Introducing Transitions light intelligent lenses

Hassle-free, suitable for all types of activity. Transitions are your go-to for all-round vision protection anytime, anywhere.

The all new Transitions light intelligent lenses constantly adapt from indoors to outdoors, meaning you can keep them on and explore without any interruptions!

Speak to our friendly team on 02 9872 1555 or in store at Carlingford Court to find out more!

What is an optometrist?

What is an Optometrist?

Sight is a crucial aspect of our daily lives, that we often take for granted. Every so often we need to acknowledge the importance of our eyes and make sure we are giving them the care they deserve. That’s where an optometrist comes in!  Read on to find out about the important role optometrists perform in ensuring your vision remains at its peak.

What is an optometrist?

If you are experiencing trouble with your vision or eye health, seeing an optometrist should be your first step.  An optometrist will help to diagnose and provide resources, for any vision problems that you may be experiencing.  An optometrist has the qualifications, resources and expert knowledge to examine your eyes and diagnose any vision impairment issues or diseases you may have.

An optometrist will give an eye test and examine your eyes to determine whether you would benefit from glasses or contact lenses, or analyse if your current eyewear prescription is still adequate.   Most commonly, patients are treated for a refractive error (e.g. farsightedness or nearsightedness).

Sometimes an optometrist will recommend forms of eye therapy or other types of eye care for those with a vision impairment or eye discomfort.  Optometrists can prescribe a limited range of medications to treat specific eye conditions.  If it is necessary, an optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist.  Optometrists are there for assistance before and after eye surgery, performed by an ophthalmologist.

Optometrist, ophthalmologist or optician?

These words sound similar and can be easily confused.  But, what is the difference between an optometrist, an ophthalmologist and an optician, and who should you see?

Optometrist

In most cases, you will require assistance from an optometrist first.  An optometrist is a primary health care provider and is the only profession (other than a GP) that has consultations covered by Medicare, without a referral.  Optometrists are highly qualified registered health professionals who have a 5-year optometry degree from a university.  They conduct eye exams, evaluate your vision, prescribe lenses and diagnose common eye disorders.

If you have a more complex eye issue or require eye surgery the optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist.

Ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist (also known as an eye doctor or eye surgeon) is a specialist medical doctor, who has postgraduate training in eye health and the vision system.  They have a minimum of 12 years of training.  While they can perform the same duties as an optometrist (such as the standard vision exam), they can also perform eye surgery.  Visiting an ophthalmologist requires a referral from your GP or optometrist.

Optician

If new lenses are needed, then you might visit an optician.  An optician specialises in finding the perfect glasses for you based on fit and prescription, and some will help you find the right type of contact lenses.  A dispensing optician will make and dispense eyewear.  They can often do repairs and adjustments to your glasses as well.  An optician is not a doctor and will not evaluate your eye health.

What to expect at the optometrists

Sometimes, we can overlook the importance of a check-up at the optometrist.  As a guideline, healthy adults without glasses should get a check-up at least every 2 years.  Children and the elderly need to be examined more often because eye changes can occur more rapidly in these groups.  If you have already been diagnosed with a vision impairment or use glasses or contacts, your optometrist will advise you how regularly to check back with them.  It is especially important for those recovering from eye surgery to check in with an optometrist as advised.  Always visit the optometrist straight away if you have any concerns about your eye health.  Don’t wait till your next scheduled check-up if you are experiencing any vision changes or discomfort.

A check-up with an optometrist will involve an eye examination, but don’t worry this is not a test you can fail.  Check out this short video on what to expect from an eye test.

If it is the first time you are seeing a new optometrist, be prepared to answer some questions about your vision history, general health, allergies, and medications, so your optometrist has all the information they need to assist you properly.  If you have prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses then take them with you.  Some optometrists also recommend also bringing along sunglasses to wear after the eye test, as the examination may cause pupil dilation for a short period of time.

Overall, your appointment should take somewhere between 20-30 minutes, which also includes a discussion before and after the standard eye exam, where the optometrist will discuss your results.

If you think it is time you had an eye test, book now to see one of our highly qualified optometrists at Sparks & Feros.

What happens at an eye exam

What happens at an Eye Examination?

Contrary to popular belief, eye tests are not just about reading letters on a chart, and Optometrists definitely aren’t just salespeople for glasses!

