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NEWS from cameron optometry
Selecting Kids Eyewear.
Comparing Lenses.
Selecting the
right pair of
children’s glasses.
Peru update.
Lenses - are you
comparing apples
with apples.
A fresh year of
optical benefits.
the right pair
If your child needs glasses, where do you start? You want them to
feel happy in their new eyewear, but you also want to get the most
out of your investment. Keeping in mind a few simple tips will give you
the confidence to know you’re making an informed choice.
If children like the look of their glasses,
they’re more likely to want to wear them.
Luckily these days there are plenty of
options to choose from. Designs are
colourful, creative and quirky so children
can have fun expressing their personality.
For those ‘mini-me’s’ out there, adult
styling is now being translated into
children’s sizing.
Comfort and fit
Although children will often prioritise colour
and design over comfort, it is fundamental
that your child’s new glasses fit correctly.
With children’s noses not yet fully
developed, each frame needs to be
checked for its bridge fit. If they are too
large they will slip down and ultimately
defeat their intended purpose. That’s
where the expertise of our staff is
important. Differences in frame and lens
materials will also contribute to comfort
and fit as explained below.
Children’s frames are commonly made
from either plastic or metal. Plastic frames
are generally considered to be durable,
less likely to bend out of shape and lighter
in weight. However, plastic frames are not
always as easy to fit on a small child due
to moulded nose bridges and solid
temples (the arms of the glasses). Metal
frames offer the benefit of adjustable nose
pads and temples, so they can be fitted
and shaped perfectly to any child. Latest
metal technology also delivers ultra-light
and memory metal frame options.
Fortunately, many designs now
incorporate spring hinges which allow the
temples to flex outwards without
damaging the frames. Tough, flexible
materials, such as stainless steel and
titanium are also highly durable. Frames
incorporating these benefits are great for
kids who are hard on their glasses.
Polycarbonate is most commonly
recommended for children’s lenses due to
its high impact resistance, lightweight
qualities and built-in UV protection.
Polycarbonate is also thinner than standard
plastic lenses, so if a child has a strong
prescription, lenses will be lighter and look
better improving overall wearability.
Please ask our experienced staff to
recommend the most suitable glasses
solution for your child.
*Frame styles pictured may not be available in store. Contact us for more information.
On the 27th of October
Craig set off for a return
trip to Chivay, Peru.
Set high in the Andes (altitude
3635 metres), Chivay is a quaint
town of 5000 people nestled in
the Colca Valley. In May 2010,
a team consisting of health
professionals mainly from the
Shoalhaven region set off to
conduct an eye clinic providing
glasses and cataract surgery.
This was a pioneering mission
offering these services in the
Chivay area for the first time.
The mission was very successful
and paved the way for the
follow-up mission Craig has
recently returned from. For 8
days in early November an
expanded medical team
consisting of 2 ophthalmologists,
an optometrist, orthoptist,
paediatrician, 2 general
practitioners and a team of
nurses, again mainly from Nowra
and Ulladulla, returned to Chivay
and conducted optometry,
paediatric and general medical
clinics as well as cataract
The people in the Colca Valley
are mainly subsistence farmers
and are of a low socio econimic
status. Although many required
cataract surgery the majority of
people we saw just needed
glasses to provide a significant
improvement to their vision. We
saw more than 400 patients in
the optometry clinic and were
able to provide glasses to more
than 200 people. While most just
required simple reading glasses
we were surprised at the high
percentage of people that had
high astigmatic prescriptions.
Many of these required
specialised glasses that had to
be organised back here in
Australia and Essilor Australia
and European Optical (2 of our
Australian suppliers) generously
donated frames and lenses for
these glasses.
Being able to travel to a location
as beautiful as this was a great
experience in itself but seeing
the difference our team was able
to make to these beautiful
people was priceless. Our plan
is to return again in 12-18
months time.
Lenses are you
apples with
Why do lenses vary in price when they
all look the same? Lenses are highly
technical products that in many cases will
Lens Index
Determines the thickness and weight of
lenses. 1.50 index (or CR39) is the base
option and the one advertised in most
package deals. As you increase the
index (eg. 1.56, 1.60 and 1.67) lenses
become thinner, lighter and more
aesthetically pleasing.
Lens Type
Refers to the type of vision correction.
