Through continuing education and state of the art technology, we are committed to providing you with access to the latest in diagnostic testing.

We cater to adults, children, infants and seniors.

Comprehensive eye examinations

Our comprehensive consultation takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes and includes:

  • Discussion of your general health, vision and any symptoms you may have and any significant family history of eye problems.
  • Measuring your visual acuity (how well you see) and determining your prescription.
  • An assessment of the health of your eyes and checking for conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic-related changes, dry eye and other health conditions.
  • Digital retinal imaging
  • OCT Scanning
  • Advice and discussion on any further testing, such as a visual field test to assess your peripheral vision (if applicable)
  • Advice on nutrition, nutritional supplements and preventative advice to promote eye health
  • A summary and discussion of your vision and eye health
  • Discussing tailored vision solutions to suit your specific needs and lifestyle.
  • We provide referral to ophthalmologists if required for surgery, laser treatment or further investigation.

During the comprehensive eye examination, most patients have dilating drops. This can cause temporary light sensitivity and blurry vision. Please bring a pair of sunglasses to help with the glare afterwards. We strongly recommend you bring someone to drive you or allow for some time in town until the drops’ effects wear off. It can take at least 3-6 hours for eyes to return to normal.

Prescriptions

Depending on the outcome of your eye examination, you may be prescribed glasses or contact lenses, to optimise your vision.

Glasses & Frames

At Ian Frame EyeCare, we offer an extensive range of frames in all shapes and colours. Our qualified staff are here to assist you in choosing the perfect frame and lenses.

We stock premium Australian made lenses and coatings. All our frames are hand-picked and we rarely re-stock the same frame twice.

Check out a sample of our range.

Caring for your glasses

Cleaning:

  • Clean your glasses at least once a day. Rinse your glasses with lukewarm water to remove any dust or grit that could scratch your lenses. Spray both sides of the lenses with our lens spray and wipe and polish with a microfiber lens cloth.
  • Be careful not to rub your lenses, they only need to be wiped gently with your lens cloth.
  • Don’t wipe your lenses when they are dry, any debris on their surface or dust in the cleaning cloth could cause scratches.
  • Do not use household cleaners, acetone or window cleaner on your lenses as it will damage the lens’s coatings.

Wearing and handling:

  • Do not wear your glasses on top of your head as this can stretch them out and make them loose or crooked.
  • Use both hands to take your glasses off. This helps maintain their perfect fit.
  • Don’t lay your glasses face down on any surface, this can result in scratched lenses.
  • No matter how careful you are, you will find your spectacles periodically will need adjustment. Your glasses may start to slip down your nose or become uncomfortable. Come and visit us regularly to have your glasses adjusted to ensure continued comfort.

Storage:

  • Protect your glasses when you are not wearing them by keeping them in their case.
  • Keep lenses away from excessive heat, for example the car dashboard.

Contact Lenses

We offer a wide range of contact lenses from leading brands. Whether it’s for occasional use or full-time wear, we have the brands and range to suit your budget and lifestyle needs.

Contact lens technology is continuously evolving. Many prescription spectacle wearers are suitable for contact lenses.  Our optometrist will discuss with you your suitability for contact lenses.  There are a number of different lens types depending on your prescription and your needs:

  • Daily wear contact lenses
  • Fortnightly or monthly replacement lenses
  • Extended wear contact lenses
  • Multi-focal contact lenses

Contact lens re-orders
If you’re an existing patient of Ian Frame EyeCare, or have an current prescription, you can order your contact lenses online.

Please click here to fill in our online order form, thank you.

Corneal Topography

An eye with normal vision has an evenly rounded cornea, but if the cornea is too flat, too steep, or unevenly curved, less than perfect vision results.

Corneal topography is a computer assisted diagnostic tool that creates a three-dimensional map of the surface curvature of the cornea. It is a non-invasive technique that detects irregular conditions invisible to most conventional testing. These details are used to diagnose, monitor, and treat various eye conditions. They are also used in fitting contact lenses and for planning surgery, including laser vision correction.

Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Most commonly, cataracts are a result of ageing and long-term exposure to ultraviolet light. Some people are born with a cataract, some are caused by injury, toxic chemicals and certain diseases.

Cataracts can vary from one individual to the next. Most cataracts develop slowly and may not cause significant vision problems in the early stages. At first, vision can be aided by new glasses, stronger lighting and other visual aids. As the cataracts become more advanced, they may begin to affect your vision to the point that they are interfering with your lifestyle or work. At this stage we can discuss with you the benefits of a referral to an ophthalmologist to consider cataract surgery. Symptoms of advancing cataracts can include blurred, foggy or hazy vision, sensitivity to glare and bright lights, reduced night vision.

Cataracts are treated surgically. The natural lens of the eye is removed and replaced with an artificial (intra-ocular) lens.

Diabetes Checks

All diabetics should have regular eye examinations with an optometrist or ophthalmologist since diabetes can affect the health of the eyes.

It is important to keep your blood sugar levels stable as high or uncontrolled sugar levels can lead to swelling on the lens of the eye. This can lead to blurry vision.

Long term, diabetes can damage the structure of the fine blood vessels which supply oxygen and nutrients to the eye. As the vessels become damaged, they can leak fluid (retinopathy) and blood which can damage the retina of the eye and in severe cases cause vision loss.

A diabetic eye examination involves checking the vision and health of the eye. Dilating eye drops will be used to get the best view of the back of the eye, these can temporarily affect your vision. Please bring a pair of sunglasses to help with the glare afterwards. We strongly recommend you bring someone to drive you or allow for some time in town until the drops’ effects wear off. It can take at least 3-6 hours for eyes to return to normal.

We will send your GP a report of our findings.

