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Rodenstock and Sure Eye Care - 7 years of partnership delivering unrivalled vision

Amanda Rungis - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

We were very honoured to have distinguished guests today - Günter Raichle (Managing Director, Rodenstock Thailand Operations and Asia Pacific Sales) and Tim McCann (General Manager, Rodenstock Australia). When you work in a beautiful space like Sure Eye Care every day, it's easy to forget what's been created. It was lovely to hear their enthusiastic feedback given how many practices all around the world they both see.

I'll never fully be able to express my gratitude to Martin Tuktens of Prinzip Design. He made my vision of a hybrid practice (a cross between a standard optometrist and a medical practice) a reality. Together we felt like we invented a new architectural style we called “Scandinavian Medical”. If you haven’t visited us yet, you can take the virtual tour.

I didn’t want just another optometrist where you walk in and all you see is rows and rows of frames. That was why the custom-made pivot wall that houses the Rodenstock Lens Hub and ImpressionIST® was such an integral part of the design. When you walk in, lenses are more prominent than the frames. Reflecting our belief that the most important thing about visiting your eye care professional is leaving seeing exceptionally well.

That's why we have chosen Rodenstock to be are main lens supplier for the last 7 years. There are great quality differences between lenses. The Rodenstock brand represents the value of German-made product - quality, tradition and security. There are many years of research, knowledge and revolutionary technologies in their innovative products.

We're privileged that Rodenstock has chosen to partner with us. They've entrusted us with their superior lenses. We're the only Central Coast supplier of their entire lens range including Rodenstock Road driving lenses and Ergo computer lenses. Also, we use the most innovative technology for exact eye measurement. The ImpressionIST® consultation terminal is a 3D stereo camera for determining your individual data automatically. Thanks to this technology, you receive an unmatched individual and precision result - in short, the perfect glasses.

If you'd like to experience maximum comfort, sharp and high-contrast vision, ensure your next lenses are Rodenstock. As they say “See better. Look perfect." Book online for an eye examination and Rodenstock lens expert consultation.

"Fixing Screenagers" Presentation - Wednesday 3rd May 6:45pm

Sure Optical - Thursday, April 27, 2017

2 out of 3 children spend more than 2 hours a day using digital devices. This concerns most parents. Excessive use of iPads, iPhones and other screens are causing problems with children’s necks, posture and eyes. Central Coast Spinal Care Centre and Sure Eye Care are holding an educational seminar to answer your concerns.

The talk will begin with Chiropractors Dr Angus Steventon and Dr Bryce Conrad, who'll speak about:

  • The implications of “TechNeck” and “iPosture” on the adult and child spine
  • How to minimise impact and reduce neck pain, headaches and the development of a “hunch back”

Next, Optometrists Dr Amanda Rungis and Dr Sarah Tait will talk about:

  • The epidemic of short-sightedness putting our kids at risk and how it relates to excessive screen time
  • Treatments that help slow short-sightedness
  • Blue light protection - why it's important that we protect our kids from blue light emitted in excessive amounts from screens

There will be plenty of time at the end of the talk to answer your questions. 

Spaces are limited so book online now or call 4337 6000 to avoid disappointment.  All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Optometry Giving Sight.

Myopia - the silent epidemic putting our kids at risk

Amanda Rungis - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Myopia (short-sightedness) starts at an early age and brings with it the likelihood of other eye health problems. It increases the risk of blindness and vision loss due to myopic maculopathy, retinal detachment, glaucoma and cataracts (see table below).

There's a reason for concern. Myopia is worryingly becoming more prevalent. If current trends continue, by 2050 half the world’s population will be myopic.

How do we know who's at greatest risk? There are two very strong predictors:

  • Prescription less than +075D at age 6
  • Parents being myopic

Excessive close work and digital device use may also contribute, as can inadequate time spent outdoors.

Are you concerned about your child’s or grandchild’s vision? There's a free online resource for parents and grandparents – My Kid's Vision. This simple, six question survey helps you assess a child’s risk of myopia.

All children / teens need an eye examination annually and more regularly if they're at high risk of developing myopia.

Fortunately, we do have treatment strategies – as well as lifestyle changes – to help delay onset and control progression. Research has shown that these strategies are most effective at slowing the progress of myopia:

  • Orthokeratology, also called orthoK or overnight vision therapy
  • Soft bifocal / multifocal contact lenses
  • Bifocal / multifocal spectacles
  • Atropine drug therapy

Also, all kids / teens should be encouraged to spend a minimum of 2 hours per day outdoors.

Despite these treatment options, research has shown that most optometrists prescribe either distance only spectacles or distance only contact lenses for progressing or young myopes. This worries me, because neither of these strategies have been shown to slow progression.

‘Deep inside every human being there is a yearning to do something extraordinary and to be of great, vast service to humanity.’ Dr John F. Demartini

I believe it is of great service to humanity to help prevent avoidable blindness with orthoK and other forms of myopia control. To me it's an extraordinary privilege to tell a parent – ‘I’m not just going to watch your child getting worse and give them stronger glasses every year. I'm going to do everything I can to slow his / her myopia so they're more likely to have a lifetime of great vision.’

If you are concerned about your child’s vision, please make an appointment to see us as a soon as possible. You can book online or call 4337 6000 and speak to one of my wonderful team members. Identifying myopia as early as possible and controlling myopia progression is essential for long-term eye health.

 ~ Amanda

Are you worried about Digital Eye Strain?

Amanda Rungis - Friday, July 01, 2016

Did you know 2 out of 3 people experience some form of Digital Eye Strain?

Digital Eye Strain is also called Computer Vision Syndrome. It is the discomfort felt after more than 2 hours of using a digital device. Symptoms may include:
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck / back pain
  • Poor attention
  • Sleep troubles

Australians spend on average 10 hours and 24 minutes on devices every day. Also, 3 out of 4 Australians use multiple screens e.g. looking at their tablet while watching TV.

2 out of 3 children must spend more than 2 hours a day using digital devices. This concerns most parents. When I was in kindergarten the teacher used to read us stories. Now kids are learning to read and using devices at a much early age. This is often before their eyes are fully grown and developed.

How do you know if you have Digital Eye Strain?

If you spend more than 2 hours a day on devices it is vital you tell us. We can check to see whether you are suffering needlessly. This is done by:

  • Evaluating your computer usage
  • Measuring your vision
  • Testing for any minor uncorrected vision issues - e.g. mild long-sightedness does not cause any blurry vision but is a major cause of Digital Eye Strain
  • Checking how well both eyes work together

How can we reduce the impact of technology?

There are a wide range of ways to relieve strain including that we can recommend:
  • Lenses for the demands of modern life e.g. anti-strain lenses and indoor progressives
  • Blue light protection – the excessive amounts of this high energy light emitted by screens can cause eye stress
  • Dry eye treatments
  • Advice on good “visual hygiene”

We’re dedicated to preventive eye care. That’s why we can advise you on how to achieve relaxed and safe screen use. We want to help you have comfort and protection for our demanding high-tech lives!

As a special offer we are offering free blue light protection on all lenses purchased this July. So, if your worried about Digital Eye Strain make an appointment to see us this month. You can book online or call 4337 6000 and speak to one of my wonderful team members.

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