazy eye’, is a common cause of reduced vision in children. It begins during infancy and early childhood due to a disruption in the normal development of vision. Amblyopia affects around 3 per cent of children. Most cases can be treated successfully if detected and treated correctly at an early age. However if undetected or left untreated it can result in permanent vision loss.

What is Amblyopia?

Normally the retina of both eyes sends equal visual images to the brain. With amblyopia one eye’s image is obstructed and therefore two different images are sent to the brain. This causes the brain to ignore the images coming from the affected eye and only process the visual images from the normal eye. Over time the brain depends more heavily on the normal eye and the affected eye ‘switches off’ leaving it underdeveloped. This is why amblyopia is often referred to as ‘lazy eye’ as it does not do any work!

Signs and symptoms

Because amblyopia occurs during early childhood, children are often unable to describe their symptoms. A common cause is misaligned eyes, known as strabismus, where one eye does not look in the same direction as the other. This can be constant or intermittent. Other signs can include squinting of one eye or excessive head tilting. Older children may complain of vision problems in one eye, double vision or show signs of poor depth perception.

What causes Amblyopia?

There are several different types of amblyopia based on their underlying cause, all of which obstruct the vision in one eye.

Strabismus is the most common cause of amblyopia. When eyes point in different directions this usually results is double or blurred vision. To avoid this the brain suppresses the image from one eye, causing that eye to become amblyopic or ‘lazy’

If there is a significant difference in the refractive error between the eyes (i.e. one eye being a lot more long-sighted than the other) then the brain suppresses the image from the weaker eye causing it to become underused and amblyopic. This can be despite perfect eye alignment. This type of amblyopia is called refractive amblyopia.

Another less common cause is from a congenital cataract which is present at birth. This cataract obstructs light from entering the eye, once again affecting the visual image sent to the brain and causing that eye to ‘switch off’. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of congenital cataracts is vital to allow for normal vision development.

How can Amblyopia be treated?

The treatment for amblyopia depends on the cause. The most common treatment is the use of an eye patch over the good eye. This is to stop the child from using that eye and forcing them to use and develop their ‘lazy eye’. Patching in children should begin as early as possible to encourage the amblyopic eye to develop. If the child is non-compliant and frequently removes the patch then using eye drops which blur the vision can be an alternative.

If it is a refractive error, such as sort or long sightedness or astigmatism, contributing to the amblyopia, then prescription glasses may be enough to correct the problem.

Sometimes strabismus surgery is required to straighten the eyes and correct an imbalance in the eye muscles. Eye patching is usually prescribed after surgery. A congenital cataract may also require surgical removal.

Early detection and treatment is important

Most experts agree that early detection and treatment of amblyopia gets the best best outcomes as early intervention allows for better visual development. If diagnosed after 9-10 years or age it is much more difficult to treat with permanent vision loss more likely.

Optometry Australia recommends that the your child should have their first eye test done before the age of 6 months. This should be followed by an eye exam at the age of 3 years and another at the age of 6 years or more frequently if suggested by your optometrist.

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