As we see the effects of Covid-19 internationally, Australians can feel very fortunate at how hard we’ve worked at “flattening the curve”; a combination of good management and sheer luck. The recent surge in cases in Melbourne has demonstrated that this will be an ongoing battle, as we now start to ask the question, “where to from here?” With these real risks very much in the foreground, we simply can’t assume the ways of the “old normal” without consideration. At Kosmac & Clemens Optometrists we have worked hard to maintain a clear perspective during these stressful times, and feel well prepared for the challenges ahead. We
Bushfires and then….. Early 2020 has been the most challenging of times for many Australians. It wasn’t long ago that we were grappling with the enormity of the bush-fire effort, and our collection tins were overflowing with generous community support. Covid-19 was the last thing we needed as it stretched our remaining threads of resolve. The very real risk of serious illness combined with necessary social distancing has meant we needed to change time honoured ways of doing things. Adapting to a new world At Kosmac & Clemens Optometrists we were able to adapt quickly to the new “normal”.
If you are a spectacle wearer and your vision without your glasses is poor, you may think there are activities you can’t participate in such as swimming. The good news is that there are many solutions available. Our philosophy is for glasses to enhance your lifestyle so we love finding options for you. Here are a few of my suggestions to help you enjoy some of your favourite activities and be able to see! Swimming and Glasses Q: Can I swim with glasses? – this is a common question and concern for patients. A: One option is to wear
The main symptoms of hayfever are red, itchy and watery eyes, blurred vision, a runny nose, sneezing and congestion of the sinuses. Hayfever is a misnomer – the name was coined in the 19th century, when it was widely believed that the smell of hay in the summer “irritated the body”. It was another 30 years before the true cause of hayfever was discovered – pollen. The term “pollen fever” never caught on! What is Hayfever? Hayfever is an allergic reaction to a variety of substances. Most commonly pollen but also dust mites or tiny flecks of saliva or fur from
Do you ever think to yourself why can’t I just get one set of glasses for everything? Well you are not alone. Take your mind back to before glasses remember how you could focus your vision clearly at every distance without effort? It can come as a bit of shock when you are told that one set of glasses won’t adequately correct all your visual needs. Let me explain how it all works. As a teenager I was informed that I needed glasses, but in those days the one pair did everything I needed. Of course life was a
Reduced blood flow in the retina may be a new way to identify early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most common forms of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease affecting up to70% of people with dementia. We have known about it since the ancient Greeks but it was first classified in the early 1900s and it is mainly found in adults over the age of 65. The damage to the brain results in impaired behaviour, memory, language and the ability to think clearly. The disease can affect people as early as their forties but this is rare. What causes Alzheimers?