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Erindale,meet your local optometrist

Your vision might not have changed, but getting an eye test is still important for maintaining overall eye health. After all, you see a doctor for a regular health check-up, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your eyes?

How often should you get your eyes checked?

We recommend you get your eyes checked every one or two years. But it really depends on your age.

Now’s the time to come in and let us help you get the jump on any potential vision loss.

It helps to come in more regularly, so we can ensure you’ve got the right lenses and make sure we detect any eye disease early.

When was your last eye test? IF you're unsure, why not give us a call and find out?

Booking your eye exam

When you book an eye exam with us, we don’t just get you to read letters. You get a full eye health check-up. Your consultation will take around 30-45 minutes, depending on your vision requirements. It’s a bit longer than your standard eye test, but we’re making sure we test for everything, using the latest technology (which we’re pretty chuffed about). So you’re getting more than just a simple Snellen test.

Here are the eye
health services we offer.

Retinal Photography

We use a high resolution retinal camera to closely examine the retinas. The high quality images enable us to see early changes in eye health that may otherwise go undetected. The procedure allows us to detect macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma as well as many other sight threatening eye disorders.

Diabetic Eye Examinations

Early detection of diabetic eye disease is essential to minimise vision loss from diabetes related eye conditions. Our thorough testing checks all aspects of your vision and eye health to detect early changes and ensure optimum eye health. A written report will be provided at the end of your examination.

Orthokeratology (Ortho K)

Ortho K is a safe alternative to surgery, also known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), and is a powerful tool that helps you slow the potential effects of myopia, and lets you go glasses- and lens-free during the day! We use EyeSpace designed lenses that are measured to the shape of the front of your eye. These lenses then remould to your cornea overnight, meaning your eyes are getting fixed as you sleep, and you get clear vision all day long.

Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film, and accompanied by ocular symptoms, in which tear film instability and hyperosmolarity, ocular surface inflammation and damage, and neurosensory abnormalities play etiological roles. For some people, the symptoms are so severe that it causes as much distress as cardiac problems.

The symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • sore eyelids, which may also be swollen
  • a gritty, burning or itching feeling in your eyes
  • eyelids sticking together, especially in the morning
  • crusting on your eyelashes
  • scaly or greasy eyelids
  • difficulty wearing your contact lenses
  • watery eyes – the brain produces tears as a response to dry eyes which is counterintuitive.
  • blurry vision
  • itchy eyes

Seeing one of our Optometrist will help us determine what type of dry eyes you have so the best treatments can be initiated.

What happens next?

What happens next depends on your results. You might find that you’ve got 20/20 vision, in which case we can schedule you in for another checkup at some point in the future.

If our practice or optometrist find you’re long-sighted or short-sighted, or something else, we’ll sort you out with a prescription for glasses and lenses, or contact lenses, tailored to what your eyes need.

If your test finds something that needs further assessment we offer specialist referrals within Allied Health in Tuggeranong and Wanniassa ACT

Glasses or contacts?

This one’s mostly up to you, but what really determines whether you need glasses or contacts will be the results of your eye test, and your circumstances. Your eyes might need stronger support than what contacts can provide, or you might want a more cost-effective option than repeatedly buying contact lenses.

When you come and see us we can provide you with advice about what choice is going to be best for you while you browse our range of frames, including niche fashion brands, and get a look that suits you.

Looking for something different?

Be sure to check out our great collection of fashion eyewear and exclusive brands in-store today.

Book your consultation now

Come on in for an eye check, and get peace of mind that your eyes are as healthy as they can be. We’re looking out for you.

Did you know?

All major Australian Health funds

We're registered with all major Australian health funds for your optical rebates, which includes contact lenses, prescription glasses, and prescription sunglasses, and also provide bulk-billing services for all eligible patients. So whoever you’re with for your health cover, you’re covered with us*.

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*Please note though that some procedures may not be available on your private health cover, so be sure to check before you book them in.

Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Packaging and Blister Packs recycle program

We’re even part of a recycle program with Bausch & Lomb and TerraCycle, a fantastic initiative to reduce waste from items you don’t often think about. All you need to do is bring in your used contact lenses and blister packs, drop them off with us, and we’ll ship them off to get recycled. We also recycle old spectacles that are no longer needed by their owners and donate them to the Lions Club in support of their Recycle for Sight initiative, cleaning them and sending to third world countries to help others in need.

Meet your local Erindale team

Here’s the friendly local team who you’ll meet in our store.

Peter DoddsOptometrist

Peter Dodds completed his Optometry degree in the early 1980s at the University of New South Wales. He commenced practice in country NSW where he worked for 5 years. In 1988 he relocated to Tuggeranong and has proudly served the Tuggeranong and surrounding community since that time. He has a broad range of experience in all areas of optometry.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my consultation take?

Most appointments run on time and are completed within 30 minutes. Our patients are then encouraged to spend another 20-30 minutes browsing frames with our qualified optical dispensers.

My prescription is over a year old, can I still use this?

It’s recommended all patients have an eye test every two years (minimum). If you’re aged over 60 years we recommend having an eye test every year to check the overall health of the eye. If you’re currently experiencing any blurry vision, trouble reading, or headaches behind the eye, we recommend booking an appointment ASAP.

I have a glasses prescription. Can I use this for contact lenses?

No, glasses and contact lens prescriptions are completely different as the power of each prescription will vary.

Can I use my health fund extras cover at this optometrist?

Yes, Canberra Vision Care is registered with all major Australian health funds.

Are my frames and contact lenses covered by a guarantee?

All our frames and lenses are covered by a manufacturer’s guarantees, which is a warranty covering any manufacturing faults and lens coatings. If these occur within the first 12 months of your purchase, please bring your frames back to be assessed, to be repaired or replaced. This doesn’t cover scratches or damages that have occurred due to general use.

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Client Testimonials

I have been seeing Peter for over 20 years and have found him and his staff are always approachable and professional. I highly recommend Canberra Vision Care to friends and family as they provide a high level of service and my glasses are always accurate and well fitted.

Beryl

I find the staff very helpful, knowledgeable and patient. Peter is extremely thorough in both the testing and explanations regarding my prescription and eye health.

Julie

Canberra Vision Care always provides excellent service. I am seen on time and my glasses are completed quickly. The staff are caring and courteous and always happy to answer every enquiry.

Patricia