Archive for October, 2019

The role of OCT in your next eye exam

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Now that I have an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomographer) machine in the practice, it is important to remind my patients who would benefit from having the scans done and why. In an ideal world, it would be great to do this on all my patients. As is the case in modern healthcare however, advanced equipment is not cheap, and there are generally out of pocket expenses when undertaking such tests.

There are categories of patients that I will definitely want to perform OCT on, in particular those at higher risk of eye disease. These include all diabetics, patients with family history of either glaucoma or macula degeneration, and patients 50 years and older. The amount of information gained by having the scans done enables me to avoid unnecessary referrals to specialists/hospital, or even more critically, is efficient triaging of patients into specialist care as the scans have already been performed.

Please read the section on our practice billing schedule which has recently been updated. The cost of having the scans performed here have been kept below what the Optometry Australia guidelines recommend.

Lego for the Blind

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Lego has announced a new accessibility initiative for people with low or no vision. The pilot program includes braille, audio and screen-reader friendly instructions for four kits.  The idea came from Matthew Shifrin, a blind 22-year-old Lego enthusiast, who designed a written instruction format with a friend’s help.

Health Insurance Reminder – Don’t miss out

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

We are all aware that the year is coming to an end and that means that getting your optical rebate on your health insurance should be front and center of everyone’s mind. We strive to maximize your benefit and please let us know if there is confusion that needs addressing, as it can be tricky at times. We deal directly with ALL the health insurers, and do not affiliate with any one company at the expense of others. Your claim can be processed on the spot here via our HICAPS terminal, as long as you have your membership card with you at the time.

New Stock In Store

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

We couldn’t be happier with the displays full of new stock. It has all arrived, including Ray-Ban and Persol sunglasses. We are also thrilled with the new Roger frames, again highlighted by the “Cartoon Collection” that was showcased at last years product night at the Bent Elbow. But seriously, we have topped up across ALL RANGES in preparation for the busy end of year.