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Announcing our EOFY Sunglasses Sale

Sure Optical - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WEIRD FACT - Sarah, Amanda, Jenny and Wendy are all born in June. So, to celebrate us June-babies, we're having an End of Financial Year Sunglasses Sale.

We thought each one of us would give you 10% off. Which adds up to an amazing 40% off all sunglasses.

Why is it so important to protect your eyes from UV?

Research by the Australian Skin Cancer Foundation found that your eyes are 10 times more sensitive to UV radiation than your skin. And that your eyes are susceptible to both short and long-term effects of UV rays.

Quality sunglasses offer UV protection year-round. They're the best solution for protecting your eyes and those of your family from the risk of eye disease and relation vision loss.

Also, being the EOFY, remember that the ATO accepts sun protection tax deductions. If it's necessary for you to regularly work outside or contend with the damaging rays of the sun, sunglasses can be claimed. Workers who could claim sun protection tax deductions include:

  • Couriers and delivery people
  • Real estate agents
  • Pilots and airline staff
  • Builders and tradespeople
  • Farmers
  • Landscapers and gardeners
  • Sports professionals, coaches and trainers
  • And more - ask your accountant if you’re eligible

So, there's never been a better time to protect your eyes from the sun. See us for quality UV protection in styles you’ll love. But come in quickly as this offer is only available until the end of June or while stocks last.

How healthy is your macula?

Amanda Rungis - Monday, May 22, 2017

This is Macular Degeneration Awareness Week. Macular degeneration (MD) is the most common cause of blindness in Australia. It affects 1 in 7 Australians over the age of 50. A direct family history of macular degeneration brings a 50% chance of developing the disease.

The condition is progressive and leads to central vision loss. This has a huge impact on quality of life as it affects the patient’s ability to do everyday tasks such as reading and driving. If left untreated the damage can become irreparable and cause blindness.

MD claimed my grandfather’s vision. He lost his sight, then lost his independence and as a result gave up the will to live. He said to my grandmother, his wife of 58 years, that the thing he missed most was her beautiful face.

That’s why I've always ensured that the optometrists at Sure Optical have the latest technologies for the early detection of MD. We're the only practice on the Central Coast to offer both the MPOD (macular pigment screening) and Optical Coherence Tomography (3D scan of the macula). We call this as our Advanced Macular Examination.

Advanced Macular Examination is recommended for all adults over 40, especially those with known risk factors:

  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Increasing age
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

Upon evaluation and detection of those at high risk of developing MD, we can recommend options for reducing the risk and potentially protecting your vision. For example, low levels of macular pigment can be improved simply through diet, vitamin supplements and / or lifestyle changes.

To ensure your macula is examined as thoroughly as possible please call us on 43297000 or book online.

"Fixing Screenagers" Presentation - Wednesday 3rd May 6:45pm

Sure Optical - Thursday, April 27, 2017

2 out of 3 children spend more than 2 hours a day using digital devices. This concerns most parents. Excessive use of iPads, iPhones and other screens are causing problems with children’s necks, posture and eyes. Central Coast Spinal Care Centre and Sure Eye Care are holding an educational seminar to answer your concerns.

The talk will begin with Chiropractors Dr Angus Steventon and Dr Bryce Conrad, who'll speak about:

  • The implications of “TechNeck” and “iPosture” on the adult and child spine
  • How to minimise impact and reduce neck pain, headaches and the development of a “hunch back”

Next, Optometrists Dr Amanda Rungis and Dr Sarah Tait will talk about:

  • The epidemic of short-sightedness putting our kids at risk and how it relates to excessive screen time
  • Treatments that help slow short-sightedness
  • Blue light protection - why it's important that we protect our kids from blue light emitted in excessive amounts from screens

There will be plenty of time at the end of the talk to answer your questions. 

Spaces are limited so book online now or call 4337 6000 to avoid disappointment.  All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Optometry Giving Sight.


Dry eye – there's hope!

Amanda Rungis - Thursday, April 20, 2017

Do you suffer from dry eyes? Do your eyes water excessively? Have you been given eye drops but they just don’t seem to work?

I understand completely. I have had dry eye since my early 20s. So I am always searching for the latest treatments available.

