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How to choose an optometrist?

Choosing an optometrist is an important decision that can impact your eye health and vision. Whether you are in need of a routine eye exam or have a specific eye concern, it’s important to choose an optometrist that you trust and feel comfortable with. Here are some factors to consider when choosing an optometrist:

  1. Qualifications and experience: When selecting an optometrist, it’s important to check their qualifications and experience. Optometrists are required to complete a relevant degree which usually takes between 3.5 – 5 years of full-time study. They are then able to be registered with the Optometry Board of Australia to practice as an Optometrist. Look for an optometrist who has additional certifications in areas that are relevant to your eye care needs.
  2. Reputation and reviews:  You can ask for recommendations from friends or family members who have had positive experiences with an optometrist. Look for an optometrist who treats you respectfully, listens to your opinions and concerns, encourages you to ask questions and explains things in ways you understand.
  3. Services offered: Consider the services offered by the optometrist. Some optometrists specialize in specific areas such as paediatric eye care, contact lenses, or vision therapy. Make sure the optometrist offers the services that you require. If you are in doubt, call Honour Optometry before booking an appointment on (07) 3709 4257.
  4. Technology and equipment: Look for an optometrist that uses up-to-date technology and equipment. This can include digital retinal imaging, visual field testing, and corneal topography. Honour Optometry uses advanced technology that can provide accurate and comprehensive eye exams.
  5. Location and convenience: Consider the location and hours of the optometrist. Choose an optometrist that is conveniently located and has hours that fit your schedule. Honour Optometry is located on Honour Avenue in Graceville and offers Saturday appointments, which can be helpful if you have a busy schedule. 
  6. Insurance and payment options: Honour Optometry accepts most private health funds and we can electronically transmit your Medicare claim, meaning your rebate will be credited directly to your nominated bank account.

Choosing an optometrist is an important decision that can impact your eye health and vision. By considering factors such as qualifications, reputation, services offered, technology and equipment, location and convenience, and insurance and payment options, you can find an optometrist that meets your needs and provides high-quality eye care.

Myopia Control with Hoya MiyoSmart Lenses

At Honour Optometry, we’re always looking for ways to improve eye care for our patients. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the Hoya MiyoSmart lenses, a new approach to managing myopia, commonly known as short-sightedness. This condition, where distant objects appear blurred, has seen a significant rise, especially among children, calling for effective strategies to manage its progression. Traditional methods have provided some relief, but the need for more advanced solutions has been evident.

An estimated 5 billion people, or half the global population, could be affected by myopia by 2050*. Addressing this, Hoya MiyoSmart lenses incorporate D.I.M.S. (Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments) Technology. These lenses not only correct myopic refractive error but also significantly slow down myopia progression. This technology, as effective as contact lenses, offers a comfortable, non-invasive alternative. With MiyoSmart Sun, Hoya takes an additional step, merging myopia control with protection from intense sunlight. While the outdoors can benefit eye health, it also exposes eyes to harmful UV rays. MiyoSmart Sun lenses thus offer dual benefits: managing myopia progression and shielding eyes from UV-A and UV-B rays, reducing long-term ocular damage risk.

Understanding the long-term benefits of controlling myopia progression is crucial. Effectively managing myopia from a young age can significantly reduce the risk of developing more severe ocular conditions in later life, such as retinal detachment or glaucoma. Therefore, early intervention with MiyoSmart lenses is key in maintaining eye health over a lifetime.

At Honour Optometry, we understand the importance of adapting to new advancements in eye care. The introduction of Hoya MiyoSmart lenses aligns with our dedication to providing the best solutions for our patients.