Floaters and Spots

Common visual disturbances can be caused by particles which float inside the eye and cast shadows on the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Called Floaters these are usually nothing more than a nuisance. However, floaters can result from eye disease or injury and do need assessment by your optometrist. more >>

Glaucoma

In its most common form, glaucoma is a slow progressive eye condition that causes damage to the optic nerve resulting in permanent vision loss. It is estimated that 2% of New Zealanders have glaucoma, the prevalence increases with age and 10% of people over 70 will have glaucoma. If diagnosed early, glacoma can be arrested with medical treatment and vision can be preserved. more >>

Diabetes and your eyes

One of the most distressing and difficult complications of diabetes is reduced vision. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of preventable blindness in the adult population. Early signs of sight threatening retinopathy can be detected in a routine eye examinations and the condition can be treated to delay further damage and loss of vision.  more >>

Cataracts

As a result of chemical changes in the lens of the eye the clear lens to turns cloudy and becomes a cataract. It is normal to see a small degree of cataract in most eyes of people over the age of 60, however, when the cataract causes vision impariment that inconveniences normal lifestyle it is time to have them removed with surgery. Cataract surgery in most cases is a safe and effective procedure.  more >>

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD is the leading cause of blindness and is caused by deterioration of cells in the macula (the part of the retina that is responsible for clear, sharp vision). Vision that is lost as a result of AMD cannot be restored. more >>

Don't fry your eyes

All light is a form of energy which creates heat or chemical reactions as it is absorbed within the eye tissues . Continued excessive exposure to sunlight can cause damage. Sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat are the best protection for our eyes against harmful ultra violet light. more >>

Eye diseas & prevention

Here's a quick summary of the common sight threatening conditions, symptoms and what you can do about them.  more>>

Disease & prevention