Our eyes are the windows to the world, they give us the ability to perceive, appreciate, and navigate our surroundings.

Yet, often, the importance of maintaining good eye health can be overlooked. In Australia, it is estimated that more than 453,000 people are affected by poor eyesight. An astounding 90% of these cases could be preventable and treatable.

We are all encouraged to get a regular eye examination (usually once every two years) like you would any other health check-up, and to take better care of our eyes to prevent vision problems from occurring now and later in life.

When was the last time you had an eye exam?

Do you suffer from regular headaches or have trouble focusing?
These are just a few signs that it’s time for a comprehensive eye test.

By booking an eye test with us, you ensure the health and wellbeing of your most vital sense.

Regular eye examinations are important in the early detection and prevention of eye diseases.

How much time do your kids spend outside?

There are a lot of beneficial effects of time spent outdoors for general health, and this is true for eye health too. There’s more and more evidence showing the benefits of increasing time spent outdoors in preventing or delaying myopia in children

Myopia is a growing concern in today’s screen-dominated world, especially among children.

Researchers from China and Australia have discovered that spending about an extra 1.25 hours per day outside reduces the risk of developing myopia (shortsightedness) by 50 percent.

What is myopia

Myopia is an eye condition which causes blurred distance vision and is also known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness. Once myopia develops in children and teenagers, it typically deteriorates every few months. In most cases, this worsening continues until the late teens or even early 20s.

This is called progressive myopia, which is a significant concern to quality of life in children and teenagers, and also poses risks to long-term eye health.

Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long or the cornea is too curved, causing light to focus in front of the retina rather than directly on it. This results in blurry vision when looking at distant objects.

Factors contributing to myopia’s development include genetics, excessive close-up work and limited outdoor activities.

If left untreated, myopia can worsen, potentially leading to serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment in adulthood. This is why it’s so important to see your optometrist for regular eye checks to detect and address myopia in children.

What makes myopia get worse?

In addition to age, some of the factors that can affect myopia development and progression include:

• Stressing your eyes with too much nearby visual work (computers & phones)
• A lack of exposure to natural light
• Certain underlying health conditions, like diabetes
• Cataracts and other eye conditions

If you notice a change in your vision – like things looking blurrier than you’re used to, it is essential that you get your eyes checked soon.

Your eyes are complex, and importantly many eye conditions are much more treatable in their earlier stages. Early detection through routine eye exams can provide an opportunity to catch conditions like myopia before they get worse.