Services

Orthokeratology

We fit just as many patients into hyperopic (long-sighted) ortho-K lenses as myopic! Patient love being able to do away with their reading glasses, or not having to worry about the day-time dryness during soft contact lens wear that can affect older patients.
Ortho-K is one of the most effective tools available for treating myopia. Results in our practice show slowing, and in some cases even complete halting, of myopia progression.
Orthokeratology lenses are worn while you are asleep, leaving you to see clearly during the day with just your own eyes.

Contact Lenses

Before wearing contact lenses, people usually have a number of questions regarding them and what is involved with being a contact lens wearer. The following information will answer some of these questions and assist you in choosing which contact lenses best suit your individual requirements.
There are are a variety of corneal conditions that are best managed with specialised custom contact lenses. These include keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, corneal grafts, corneal dystrophies, corneal scarring from injury, and post-refractive surgery ectasia.

Innovative Eye Care’s Platinum Custom Lens Fitting Plan sets a new benchmark for contact lens fitting for corneal disease in Australia as it significantly improves the likelihood of successfully wearing contact lenses, especially for patients who have failed in previous contact lens designs or who are yet to use contact lenses for their corneal condition.
Spectacles are not the only option for giving you both distance and near vision! If you are over 40 years old and have been wearing reading glasses, progressive or bifocal spectacles, this does not mean you cannot wear a pair of contact lenses. These are perfect for when you want to be able to do the things you enjoy in life without the hassle of having to wear a frame on your face. There are two primary options for presbyopic contact lens wear: multifocal contact lenses and monovision (or blended) contact lenses. Soft disposable contact lenses or rigid gas permeable lenses are both available in these options. Your optometrist will advise which is best for your situation.
Rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses are a type of lens made with stiff silicone polymers that still allow oxygen to pass through to the cornea, giving them their name. Although less common now following the introduction of soft lenses to the market, RGPs are still very useful for a range of normal and unusual eye conditions.
Scleral lenses were the first type of contact lenses invented, originally as glass molds of a person's eye. These days at Innovative Eye Care we specialise in the fitting of large diameter scleral lenses made with advanced technologies and materials to treat a range of eye conditions.
Soft disposable contact lenses give you the freedom to operate without wearing spectacles. They have high comfort levels and a low risk of infection, along with being easy to insert and remove. Soft disposables come in daily and fortnightly/monthly types.
Novelty and coloured contact lenses can be a great idea for social events. Proper insertion, removal and care are vital to protect your eye health and safety. At Innovative Eye Care we offer fitting appointments so that you are well-equipped to safely enjoy your novelty or coloured contact lenses!

Miscellaneous

Many patients with eye diseases including glaucoma, corneal infections, iritis/uveitis and dry eye rely on efficient and correct use of eye drops to manage their condition. Eye drops can sometimes be difficult to use properly; this can lead to a lack of action and wastage of the drops.

Refractive Conditions

Myopia, commonly called shortsightedness, is a condition in which light is focused in front of the retina, resulting in blurred vision. This is normally due to the eye being too long for the focusing power of the eye. Shortsighted people can often see reasonably clearly at short distances, but will not be able to see distant objects clearly.
Hyperopia or longsightedness is a condition in which the optical components of the eye are not strong enough, generally because the eye is too short, so light is not focused onto the retina. This results in blurred vision that is usually worse at shorter distances. The eye's lens and cornea focus light into an image on the retina, just as a camera lens focuses light onto a film. In a resting hyperopic (longsighted) eye, the light is focused behind the retina and so the image is blurred. The perfect state of focusing exactly on the retina is unusual; the average person is a little hyperopic.
Presbyopia is the gradual reduction in the amount that the eye can change its focus. This reduction is a result of the continued changing of the biological lens inside the eye, and is a normal part of ageing. Patients with presbyopia will have more trouble reading and may get eyestrain and blur for near tasks.
Astigmatism is a condition where the optical power of the eye varies depending on the angle of light passing through it. Astigmatism produces blurred vision at all distances. It is usually due to the shape of the cornea (the front surface of the eye). If the curvature of the cornea is not the same in all directions (like the side of an Australian football) it will bend the light passing through it by different amounts depending on the direction of the light, producing astigmatism.

