Optometry Service Proposition
Optical Coherence Tomography
Eyecare Eyewear is proud to offer Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanning in both Chinchilla and Dalby.
OCT has become an essential tool for non-invasive analysis of the front and the back of the eye. It greatly assists in the diagnosis and management of problems such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
The Eyecare Eyewear optometry team has developed skill and expertise with the use of our photographic testing equipment.
This includes both an anterior and posterior eye photography system and data storage and retrieval system.
Orthokeratology (Orthok) or Corneal Refractive Therapy involves the gentle re-shaping of the front surface of the eye.
This is achieved with overnight wear of a rigid contact lens to produce clear vision once the lens is removed.
Peripheral vision is of vital importance in assisting the visual system to accurately locate and centre visual attention.
Losses in peripheral vision can occur due to disease processes such as glaucoma, diabetes and stroke.
It is very common for patients to experience worsening of distance eyesight when prescribed visual correction options that don’t adequately take into consideration the effect of a prescription on the entire back of the eye.
Myopia control refers to an approach to prescribing with a goal to slow the progression of this near-sightedness.
Patients with challenging contact lens fits and orthokeratology are regular users of the Eyecare Eyewear corneal topographer.
Corneal topography is an imaging technique for mapping the surface curvature of the cornea (front surface of the eye).
Vision Therapy is a structured activity based program that aims to develop or rehabilitate vision skills.
This is achieved by improving body and spatial awareness and more specifically the eye movements, focusing and convergence abilities.
Therapeutic Management of Eye Disease
The last decade has seen many advances in the profession of optometry in Australia.
One of the most significant has been the therapeutic management of eye disease.
Speciality Contact Lens Fitting – Keratoconus & Astigmatism.
With the help of the latest technology in corneal mapping, the Eyecare Eyewear optometry team can create a custom contact lens to fit almost all prescriptions.
Keratoconus is a condition that causes thinning of the cornea (front surface of the eye) resulting in a cone-like shape instead of the normally round shape. As the condition progresses, vision becomes more distorted and cannot be improved with spectacles alone.
Pattern Glare Assessment (Tinted Lenses)
Vision Information Processing Assessments
A vision information processing assessment is designed to determine how well we understand what we see.
These skills are vital for learning and if not well developed may lead to learning difficulties. The skills that are assessed include:
Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye is debilitating, chronic condition that often requires ongoing treatment with a phased management approach including both conservative and more intensive management strategies.
Conservative management includes: sunglasses, ocular lubricants, warm compresses, eyelid cleansing foam, dietary supplements and advice relating to blinking.
Pre and Post-Operative Care
The trusting relationship that we have with our ophthalmologic colleagues extends to assisting with pre and post-operative care.
For those patients who are unable to stay or return to Toowoomba or Brisbane after recent surgery, the Eyecare Eyewear optometry team is happy to provide surgically related assessments and advice on prescribed medications.
Out of Office Optometry Consultations
As part of a full scope family optometry practice we are happy to travel to consult with patients who are less mobile.
The Eyecare Eyewear Optometry team currently provides such services at our local nursing homes.
Driver Vision Assessments
The Eyecare Eyewear optometry team can assess your vision to determine whether or not you meet the standards for your chosen class of driver’s licence.
These standards are set out in the national medical standards (Assessing Fitness to Drive – for commercial and private vehicle drivers) and include assessments of both visual acuity and peripheral vision.
The results from your comprehensive initial examination are used to create your customised vision therapy program. Each program includes 8 in office sessions of 1 hour duration.
At the completion of each session activities will be scheduled for at home practice.It is recommended that home practice be conducted for 30 minutes every day during the program.
Is vision therapy the right thing for me?
Vision therapy is best suited to patients who are having problems due to deficiencies in visual skills.
In order to benefit from a vision therapy program it is important that you and your support network (family, friends & teachers) are committed to the program.
What are the costs and what is included?
There is a programming fee required prior to the commencement of vision therapy. This fee includes a personalised vision therapy equipment pack specific to your prescribed exercises. Occasionally larger items of vision therapy equipment can be loaned after paying a fully refundable equipment deposit.
In addition to the programming fee there are weekly session fees which can include a contribution from medicare if your optometrist is involved with the in office sessions.
What happens afterwards?
As vision is a learnt skill, improvements in vision therapy provide patients with lasting improvements in visual function.
It is not unusual for some patients to benefit from multiple vision therapy programs.
A performance evaluation with your optometrist is scheduled after completing your final vision therapy session. At this appointment your visual skills will be reassessed and further recommendations are made.