National Diabetes Week: Talking diabetes and eye health with Darrell.

Bullcreek Optometrist, Darrell Baker, chats about the changes that can occur to the eyes due to diabetes and the importance of regular eye exams for diabetics.

HOW CAN AN EYE EXAM HELP DETECT THE EARLY STAGES OF DIABETES?

Comprehensive eye examinations involve an inspection of the retina using digital imaging and/or microscopic inspection, as certain changes noted in the retina might indicate the early onset of diabetes. This might be confirmed by a rapid or unusual change in the vision and optical power of the eye.

HOW CAN DIABETES AFFECT THE HEALTH OF YOUR EYES AND VISION?

To put this in context, diabetes is the second leading cause of blindness in people aged 40 and over, so it has serious and significant implications on eye health and vision.  In saying that, those most at risk are long-term insulin-dependent diabetics, but any person with either form of the disease has a risk of damage to the retina. This can occur as a result of bleeding or leakage from the very small blood vessels in the retina, and if these changes occur undetected in the macula (central part) of the retina, it could cause permanent central vision loss. Diabetics are also more likely to develop cataracts, along with various other eye conditions.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES TO HAVE REGULAR EYE EXAMS?

As well as the risk of damage to the retina, fluctuating blood sugar levels can affect the optical power (refraction) of the eye, causing temporary and fluctuating visual changes. Diabetes can also affect the healing properties of the eye, and would make diabetics more likely to be contract certain eye infections, as well as inhibiting the healing rate from those infections, operations or minor injuries.

Tips to keep your eyes happy in winter


With winter comes crisp weather, cold winds and attempts to keep cosy with indoor heating. These factors can cause eye discomfort and irritation, particularity dry eye. Here are some tips to help keep your eyes happy in the colder months.


KEEP YOUR EYES MOIST

Use preservative-free lubricant drops to help keep eyes moist and sooth dry, irritated eyes. Try to avoid sitting directly in front of heat sources and use a humidifier to add moisture into dry rooms.

BLINK MORE & REMEMBER 20:20:20

Cold, rainy days often means more time indoors reading, watching TV or spending time on our devices. When engaged in close work activities our blink rate goes down, so don't forget to blink often! Help reduce eye strain by using the 20:20:20 rule; every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.

GIVE YOUR EYES A BREAK

Contact lens wearers are often more susceptible to eye discomfort during winter. Leave out your lenses for a day or two and wear your glasses to give your eyes a break. Ask your optometrist about lens types that work best for those with dry eye, or drops that may provide better comfort while wearing your current lenses.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT UV

While the sun may be hiding, the harmful UV rays are still out! Wearing sunglasses not only protects your eyes from UV but can also help shield your eyes from strong winds that can cause stinging or watering.

 

If your eyes are irritated, dry, or watering frequently, get in touch with us to see one of our optometrists.

Recycle your old contact lenses and packaging with us!

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We're excited to announce that we are now part of the Bausch + Lomb Contact Lens Recycling Programme!

Drop in your used contact lenses, blister packs and contact lens cases and we'll send them off to programme partner, TerraCycle, to be recycled for free! All contact lens brands are accepted.

For every kilogram of contact lens waste collected, a $1 donation will be made to Optometry Giving Sight, an organisation helping to prevent blindness and impaired vision around the world.

May is Macula Month!

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May is Macula Month!   

Many Australians are at risk of developing macular disease but just don’t know it. If you’re over 50 or living with diabetes you’re risk is even greater. By adopting the healthy habits below you will help minimise your risk of vision loss from macular disease, whether you have been diagnosed with the disease or not.  

How many of these “healthy habits” can you tick off?

  • I don’t smoke
  • I eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • I eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit daily
  • I eat fish two to three times a week
  • I choose low glycemic index (low GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI
  • I eat a handful of nuts a week
  • I limit the intake of fats and oils
  • I keep a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly
  • I have a regular comprehensive eye test and macula check  

Regular comprehensive eye tests including a macula check are essential for monitoring eye health and signs of macular disease. If it's been a while between visits, get in contact to book an appointment with us this May!

