Eye Conditions

Our Brisbane optometrists have completed post-graduate certificates in Ocular Therapeutics, which allows us to identify and treat a larger range of eye conditions. We are equipped with state of the art equipment to allow early detection of:

Presbyopia
Presbyopia is the normal loss of the ability to focus at near that occurs with age. Most people begin to notice the effects after age 40, when they start having trouble seeing small print clearly. These changes continue until around age 55, when the changes plateau.

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Macular Degeneration
Also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Macular degeneration is a condition which results in a progressive and painless loss of vision due to an accumulation of deposits underneath the retina. The macula is responsible for your central vision and functions to allow you to recognise faces, drive, read and many other daily tasks.

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Glaucoma
Results in peripheral vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve. There are many types of glaucoma. The most common cause of damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure inside the eye. Typically treated with specialised glaucoma eye drops.
Cataracts
They are a normal and common occurance in older adults and is the most common form of blindness in the world. A cataract develops when protein builds up inside the lens, the focusing part of eye, which causes vision to become cloudy. Typically treated with cataract surgery.
Pterygium
An overgrowth of pink, triangular shaped conjunctival tissue from the inner corner of the eye towards the pupil. It typically occurs due to increased sun-exposure or being in dusty environments. Can be treated with surgery.
Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication that can occur in both Type 1 and 2 diabetics when high blood sugar levels causes swelling and leakage of the blood vessels in the retina. Vision loss can result if diabetic retinopathy is left untreated, which is why it is important for diabetics to have annual eye examinations. Managed by a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Blepharitis (Dry Eye)
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids which is caused by staphylococcal (bacterial) infection. It is often associated with blocked oil glands. Symptoms of blepharitis include irritation, itching or burning sensation, redness, crusting or sticking of lashes. There are various treatment options available for improved comfort.
Demodex (Eyelash Mites)
Demodex mites occur naturally as part of the skin fauna, but increased infestation on the eyelids can cause symptoms such as dry eyes, itching, burning, foreign body sensation and crusting of lashes. The treatment of mites includes the use of specially formulated tea-tree oil and home treatments.

We are able to prescribe a variety of PBS medicines, from antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to glaucoma* medications, thereby saving patients time and money. An ophthalmologist  appointment for referral will be organised as always if required.

*The prescription of glaucoma medications may require co­-management with an Ophthalmologist.

07 3345 3383

2 Nursery Avenue
Runcorn, QLD 4113