Quality Eyewear

We know that choosing a frame for a child or teen is a whole different ball game to choosing for an adult. You're looking at smaller sizes, varied colours, extreme durability - and something they will love enough to actually wear.

That's where we come in.
Your frame says a lot about you.

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We want you to smile when you put it on.

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Prescription safety eyewear is essential in a variety of occupations and industries to protect your eyes from dangerous chemicals or impacts. All safety frames and lens materials available at Innovative Eye Care are independently tested to meet the standard AS/NZS 1337.6.2012 and come in a range of options to suit your style and visual needs.
There are many different types of spectacle lenses, each designed to suit a particular vision problem. Features such as anti-reflective coatings and lens tinting can add extra functionality to your lenses to suit your lifestyle.

All of our spectacle lenses are manufactured in Australia by CR Surfacing Laboratories, Australia's premium lens laboratory. This allows us to offer patients the benefits of the very latest technology in lens design and manufacture.

See the state-of-the-art lens production process at CR Surfacing in this video:



Please ask our staff about any elements of spectacle lenses you are interested in.
Living in Australia means quality sunglasses are a must-have. Innovative Eye Care brings you the very best in designer sunglasses, protecting your precious eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light while offering exceptional style. Come in to the practice to find your favourite pair!

Technology

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is an exciting new treatment at Innovative Eye Care used to treat dry eye syndrome due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD, aka Posterior Blepharitis), a condition that is notoriously difficult to manage. It generates an intense pulsed light by producing perfectly calibrated, homogeneously sequenced light pulses directed at the skin around the lower eyelid. The energy, spectrum and time period are precisely set to stimulate the meibomian glands for them to return their normal function.

Innovative Eye Care are the first eye specialists to have access to an IPL for MGD treatment in South Australia.
Anterior blepharitis is traditionally managed with eyelid hygiene performed by the patient at home. In our experience this can be time-consuming and only semi-effective in controlling the bacterial load and eyelid margin debris that causes chronic irritation and inflammation.

Innovative Eye Care have now invested in a BlephEx treatment system at both of our practices to help the 30% of the population affected by some form of blepahritis. BlephEx is a new, in-office procedure that allows eyecare practitioners to take an active role in treating blepharitis.
At Innovative Eye Care your optometrist will take retinal photographs of your eyes using a state-of-the-art retinal camera. This process is important as part of your comprehensive eye examination and to monitor any changes to your eye health in the future.
Gone are the days of wearing an uncomfortable, heavy and unflattering trial frame during your eye exam as your optometrist tugs and prods a myriad of different lenses in front of your eyes when checking your prescription!

All consulting rooms at Innovative Eye Care now use state-of-the-art Nidek auto-phoropters to make this process quick and comfortable for the patient!
Integral to a a practice so heavily involved with contact lenses, the topographer maps the corneal shape of our patients' eyes. This is vital in the selection of contact lenses and also useful for monitoring eye conditions.
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) tells us more about the health of your eyes than we could ever learn just by looking. OCT is a non-contact, non-invasive technique that scans the structure of your eye and creates a 3-D image of every detail, including aspects that cannot be investigated by other methods. Our spectral-domain OCTs are the ultimate tools for diagnosis and monitoring of your macula and optic nerve, allowing early detection of glaucoma, macular degeneration and many other retinal conditions. In most cases it is able to detect structural damage before patients notice problems themselves so that subsequent treatment may arrest any loss of vision.

OCT is also a fantastic way to monitor corneal pathology and the fitting of soft and rigid contact lenses, from the most simple to the most complicated.
Anterior photography is vital for detecting and recording important information about your eye health. At Innovative Eye Care we use the highest quality equipment to ensure the best monitoring of our patients' eyes.
Automated full-threshold visual field testing is an important assessment your optometrist may recommend as part of your comprehensive eye examination. Visual field testing is used to evaluate how well the periphery of your vision is functioning; this is different to testing your central vision using standard letter charts in the exam room. The test helps to detect and monitor eye conditions - early detection is the best practice to ensure your best vision is maintained.

