Why do my eyes hurt in the cold?

One very common and frustrating eye issue that increases in its prevalence over winter is dry eye. The colder temperature can cause your eyes to lose natural moisture, becoming dry and sore. Although this isn’t usually a serious condition, it can cause discomfort. Here are out top tips to ease the symptoms of dry eye and keep your eyes healthy this winter.

May is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

inFOCUS this month... an annual awareness campaign to help Australians understand their risk of macular disease. May is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month.

Macular disease covers a range of painless conditions affecting the central retina, known as the macula, which sits at the back of the eye. This disease is unfortunately the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Australia.

The macula is responsible for detailed central vision used for activities such as reading, driving and recognising faces. It’s also responsible for most of your colour vision and it is only early detection and intervention that will save your sight.

checkmymacula.com.au offer a quick quiz to assess your risk however the best course of action is to maintain regular eye checks and ensure you reach out to us if you notice any changes with your vision, especially when reading or driving.

Did you know? Most people with glaucoma are not aware of it.

Most glaucoma patients have zero symptoms. Catch the disease early and you have a great chance of preserving your vision for the years to come.

Glaucoma, an eye disease that affects approximately 300,000 Australians can surprise people as in its early stages it is painless and symptomless. It is estimated that in Australia 50% of the affected people are unaware that they have the disease. Learn more about Glaucoma by speaking to our eye healthcare team today.

Food that improves your eye health and energy

We all know that our food choices affect our health. But did you know that foods can improve the health of our eyes too? Improving your eye health and overall health is as easy as eating plenty of vitamin-rich foods that fuel your body and protect your eyes. Get the most from what you eat by choosing a variety of colourful produce that’s rich in antioxidants. Bump up your nutritional intake by selecting foods with selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid, zinc, and omega-3 fats. Nature has just what you need for a energy boost. Here are some tasty food ideas to eat for good health.

  • Capsicum - brightly coloured capsciums are a nutritional power food that could help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and age-related macular degeneration.
  • Carrots - these portable vegetables are perfect for quick snacking. Filled with beta carotene, carrots can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Spinach, kale, and other dark green, leafy vegetables - deep green and leafy, spinach is filled with vitamin C, beta carotene, and loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants act like a natural sunscreen for your eyes and they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Sweet potatoes - this bright orange root vegetable provides beta carotene, just like carrots.
  • Turkey - this all-purpose protein is delicious in burgers, tacos, sandwiches, and more. It’s also loaded with zinc and B-vitamin niacin, which can help prevent cataracts.
  • Wild salmon - studies show that eating foods rich in omega-3s can help protect tiny blood vessels in the eyes.

Start the new year off with a fresh new look!

Start the new year off with a fresh new look! Many of the health funds re-set at the beginning of the year, so now might be a great time to use your new health benefits and enjoy little or no gap payment! Book an appointment online or visit our practice today a choose from our range of stylish spectacles.

School is back!

School is back and now is a great time to make an appointment to get your child's eyes tested either for the first time, or to get that review appointment that they may be due for.

Poor eyesight may cause learning and behaviour problems, which might be blamed on other things. This is especially true for young children, who may find it difficult to explain the difficulties they are having with their eyesight. They may not even be aware they have a problem at all.

Please book an appointment online or give us a call on 6257 1103 (Canberra) or 6293 1171 (Tuggeranong).

We hope to see you soon.