Cooper & Lourie Family Optometrists  |  Nedlands & Innaloo, Perth
Nedlands 9386 8581   Innaloo 9242 8566

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During winter your eyes are exposed to more challenging conditions. Here are our top 3 tips to help your eyes stay comfortable during winter.

  1. Keep your eyes moist

    • During winter, the air becomes drier. This is made worse by wood fires and electric heaters.
    • This increased dryness can cause dry eyes or make pre-existing dry eyes worse
    • You can help reduce this dryness by using lubricated eye drops, sitting further away from heating sources and using a humidifier during the winter months
  2. Limit your time spent in front of electronic devices

    • Most of us spend most of their day looking at some form of screen
    • When the weather is cold and wet we are much more likely to spend more time in front of the TV or other electronic devices such as iPads and computers
    • When you use an electronic device you blink less, which can cause digital eye strain and dry eyes
    • You can help reduce eye strain by following the 20-20-20 rule. This entails looking 20 feet into the distance for 20 seconds for every 20 minutes of computer work you do.
    • Doing this will also help to preserve your vision
  3. Make sure you have enough light when reading or doing close work

    • During winter, there are lower levels of light which can make reading and close work more challenging, especially if you’re older or have problems with your vision
    • Make sure to have additional lighting if you are working or reading up close to make the experience more comfortable.

Having a balanced and healthy diet is the key to maintaining good eye health and reducing your risk of developing preventable eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Recent studies conducted by the national eye institute have found that foods containing the following antioxidants may actually reduce your risk of developing certain eye disease:

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  1. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

    • The Omega 3 fatty acids help to support proper visual development and retinal function when consumed over a long period of time
    • Foods that are high in Omega 3 fatty acids include fish (they contain the highest levels) or raw almonds.
    • If you’re not a fan of these foods, there are many supplements on the market that contain Omega 3 fatty acids.
  2. Vitamin C

    • Vitamin C has been shown to lower the risk of developing cataracts as well as age related macular degeneration which is one of the leading causes of blindness
    • Vitamin C can be found in a variety of foods including oranges and grapefruit
  3. Glutathione

    • Glutathione is a natural antioxidant that has been shown to help prevent the development of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease and diabetic blindness
    • Eggs are a great source of glutathione
    • If you don’t like eggs, look for supplements that contain glutathione
  4. Zinc

    • Studies have shown that a lack of zinc in your diet can increase your risk of cataracts
    • Zinc also helps transport vitamin A from the liver to your retina
    • Vitamin A is very important in the production of melanin which is an important protective pigment
    • You can find zinc in foods such as oysters, poultry, milk, shellfish, blackbeans, whole grains and pork
  5. Vitamin E

    • Vitamin E is an essential vitamin that protects your eyes from free radical damage
    • Free radicals are unstable molecules that destroy healthy tissue cells
    • Kale is a fantastic natural source of vitamin E, otherwise there are supplements which you can take to get your daily dose of Vitamin E

If you’re a vegetarian or don’t like eating certain foods that contain these essential eye health vitamins, there are multiple supplements you can take to keep your eyes healthy. If you ever have any questions about vitamins and eye health we are always happy to chat. You can call us at our Innaloo practice on 08 9446 1887 or our Nedlands  practice on 08 9386 8581.

Our highly qualified Optometrists are passionate about providing holistic eye care and would love the opportunity to provide you with the information on how you can keep your eyes healthy and disease free.

slide1At Cooper and Lourie Family Optometrists it is our highest priority that we provide you with the most comprehensive and technologically advanced eye examination available.

We also love taking the time to get to know each of our patients so that we can help them achieve their visual goals.

During a standard eye examination, your optometrist will ask you ask you questions about your vision and comfort and will perform a range of different tests to evaluate your vision and assess the health of your eyes.

This may include

  1. Checking the back of your eyes (the retina)

    • This is one of the most important parts of your eye examination as it allows the optometrist to look for signs of vision threatening conditions such 13as macular degeneration, retinal tears and glaucoma.
    • During this part of the examination the Optometrist may want to take a digital image of the back of the eye.
    • Photographs of the retina allow the Optometrist to look at the back of the eye in a great amount of detail and even pick up abnormalities that may not be seen in a standard eye test
    • These images also provide our Optometrists with a base line so that they can easily detect changes at your next annual eye check up
    • (Please note that digital retinal photography is not included in the standard Medicare eye examination and will incur additional charges at the time of consultation)
  1. Checking the front of your eyes (Cornea, Iris and Lens)

