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Preschool Eye Exams - Logan Central

Posted in 'General' on November 9, 2014 by Stuart Macfarlane

We have been serving the residents of Logan Central since 1984 and we would like this message to reach as many people as possible: preschool eye exams are extremely important for children here, and worldwide.

Recent studies suggest that as many as 25% of children may have vision problems which affect their learning. This is not necessary at all. Vision screenings only catch so many things; preschool aged children need a comprehensive vision examination by an experience optometrist. These are non-invasive and pain free. 

Preschool Eye ExamUndetected vision defects affect children's learning in a variety of ways. Sometimes these issues are not evident even to parents who pay very close attention to their children. For example, a child with Hyperopia, more commonly known as long-sightedness, may be able to recognise letters and even write just fine at the preschool age, then, as he or she progresses in school, letters and numbers get smaller as the books get bigger leaving them frustrated. Many behavioural problems actually stem from undetected vision defects, which could all be prevented with an eye exam. 

Early detection allows for early treatment of vision defects. Preschool aged children respond very well to treatments. Just like many other parts of the body, eyes respond to treatment best with early detection. 

Other common issues which are relatively easy to deal with include myopia, more commonly referred to as short-sightedness, and astigmatism, which is also known as distorted vision. 

If you live in the Logan area and your preschool aged child is ready for an eye exam please visit our eye exam page or make an appointment now. It is never too early to test a child's eyes.

Eye Exams for Children - Logan Central

Posted in 'General' on November 9, 2014 by Stuart Macfarlane
Routine eye exams are a good idea for anyone of any age, and essential for children. The health of your child's eyes plays a very important role in their ability to learn, as children are very visual learners. Early detection and treatment of any vision problem is important to prevent negative impacts on children's development. As an example of this: children 
that are near-sighted or long-sighted may exhibit almost no odd behaviour at all even to the most caring and attentive parents; catching this early will greatly benefit your child. 

Children's Eye TestChildren never know what to expect when visiting a new doctor; some are excited, and others would rather be somewhere else. At Stuart Macfarlane Optometrist we have optometrists who love meeting and working with children of all ages and understand how to make the experience pleasant. Children's eye exams are non-invasive and pain free. 

If your child is ready for their next eye exam please visit our eye exam page or make an appointment now. We have been serving the Logan Central community since 1984 and have clients from all over Brisbane. 

Comprehensive eye exams for children should begin at 6 months of age, and have additional exams performed as recommended by their optometrist. The next exam may be sooner but typically takes place around 3 years of age. 

During a typical exam some of the things we are looking for include nearsightedness, distance vision, eye teaming, movement, and focusing skills, peripheral vision, and hand-eye coordination. 

If your child has exhibited any behaviours of concern, please tell the optometrist upon your visit. These include but are not limited to: delayed motor development, excessive eye rubbing, excessive blinking, failure to maintain eye contact, and poor eye tracking skills. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Where should I go for Pink Eye Treatment?

Posted in 'General' on November 10, 2014 by Stuart Macfarlane
Pink Eye, or conjunctivitis, is a very common eye disease, particularly in children. 

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. People with this disease often have symptoms such as a red eye, pink eye, an irritated eye, or wake up with discharge in their eye and eyelid.

Conjunctivitis can be caused by allergies, bacteria, or viruses. The treatment is different for these different forms of the disease. For a complete description of these forms and treatments, and preventing future outbreaks, please visit our conjunctivitis page

Many people go see their general practitioner when they suspect pink eye. And, sometimes, all that is needed is some drops.  At Stuart Macfarlane Optometrist we are able to prescribe drops for your conjunctivitis. 

Stuart Macfarlane Optometrist is an independently owned Optometrist, located in the Logan City Centre, Logan Central, Brisbane which has served this community since 1984.