Dry eye symptoms can be caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). MGD occurs when glands along the upper and lower eyelids are blocked. This reduces the amount of oil (meibum) in the tear film, resulting in poor tear quality and increased evaporation of the tears.

We have just invested in innovative technology to treat dry eye - Blephasteam®. This is an in-practice therapy used to treat MGD and relieve the symptoms of dry eyes. It involves gently heating the eyelids and then massage of the glands. This encourages melting of the blocked meibum and results in better tear quality.

Blephasteam is very safe and effective, though not very fashionable (see photo of me below). Anybody with MGD will benefit from Blephasteam therapy. Also, people with other conditions such as blepharitis, chalazion, dry eyes, contact lens intolerance and ocular rosacea may also benefit.

Each session takes 15 minutes and most patients require at least 3 sessions. Extra relief of dry eye symptoms will be achieved with at-home treatments such as:

  • Lubricating eye-drops
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Eyelid cleansers
  • Eye masks

Dry eye is preventable or treatable. If dry eyes bother you, now is the time to book a dry eye consultation. You can book online or call 4337 6000 and speak to one of my wonderful team members.

~ Amanda

Sure Eye Care presented Diamond Award for World Sight Day Challenge 2016

Amanda Rungis - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I'm proud to announce that Sure Eye Care has been presented the Diamond Award for the World Sight Day Challenge 2016. Highballs for Eyeballs, our annual fundraiser co-hosted with ReviveR cocktail bar, raised $13,270 for Optometry Giving Sight. Worldwide that's the highest amount achieved by any optometry practice last year. So how did it all happen?

5 years ago, my husband Gordon Ryan and I came up with a “out of the box” idea. Gordon had just opened ReviveR, Central Coast’s first classic cocktail bar, in Gosford. Jokes about me helping people see and Gordon sending people blind were rife. So, we thought we’d have some fun and we came up with Highballs for Eyeballs, a fundraiser for the World Sight Day Challenge.

The World Sight Day Challenge is a major fundraising campaign coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight (OGS). It's designed to raise funds and awareness about avoidable blindness. OGS supply training, establish vision centres and deliver eye care services for people who are blind or vision impaired due to uncorrected refractive error. Simply, they need an eye exam and a pair of glasses.

The original idea for Highballs, as we now affectionally call it, was simple. We invited people to ReviveR for a complimentary Green-Eyed Girl and canapes. In return we asked for a donation to OGS. Gordon created the Green-Eyed Girl cocktail exclusively for the event. It's a very tasty combination of gin, tonic, Midori and for the “eyes” kiwifruit slices.

The first year we set out to raise $1000. At the end of the first night we were blown away by the response. We'd managed to raise over $3000. And so, Highballs became an annual event. Highballs has evolved. We now have live auctions, silent auctions and a balloon raffle. We have been awarded the Platinum Award every year. We have also held the Australian Practice of the Year title every year.

Our goal last year was to raise $10,000 for the 10th anniversary of World Sight Day Challenge. It was a massive goal given that we raised just under $6,000 in 2015. I'm proud to say that we not only met our goal, we smashed it! We raised $13,270 thanks to the great generosity of all those who joined us on the evening, the businesses that donated goods and services, the people who donated online and the passion of my staff.

It's the first year a Diamond Award has been presented to an Australian optometry practice. Optometry Giving Sight’s national country manager, Ron Baroni, officially presented us with the award last week at Sure Eye Care.

At the presentation, Mr Baroni explained that funds raised through World Sight Day Challenge not only help by providing the eye exams and glasses to restore people’s vision, but also “teach them to fish” so that communities can help themselves. “In June 2016, 20 optometry students graduated in Nicaragua, a country that's never had access to optometrists before,” said Mr Baroni. “This means the estimated 1 million people in Nicaragua who are needlessly vision impaired, many of whom are children, now have access to locally trained optometrists who can provide sustainable vision care services.”

I dreamed of being an optometrist since I was 15 years old. The fact that our fundraising means that other young people will achieve that goal is a priceless reward. The fact that they'll then help millions of people see is extraordinary.

I sincerely thank all our attendees, donors, sponsors and staff who have been involved in Highballs for Eyeballs over the years. Without your help, Gordon and I couldn't achieve our vision of helping prevent blindness not just locally, but globally! ~ Amanda

Do you struggle driving at night or in bad weather?