Children's Vision

Your child may not tell you they have a vision problem because they may think the way they see is normal, and vision changes can occur without you or your child noticing them. Your child should receive an eye examination at least once every two years and more frequently if recommended by your optometrist. The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful.
If your optometrist finds a binocular vision problem during your eye examination, it could be improved with the use of visual training. During an eye examination with one of the optometrists at Innovative Eye Care a significant problem with your binocular vision such as accomodative dysfunction, convergence insufficiency or phoria decompensation may be found. Many binocular vision issues can improve with the use of visual training. Read more to find out what is involved in these treatment programs.
Amblyopia (sometimes called a 'lazy' eye) is a developmental loss of vision in one eye. Amblyopia occurs as a child and is most commonly caused when one eye points in the wrong direction or is badly defocused compared to the fellow eye. As only a sub-standard image is capable of being detected by the brain from that eye, the visual processing pathways cannot fully form.

If amblyopia is detected by your optometrist at a young enough age then treatment can be started to improve the vision in the amblyopic eye to a better level. Without treatment the eye will continue to see poorly for the remainder of the patient's life, even when accurately corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
Myopia (shortsightedness) is increasing around the world, with many calling it an epidemic. In the US for example the prevalence of myopia has increased markedly in the last 30 years – from 25% in the early 1970s, among those aged 12 to 54 years, to over 40% now. Australians show similar trends. Aside from the burden of needing spectacles or contact lenses to function normally, patients with myopia have a much higher risk of blinding eye disease later in life.

Here at Innovative Eye Care we offer treatment options to slow the progression of myopia, protecting your eye health into the future.
Vision problems have a strong link with learning difficulties and educational outcomes. These problems can usually be managed or corrected by seeing an optometrist. Here at Innovative Eye Care we take an active interest in taking care of children's vision and raising awareness of this important aspect of a child's health.

Acute Red Eyes

Often misdiagnosed as conjunctivitis, episcleritis and scleritis are inflammatory disorders of the white part of the eye that cause redness and pain. Any redness of the eye associated with discomfort should be seen by your optometrist so that the correct diagnosis made and the most appropriate treatment instigated.
Keratitis is a severe and potentially sight-threatening condition that arises due to inflammation of the cornea - the clear front surface of the eye. This is often due to infection by a variety of micro-organisms and is more likely to occur in contact lens wearers. All forms of keratitis need prompt disgnosis and treatment to save sight and improve comfort.
This is a common and often quite alarming condition that results in the appearance of blood on the white of the eye. It is frequently painless but certain activities or blood conditions can predispose someone to having an episode. If you have what appears to be a sub-conjunctival haemorrhage, especially if it is recurrent, you should have your eye checked by your optometrist.
Conjunctivitis (commonly called 'pink-eye') occurs when inflammation occurs in the thin transparent layer that lines the inner eyelids and white parts of the eye. This commonly occurs in children but can affect adults. Most cases of conjunctivitis will heal without intervention, but treatment from your optometrist can speed up the recovery and decrease the chance of permanent damage in severe cases.
Iritis is a condition which involves inflammation of the iris within the eye. This is the most common type of anterior uveitis - a term covering inflammation of the deep pigmented tissues at the front of the eye.

Iritis may occur in one or both eyes; however, it is more common for just one eye to be affected at a time. The eye is often red, painful and light-sensitive with this condition. Iritis is potentially sight-threatening and needs prompt treatment from your therapeutically trained optometrist.
Foreign material can become lodged on the cornea or conjunctiva of the eye. This can occur through working with grinding tools, gardening or simply chance when out and about. Generally this will lead to grittiness and irritation, tearing, redness, and light sensitivity if severe. Make sure you use safety glasses (available at Innovative Eye Care) in any situation where your eyes may be at risk of particles flying into the eye.