Eye Allergies in Brisbane

Posted in 'General' on November 15, 2014 by Stuart Macfarlane

Eye Allergies in Brisbane

Eye Allergies we encounter here at our Logan Central location are problems that people all over Brisbane may be suffering from. We can diagnose and treat any eye allergies that you may be suffering. 

Eye Allergies

Some people get irritated eyes year round. Indoor allergens may come from pet dander, dust mites, cosmetics, or eye drops. Other people have seasonal allergies; the most common allergen in Brisbane is pollen. Common eye irritations include watery eyes, inflamed eyes, red eyes, or itchy eyes. Other symptoms of pollen allergies include fever, headache, sinus, or runny nose. Eye allergies may also trigger pink eye.

Eye Allergies and Rubbing

Treating Eye Allergies

There are different allergens in all parts of Australia. In Logan Central and Brisbane the relief for irritated eyes is usually the same as it is everywhere else. Some ways people get relief is by avoiding allergens, removing their contacts, or with over the counter eye drops. Antihistamines may help combat itchy or watery eyes. Decongestants may assist with red eyes. When these steps do not help, or if allergic reactions are more severe, it is time to visit the optometrist. Anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and prescription anti-histamine and mast-cell stabiliser eye drops are sometimes used to relieve the problems associated with eye allergies.

If you are located in the area and need relief from eye allergies please mention this up during your next eye exam or make an appointment today.

You may also find these resources helpful:

The Brisbane Pollen Forecast.

ASCIA's page on Pollen Allergy.

Eye Dilation - Logan Central

Posted in 'General' on November 15, 2014 by Stuart Macfarlane

Eye Dilation - Logan Central

People from Logan Central and Brisbane getting an eye exam often make one of two requests: An eye exam with no dilation, and an eye exam with dilation.

Reasons people request eye dilation:

Our local patients specifically request eye dilation when they have new vision problems, if they have been referred to us by their General Practitioner for dilation, or if they have diabetes. Other patients want early detection of other health problems; early detection is actually one of the best reasons, and sometimes the most important reason, to have your eyes dilated. A few of the diseases and conditions caught by a dilated fundus examination are: diabetes, eye tumours, brain tumours, high blood pressure, infectious diseases, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, glaucoma, and vasculitis.

Reasons people do not want their eyes dilated:

Nobody particularly enjoys having their pupils dilated. It results in blurry vision, sensitive eyes, and leaves you unable to drive for a few hours. When you outside, sunglasses are needed to protect your dilated eyes.

A comprehensive eye exam usually includes dilation:

We use special eye drops to dilate people's eyes. The drops cause the centre of your eye (the pupil) to widen. This allows us to properly view the back of your eye.

Aside from the obvious benefits above, there are many factors involved with determining if eye dilation is necessary during your eye exam, such as your age, your eye's health, your overall health, eye symptoms, vision problems, family history, medical history, and the results of your previous eye exams.

If you are located near Logan Central or Brisbane need an exam please visit our eye examination pageor make an appointment today.

Flashes and Things Floating in your Vision may need Immediate Attention

Posted in 'General' on November 15, 2014 by Stuart Macfarlane

If you are experiencing flashes of light or floaters in your vision it is recommended that you get a comprehensive eye exam.

Dangerous, painless symptoms may lead to vision loss.

If you are experiencing flashes of light or things floating in your vision that you have not previously seen before it is extremely important that you come in for an eye exam immediately. These may be signs of a retinal detachment. A retinal detachment will not have any pain associated with it. Some people also experience darkening of their peripheral vision (side vision). Detached retinas can lead to permanent vision loss. People at risk for detached retinas include those who are severely nearsighted, have had a previous eye injury, had a cataract surgery, or have had other family members who have experienced a retinal detachment.

Most floaters and flashes are harmless.

If you randomly see things floating in your vision, especially while looking at a bright, light, or plain coloured backgrounds, you are not alone. These are called "floaters" and nearly everyone sees them. Everyone describes these floaters a bit differently. Common nicknames for floaters include: dots, worms, specs, streaks, debris, bubbles, threads, clumps, and "thingies". For more information on this please see our detailed page on floaters.