People with diabetes should have their eyes checked when their diabetes is first diagnosed, and then regularly checked every 1-2 years or as recommended by their eye care provider. If changes in the retina are seen, then depending on the severity, review may be more frequent, or they may be referred to an ophthalmologist for treatment.

If you notice any sudden changes in your vision contact your optometrist, GP or ophthalmologist.

For more information visit Diabetes Tasmania or Diabetes Australia.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

OCT is a complex technology that looks in detail at the structure and layers of the retina. This highly sensitive scanner looks deep below the visible surface of the eye to reveal the hidden layers beneath, along with any issues that would be very hard to detect early without this ground breaking technology. It is one of the most advanced diagnostic tools available.

We mostly use Optical Coherence Tomography to look at two main areas of the retina. The retina is the delicate lining at the back of the eye, similar to film in a camera. It collects light and uses this to create a picture of the world around us.

The first area is the ‘macula’ of the eye, which is the central area of the eye. This is the most sensitive part of the eye, and is the part you use when you are looking at something directly. If anything occurs in this area, it can have serious effects on your vision. Common diseases that can affect this area of your retina include age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

The second area we look at with the OCT is the nerve fibre layer. These nerve fibres are spread over the whole of the retina and gather together to form the optic nerve. Information is passed down this nerve to the brain where it is processed, allowing us to see. There are over 1 million individual nerve fibres. The most common diseases that affect the optic nerve are a group of diseases known as ‘glaucoma’. Glaucoma is a silent disease; it does not give you any symptoms until it is very advanced, by which time it is often too late to do anything about it.

Regular eye examinations are very important, as we can pick up signs of glaucoma while it is still in its early stages. This is particularly important if there is anyone in the family who has had glaucoma. We can use the OCT to scan the nerve fibres of the retina and look for any signs of damage long before it affects your vision.

The test is very simple and takes just seconds to perform. It is not painful and nothing will touch your eye. The scan will be available to view immediately, so will be able to discuss the results with you on the day.

Digital retinal photography

Digital retinal photography is non-invasive and uses a camera with a microscope to take an instant picture of the back of the eye. The camera produces images of the retina, optic disc and macula and is used to diagnose eye conditions or monitor eye changes over time.

At Ian Frame EyeCare we use state-of-the-art retinal imaging technology and equipment. We use optomap imaging which enables us to see an ultra-wide view of your retina. With optomap imaging we capture 82% of your retina in a single image, compared to 15% using traditional methods.

This allows for earlier detection of retinal issues which enables us to treat more effectively.

Fittings and frame adjustments

Glasses that don’t fit properly can be annoying and even worse, can cause unwanted side effects like headaches. We can professionally adjust your glasses to suit you and make sure the safety and strength of your glasses is not compromised.

Selecting a frame that fits correctly is very important. We check and advise on frame fitting when patient is selecting their frame.

When the spectacles are ready our Optometrist personally fits (adjusts) them to ensure they are comfortable. If your glasses become loose or out of alignment (over time this happens) we are always happy to adjust (no charge for fittings/adjustments).

Make an Appointment with one of our experienced optometrists or phone (03) 6424 2521

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve. Whilst there are several causes, the most common form of glaucoma is associated with an elevation of pressure inside the eyeball. As the pressure increases this causes more damage to the optic nerve, resulting in a gradual loss of peripheral vision. In most cases, there are no symptoms that will alert a person that something is wrong. It is usually only diagnosed during a routine eye examination.

  • It has been predicted that 2 in 100 Australians will develop glaucoma in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 8 Australians over 80 years will develop glaucoma.
  • Currently, about 50% of people with glaucoma remain undetected.
  • First degree relatives of people with glaucoma have an up to 10 fold increased risk of developing the disease

Although there is currently no cure for glaucoma, it can be treated. If detected early, treatment can prevent or reduce vision loss in most patients. Often treatment is as simple as inserting eye drops regularly although sometimes laser treatment or surgery is required.

For more information visit Glaucoma Australia.

Tonometry

Measuring intra-ocular pressure is a routine part of every comprehensive eye examination. Tonometry is designed to measure the fluid pressure inside the eye.

The pressure inside the eye is measured from the outside. It is a quick and stress-free procedure and is harmless to the eyes.

Increased pressure within the eye can be a sign of glaucoma, a common and potentially very serious eye problem, if it is not detected and treated promptly.

Macular Degeneration (MD)

The macula is a small area located at the centre of the retina. It is highly sensitive and is responsible for central vision – the part of our sight we use to read, drive, see objects in fine detail and recognise faces or colours. 

Macular Degeneration occurs when the macula is damaged. The most common form of macular degeneration is age related, known as Age-related Macular Degeneration or ARMD. The disease causes progressive, painless loss of central vision. It is the leading cause of legal blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Although there is no cure, there are treatment options that can slow down the disease progression, depending on the stage and type of the disease (wet or dry). It is possible to reduce the risk of losing sight from ARMD by adopting a healthy lifestyle and regularly having your eyes tested and macula checked. 

In its early stages ARMD may not result in noticeable vision symptoms but it can be detected with an eye test. The earlier that ARMD is detected the earlier that steps can be undertaken to help slow its progression and save sight through treatment and/or lifestyle modifications. It is recommended that people over the age of 50 schedule an eye examination with an optometrist or ophthalmologist every one to two years to look for the earliest signs of ARMD, before any vision loss has occurred. 

Vision changes should never be dismissed as just a part of getting older. See an optometrist or ophthalmologist as soon as possible if you notice any changes to your vision. Any sudden changes to vision should be treated as a medical emergency. 

For more information visit Macular Disease Foundation Australia.

Make an Appointment with one of our experienced optometrists or phone (03) 6424 2521