    • The Optometrist will also check the front of your eye with a specialised instrument called a Slit Lamp
    • The Slit Lamp provides the Optometrist with a highly magnified view of the front of the eye including the cornea, iris and lens
    • Thorough assessment of the front of the eye can help the Optometrist Detect conditions such as corneal abrasions and cataracts
  2. Measuring the pressures inside your eye

    • This test can be done in a number of ways, but is most commonly done with a specialised instrument called a non-contact tonometer.
    • This instrument blows a gentle puff of air onto the front of the eye (although painless, it may make you jump)
    • This allows the Optometrist to check for glaucoma
  3. Specialised tests

    • At Cooper and Lourie, we have invested in the latest technology to provide you and your family with the highest level of care
    • The OCT (ocular coherence tomography) is a specialised piece of equipment that allows us to pick up conditions that can threaten your vision extremely early
    • This can be vital in preserving your vision

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If you would like to book in for a comprehensive and technologically advanced eye examination with Optometrists who want to take the time to explain all of your options you can call us at the Nedlands practice on (08) 93868581 or our Innaloo practice on (08) 94461887. If you would like to learn more about our family practice please feel free to give us a call or visit our website at www.cooperandlourie.com.au

We look forward to helping you achieve clear and comfortable vision.

10Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an exciting new technology that allows us to look deep into your eyes. The OCT is a fantastic piece of equipment that allows our Optometrists to diagnose conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, posterior vitreous detachments and retinal tears whilst they are in their early stages. In many cases, early detection and management can save vision that may have otherwise been lost.

How does the OCT work?

  • The OCT works by using a special wavelength of light to allow the machine to construct a 3D image of all the layers of the retina
  • This enables the detection of subtle changes and abnormalities
  • Also provides the Optometrist with a baseline so that they can detect any changes when your return for your annual eye checks

What conditions can be detected with the OCT?

The OCT is excellent at detecting

  1.  Glaucoma
  2.   Macular degeneration
  3.   Posterior Vitreous Detachments
  4. Retinal Tears
  5. Macular Oedema
  6. Epiretinal Membranes
  7. Macular Holes

What is involved in an OCT examination?

  • As the OCT scan is non-invasive, it is very quick and painless

Why Should I Ask for an OCT Scan?

  • If the Optometrists suspects that you have a condition at the back of the eye, they will often suggest that you have the OCT scan performed at the time of your consultation
  • As many eye conditions don’t produce symptoms during their early stages, its important to get your eyes checked even if you can still see clearly
  • By having a comprehensive eye examination and requesting an OCT examination at the time of your consultation, can help ensure that your eyes remain healthy and that any problems with your eyes are detected in a timely manner.

To inquire about the OCT scan or to book an appointment with Cooper and Lourie Family Optometrists you can call us at our Nedlands practice on (08) 93868581 or our Innaloo practice on (08) 94461887. We look forward to helping you with your eyes.

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Blue light is everywhere, with the sun being a major source of blue light. Now it’s important to note that not all blue light you are exposed to on a daily basis is bad.

In fact, some blue light exposure is good for our health as it helps to:

  1. Increase your alertness
  2. improves your memory and cognitive functions
  3. Elevates your mood
  4. Regulates your circadian rhythm which is your sleep/wake cycle

But with the increasing use of blue light emitting technology we are being exposed to increasing amounts of man made sources of blue light including:

  1. Florescent and LED lighting
  2. Flat screen televisions
  3. Tablets
  4. Smart phones
  5. Computer Screens
  6. Electronic notebooks

If you are exposed to too much ultraviolet (UV) and blue light bands over time it can have a damaging effect on your eyes and can lead to:

  1. Painful inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea
  2. Damage to the eyes crystalline lens resulting in the development of cataracts
  3. Damage to the retina at the back of the eye which increases your risk of macular degeneration
  4. Disruption to your sleeping patterns leading to sleepless nights and daytime fatigue
  5. Digital eye strain

Why does blue light have such harmful effects to the eye?

  • Unlike UV radiation, almost all of the visible blue light can pass through your cornea and lens to reach the back of your eye (the retina).
  • As the blue light reaches all the way to the retina, prolonged exposure can lead to damage to the light sensitive cells located in the retina.
  • Over time this can lead to the development of macular degeneration which can cause permanent vision loss and blindness.

Is there anything I can do to reduce blue light exposure?