Anterior Eye Disease

Dry eye is a broad term used to describe inadequacies of the eye to maintain healthy lubrication of the exposed surfaces. This causes the cornea and conjunctiva to become inflamed and irritated. The underlying causes of dry eyes are complex and numerous and need a thorough examination for your optometrist to determine the cause and most appropriate treatment.
Anterior blepharitis is a chronic condition describing the inflammation of the eyelid margin. Symptoms include irritated, red, itchy or stinging eyes or eyelids, as well as fluctuating or blurred vision. Symptoms can vary in degree throughout the day, and can even be absent. As there are a number of different causes of anterior blepharitis, it is important to treat the underlying problem.
Meibomian glands are the oil-producing glands located in both the upper and lower eyelids. When these become chronically blocked, which occurs in about 30% of the population, increased evaporation of the watery component of your tears occurs, causing the symptoms of irritation and dryness. This condition is called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), and is also known posterior blepharitis.
Pellucid Marginal Corneal Degeneration is an uncommon condition causing thinning of the lower part of the cornea. This non-inflammatory condition is often confused with keratoconus as it causes similar distortion of the cornea and requires complex contact lens designs, typically in the form of scleral lenses, to give the best quality of vision. Innovative Eye Care specialises in managing patients with Pellucid Marginal Corneal Degeneration and other ectatic conditions.
Pterygium and pingueculum are variants of the same condition in which the conjunctiva (a membrane that covers the white of the eye) is damaged and responds by continuing to grow. In the case of a pterygium, the conjunctiva grows centrally onto the cornea, whereas in a pingueculum the conjunctiva only grows locally on the visible white of the eye.
Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory, degenerative eye condition caused by the thinning of the cornea. This results in the front surface of the eye protruding into a 'cone' shape. Patients experience distorted, blurry vision and often require specialised rigid contact lenses to obtain reasonable vision.
Corneal grafts are required when the cornea is too compromised due to scarring or disfunction to offer good vision. After the cornea from a donor is implanted into the eye, careful monitoring is required by your eye specialist to ensure its viability in the future. Often glasses or specialised contact lenses such as RGPs or sclerals are required to give good vision in an eye with a graft, due to the frequently irregular front surface.

Posterior Eye Disease

Glaucoma is a debilitating eye disease that causes progressive optic nerve damage, resulting in permanent peripheral vision loss and eventually central vision loss. Glaucoma is called 'the silent thief of sight' as 50% of a patient's retinal nerves can be damaged irreparably before any vision loss is noticed. Glaucoma is one of the main conditions an optometrist checks for at your eye examination. Early detection is key as this allows appropriate treatment before too much vision is lost. This condition highlights why it is so important to have a routine eye examination at least every two years.
About 7% of the Australian population over 25 years of age have diabetes mellitus (simply known as diabetes), increasing to about 25% over 75 years of age. Of these, more than 70% will develop some changes in their eyes within 15 years of diagnosis. These changes can be potentially blinding. All diabetics should ensure they visit their optometrist at least every two years for a thorough examination.
A cataract is a cloudiness of the natural lens of the eye which progresses over time and makes it difficult to see. An examination by your optometrist will reveal any changes to the lens of the eye that may lead to cataracts, before any symptoms appear.
The appearance of floaters and flashes of light in your vision may be alarming, especially if they develop very suddenly. As we grow older, it is more common to experience floaters and flashes as the vitreous (the clear gelatinous fluid that fills the inside of your eye) changes with age and becomes more liquified. As it loses its structure, it gradually pulls away from the inside surface of the eye. When this occurs acutely we call this a posterior vitreous detachment. You should see your optometrist urgently if you notice flashes or floaters, as not all cases of these symptoms are caused by innocuous age-related changes.
Age-related macular degeneration is a progressive disease of the part of our retina that gives us our detailed vision. The latest research shows that only 8 per cent of Australians are able to correctly identify a symptom of Macular Degeneration, an eye disease affecting one in seven Australians over the age of 50. Education is key to early detection and prevention of excessive vision loss as the disease progresses.

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