7 Chapel Street, Port Augusta, SA, 5700


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Our Services

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What does an Optometrist do?

Optometrists are primary health providers, often being the first point of professional contact for people experiencing problems with their eyes or having difficulty seeing. Optometrists have a unique role in providing accessible and vital eye care to the community. Apart from general practice, optometry is the only profession to have Medicare rebates without the need for a referral.

Optometrists are experts in the optics of lenses, eye health and visual performance; they assess ocular health and diagnose ocular disease. They may also manage many ocular diseases but do not perform invasive surgical interventions (eg cataract surgery, retinal detachments) but do perform foreign body removal. Where clinically necessary, optometrists prescribe spectacles, contact lenses, sunglasses, protective eyewear and devices for the visually impaired.

Some optometrists specialise in work with the elderly, children or persons who are partially sighted. Some specialise in the treatment of ocular conditions through prescribing therapeutic medications. Other specialist areas include contact lenses, sport vision, visual ergonomics, colour vision and vision therapy.

Introducing E-Eye IRPL - Dry eye treatment

Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition mainly caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and affects as much as 20% of our patients with symptoms increasing with age. Many aspects of our modern lifestyle like computer screens, artificial lighting and even air conditioning can further contribute to dry eye syndrome, causing irritation, headaches and various other symptoms.

Gulf and Ranges Optometrists are proud to offer the following services

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OCT Scanning

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive and takes a high resolution picture of the central retina and its blood supply. By taking an OCT picture optometrists have the ability to detect problems in the eye prior to any symptoms being present in the patient. It used for baseline data, and detect and support the management of eye diseases such as Macula degeneration, glaucoma or retinal detachments. At Gulf and Ranges, we have enhanced our capability by purchasing an OCT with Angiography technology.

Wide Field Retinal Photography

The OPTOS is non-invasive and takes an ultra-wide picture of the retina. This image in combination with an OCT give Optometrists the ability to detect macula degeneration, glaucoma and retinal tears.

Diabetic Checks

Diabetes can significantly effects eye health and vision and it is critical for those with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes have regular checks (3, 6, 9, 12 or 18 month reviews depending on the progression of the disease). The disease, if unmanaged can cause huge changes with focusing, but more devastatingly can cause damage to the blood flow in the retina leading to bleeding, vision loss and high risk of the retina being detached.

Behavioural Optometry

The goals of behavioural Optometry is to prevent vision and eye problems from developing or deteriorating, provide treatment for vision problems that have already developed (eg: eye turn, shortsightedness etc) and to ensure the visual abilities needed in the classroom, work place, when playing sport and using computers, are developed normally and working well. Behavioural optometrists undergo additional studies to gain deeper understanding of eye teaming plus brain development related to vision and learning within framework of assessing patient more holistically.

Corneal Topography

Corneal Topography is non-invasive imaging that measures the curve of the front of the eye, the cornea and the overlying tear film. It helps with diagnosis corneal diseases like keratoconus and also assist with correct fitting of contact lenses, especially more advanced contact lens options.

Visual Field Test

A visual field test is non-invasive imaging that takes 10-20 minutes. The testing creates a picture of what a person is able to detect visually in their central and peripheral vision (side vision). This testing detects eye disease such as glaucoma and it’s progression or if vision loss is a result of neurological events.

Contact Lenses

A contact lens is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye. Contact lenses are considered medical devices and can be worn to correct vision, or for cosmetic or therapeutic reasons.

Acute Eye Emergency

Our team of optometrists are highly trained and experienced in dealing with large range of ocular emergencies, including trauma, foreign bodies, sudden vision loss, red sore or painful eyes. Most we are able to treat in office and allow you to get on with life. Those issues that cannot be treated locally, we are able to diagnose the problem and liaise with the right care team for you or your family. So remember, if your eyes or vision are involved, come see us as soon as possible because earlier diagnosis and treatment generally makes a big difference.

Childrens Vision

Full Scope Optometry practices understand how crucial early detection of vision problems can be in treatment and prevention for children. Optometrists actively encourage the importance of regular eye checks.

Retinal Photography

As well as ultra wide fields OPTOS retinal digital imaging, Gulf and Ranges has retinal digital photography. This can be useful to closely exam changes in the vessels in the retina and allow some retinal issues to monitored more effectively.

Slit Lamp Imagery

The slit lamp is an instrument consisting of a high-intensity light source that can be focused to shine a thin sheet of light into the eye. Used in conjunction with a microscopes, lens and at Gulf and Ranges Optometrists, we have digital imaging in each consulting room so camera images can be taken of different segments of the eye.

Safety Spectacles

We have long history of providing the highest quality prescription safety eyewear to meet range of safety and work environments including the trades, industry and the mining sector across the region. Our Certified safety eyewear meets the Australian Standards. We also provide ranges of safety eyewear for sports and leisure including protective prescription goggles for contact sports e.g AFL and basketball, plus high velocity small projectile sports like squash.

Co-Managed Post-Operative Care

Our optometrists have extensive experience in managing follow up care after a large range of eye surgeries including cataract surgery, pterygium removal, and glaucoma surgeries. Our optometrists routinely do this on behalf of Ophthalmologists as part of the after surgery care process, but they are referred patients from these eye surgeons when pain, vision reduction or any concerning symptoms arise. Fortunately, with timely action most problems can be sorted quickly by our team locally, but when next level of intervention is required, our team will organise the right care pathway in the fastest possible manner. Ophthalmologist refer patients to see us for assessments with the advanced clinical equipment at the Gulf and Ranges practice and/or our clinical expertise with range of conditions. Our optometrists are often involved in the ongoing co management for patients that have macula degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes or corneal issues. Our optometrists work closely with local GP’s, Pharmacists, Nursing homes and the RFDS to assist in the care of people in the region.
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