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OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR with Melissa Hay, Visique Milford

New Year's Resolution: Care for your Eyes

Helping keep our readers up to date with optometry and eyewear news is Melissa Hay, owner of Visique Milford Optometrists. Melissa has a Bachelor of Optometry and provides an insight into eye health this month in the first of her columns for 2013...

Kiwis see amazing things through healthy eyes; the importance of good vision cannot be underestimated. At every stage in our lives it is vital that we look after our eyes, protecting them from UV damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays, and ensuring that they are regularly examined by an optometrist – after all, we only have one pair!

Ensuring that our eyes remain as healthy as possible begins when we are young. Good vision is essential to a child’s learning and reading performance. Often parents and teachers overlook a child’s vision problems as a cause of learning difficulties. This is also a key stage for protecting the eyes from UV damage, as young eyes are more sensitive to the sun’s damaging rays. Long-sightedness, which occurs when distant objects can be seen clearly, but those close up do not come into focus properly, can be common in children, as can ‘lazy eye’. Vision screening programmes run in schools are only designed to detect major difficulties. A child may “pass” this screening test and still have vision problems that impair learning and the ability to play safely. Young adults may also find themselves suffering from a range of quite common eye conditions, easily identified by an eye test, such as short-sightedness, which occurs when objects can be seen clearly up close, but objects further away appear blurred.
Our eyes tend to change considerably as we get older, and we become more susceptible to a range of eye conditions. Regular eye tests become even more important. Presbyopia is where the lens of the eye loses its ability to re-focus, making it difficult to see things up close; this often occurs as we age. Spots (often called ‘floaters’) are small cloudy specks that float about in your field of vision. Diabetic retinopathy occurs in people with diabetes when there is gradual damage to the eye’s retina. As we approach our senior years, looking after our eye health remains equally important, as we become susceptible to conditions such as macular degeneration which affects sharpness of vision or even Glaucoma, potentially one of the most damaging eye diseases that often remains undetected without regular eye tests.
An eye test undertaken by your local optometrist is a painless experience that, if undertaken regularly, can help detect eye conditions early and prevent loss of vision as well as ensure that you are provided with the best eye wear solutions to suit your eyes’ needs and your lifestyle, be it glasses or contact lenses. An eye test at Visique Milford Optometrists is extremely comprehensive; using the latest and most sophisticated equipment, and we always take the time to ensure that we learn about our customers’ lifestyle too, so that any eyewear recommended is tailored to their unique requirements. Understanding the customer’s individual requirements is of paramount importance to an optometrist; lens quality and any necessary coatings to reduce glare or dust is something that should never be compromised on.

Visique Milford Optomestrists - 155 Kitchener Road, Milford.
Phone 489 4797.

To celebrate the New Year, we have a special on our
Moda glasses for the month of February. Get a complete
pair of glasses, with New Zealand made quality lenses for
only $299. We look forward to seeing you soon.

by Melissa Hay