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OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR with Melissa Hay, Visique Milford

What different eye diseases do to your vision…

This month, Melissa Hay of Visique Optometrists Milford takes a look at diseases which can cause our eyes
to become damaged...

Glaucoma is the ‘silent thief of sight.’ You can see from the picture to the right that glaucoma affects the periphery of your vision, leaving you with tunnel vision. Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye conditions where an increase in fluid pressure inside the eye gradually damages the optic nerve causing vision loss.

Because the loss of vision happens slowly, a person with glaucoma may not notice any changes to their vision until a significant reduction in sight has occurred. Without treatment, this loss continues until the eye is blind. It may surprise you to know that you often can't feel any increase in the pressure of your eye. The only way to know is to get your optometrist to measure it. The other reason that glaucoma is often called "the silent thief of sight" is that it damages your peripheral vision. We are all aware of what blurred vision maybe like, but we can not accurately measure our side vision or be aware if it has changed. At Visique Milford Optometrists we can measure your peripheral vision, and monitor it for change.
Even if you think you've got perfect vision or that your current contact lenses or glasses are suited to your eyes it's important to get your eyes tested at least every two years.
"Too many people suffer with eye conditions without knowing just how bad their eye sight has got. All too often we examine people in our community who don't realise how badly their eye sight has deteriorated", says Logan Cooke, optometrist at Visique Milford Optometrists."

Our iconic optometry practice has existed since the late 1960's and officially became Visique in 2001. Current owner and optometrist Melissa Hay started serving the local North Shore community in 2005. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Auckland in 2003, and now her professional Visique team of five boast two optometrists, an optical technician, optical receptionist and optical assistant.

As your 100% kiwi-owned and operated optometrist, Visique Milford Optometrists is passionate about delivering the best service to you.  We offer comprehensive eye exams and will provide professional advice tailored to your specific needs, using the latest technology to ensure your eye health is the best it can be. Our expert optometrists also provide specialist services including Orthokeratology and CAA accredited eye exams (special eye tests for pilots). Visit us to see our range of fashion frames, lenses, prescription sunglasses and contact lens solutions for people of all ages.
We're open 6 days a week, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch – our phone number is 09 489 4797. We look forward to your visit!

by Melissa Hay