Amanda Rungis - Thursday, March 16, 2017

You’re not alone. Many of my patients complain about their vision in darkness, high traffic volumes or bad weather. These things often make us feel unsafe. Before I could do little else but to empathise. Now there’s a solution - Rodenstock Road driving lenses.

Our road safety depends on much more than just the car or our individual skills behind the wheel. A key aspect is vision. Every driver knows that their vision may worse in heavy rainfall, fog or dusk. Headlights of oncoming vehicles pose a real challenge for many of my patients. New cars that have Xenon or LED headlights can be especially glary.

Research shows that:

  • Over 50% of motorists struggle with night driving
  • 73% of drivers said that they experienced discomfort from the glare of oncoming headlights

Rodenstock Road is the solution. With these specially developed lenses you’ll have a wider field of view and your eyes will work better together. This will mean your reaction time will be better and you'll judge distances more accurately. Also, Rodenstock Road lenses reduce haloes from lights and glare from white headlights. This will mean you have less glare and more contrast. So, you'll have enhanced safety in road traffic.

The staff at Sure Eye Care have done extra training to prescribe the Rodenstock Road lenses. We're proud to be the only supplier of German-made Rodenstock lenses on the Central Coast.

If you'd like to know more, please call 4337 6000 to make a free appointment to discuss your personalised lens solution and Rodenstock Road.

Myopia - the silent epidemic putting our kids at risk

Amanda Rungis - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Myopia (short-sightedness) starts at an early age and brings with it the likelihood of other eye health problems. It increases the risk of blindness and vision loss due to myopic maculopathy, retinal detachment, glaucoma and cataracts (see table below).

There's a reason for concern. Myopia is worryingly becoming more prevalent. If current trends continue, by 2050 half the world’s population will be myopic.

How do we know who's at greatest risk? There are two very strong predictors:

  • Prescription less than +075D at age 6
  • Parents being myopic

Excessive close work and digital device use may also contribute, as can inadequate time spent outdoors.

Are you concerned about your child’s or grandchild’s vision? There's a free online resource for parents and grandparents – My Kid's Vision. This simple, six question survey helps you assess a child’s risk of myopia.

All children / teens need an eye examination annually and more regularly if they're at high risk of developing myopia.

Fortunately, we do have treatment strategies – as well as lifestyle changes – to help delay onset and control progression. Research has shown that these strategies are most effective at slowing the progress of myopia:

  • Orthokeratology, also called orthoK or overnight vision therapy
  • Soft bifocal / multifocal contact lenses
  • Bifocal / multifocal spectacles
  • Atropine drug therapy

Also, all kids / teens should be encouraged to spend a minimum of 2 hours per day outdoors.

Despite these treatment options, research has shown that most optometrists prescribe either distance only spectacles or distance only contact lenses for progressing or young myopes. This worries me, because neither of these strategies have been shown to slow progression.

‘Deep inside every human being there is a yearning to do something extraordinary and to be of great, vast service to humanity.’ Dr John F. Demartini

I believe it is of great service to humanity to help prevent avoidable blindness with orthoK and other forms of myopia control. To me it's an extraordinary privilege to tell a parent – ‘I’m not just going to watch your child getting worse and give them stronger glasses every year. I'm going to do everything I can to slow his / her myopia so they're more likely to have a lifetime of great vision.’

If you are concerned about your child’s vision, please make an appointment to see us as a soon as possible. You can book online or call 4337 6000 and speak to one of my wonderful team members. Identifying myopia as early as possible and controlling myopia progression is essential for long-term eye health.

 ~ Amanda

Sarah's life changing volunteer work in Cambodia

Amanda Rungis - Thursday, February 09, 2017
Sarah went to Cambodia late last year to do volunteer work as an optometrist for a charity called Cambodia Vision. It was life changing experience! Here is her story.

‘I've always wanted to do volunteer work as I believe that those who can should help those who are less fortunate. A holiday to Cambodia in 2013 inspired me to volunteer. I fell in love with the country and its people. I also saw the extent of the poverty and how daily life for some is a struggle.

