✦ Our eyes get old too, and Panoptic Vision is raising awareness of proper care to maintain the best eyesight possible and prevent risk.
Panoptic Vision is a team of locally-owned, independent optometrists. They have been caring for the sight of the community over the years, offering personalised, high quality, comprehensive vision examinations and using state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to provide the highest quality of eyecare to patients.
Eyesight risks affect men and women differently. Women are actually more susceptible to eyesight issues. Prevention and early detection are vital to help them maintain their eye health.
"66% of people experiencing blindness are women. 61% of people living with cataracts are women. 65% of people with Age-Related Macular Degeneration are women, almost double that of males." (Source: 2014 study in the U.S. titled ‘Vision Problems’)
Women also suffer from chronic dry eye more than men. This is often associated with rosacea (a health issue prevalent in women). Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can also cause chronic dry eye.
Signs to look out for failing eye health
How do you know if your eye health is failing? Here are some common symptoms to look out for. Because they sound so familiar and common, it is even more important to pay attention to what these behaviours mean and take the necessary next steps.
You have trouble reading.
You often squint and need to hold your phone further away to read it.
You have to set the font size of your phone text to 50.
You get headaches or eyestrain after reading or doing work up close.
If you recognise these behaviours, it is a good idea to get your eyes checked. The solution may be as simple as getting a new pair of glasses. Vision correction in the form of eyeglasses or contact lenses can help ease the difficulty in viewing things up close.
These symptoms are typically seen in people who have presbyopia. This is actually a normal eye change which affects everyone over the age of 40. It's part and parcel of ageing. Panoptic Vision can offer a simple eye exam to check if you have presbyopia or not.
What is involved in an eye health assessment
The friendly team at Panoptic Vision is experienced in treating patients across the age groups. They understand the concerns and hesitation patients may have in getting their eyes checked. That is why their services are highly personalised, and they take the time to listen to their patients and understand how they use their vision, allow them to feel at ease, and conduct a thorough examination of their eyes.
Beyond testing for optical correction, Panoptic Vision can also explore a patient's whole vision system using the latest technology to discover early signs of disease.
When you go for an eye health assessment, you get checked with a viewing of all layers of the eye. Panoptic Vision images the front layers and back of the eye in order to screen for various issues such as:
Corneal scratches or ulcers
Dry eye/watery eyes
Optic nerve problems
Blood vessel health which would indicate possible overall health problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Learn more about the different types of assessments at Panoptic Vision.
If you are concerned about your eye health and conditions related to age, fix an appointment to get peace of mind. When you understand why your eyes are experiencing certain symptoms, you can take the next step to give your eyes the proper care they need.
Endless eyewear possibilities for a bit of style
While we can feel anxious about how our eye health may be failing, we need to remember the earlier we spot the issue, the higher the chances of correcting the problem, and of preventing it from getting worse.
Presbyopia is a natural process of ageing, but because it can be corrected with eyeglasses, we can take heart in the solution, and even find our own unique way of making the most of it.
Panoptic Vision offers an amazing range of fashion frames and sunglasses. You'll find yourself surprised and spoilt for choice with all the shapes, sizes and colours they have available.
You can even combine using both contact lenses and glasses. The optical dispensers at Panoptic Vision have the experience and expertise to recommend and help you find the frame that is most suitable for your needs and lifestyle. A good fitting frame is essential for comfort, and for the lenses to be positioned correctly to work well. They take the time to help you have a feel for the frame that is most comfortable for your face shape, one that shows your personality and which you can enjoy wearing.
Technology has brought us many advantages, and in the eye health and eye care industry, we now have an incredible number of options to maximise our vision and complement it with excellent cosmetic results.
Perhaps you prefer a fun and funky frame, or a more classic and elegant one. Either way, there are choices you can play around with and jazz up your daily life. And with all this you get your vision corrected so you can enjoy your regular activities freely and say goodbye to those pesky headaches and tedious eye strain.
Take a look at all the different brands Panoptic Vision carries, and you may just find yourself getting enthusiastic to try on some of them!
Panoptic Vision goes beyond just variety. They stand by the importance of not just offering high quality eyewear but they also want patients to feel fully at ease with their new glasses. That is why they offer a 12-month warranty on all of their frames and lens solutions. Their extensive warranty covers unlimited adjustment, ultrasonic cleaning as well as minor repairs to the glasses. This is how much they value each patient's eye health.
If you experience adaption issues, you can bring the glasses back to Panoptic Vision and they will help understand and resolve the issue or replace the lenses for you at no additional cost.
And it does get even better, because Panoptic Vision is proudly Australian, and they support a local Port Macquarie laboratory which provides the latest European freeform technology lens designs. They even have the added advantage of being able to provide a next day service in many cases.
Basic eye care
There are a few simple things we can do to maintain our eye health.
Wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim when you're outdoors.
Wear protective eyewear when you play sports, working with chemicals or machinery or if you're around sparks or fireworks.
Replace your eye makeup every three months and keep your brushes etc. clean.
Reduce smoking. Don't smoke at all if possible. Smoking is linked to many eye diseases e.g. AMD, cataracts, glaucoma to name the most common ones.
Maintain a health diet. Include dark green, leafy vegetables in your diet, as well as fruits, salmon, tuna and other oily fish, eggs, nuts and beans.
Go for regular eye exams, especially after the age of 40. Many vision issues are age-related. A check up could mean an early detection of a disease and you can take immediate steps to stop or slow down the progression.
So, having said all that, are you reading this article comfortably at a healthy distance, or did you have to hold it at arm's length to be able to focus? Our eyes are precious and delicate, and they depend on us to really look after them. Why not get an eye health assessment today? Your eyes will thank you for it in time to come.
Contact Panoptic Vision
Panoptic Vision Lake Cathie
1459 Ocean Drive, Lake Cathie, NSW 2445
Tel: (02) 6584 8900
Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday By appointment only
Panoptic Vision Bellingen
2/58-60 Hyde St, Bellingen, NSW 2454
Tel: (02) 6655 2768
Monday - Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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