Optical Illusions Behind the Scenes!

Posted July 11, 2018

The Mechanisms behind Optical Illusions Have you ever seen something that isn’t really there? Could your mind be playing tricks on you? The “tricks” might be your brain reacting to feedback between neurons in different parts of the visual system, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Carnegie Mellon University Assistant Professor […]

Optical Illusions

Posted July 5, 2018

What are Optical Illusions? Optical illusions are images that are misleading or deceptive to our brains through the use of colour, light and patterns. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image. Perception refers to the interpretation of what we […]

Orthoptist Acknowledgment

Posted July 5, 2018

 Excellence of UTS Orthoptists Acknowledged Graduates from the Masters of Orthoptics program, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Graduate School of Health (GSH), were recognised at the School’s annual Orthoptics Prize and Scholarship evening back in May this year. The 2017 Orthoptics Australia (OA) Prize was presented to our very own Genevieve Mooney. The award was […]

Symptoms of Cataract

Posted June 14, 2018

What are Cataracts? Cataracts are very common and develop as a normal part of the ageing process. By the age of 70, nearly everyone has a degree of cataract formation. The lens inside our eyes are normally transparent. Overtime, this transparent lens becomes cloudy – this is what we term a ‘cataract’. Cataracts usually develop slowly over […]

May is Macula Month

Posted May 3, 2018

May is Macula Awareness Month Macula month raises awareness of all macula diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and other less common diseases of the macula. This month, the Macular Disease Foundation are asking Australians “Are you at risk of macular disease?”. It is an opportunity for everyone in our community to get […]

Recap on Diabetic Retinopathy

Posted March 7, 2018

Diabetic Retinopathy As part of this year’s Orthoptic Awareness Week, we are shining the spotlight on some different eye diseases we see as part of our daily practice. The theme for this year’s othoptic awareness week is “Discover the Depths of Orthoptics” and today we are looking at the eye disease, Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy is […]

Orthoptic Assessment

Posted March 5, 2018

Orthoptic Tests During your appointment at Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists, you will see one of our Orthoptists prior to seeing the Ophthalmologist. The Orthoptist performs a series of orthoptic tests to assess vision, ocular alignment, eye movements & binocular vision. These diagnostic tests are performed to assess various eye conditions such as strabismus (squint), amblyopia (lazy […]

Orthoptics Awareness 2018

Posted March 5, 2018

Orthoptics Awareness Week 2018 Orthoptics Awareness Week is happening now! March 5th-9th, 2018. It is a week long awareness campaign for both the profession of Orthoptics but also for the importance of regular eye examinations for eye related issues.   What Is An Orthoptist? Orthoptists are university trained eye healthcare professionals. They are trained in […]

Diseases detected by eye tests

Posted February 25, 2018

Unexpected diseases an eye test can spot Did you know, in addition to sight problems, eye examinations can detect a range of serious diseases? We all know that eye examinations provide us with information on eye diseases such as Glaucoma or Macular Degeneration, but they may also give a view of what is occurring in […]

Ophthalmologist to join SOS

Posted February 11, 2018

Welcome to our New Ophthalmologist Dr Tanya Karaconji BMedSci (Hons1) MBBS MMed (OphthalSc) FRANZCO We are excited to be welcoming a new Ophthalmologist to our growing team of doctors at Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists. Dr Tanya Karaconji is a glaucoma specialist, cataract surgeon and general Ophthalmologist. A little about Tanya Tanya completed her undergraduate degree from […]

Who Why & When (do we dilate)

Posted February 7, 2018

“Do I Need Drops?” It’s the one question we are guaranteed to be asked everyday – mostly by nervous children who’s memory serves them well. That one little drop can pack quite a punch and it’s momentary sting is often recalled by our younger patients on their return visits. It isn’t a surprise then that we are also […]

World Sight Day

Posted October 9, 2017

World Sight Day 2017 World sight day is an annual day of awareness to bring attention to blindness and vision impairment on a global scale. It is held on the second Thursday in October which this year will be Thursday 12th October 2017. It was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2000 & […]

On Radio with Wendy Harmer

Posted July 11, 2017

Dr Caroline Catt interviewed on ABC Radio with Wendy Harmer Incase you missed it – here is the link to Dr Caroline Catt’s interview this morning with Wendy Harmer on ABC Radio Sydney. Dr Catt was interviewed by Wendy Harmer & managed to answer some listener’s questions on a segment called The Waiting Room on […]

JulEYE 2017

Posted July 4, 2017

JulEYE is off and running! JulEYE is a community awareness campaign run by The Eye Surgeons Foundation. It’s aim is to raise awareness about eye disease & of the large proportion (75%!) of vision impairment in Australia that is preventable. JulEYE is a month-long national eye health awareness campaign that takes place in July each […]

Shining the spotlight on Batten disease

Posted April 3, 2017

Juvenile Batten Disease Batten disease (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosesis) is a rare and fatal neurological disorder that begins in childhood. Progressive vision loss in previously healthy children is often the first symptom, followed by personality changes, behavioural problems and slow learning. Seizures and psychosis can appear at any time during the course of the disease, but commonly appear within 2-4 years of […]

Glaucoma in Children

Posted March 15, 2017

World Glaucoma Week: Infantile Glaucoma March 12-18 this year is World Glaucoma Week. Dr Caroline Catt was interviewed about infantile glaucoma this week as part of the RANZCO coverage of world glaucoma week. Dr Caroline Catt talks about knowing the signs of childhood and infantile glaucoma, and the importance of early detection and treatment of […]

What is an Orthoptist?

Posted February 28, 2017

What is an Orthoptist? Orthoptists are university trained allied health professionals who “specialise in disorders of eye movement and diagnostic prcedures related to disorders of the eye and visual system”. Orthoptic treatments of certain conditions can relieve visual symptoms and enhance visual performance. Through a unique set of skills, orthoptists play a crucial role in […]

Dr Frank Martin and Dr Michael Jones attend conferences

Posted February 14, 2017

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) held it’s 2017 Asia Pacific conference in Brisbane on the 5-8 February 2017, attended by Dr Frank Martin and Dr Michael Jones. ARVO Asia is the largest conference for eye and vision research in the Asia-Pacific region. The four-day meeting takes place every two years, and […]

Virtual Reality and The Eyes

Posted February 10, 2017

Virtual reality – what is it, and what are the effects of virtual reality on the eyes and the visual system? Some may say virtual reality is the way of the future. Virtual reality is a fairly new technology where you view the virtual world as if you were inside the virtual space, with 360 degree […]

Astigmatism – Back to Basics

Posted February 2, 2017

Astigmatism We have been talking about refractive errors this week. Having discussed myopia and hyperopia, we move on to another type of refractive error: Astigmatism. Astigmatism is a term that a lot of people are familiar with, yet are uncertain as to what it actually means. What is Astigmatism and how is it caused? Astigmatism differs from Myopia […]