The good news is that new lens technology has been developed by Essilor that help to reduce the amount of blue light entering your eye and therefore can be protective against the harmful effects that blue light can have over time.

Ask us today about the Essilor Eyezen lens which relaxes and protects your eyes from digital screens to:

  1. Provide you with sharper and clearer vision than your current eyeglasses
  2. Protect your eyes against blue light
  3. Improve contrast
  4. Provide you with comfortable relaxes vision throughout the day

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If you would like to reduce the amount of blue light you are being exposed to book an appointment and ask our highly qualified Optometrists about the new blue light lens technology. You can make an appointment at our Nedlands or Innaloo practice by phoning (08) 93868581 (Nedlands) or (08) 94461887 (Innaloo). We look forward to helping you see clearly and more comfortably. 

You only get one set of eyes in your lifetime so it’s important that you take care of them as best as you can. As a parent, teaching your children about eye health, hygiene and safety can be vital to their future eye health. To help with the education process, here are our top 10 tips to keep your children’s eyes healthy and happy!

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  1. Eat a balanced diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables and plenty of Omega 3’s found in fish such as tuna, salmon and halibut
  2. Exercise regularly to reduce your risk of developing eye harming conditions such as diabetes in later life
  3. Use sunglasses with 100% UV protective lenses and a wide brim hat to shield their eyes from the sun rise
  4. Encourage your kids to tell you or their teacher if their eyes hurt, their vision becomes blurring, jumpy or if double vision or spots in front of their vision develops.
  5. As a parent, look for any odd changes in behavior such as excessive blinking or rubbing of the eyes or if your child is tilting their head, this can be a sign of eye problems
  6. Tell them not to rub their eyes as it can make the problem worse and even cause scratches to their eyeball if there is a foreign body in the eye.
  7. Discourage your children from smoking
  8. Tell them to take time to rest their eyes: In the world of technology we are currently living it, children are staring at computer, tablet and smart phone screens for long periods of time. If this is done over a long period of time it can cause eye strain and fatigue and even give them short sightedness. Tell them to follow the 20/20/20 rule. Take a break every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds by looking at something 20 feet away
  9. Educate your children on eye safety: Always carry sharp objects including knives, scissors and pencils with the sharp edge pointed down, never shoot objects or spray things at others, especially in the direction of the head
  10. Teach them to wash their hands regularly before touching their eyes

We hope that this information has been helpful to you and your family. Although these tips are essential in taking care of your children’s eyes it is still important to get your children’s eyes checked regularly to ensure there are no issues with the health of their eyes. At Cooper and Lourie, children’s eye examinations are covered by Medicare.

If you would like to book an appointment with one of your experienced Optometrists you can call us today at our Nedlands practice on (08) 9386 8581 or our Innaloo practice on (08) 9446 1887.

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Blue light control technology

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Nowadays, we spend more time using a wide variety of digital devices to work, learn and be entertained. Recent digital screens are often equipped with powerful light source such as LED. These digital screens emit intense blue light and can cause eye strain after long exposure. SeeCoat Blue provides a solution to such stressful conditions.
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Enzyme protection. Enzymes are the catalysts for your body’s essential and effective functioning. They increase the rate nearly all the chemical reactions in every cell and different glands and organs produce these enzymes in the process of regulating metabolism, circulation, respiration, reproduction and the functioning of the brain. Within your digestive system specific enzymes help digest food. They break down food into smaller building blocks so that the body can absorb them rapidly. They are found in your saliva, your stomach, your intestinal tract and pancreas.

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Severe conjunctivitis can harm your vision if left untreated.

Conjunctivitis occurs when the thin transparent layer that lines the inner eyelids and the white parts of the eye, becomes inflamed.

There are three types of conjunctivitis: infectious, allergic and toxic conjunctivitis.

Infectious conjunctivitis may occur in only one eye and is very contagious.

It can be caused by bacteria and symptoms usually include a sticky, watery discharge and the eyelids can stick together on waking.
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Visual impairment could double the risk of falls in older Australians[i], a leading cause for hospital admissions among the older population[ii]. However  fall-related injuries can be avoided through early detection of eye disease and undertaking regular eye examinations.

According to a UK study, 75 per cent of older people who suffer a fall as a result of poor vision had a visual impairment that was easily correctable[iii].

Regular eye examinations provide the best chance of maintaining your well-being and independence longer.

Many older Australians are suffering simply because they do not wear spectacles, or use spectacles with prescriptions that are out of date.
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