Check out this video to learn more about what happens when you go for an eye examination here at Sparks & Feros:

Device screens and eye health

Protecting your eyes from device screens

You might have heard about the dangers of the blue light that comes from our device screens. But, what does blue light from phone, tablet and computer screens really mean for our eye health? And, how can we minimise the damage?

What is blue light?

Blue light is a part of the visible light spectrum, which is part of the larger electromagnetic spectrum. What we call ‘blue light’ is actually a very small section of the spectrum, which is right next to ultraviolet light.

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Like ultraviolet light, blue light can have a powerful effect on our bodies. This is because it has the shortest wavelengths on the visible spectrum which means it produces a high amount of energy.

Where does blue light come from?

Blue light occurs naturally, in the sun’s rays. Therefore, articles about blue light being ‘dangerous’ can be misleading. The natural levels of blue light found in the sun are completely safe.

However, in modern society, there are far more and far stronger sources of blue light than human eyes are used to. All device screens emit blue light, this includes, phones, tablets, computers and televisions. Blue light is also found in the light from artificial light sources such as LED lights and fluorescent lights.

How does blue light affect your eye health?

Blue light is known to flicker more than other colours due to its extra high energy wavelength. This flickering causes eyestrain, which causes pain and dryness in the eyes. Eyestrain often turns into headaches and feelings of fatigue.

There is also evidence that blue light exposure may increase the risk of macular degeneration. The human eye shape is not very good at blocking blue light from penetrating the eye. This means that large amounts of blue light can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina, which could lead to vision loss.

How to protect your eyes from blue light

There are a few ways you can protect your eyes from excess blue light:

  • Use ‘night mode’ or the equivalent on your phone or computer. This changes the tone of your screen to use more orange and red colours. It is mainly used to prevent blue light exposure at night from disrupting your circadian rhythm. If your computer does not have this option, try the free software – f.lux
  • Turn down the brightness on your device, especially at night. Research has shown that dimming your screen is more effective at preventing eye strain and headaches than just using the ‘night mode’ to curb the blue in your screen. Using both together is best.
  • Try blue light blocking glasses to protect your eyes when using the computer. These glasses have orange or red toned lenses to block the blue light from reaching your eye. Some brands of blue blocking glasses offer prescription lens options.
  • Where possible, use soft warm lighting in your home. Choose globes that have a warm rather than white light, and avoid using fluorescent lights if possible.
  • Take regular breaks from your computer screen, if you work in front of a computer. Go outside, if possible, and look into the distance. Don’t spend this time on your mobile phone. If your office has harsh fluorescent lighting these short breaks are especially important.
Summer

What’s in this Summer?

It’s a great time to change up your look and with the added bonus of health fund optical extras, there is no time like the present.

Here are some of the upcoming eyewear trends we’re seeing for Summer 2018/19.

Need an eye test? Book online now!

Use it or lose it

Use It or Lose It!

For those part of a Private Health Fund that runs by calendar year, your rebates allowance will run out on 31st December 2018! Hurry and claim it before it’s gone!

We are here to help you claim new eyewear with your optical extras before they disappear!

Use your annual health fund benefits and our expertise to find the perfect eyewear to update or complement your look.

As your optical experts, we can help recommend the eyewear that will benefit you the most. With new lens technologies and stunning new frame styles, there are lots of reasons to claim your
new eyewear this year. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your optical extras this year:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Prescription Sunglasses
  • Digital Eyewear
  • New Fashion Look
  • Reading Glasses
  • Driving Glasses
  • Spare Everyday Pair
  • Sports Eyewear

or call 02 9872 1555!

*Eligibility of rebates vary between private health funds – please speak to our team for more details.

Lions Recycle for Sight

Sparks & Feros Joins Lions Recycle for Sight Program

Do you have any unused glasses or sunglasses?

Why not donate them to someone in need.

The Lions Recycle for Sight program has enlisted Sparks & Feros Optometrists help to collect glasses that patients no longer wear. The glasses will be checked, cleaned and categorised before being sent to people in need overseas via partnering charities and humanitarian organisations.

The Lions Recycle for Sight program is part of the Lions Clubs’ International Worldwide Eyeglass Recycling Program, headquartered in Queensland and operating throughout Australia. Over a period of 26 years, Lions Recycle for Sight has delivered more than seven million pairs of refurbished quality glasses to men, women and children in need across many regions of the world.

