At Vision Excellence we understand that there are many optical and medical reasons why people don’t see well. Results from a comprehensive eye test allow us to provide impartial advice about all vision correction modalities that will benefit you, and either prescribe or give advice about each method.
The main optical disorders of the eye causing vision problems are myopia (short-sightedness or near-sightedness), hypermetropia (long-sightedness or far-sightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia (age-related change in vision). All of these conditions can be corrected in a number of ways, which include the traditional types of correction such as spectacles or contact lenses as well as the newer technologies such as orthokeratology (OrthoK) and surgical correction (refractive surgery). Our optometrist will advise you about the safest and most effective options to correct your vision.
Based on any symptoms you may have and a thorough eye test and medical history of you and your family, our optometrist will conduct a comprehensive, thorough and appropriate measurement of your eyes and their health.
We do everything we can to accurately measure your glasses or contact lens prescription and endeavour to get it perfect first time. We understand that having your eyes tested can be stressful if you are rushed when giving your responses, which is why we allocate enough time to do the job properly.
Our practitioners have extensive knowledge of optical dispensing and will advise on best options for your prescription. The new Norwest practice offers the latest in spectacle lens technology, fashion frames and contact lenses at very competitive prices.
We have the facilities and expertise to fit soft and rigid gas-permeable lenses, multifocal contact lenses and disposable lenses including single-use ‘daily’ lenses.
The most exciting recent development of myopia correction and prevention, also known as OrthoK, is one of the specialities of Vision Excellence. Our optometrist is passionate about this technology which involves the use of rigid contact lens retainers to mould the eye during sleep, eliminating the need to wear spectacles or contact lenses during the day.
We have a special interest in paediatric and children’s vision. We choose not to practise as behavioural optometrists. We offer a full check of a child’s eyes and a comprehensive assessment of the visual system including any abnormalities of binocular vision.
A Children’s Vision Assessment with our optometrist includes the service of an experienced orthoptist who is university qualified to provide any therapy that will assist a child to see, learn and process visual information.
Our orthoptist specialises in eye movements and the straightness of eyes, especially in children, older adults and people who have suffered injury or trauma to their eyes or brain.
At Vision Excellence, our optometrist and orthoptist have had many years of experience working in visual rehabilitation. We will assess the type and severity of a patient’s visual impairment and we will tailor a plan to continuously support and strive to restore the best possible vision that we can for each individual patient.
We fit contact lenses of all types and do not restrict our choice to just one type or brand or design of lenses. We have the facilities and expertise to fit soft and rigid gas-permeable lenses, multifocal contact lenses and disposable lenses including single-use ‘daily’ lenses. We also offer OrthoK contact lens wear (contact lens retainers that mould the eye while you sleep to allow you to see clearly during the day without any spectacles or contact lens correction).
Most people have normal colour vision but about 10% of men and 0.5% of women do not see some colours as well as the rest of the population. This deficiency in colour vision (often wrongly called colour blindness) is usually of no major consequence. However, for some people, especially young men, their colour vision status can have major restrictions on career options. We can analyse and quantify any issues with colour vision to assist them with advice about their vocational choices.
Macular Degeneration is a major cause of central blindness that affects the ‘straight-ahead’ vision of the eyes, which is essential for most of the visual tasks of life, such as reading, driving, watching TV, recognising faces and using a computer.
Prevention of glaucoma involves more than just a check of your intraocular pressure (IOP). We are equipped to detect the earliest signs of glaucoma so that treatment can prevent blindness from glaucomatous eye damage.
Keratoconus is a relatively common condition that is often misdiagnosed as astigmatism in the early stages. We are equipped to detect keratoconus early so that timely treatment can lessen the impact on vision in the future.
Diabetes can have a profound impact on your vision so all diabetics should be checked at least once a year for any deterioration of eye health or vision. We will thoroughly check your eyes for any diabetic changes to the retina (known as diabetic retinopathy) and will keep a record of your vision and eye health status for comparison in the future.
Driving is not just about clear vision.
To be a safe driver, good visual acuity (sharpness) must be combined with good binocular vision and depth perception (stereopsis and eye teaming) to maintain a comfortable single image of the driving environment free of diplopia (double vision). There must also be a complete field of vision, free of scotomas (abnormal blind spots) and without any restriction of the visual fields that can result from trauma or disease of the eyes or brain. Safe driving can also be compromised by excessive glare caused by cataracts and other opacities in the eye. We are fully equipped with perimetry for visual field analysis and comprehensive measurement of binocular vision, visual acuity and glare.
We work closely with ophthalmologists to deliver best possible care for our patients. We can measure your eyes to determine whether you are suitable for lasik, clear lens extraction or other refractive types of surgical correction. We will only refer to ethical surgeons with your eye health and best visual outcomes as the most important consideration.
You should see an optometrist at least once every two years (even if you’re satisfied with your vision) to test for any early signs of eye diseases or conditions which could be developing. Many eye diseases can occur at any stage of life. Your vision is precious and early detection is key to preventing blindness.
Children should see an optometrist at various times before and during the school years to check the development of their eyes and ensure they have vision that is clear, comfortable and enables effective learning in the classroom and sports performance.
If you notice any sudden changes to your vision (e.g. blurriness, headaches, dryness or discomfort, distortions, dark spots, flashes, an increase in floaters or deterioration to your peripheral or central vision) make an appointment without delay! Timing is critical to protecting your vision if there is an issue with your eyes.