At Boyce Optometry, we pride ourselves in being a store that embraces diversity in fashion, colour and shapes. Our frames hail from such cities as Paris, Italy, London and New York, as well as many locally grown fashion icons. For spring we've introduced some exciting new labels into our store.
Monkeyglasses® is a label out of the UK that focuses on environmentally conscious eyewear. They have developed a unique product that shows consideration for both the environment and the people involved in creating the product. Made of acetate – a special kind of plastic that consists of approximately 90% cotton flowers and wood, you can "look good while doing good."
EPØKHE is a locally designed and distributed sunglass label, out of the golden sand beaches and perfect blue waves of Byron Bay. Their Ambassadors, surfers Dion Agius, Mitch Coleborn, Creed McTaggart, Nate Tyler, and film maker Kai Neville, have combined their creative forces to bring you this summers most exciting new fashion label. We are proud to be the only optical distributor of this label in Australia.
Sass & Bide is a highly recognizable brand, dedicated to the strong, the obscure and the beautiful. With stunning contrasts and contradictions, their latest collection is a must see.
Oroton, synonymous with accessible luxury, casual glamour and an ineffably Australian appreciation for the good life, Oroton is the preeminent and fastest growing luxury lifestyle brand in Australia.
If you are one of those who likes to be one step ahead of the rest when it comes to fashion, you need to come in and check out these latest additions to our store. Brand new and affordable designer labels you can take home today.
If you are a diabetic, you are at risk of developing Diabetic Retinopathy. Damage to the very small blood vessels in the back of the eye can result in blindness. However, good blood glucose levels and blood pressure, and regular screening can greatly reduce the risk of complications.
Diabetic Retinopathy can occur in both type ONE and type TWO diabetes, in any age group, and in patients with good, controlled blood-glucose levels. For the reason, anyone with diabetes should have their eyes tested every year. Australian doctors now work closely with optometrist, and their diabetic patients, to monitor eye health.
Any damage that is detected early enough, treatment can often prevent any vision loss. If the damage is extensive though, and vision loss has already occurred, treatment can only stop it from getting worse. You cannot get back that vision that has been lost.
Some examples of symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy include:
*** Blurred, distorted or patchy vision that can’t be corrected with prescription glasses
*** Problems with balance, reading, watching television and recognising people
*** Being overly sensitive to glare
*** Difficulty seeing at night
If you are a diabetic and experience any of these symptoms, get in touch with your doctor or optometrist immediately. In the early stages of Diabetic Retinopathy there may be no symptoms and the disease may not be diagnosed until it is advanced. Therefore it is important to maintain regular eye tests as part of your diabetes management plan.
The age old proverb that spills into most commercial transactions has never been more true a statement when talking about optics.
If you buy cheap spectacles, or contact lenses, you will usually get an inferior product. The quality of optical aids sold by big-buying chain suppliers is appalling. We see it every day when refugees from these optical outlets come through our doors, dragging their feet, completely disheartened and frustrated with the ‘budget’ experience they were dealt. Often these consumers might not be able to put their finger on what the problem is, it’s just a feeling of something ‘not quite right’. When the glasses are assessed we usually find they have optical distortions or discrepancies with the finer details in the prescription. It can take something as small as a 1mm miscalculation and the wearer will struggle.
Buying budget glasses and contact lenses online can introduce a whole new host of potentially dangerous problems. Many online products fail to meet basic medical standards. Complex measurements that are included in an in-store purchase are often ‘approximated’ or completely missing from these online optical supplies. Can you really put a price on your eyes?
Most independent optometrist's have options for those looking for a more economical alternative when purchasing glasses and or contact lenses. These alternatives will not compromise the quality of your vision though. Regardless of the frame design or lens design, you will receive a pair of distortion free and optically correct glasses. We will not gamble your vision for the sake of a few dollars!
Glasses are truly complicated pieces of technology that require careful dispensing, these budget alternatives are reducing this medical aid to nothing more than a modest retail item. Let’s not devalue eye sight. After-all our vision is a precious commodity and living a life in the light is far more appealing than living a life in the dark.
PUPILS RESPOND TO MORE THAN LIGHT
BY SUSAN DEREMER OF DISCOVERY EYE FOUNDATION
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT YOUR PUPILS WILL CHANGE SIZE ACCORDING TO THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING. WITH MORE LIGHT, THE PUPIL CONSTRICTS AND BECOMES SMALLER. LESS LIGHT AND YOUR PUPIL DILATES, LETTING MORE LIGHT INTO THE BACK OF THE EYE. IT IS THE MUSCLES OF THE IRIS WORKING WITH YOUR AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM (ANS) TO ADJUST THE IRIS SO THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF LIGHT ENTERS THE EYE – LIKE THE APERTURE OF A CAMERA.
THE IRIS IS MADE UP OF TWO TYPES OF MUSCLE:
·*** SPHINCTER MUSCLES THAT ARE LIKE CONCENTRIC RINGS THAT CONSTRICT THE PUPIL TO AS SMALL AS TWO MILLIMETERS ACROSS
·*** DILATOR MUSCLES THAT ARE LAID OUT LIKE THE SPOKES OF A BICYCLE WHEEL AND CAN EXPAND THE PUPIL UP TO EIGHT MILLIMETERS ACROSS
DILATED PUPILS RESPOND
BUT THE ANS IS NOT ONLY CONCERNED WITH LIGHT REFLEX, IT ALSO REVEALS EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL RESPONSES. THE SYMPATHETIC BRANCH OF THE ANS RESPONDS TO A PERSON BEING UNDER STRESS, TRIGGERING THE “FIGHT OR FLIGHT” RESPONSE, WHICH WILL CAUSE THE PUPIL TO DILATE. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE PARASYMPATHETIC BRANCH KNOWN FOR “REST AND DIGEST” WILL CAUSE PUPIL CONSTRICTION. AT ANY GIVEN TIME, YOUR PUPIL IS BALANCING BETWEEN BOTH THE LIGHT AND EMOTIONAL REACTIONS.