If it has been over a year since your last visit to the optometrist please schedule a checkup today.

Brisbane's Fruits and Vegetables and Your Eye Health

Posted in 'General' on November 23, 2014 by Stuart Macfarlane

Time and time again we have been told "eat your vegetables". Deep inside you know that they are good for you; after all, you are what you eat. But how and why are fruits and vegetables good for you? While all fruits and vegetables have a health benefit, below are some of the more popular foods known to promote eye health, the vitamins they contain, why they are good for your vision, and a few places where you may purchase them in the Brisbane area. 


The fruits and vegetables:

Spinach, Kale, Swiss chard and other leafy greens are not only good for you; they are good for your eyes. They contain Vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These greens are great prepared raw in salads. 

Carrots. Carrots will not instantly improve your vision but they do contain beta-carotene (vitamin A), and lutein. Carrots are a bit over-hyped as vitamin A is found in many foods. 

Broccoli. Broccoli contains vitamin B2, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A. Broccoli is great eaten raw, steamed, or in a variety of other ways. 

Sweet Potato. This root vegetable contains vitamin A, potassium, fiber, beta carotene. They are good boiled, baked, or grilled. 

Capscium/Peppers. Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, beta carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin and other nutrients are found in various bell peppers. Peppers are tasty raw, steamed, or baked. 

Avacado. This fruit is good for your eyes because it contains vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and beta carotene. Avacados have many benefits to your overall health. They are a great addition to salads, sandwiches, or in guacamole. 

Blueberries. Some people call blueberries the vision fruit. They are full of antioxidants, nutrients, and help improve your eyes on a cellular level. They contain a concentrated amount of anthocyanin. They also have vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients. 

Strawberries. Strawberries contain vitamin C and offer folate (A B vitamin). Strawberries are eaten in a variety of ways. 

Why these vitamins help your vision:

Vitamin A protects the cells in your eye (and throughout the rest of your body). Healthy cells in your eye help you maintain a clear cornea. 

Vitamin B deficiencies lead to a variety of problems. There are several vitamins in the B family, all of which are important. One of these vitamins is vitamin B2. A B2 deficiency can cause light sensitivity, which can lead to inflammation, blurred vision, or ocular fatigue. Vitamin B2 also plays a role in cataract prevention or delaying their progress. 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and assists your body in making connective tissues and promoting healthy blood vessels. Maintaining healthy connective tissue strengthens collagen found in the cornea. Vessels and capillaries are in your retina. Long term consumption of vitamin C and other antioxidants may reduce the risk of cataracts and age related macular degeneration by supporting healthy cells and tissues in your eyes, protecting the macula and macular pigment. Healthy cells also assist in preventing vision impairment such glaucoma

Vitamin K. Vitamin K is great for your body and some people say that it helps remove dark circles from under your eyes. 

Lutein increases pigment density in the macula lowering the risk for age related macular degeneration.

Manganese has many health benefits and contributes to collagen production and helps strengthen connective tissues in your eyes. 

Where to get these vegetables:

There are several places around Queensland to get fresh fruits and vegetables, including the markets. A few of the markets located near us in Logan Central are: 

Logan Central Markets. Logan Central Plaza, Wembly Road, Logan Central. This market is open Sunday mornings from 6am-noon. In addition to fruits and vegetables they have a variety of other goods as well. 

Saturday Fresh Market. This market is the largest fresh food and lifestyle market in Brisbane. The Brisbane marketplace is open on Saturdays from 6am-noon. A wide variety of produce is available here. 

Brisbane Produce Market. This is the centerpiece for selling and distribution of produce featuring several wholesalers of fruits and vegetables. 

The bottom line: 

Fruits and vegetables will not help you see better instantly but they do play a very important role in eye development and your vision as you age.