One-Eyed Goat

August 11th, 2017

A video of a one-eyed goat has been viewed around the world after it went viral on the internet. The unusual looking creature was born in India with a condition called cyclopia.  It has been described as a ‘blessing’ by it’s owner, who believes the goat will bring him good luck.

One eyed goat

Silkworm Cocoon Implants

August 11th, 2017

Patient Lucia Giaccio recently brought in an article that aired on ABC last December and wanted us to share it with you all.

Silkworm cocoons could be the answer to preventing millions of people from going blind around the world.  Researchers at Brisbane’s Queensland Eye Institute are breaking down the insects’ silk cocoons to make fibroid cells which are implanted into the eye.

Researchers are using the silk as a support for the cells, so they can attach and grow and then be transplanted into the eye.

If successful, it could help people diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which is predicted to affect 196 million people worldwide by 2020.

Lady Cilento Alignment Program

April 27th, 2017

Simon recently spent a day at the Eye Clinic at Lady Cilento Hospital as part of a Government Initiative.  In an attempt to reduce the unfortunately long wait for children to be seen at LCH, suitably trained Optometrists can now assist by having stable situations returned to their care for ongoing routine review.  At present, children have been kept under review for too long and as a result, new patients are waiting unreasonable periods of time for an appointment.

If the program is seen to be successful, it would be feasible that waiting lists in other facilities be addressed in a similar manner.

New Myopia Control Contacts

April 27th, 2017

Simon has recently received approval to prescribe a new “myopia control” contact lens.  As the name indicates, the lens is aimed at slowing down the progress of short sightedness in young (pre & early teen) people.

Simon will endeavor to discuss this option directly with suitable patients in the coming months.  If your child wears glasses for distance tasks (blackboard etc) please contact us for more information.

Thanks to Maria

April 27th, 2017

We want to send a special thank-you out to the lovely Maria who helped out in the practice recently.  For someone to step in to what was a very busy situation, without much training, was remarkable.

Thanks heaps Maria.

Back to University for Simon

April 27th, 2017

Simon is one week into an 18 month journey towards a “Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics”  In summary, this has been a couple of years in the making and will enable Simon to prescribe a wide range of Ocular Medications.  With this will come utilization of different techniques and eventually different diagnostic equipment. By all reports the content is comprehensive and Simon has found the lifestyle change quite a challenge.

Supporting Local Businesses

April 27th, 2017

Local Barista Adam picked up his new specs recently and with a smile like that, do you figure he likes them???  B.T.W,  great coffee at “The Woodman’s Axe” here in Stones Corner.

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$5 Notes More Accessible to Vision-Impaired People

November 30th, 2016

A small change in Australia’s new generation of bank notes is set to have a huge impact on blind and vision-impaired people.

Two tiny, raised dots — about the size of a sprinkle on a piece of fairy bread — will appear on the new $5 note, which will be released into circulation by the Reserve Bank on September 1.

Vision Australia lead policy advisor Bruce Maguire said the new tactile feature would assist almost 360,000 Australians who are blind or vision-impaired.

“For the first time in the history of Australian currency it will be possible for someone who is blind or vision-impaired to just pick up a note and know instantly what it is,” Mr Maguire said

“As a blind person I think this change is one of the most significant — if not the most significant — inclusive actions I’ve seen in Australia in my lifetime because while there have been other inclusive actions, like audible pedestrian crossings, they’re not universal, they differ from state to state.

“The new note with the tactile feature will help every Australian, no matter where they are.”

15 Year later……..

September 1st, 2016

Can you remember what you were doing when the Twin Towers were attacked?? As a young optometrist with a steely resolve to open my practice in Stones Corner, I recall exactly where I was. After being up most of the night, glued to the television, I remember buying a newspaper across the road and thinking the world was about to descend into absolute chaos.

All this and facing up to my 5th day after opening the doors to Simon Clark Optometrist, with the appointment book telling me I had 2 patients booked in to see me…..

15 years later and I still love walking through the same door and thankfully more than 2 people tend to follow me in on any given day. The cranes in Stones Corner point to a more optimistic outlook than ever before, and the variety of people that I have the pleasure to look after each day, make me more comfortable than ever with where the practice is heading.

With the adventure of future study around the corner, I am excited about my career in optometry as much as I ever have been, despite the challenges that will always be there.

I want to thank all of you for your loyal support over the past 15 years and I genuinely appreciate the encouragement that I receive from you on a daily basis.

Blesphasteam Goggles

September 1st, 2016

We now have access to a very successful approach to managing blepharitis, which is a condition that affects the eye-lids.  Blepharitis is a very common condition that causes the glands along the eye-lids to become blocked and dysfunctional.  The goggles provide heat to these glands and melts the blockages, causing the oils and lipids to again be secreted properly.

Symptoms of blepharitis include irritated, dry eyes and often burning and excess watering of the eyes.  The treatment usually takes 20-30 minutes.  Contact us if you have any questions or want to book in for a treatment.