For more information, speak to us in store or give us a call on 02 9872 1555!

Retro Turquoise Model

Introducing Sofclear Colour Lenses

Whatever the statement, Sofclear Colours Contact Lenses are the ultimate fashion accessory. Check out their Sofclear Classic, Sofclear Retro and Soflcear Enhance with BioMoist ranges!

Sofclear Classic

Sofclear Colours are a unique and vibrant range of fashion colour contact lenses.

The colours and designs are inspired by Australia’s picturesque landscapes, stunning coastlines and rich sunset hues. Unique patterns are combined to create striking designs that can be worn to enhance any outfit or to reflect a personality.

All lenses are created using state-of-the-art moulding equipment to produce high definition optics.

Featuring our advanced Radial Edge technology, Sofclear Colours contact lenses are designed not only to be seen and admired, but to provide all day comfort to the wearer.

Sofclear Retro

Cosmetic Contact Lenses, the way they used to be.

Remember the days when cosmetic lenses completely changed the colour of your eyes. No fancy designs or gimmicks. Just the eye colour you wanted.

Is it blue eyes you desire? Or green eyes? Maybe you have dreamed of misty grey eyes. Whatever your desire Sofclear Colours Retro range will transform your eye colour and give you an entirely different yet natural striking appearance.

Specially formulated with a unique combination of colour pigments, Sofclear Colours Retro range is designed to cleverly mask your iris to allow the lens colour to fill your eye. Choose the eyes you’ve always wanted with Sofclear Colours Retro range.

It’s not just about the look. With all Sofclear contact lenses, comfort is everything. With radial edge technology providing the thinnest of edges, you will go a long way to find a more comfortable contact lens anywhere in the world.

Sofclear Enhance
with BioMoist

The worlds only disposable contact lens that truly brightens and enhances the natural colour of your eyes.

Sofclear Enhance uses a carefully formulated combination of special tints to produce the right colour intensity every time. Available in three striking colours, Sofclear Enhance will
have everyone talking.

Comfort – it’s not just about the look. With all Sofclear contact lenses, comfort is everything. With radial edge technology providing the thinnest of edges, you will go a long way to find a more comforable contact lens anywhere in the world.

Sofclear Enhance lenses are packed in BioMoist.

The BioMoist formula is a hydrating solution containing hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and polyethylene glycol (PEG), which together mimics the natural tear film of the eye. The combination of these superior wetting agents provides a soft, silky feel which helps to optimise comfort, enhancing the overall wearing experience.

Find your perfect eye colour at Sparks & Feros

Give us a call on 9872 1555 or book an appointment online here.

contact lens on finger

Contact Lens Sale!

Pro View Elite 1-Day by Cooper Vision 

More Oxygen = healthy eyes

30 Pack from $29.95 Per Box!

  • 3 Months Supply $198
  • 6 Months Supply $359.90

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30 Pack from $35.95 Per Box!

  • 3 Months supply – $228
  • 6 Months supply – $428!

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Valid from: 1st Sep – 31st Dec 2018   

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Robot Spectacle Maker Carlingford Optometrist

Introducing EZ-Fit – Robot Spectacle Maker

Rise of the Machines

Robots have long been used for a range of medical and industrial applications. They can now be found at our “in house” optical laboratory- making up your next pair of glasses.

Sparks & Feros is now home to the world’s most advanced compact spectacle lens fitting system!

We are delighted to announce the installation of EZ-Fit which is the first machine of its kind in Australia!

EZ-fit independently analyses your lenses and frames making constant adjustments during the shaping process to ensure your lenses fit perfectly. Its high speed milling function can form lenses to any shape – EZ-Fit can custom polish, drill or even facet lenses to suit your individual requirements- delivering uniquely customised eyewear that looks great!

Patient Benefits offered by EZ-Fit include:-

  • Clearer and more comfortable vision
  • Better appearance to your eyewear
  • Longer frame life
  • Faster turnaround- you get your new glasses sooner!

The Future is Clear

The EZ-Fit robotic system still relies on expert human touch and direction, it is however the EZ-Fit’s intelligent monitoring and feedback capability that raises the bar in delivering the highest quality prescription glasses to our patients.

 EZ-Fit is now ready to make your best pair of glasses yet!