HERE ARE SOME OF EXAMPLES OF MENTAL RESPONSES:
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PSYCHOLOGIST DANIEL KAHNEMAN DEMONSTRATED THAT PUPIL SIZE INCREASES IN PROPORTION TO THE DIFFICULTY OF THE TASK BEING PERFORMED. CALCULATING 8 X 21 WILL CAUSE YOUR PUPIL TO DILATE SLIGHTLY, HOWEVER CALCULATING 8 X 47 WILL CAUSE THEM TO DILATE EVEN MORE. WHATEVER THE PROBLEM, THEY WILL REMAIN DILATED UNTIL YOU COME UP WITH THE ANSWER OR GIVE UP.
EVEN MEMORY RECALL CREATES A PUPIL RESPONSE. WHEN SUBJECTS WERE INSTRUCTED TO REMEMBER AND RECITE A SERIES OF SEVEN DIGITS, THEIR PUPILS WOULD GROW STEADILY AS THEY LEARNED EACH NUMBER, BUT REDUCE AS STEADILY WHEN THEY RECITED BACK EACH OF THE NUMBERS.
WOLFGANG EINHAUSER-TREYER, A NEUROPHYSICIST AT PHILIPPS UNIVERSITY MARBURG IN GERMANY, FOUND THAT “PUPIL DILATION CAN BETRAY AN INDIVIDUAL’S DECISION BEFORE IT IS OPENLY REVEALED.” HE ASKED PEOPLE TO PUSH A BUTTON AT ANY POINT DURING A SPAN OF 10 SECONDS. DILATION BEGAN ABOUT ONE SECOND BEFORE THEY PRESSED THE BUTTON AND CONTINUED TO PEAK ONE TO TWO SECONDS AFTER THE PUSH.
THIS STUDY OF PUPIL SIZE IS KNOWN AS PUPILLOMETRY AND IS USED TO INVESTIGATE A WIDE RANGE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PHENOMENA INCLUDING SLEEPINESS, INTROVERSION, SEXUAL INTEREST, RACIAL BIAS, SCHIZOPHRENIA, MORAL JUDGMENT, AUTISM AND DEPRESSION. KAHNEMAN SAID HE HAS “NEVER DONE ANY WORK IN WHICH THE MEASUREMENT IS SO PRECISE.” AND WHILE “NOBODY REALLY KNOWS FOR SURE WHAT THESE CHANGES DO,” ACCORDING STUART STEINHAUER, DIRECTOR OF BIOMETRIC RESEARCH LAB AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, PUPILLOMETRY IS A VALUABLE TOOL FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH.
SO THE NEXT TIME YOU LOOK INTO SOMEONE’S EYES, KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SEE MORE THAN JUST THEIR EYE COLOR. YOU MIGHT HAVE A CLUE AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON IN THEIR MIND.
It's no secret, I'm the loud and proud Christmas fanatic in this office. My Christmas tree has been up since November and I will be wearing a Santa hat in this stifling heat right through until Christmas Day! I decided to combine my slightly exuberant love of the holiday season with my other love, eyes.
Firstly, did you know that Vision Australia hosts one of the largest Carols by Candlelight events in Australia? Vision Australia's Carols has been a 76 year long tradition and shows no signs of stopping in the near or distant future. If you live in Melbourne tickets to this seasonal event are still available HERE. If Melbourne is a little out of your reach, never fear, you can huddle down with an ice cold beer, a plate of prawns and watch from the comfort of you air-conditioned living room. The carols are broadcast on Channel 9, December 24th from 8 pm. Don't have a TV? Not a problem, they also broadcast to Vision Australia Radio. The proceeds from this event goes towards Vision Australia’s Children’s Services, which will ensure Australian children who are blind or have low vision continue to have the access to vital services that increase independence and enable a child to participate meaningfully in every aspect of their life.
Do you have a vision impaired friend or family member? Then I've got Christmas Gift ideas for you!
Liquid Level Finders to help pour the perfect cup of coffee, or scotch!
Digital talking watches
Black Signature Guides
HD Desktop Magnified TV screens
Braille Magnetic Letters
Or, how about the gift that just keeps on giving and sponsor a Guide Dog!
These products and more are available at The Blind Society of Australia.
Here is something extra special for those of you who will be getting dressed up this Christmas. Santa Hat Eye Shadow!
Not that I like to combine my love of all things jolly with pain, but since none of us here in the office had heard of this, you probably haven't either. CHRISTMAS EYE, this is a real thing and according to doctors the pain is compared to that of child birth. Having birthed a child myself, I'm doubtful.
And on a lighter note, I encourage you all...
May you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.
Let's face it, nobody likes to pay for insurance and that feeling is compounded when you are paying premiums and not claiming rebates. If you have private health insurance for optical you are allocated an annual allowance to put towards supplies like frames, prescription lenses and contact lenses. If you don't claim this annual allowance, it simply goes down the gurgler and a starts afresh for the next 12 month period. IT DOES NOT ACCUMULATE.
So, if your health fund benefits roll over at the end of the calender year, USE THEM! Get in before December 31st and order yourself a new pair of prescription glasses or another supply of contact lenses. In some cases there is little to no out-of-pocket expense.