Optometrist Newcastle

Our Optometry Practice

Our independently owned Newcastle optometry practice stocks boutique style glasses and Bespoke frames from around the world. All our customers are highly valued, and we will make sure you benefit from honest, straightforward advice in all areas of eyewear and care.

At For Beautiful Eyes, Dr David O’Sullivan (Optometrist), and Dr Cristina Bucci (Optometrist) have the latest technology at their disposal, including retinal cameras and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) retinal scanners. We will thoroughly assess your vision, as well as the health of your eyes, and prescribe glasses and/or contact lenses if they are required. Eye exercises may also be prescribed in some circumstances. If you aren’t sure which frames will work best for you in respect to fashion, correct fitting and compatibility to prescription, our friendly, qualified staff are happy to help.

HELPING YOU ACHIEVE CLARITY WITH COMFORT

  • Advice on most appropriate lenses
  • Comprehensive eye tests
  • Bespoke frames sourced from all over the world
  • On-site lab for fast turnarounds
  • Range of coatings (anti-scratch, mirror, UV protection, anti-reflex)

HEALTH CONDITIONS

Some of the health conditions for which we screen are glaucoma, macula degeneration, diabetes, dry eye, vascular changes related to hypertension, cataracts, eyelid disorders, tumours and retinitis pigmentosa. The eye conditions that our team assess include:

GLAUCOMA:

This condition, which causes damage to the optic nerve, is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. One in ten people over the age of 80 will develop glaucoma, and owing to the fact that there are no noticeable symptoms during the early to middle stages, the disease is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight”. Though there is no cure for glaucoma, it can usually be controlled and further loss of sight associated with the condition can be prevented. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you get your eyes checked regularly.

MACULAR DEGENERATION:

Macular degeneration (MD) is a major cause of legal blindness throughout the developed world, generally affecting people over the age of 50. Symptoms may include difficulty reading or recognising faces, perception of straight lines becoming wavy, or dark spots in the centre of your vision. It is crucial to detect MD early, that is before symptoms develop, in order to save as much vision as possible. Our eye tests, as well as advice on what nutrition and supplements can help address MD, will help you protect your precious sight well into your later years. To keep your eyes healthy, it is important to adopt healthy nutritional habits. For example, maintaining a diet rich in anti-oxidants is one way to maintain macular health. A healthy diet can also help prevent conditions like diabetes that can debilitate your eyesight. Other lifestyle choices, such as not smoking and wearing prescription sunglasses, can help keep your eyes healthy.

DRY EYES:

This condition is a very common one that is often undiagnosed. Symptoms can vary from mild grittiness to severe discomfort, burning and even ulceration. The condition may exist on its own or be part of some other systemic condition such as Sjogren’s Syndrome or other auto-immune diseases. The causes of simple dry eye can vary and fall into one of two categories – evaporative dry eye and reduced aqueous production. Treatment will vary depending on the cause.

In order to comprehensively examine your eyes and accurately diagnose these conditions, For Beautiful Eyes utilises the latest technology. Our equipment includes:

VISUAL FIELD ANALYSER:

We use this instrument to establish the integrity of a person’s visual field, both centrally – involving the macula and peripherally. Glaucoma for example may cause visual field deficits of which a person may be unaware but which can readily be detected in a visual field test. Field deficits may also be the result of brain injury tumours and aneurysms.

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOPOGRAPHER:

This technology allows us to acquire high resolution images of the anterior and posterior segments of the eye and is especially useful to the Optometrist in determining the urgency, or otherwise if a referral to an Ophthalmologist, in the case of any macula change.

RETINAL CAMERA:

High resolution photograph of the central posterior eye is taken and is excellent in documenting any changes over time such as at the optic nerve head.

CHILDREN'S VISION

Dr David O’Sullivan Optometrist is our resident Behavioural Optometrist and a member of the Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO). He will ensure your child’s vision is tested within a safe, friendly environment. Parents are encouraged to sit in the examination room so they can discuss results as the examination proceeds.

Our children’s vision services include:

  • The assessment of functional and visual perceptual skills
  • Referrals to other professionals who can assess learning delayed children (learning difficulties may be attributed to impaired vision)
  • Visual hygiene advice. Factors such as posture, close reading distance and sustained near work can lead to myopia and other visual problems over time. Our Optometrists will assess these potential problems during the eye examination, and recommend strategies to overcome them.

ON-SITE LAB

Dr David O’Sullivan Optometrist is our resident Behavioural Optometrist and a member of the Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO). He will ensure your child’s vision is tested within a safe, friendly environment. Parents are encouraged to sit in the examination room so they can discuss results as the examination proceeds.

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