You can also download the free Macular Menu e-cookbook, filled with a range of delicious and nutritious recipes contributed from celebrities, chefs, eye health professionals, and foodies from our macular disease community.
Get it here >> https://www.mdfoundation.com.au/content/macula-menu-MM18

Get 20% off sunglasses!

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With the HBF Run for a Reason a little over a month away, Perth is in full prep mode!

While ensuring your activewear is on-point is an obvious priority, don't forget about your peepers! Quality sunglasses are a must-have to make your time in the sun as comfortable as possible, protect your eyes from harmful UV and help you see that finish line clearly! Up until the 26th of May, we're offering 20% off all prescription and non-prescription sunglasses*. Choose from a range of styles including Oroton and Ray-Ban.

Don't forget you can support Team Bullseye and help us raise funds for Manna by making a donation at our HBF Run for a Reason fundraising page!

 

*Excludes Maui Jim. Offer valid until end of trade on the 26th of May 2018. To claim the discount on prescription sunglasses, customers must have a valid spectacle prescription and purchase sunglasses frames and prescription lenses in a single transaction.

 

Team Bullseye ready to run!


This year we're teaming up with Eyes on Oxford to take part in HBF Run for a Reason!

We'll be raising funds for, Manna, a local charity that helps feed those in need. Manna prepares and distributes over 200 meals to the homeless each day and provides breakfast for disadvantaged children at 20 schools in WA.

Any donation big or small will help Manna keep their kitchen stocked, so visit our fundraising page to make a contribution and help us reach our goal of $500. You can also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you from Team Bullseye!

Closing the Gap for Vision

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Indigenous Australians are three times more likely to be blind or have vision loss than the broader population despite the eye health and vision care gap closing in recent years. 

Last week the Indigenous Eye Health Unit of University of Melbourne hosted the Close the Gap for Vision 2020 National conference with peak government, Indigenous affairs, Aboriginal community health organisations, professional associations and health care workers meeting to discuss both the gains made and to reset actions to reach the goal of eliminating the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous eye health by the year 2020.

As Chair of the Optometry Association’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander national advisory group, Gary attended the conference and presented on the performance and future of Optometry schemes and programs.

World Glaucoma Week

Did you know more than 300,000 Australians are thought to have glaucoma, but only 50% have been diagnosed?

This World Glaucoma Week, make sure you're up to date with your eye health check. Symptoms are often 'silent' during the early stages of the disease and the development of peripheral vision loss can often go unnoticed in day-to-day life.  Early detection is key!

Visit the Glaucoma Australia website for more information.

Back to school, back to work, back to reality!

Kids New Year 2018

 

Now that 2018 is in full swing, it's time to get your eyes ready for the year ahead!

CHECK THEIR EYES SO THEY CAN DOT THEIR I'S.

We know that for a child to perform at their best, their eyes need to as well. That's why an examination at the beginning of a school year is important to ensure their vision is developing as it should. With vision responsible for 80% of learning it's crucial that their vision is up to to the task of the year ahead.

WILL YOUR EYES WORK HARDER THAN YOU THIS YEAR?

Our vision changes throughout our lives, particularly as we hit our forties. Even a small change in vision, uncorrected, can make everyday tasks frustrating.  Feel like your eyes are working overtime? We can help you find an eyewear solution so you can see more clearly and comfortably.

MADALAH Donations Drive

We’ve teamed up with MADALAH, a not for profit organization that provides scholarships for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities. MADALAH also supports the development of a pool of positive role models and future leaders who will inspire others and illustrate the successes that can be achieved through education.

To help welcome the Year 7 scholarship recipients to their new school, we’re aiming to create 50 boarder welcome packs. The packs will contain home essentials to help the students settle into boarding life and will be presented to the students in March at their Year 7 orientation camp.

We are collecting donations of the following new, unopened items until the end of February:   

- Deodorant
- Toothpaste
- Toothbrush
- Mouthwash
- Body Wash
- Face Wash
- Shampoo
- Conditioner
- Razor
- Shaving Cream
- Sunscreen
- Hand Sanitizer
- Moisturizer
- Laundry Powder

Help us reach our goal by sharing our video below on Facebook, and visit the MADALAH website to learn more about the great work MADALAH are doing!