Spending too much time in front of electronic devices indoors can cause serious, long-term damage to young eyes.
A common eye complaint in children is a ‘squint’, which is where the child’s eye points in different directions. This can cause blurred vision, double vision and lead to a lazy eye. Squints can often be treated with glasses and eye exercises.
The good news is many eye conditions like squints are treatable if caught early in an eye test – ideally before a child turns eight.
Recent Specsavers research found that children in particular are spending the equivalent of a full-time job (35 hours a week) staring at screens.
The survey also found that despite almost nine in 10 Australians 35 years and older rating sight as the most important sense, just 64 per cent have their eyes tested every two years or more often.
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“It’s really important you book an eye test every two years – there is really no excuse, as at Specsavers a comprehensive eye test is bulk billed,” optometrist Suren Naidoo said. “The test can provide insight into many other health issues including blood pressure and diabetes. In rare cases, conditions such as brain tumours as well.”
Specsavers has been encouraging Australians to prioritise their health and proactively schedule necessary health checks, including an eye test, as part of a ‘health warrant of fitness’.
Specsavers celebrated ‘Eye Health Month’ earlier this year, with Ian Thorpe as their ambassador – approaching 35, Ian is at the age when the risk of major eye conditions increases. This is in conjunction with many industry bodies, as a way of improving the eye health of Australia.
“Digital Precision Eyewear is a software we use on our iPads,” dispenser Lisa Avnell said.
“It calculates the important measurements needed to fit your lenses and also helps you choose any lens options you might want, such as polarising and UltraClear SuperClean, by showing you what they do in real life.
“You can also get a preview of what you will look like wearing a range of different styles to help you make the right choice.”
Book online at specsavers.com.au/Dapto, call 4260 8645 or visit Shop 128, Dapto Mall, corner of Princes Highway & Moombara Street, Dapto.
On the winner trail at awards
Specsavers Dapto has recently won the Illawarra and South Coast Local Business award for Outstanding Health Improvement Services. The team was nominated by local customers via a voting process before being mystery shopped by a selector.
Specsavers Dapto is co-owned by optometrist Suren Naidoo and dispenser Lisa Avnell.
Suren has over 20 years’ experience in optics, having worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England and Australia. Lisa joined the team in March, after four years in optics. Between them, Suren and Lisa bring a wealth of experience in optometry to the local community. The team has been working with Dapto High School since 2014, to host work experience students in Year 10 plus training optometry students from Deakin University and graduate optometrists from UNSW.