Throughout my time in Cambodia there were significant challenges – the humidity, the language barrier and working 12hr days. The sheer volume of people waiting to for help was overwhelming at times. Some people travelled very long distances and then waited days in the heat.

Every person that I saw was so grateful for anything that I could do for them. For some that was just giving them lubricating eye drops as their vision improvement wasn’t possible.

For others who did get surgery, seeing the smile on their faces after surgery was wonderful. One of the most rewarding moments of the trip was seeing an elderly Cambodian woman start dancing. She was so happy that her sight had returned.
 
Local high school students translated for us. They worked the 12 hour days alongside us without ever complaining. We wouldn’t have been able to do our job without their help. I'm so thankful for everything that they did for us.
 
Together the Cambodian Vision team served 3603 people from all over Cambodia. This included cataract and pterygium surgeries, glasses and medical treatments. All of this was done at no cost to the patients. Without Cambodia Vision, most of those people would never have been able to afford treatment.

Improving one person’s vision helps their family and the entire community. What we did had a positive ripple effect that will last for years to come.

It was a life changing experience and despite the challenges I'd do it again! It made me appreciate how lucky we are in Australia to have access to great healthcare.’

If you want to know more about Cambodia Vision, visit their Facebook page.

Are you worried about Digital Eye Strain?

Amanda Rungis - Friday, July 01, 2016

Did you know 2 out of 3 people experience some form of Digital Eye Strain?

Digital Eye Strain is also called Computer Vision Syndrome. It is the discomfort felt after more than 2 hours of using a digital device. Symptoms may include:
  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck / back pain
  • Poor attention
  • Sleep troubles

Australians spend on average 10 hours and 24 minutes on devices every day. Also, 3 out of 4 Australians use multiple screens e.g. looking at their tablet while watching TV.

2 out of 3 children must spend more than 2 hours a day using digital devices. This concerns most parents. When I was in kindergarten the teacher used to read us stories. Now kids are learning to read and using devices at a much early age. This is often before their eyes are fully grown and developed.

How do you know if you have Digital Eye Strain?

If you spend more than 2 hours a day on devices it is vital you tell us. We can check to see whether you are suffering needlessly. This is done by:

  • Evaluating your computer usage
  • Measuring your vision
  • Testing for any minor uncorrected vision issues - e.g. mild long-sightedness does not cause any blurry vision but is a major cause of Digital Eye Strain
  • Checking how well both eyes work together

How can we reduce the impact of technology?

There are a wide range of ways to relieve strain including that we can recommend:
  • Lenses for the demands of modern life e.g. anti-strain lenses and indoor progressives
  • Blue light protection – the excessive amounts of this high energy light emitted by screens can cause eye stress
  • Dry eye treatments
  • Advice on good “visual hygiene”

We’re dedicated to preventive eye care. That’s why we can advise you on how to achieve relaxed and safe screen use. We want to help you have comfort and protection for our demanding high-tech lives!

As a special offer we are offering free blue light protection on all lenses purchased this July. So, if your worried about Digital Eye Strain make an appointment to see us this month. You can book online or call 4337 6000 and speak to one of my wonderful team members.

The Silent Thief of Sight

Amanda Rungis - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” because irreparable damage can occur well before vision loss or any other warning signs. It slowly damages the optic nerve, that sends information from the eyes to the brain.

50% of people with glaucoma in Australia are undiagnosed.

Anyone can get glaucoma, but those with the following conditions are at greater risk:

•            Family history of glaucoma

•            Aged 40 years and over

•            Short-sightedness (myopia)

•            Long-sightedness (hyperopia)

•            Diabetes

•            High blood pressure

•            Migraine

•            Serious injury to the eye

•            Past or present use of steroids

At Sure Eye Care our vision is to enhance people’s lives by providing them with the best possible vision now and in the future, for work and play. We exist to free our patients from the frustrations of vision impairment and the fear of future vision loss. That is why we have invested in an Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT).

This exceptional technology provides 3D views of your eye instead of out-dated 2D photography, ensuring a more accurate and detailed analysis of your optic nerve. OCT improves our ability to detect glaucoma at a very early stage long before any damage to the vision has occurred.

Help us stop this “silent thief” by having your eyes examined at Sure Eye Care at least every 2 years. Book online or phone us on 4337 6000.


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