Hyperopia – Back to Basics

Posted January 31, 2017

Hyperopia Today, we continue on with our back to basics series, discussing refractive errors. To recap, a refractive error means that the eye does not bend or refract light properly to see images clearly or in focus. Having discussed myopia yesterday, or ‘short sightedness’, today we take a look at Hyperopia which is also known as ‘far sightedness’ and ‘long […]

Myopia – Back to Basics

Posted January 30, 2017

Myopia We are looking at refractive errors this week as we continue on with our back to basics series for 2017. As discussed yesterday in our refraction overview, a refractive error means that the eye does not bend or refract light properly to see images clearly or in focus. Today we are looking at Myopia, […]

Refractive Errors

Posted January 29, 2017

Refraction of the Eye and Refractive Errors What is Refraction? Refraction is a term used in optical physics and describes “the bending of light rays at the interface between two different transparent media”. It is the phenomenon which makes image formation possible by the eye as well as by cameras and other systems of lenses. Light […]

Glaucoma Infographic

Posted January 27, 2017

Take a look at our handy Glaucoma infographic for all your basic information on Glaucoma in Australia.

Glaucoma – Back to Basics

Posted January 22, 2017

Glaucoma The Facts: Glaucoma has been described as an ‘invisible disease’. It is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide 1 in 8 Australians over 80 years of age will develop Glaucoma There is a strong hereditary link – first degree relatives of glaucoma patients have a “ten-fold increased risk of developing the disease” (Glaucoma.org) 50% of the […]

Assessing Strabismus – Back To Basics:

Posted January 19, 2017

The assessment of strabismus and measurement of strabismus is important because it helps both the medical and surgical management of strabismus. I think my child may have an eye turn. How will you be able to test my child’s vision? If you suspect your child may have an eye turn, they need to have a […]

Paediatric Strabismus – Back To Basics:

Posted January 17, 2017

Is treatment available for paediatric strabismus? Yes, treatment is available for children with strabismus. The type of treatment depends on the type of strabismus, and whether any other eye conditions are present. It is important to understand that eye turning in children (paediatric strabismus) is never normal, except in the first three months of life. […]

Adult Strabismus – Back To Basics:

Posted January 17, 2017

Is treatment available for adult strabismus? Yes, treatment options are available for adult strabismus, and these treatments have a high success rate. Adult strabismus is a complex field of ophthalmology, where the cause of the strabismus and the type of strabismus dictate the treatments that will be successful. Often surgery is recommended, and sometimes eye […]

Strabismus – Back To Basics:

Posted January 16, 2017

What is Strabismus? Strabismus is the medical term for misalignment of the eyes, a wandering eye, and what is often called a squint, lazy eye, cross eyed, or wall eyed. It occurs when the eyes do not align when looking at an object. Strabismus has many causes, classifications and types, and can occur in both […]

Retinal Vascular Disorders

Posted January 13, 2017

Back to Basics – Retinal Disorders Retinal Vascular Disorders What are Retinal Vascular Disorders? Retinal vascular disorders refers to a range of eye diseases that affect the blood vessels in the eye. These conditions are linked back to pre-existing vascular diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressue) and arthrosclerosis (thickening of the artery walls). The most common […]

Back to Basics-Retinal Detachment

Posted January 11, 2017

Retinal Disorders Retinal Detachment We have been looking at the retina this week as part of our back to basics series. As discussed, the retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of our eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to our brains. When discussing retinal detachments, it is necessary to […]

Back to Basics-Diabetic retinopathy

Posted January 10, 2017

Retinal Disorders Diabetic Retinopathy Continuing with our look at common eye conditions, one that must be discussed is Diabetic Retinopathy. What is Diabetes? Before we investigate Diabetic Retinopathy we should first look at Diabetes itself. Diabetes is a group of conditions in which there is too much glucose in the blood. Glucose is the main […]

Back to Basics – Macular Degeneration

Posted January 9, 2017

Retinal Disorders Macular Degeneration This week we are looking at the Retina & some of the conditions which affect the function of the retina. Today the focus is on Macular degeneration. What is Macular Degeneration? Macular Degeneration is also referred to as Age Related Macular Degeneration or AMD as it generally affects people as they age. There is a […]

Back to Basics – The Retina

Posted January 9, 2017

Overview of the anatomy of the Retina The retina is a thin layer of light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that covers about 65 percent of its interior surface. It is made up of ten layers as illustrated in the diagram below:  What does the Retina do? The purpose of the retina is […]

Back to basics – our cataract surgeons

Posted January 5, 2017

To round off our back to basics section on cataracts, below are some details about our cataract surgeons at Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists and where they operate in Sydney. Dr Michael Jones: Dr Michael Jones performs adult cataract surgery at Sydney Eye Hospital on Macquarie street Sydney, and Chatswood Private Hospital in the Northern suburbs of […]

Back to basics – cataract surgery FAQ

Posted January 4, 2017

Am I awake during cataract surgery? A local anaesthetic and sedation is used for cataract surgery. Most patients doze during the surgery and are unaware of what is happening around them. If you are particularly anxious, you can talk to your ophthalmologist and anaesthetist about having a general anaesthetic for cataract surgery. Is cataract surgery […]

Back to basics – all about cataract surgery

Posted January 2, 2017

What is cataract surgery? Modern day cataract surgery is the removal of the cloudy lens of the eye, and insertion of a new, clear intra ocular lens (IOL). Cataract surgery is the most common, and the most effective, surgery of any medical surgery performed on humans worldwide. How do i know if I need cataract […]

Back to basics – all about cataracts

Posted January 2, 2017

What is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, which causes a decrease in vision. A cataract is likened to the lens of a camera becoming fogged up. Cataracts are quite common, and are the leading cause of vision loss in people aged over 40 years. The natural […]