What is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

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February 16, 2016

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AMD is a common cause of visual impairment in adult New Zealanders. The Macula is the part of the retina (the layer at the back of the eye) that we use for fine visual tasks. It is rather like a film of a camera in that it responds to a focused light and transmits signals to the brain enabling us ‘to see’. In macular degeneration, degenerative processes occur which impede central vision. Symptoms may include one or more of the following:  Difficulty with reading or any other activity that requires fine vision; [...]


Would refractive eye surgeons have laser eye surgery themselves?

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December 23, 2015

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Our doctors are often asked if they would have laser eye surgery themselves. Here is an interesting article on a study that was done in United States of America. It was carried out to find out how many eye surgeons who perform laser vision correction (refractive surgeons) would actually get it done themselves and recommend it to their immediate family members. This survey was based on 250 surgeons with a 99.2% response rate (248 out of 250 responded) and here’s what it found: Refractive surgeons know more about refractive surgery than [...]


Cataract Symptoms

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December 2, 2015

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Bulurry Vision Blurry vision at any distance is the most common symptom of cataracts. Your view may look foggy, filmy or cloudy. Over time, as the cataracts get worse, less light reaches the retina. Glare Another early symptom of cataracts is glare, or sensitivity to light. You may have trouble seeing in bright sunlight. Indoor lights that once didn’t bother you now may seem too bright or have halos. Driving at night may become a problem because of the glare caused by street lights and oncoming headlights. Double Vision Sometimes, cataracts [...]


How to protect your eyes in summer

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November 30, 2015

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We get excited when the first glimpse of summer season appears with its warm sunny weather and long days. Unfortunately, this season is also an obstacle course for your precious eyes with off-road trips or garden work, chemicals in pools and the sun that burns delicate tissues. You can still have fun, but you may need to take some steps to protect your eyes. We wanted to share some important information that will hopefully help you this summer.   Wear Sun Protection You would be amazed how many people go to [...]


Commonly asked questions about cataract surgery

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October 5, 2015

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Cataract removal is one of the most common eye operations performed in New Zealand today. It is also one of the safest and most effective, and is successful in over 98% of cases. Here are some commonly asked questions about cataract surgery that we wanted to share with you. 1. HOW IS A CATARACT DETECTED? A cataract may be detected by your optometrist or family doctor. It is important that a thorough eye examination is performed by your optometrist or eye specialist to ensure that there are no other causes for [...]


Cataracts – what are they?

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September 29, 2015

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Cataracts – what are they? A cataract is an opacity (or cloudiness) in the lens of the eye. This cloudiness develops inside the lens and restricts light passing through the eye and reaching the retina. When this occurs, vision is affected. An opacity can be quite minor or it can become so marked that it prevents adequate vision. Causes The most common cause of cataracts is ageing. Others include: * Inherited or developmental problems * Health problems such as diabetes * Medications such as steroids * Trauma to the eye Symptoms.  [...]


Common eye conditions in children

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September 21, 2015

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 Amblyopia (lazy eye) Amblyopia is the most common cause of poor vision in children and occurs because the part of the brain that deals with vision for that eye has failed to develop normally. The most common cause for amblyopia is a problem with poor focusing due to hyperopia (far-sightedness), or astigmatism (irregularity of the focus). Another cause is also Strabismus (a squint or turning eye). Anything that interrupts the passage of light into the eye, such as a scar on the cornea (surface of the eye), a cataract (an opaque [...]


Laser eye surgery: 5 questions to ask

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September 14, 2015

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So you’ve been thinking about laser eye surgery for some time now and have finally decided to take the first step – booking your free laser assessment. We’re sure there are lots of questions running through your mind, so we wanted to compile 5 common queries asked by our clients and present them here. Make sure you ask our team as many questions as you need to have a clear picture of the procedure and possible outcomes. Q. 1:  How much does laser eye surgery cost and do you offer finance [...]


Auckland Eye’s week at Westfield St Lukes

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August 25, 2015

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We were excited to have the opportunity to meet and talk to people about SMILE, 3rd generation laser vision correction, at St Lukes shopping mall last week. It was great to meet so many people who wanted to find out whether they were suitable for SMILE or to simply ask questions about the process and procedure. SMILE represents a significant advance in laser eye surgery. It is minimally invasive, gentle and highly accurate. While we mainly talked about SMILE and LASIK, we had questions about all types of eye conditions and were happy [...]


A short history of laser eye surgery

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August 13, 2015

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Laser eye surgery, or laser vision correction, is a procedure for the correction of myopia (nearsightedness), astigmatism and hyperopia (far sightedness). Its purpose is to change the way light enters the eye by reshaping the cornea, effectively re-focusing the light onto the retina, resulting in clear, crisp vision. Laser eye surgery has been around for many years, and has been continually evolving. One of the first contributors to the vision correction procedures of today was Professor Jose Barraquer, when he developed keratomileusis (a surgical way to create a flap in the cornea – front surface [...]

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