Single vision lenses are the most
common lens type. They correct either
near or distance vision and are included
in most packages. Multifocal lenses (or
progressives) offer multiple distance
correction, and cost more as they are
more complex to produce and fit.
require a greater investment than your
frames. As the differences between them is
Lens Design
not always apparent, comparing like for like
Basic lenses common to low-cost
packages are typically spherical. They
have steep curves that result in a thicker
appearance. Aspheric lenses are
can be difficult. It basically comes down to
which options are selected from the
Following categories.
a fresh year of optical benefits?
New Year is a great time to make some positive changes. So why not
get your year started off on the right foot with a fresh new look or
make it easier for yourself with a handy second pair? Alternatively,
it could be a great time to try the latest generation of ultra
breathable and comfortable contact lenses.
If your health fund optical entitlements
were renewed on January 1, then you’ll
only pay the gap on any prescription
frames and lenses, prescription
sunglasses and contact lenses.
We also have a new No Gap range of
frames and lenses that will enable you
to purchase a spare pair at no out of
pocket expense for you provided you
have made no other optical claims in
the same year.
To make claiming fast and convenient,
we offer Hicaps processing, so there
is no need to fill out any paperwork or
visit your health fund provider.
We look forward to assisting you in
getting the most from your optical
benefits in 2012.
Applicable to health funds in which annual entitlements begin on 1st January 2012.
a premium alternative, producing
a flatter, thinner, more comfortable
and appealing finish.
Multifocal/Progressive Design
The ease of progression between near,
intermediate and distance vision as well
as the quality of peripheral vision is
another lens consideration for multifocal/
progressive wearers. The latest
sophisticated designs will deliver more
seamless and natural vision, less
distortion, and provide greater flexibility
in frame choice over standard options.
Lens Enhancements
Lens options including Transitions,
anti-reflective coatings and polarising
technology will enhance your visual
performance, safety and the look of
your lenses. These are generally treated
as package extras.
children’s vision
Good vision is essential to a child’s
growth, development and everyday
performance. Undetected vision problems
can interfere with a child’s ability to
learn and meet their full potential.
Q When should children have
Q How do I know if a child
The Optometrists Association of Australia
recommends children have a comprehensive
eye test with an optometrist before starting
school and regularly as they progress
through primary and secondary school.
their eyes tested?
Q What are the most common
vision problems in children?
• Short-sightedness – difficulty seeing
objects in the distance
• Long sightedness – difficulty seeing
objects up close
• Astigmatism – when the front part of
the eye is shaped more like a rugby ball
as opposed to a tennis ball, distorting
their vision.
A child can have 20/20 vision but have other
vision-related learning problems. Amblyopia
(lazy eye) is one example that affects some
children and for which early detection is
important to avoid long term damage.
Q When is a child old enough
to wear contact lenses?
Contact lenses can be a practical option
for children, providing them with the
freedom to participate in daily activities
without having their glasses get in the way.
We take into account a child’s maturity to
handle and care for their contact lenses
when considering this corrective option.
has a vision problem?
Being aware of some of the possible
signs of a vision problem can assist you
to identify potential vision issues in your
child or someone else’s. If you notice
any of these, a comprehensive eye
examination is recommended.
• One eye turns out while the
other points straight ahead
• Frequency blinking
• Red or watery eyes
• Sensitivity to light
• Frequently rubbing the eyes
• Difficulty concentrating
• Titling head noticeably
• Covering or closing one eye
• Difficulty learning to read
• Holding a book very close to read
• Leaving out or confusing words
when reading
• Squinting or sitting very close
when watching television
• Difficulty recognising familiar
people in the distance
• Complaints of headaches,
blurred or double vision
Q Does prolonged use of
computers or hand-held
electronic devices harm
a child’s vision?
Increased use of technology in the
classroom and at home can place
additional pressure on a child’s visual
system. A condition known as Computer
Vision Syndrome (CVS) can result from
prolonged use of technology. Although not
resulting in any permanent damage, it can
cause eye strain, headaches, fatigue,
blurred vision and head or neck pain. Good
ergonomics and teaching children to give
their eyes a break at least every 15 to 20
minutes to rest them and change their
focus from near objects to something in the
distance will help to avoid CVS. Regular,
longer breaks will be required for extended
periods on computer devices.
Q Does wearing glasses
weaken a child’s eyes or
make them more dependent
on them?
There is no clinical evidence to suggest
that this is the case. Keep in mind also
that a child’s inability to see well can cause
learning difficulties which can affect them
for the rest of their life.
If you have any other questions about children’s vision and eye health, please contact our practice.
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rowen’s Arcade
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princes highway
orient street
nsw 2541
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(02) 4421 2723
nsw 2539
nsw 2536
(02) 4455 1288
(02) 4472 7088
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