FOCUS Progress

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual ophthalmic day surgery and consulting services education evening, FOCUS Progress last week! We hope you had a fantastic evening meeting new people and learning everything on offer at FOCUS Eye Centre from our team.


common eye myths

Busting Common Eye Myths

Can carrots help you see better?

I’m sure we’ve all heard it before, carrots are here to save the day and cure us of all our eyesight problems. But is it true?

We are busting this myth wide open and we are happy to report that yes carrots can contribute to better eye health. Eating carrots will provide you with the small amount of Vitamin A needed for good vision, but they are one of many natural sources of Vitamin A – which is essential for keeping your eyes healthy! Milk, fish, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and dark-green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and silver beet are all rich sources of Vitamin A.

Making sure your diet is jam-packed with Vitamin A can help lessen the chance of developing night blindness as well as other eye problems including vision loss. While not common in Australia, vision loss due to a lack of Vitamin A can still occur if your diet is particularly poor. Those most at risk are adults and children with restricted diets, pregnant women and those with bowel disease.

As one of the most common eye myths, eating carrots is an easy way to maintain and contribute to better eye health. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet contributes to your overall health and wellbeing as well as your eye health. Other important dietary nutrients for eye health include; Omega-3 (sources include all fish and shell fish, fish oils containing liver and butter), Zinc (sources include oysters, seafood, nuts and legumes), vitamin E (sources include nuts and whole grains), vitamin C (sources include citrus fruit, berries and tomatoes), and selenium (sources include nuts).

We welcome you to our centre for an assessment or please feel free to contact our friendly staff with any inquiries.

Donate Life

The Precious Gift of Sight – Donate Life

The Precious Gift of Sight

Did you know that the first ever successful organ transplant occurred in 1905! This was a cornea transplant performed in Austria and at a time where there were no medications and no anesthetics. Both eyes were operated on, and one of the transplants worked giving this blind man vision for over 40 more years.
Cornea donation is a gift of sight possible by most people within the community, last year in NSW / ACT the Lions NSW Eye Bank had 424 donors that made this sight saving decision. The gift from these people and the support from their families allow the gift of sight to more than 700 patients within our community. In NSW we have highly trained corneal surgeons who are able to perform sight saving surgery with these donations.
At Focus Eye Centre our surgeons also perform such transplants and we would like to thank the donors and their families also for their precious gift.
If you wish more information about eye and organ donation please follow the link to the Donate Life website. Please consider also being a organ/tissue donor.
Dr Con Petsoglou MB BS, MMed(Clin.Epi), FRANZCO
Senior Lecturer / Postgraduate Coordinator
Save Sight Institute, Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology

Deputy Director, Lions NSW Eye Bank
University of Sydney
Glaucoma Awareness Week

Glaucoma Awareness Week 2018

Glaucoma Awareness Week 2018

Glaucoma Awareness Week campaign aims to find 150,000 Aussies who are unaware they have glaucoma.

Despite being the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness, more than 10 million Aussies do not automatically think to have a simple eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist which can save their sight. This means they are potentially suffering preventable but irreversible blindness.

More than 300,000 Australians have glaucoma, yet only 50% have been diagnosed, typically because they lack noticeable symptoms and haven’t had a simple eye exam.

Anyone may develop glaucoma, but the incidence increases with age.  About 1 in 10,000 babies are born with glaucoma, by age 40, about 1 in 200 have glaucoma, rising to 1 in 8 at age 80. Overall the incidence in Australia is about 2.3% of the population.

During World Glaucoma Week, 11 – 17 March 2018, Glaucoma Australia is encouraging relatives of those with glaucoma to have a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist from age 40 and every 2 years ongoing.

orthoptics awareness week, Sydney Orthoptists

Orthoptics Awareness Week 2018

This week we celebrate Orthoptics Awareness Week!

Discover the Depth of Orthoptics

Who are Orthoptists and what do they do?

Orthoptists are eye health professionals who care for patients with eye disorders. Through a unique set of skills, orthoptists play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and management of eye diseases in both adults and children. The tests performed by the orthoptist play a crucial role in aiding the Ophthalmologist to diagnose and treat several eye conditions.

How does orthoptics differ from other eye health professions?

With speciality university training, orthoptists possess a unique and versatile set of skills in eye health; depending on the setting, orthoptists may be responsible for a variety of eye health practices.

As an example, an orthoptist may be primarily responsible for the pre- and post-operative care of patients with cataracts. This involves undertaking a number of investigations to determine the patient’s potential vision, surgical requirements including the optical lens to be inserted in the eye during surgery and the prescribing of glasses.

To perform these investigations, orthoptists are highly trained in using specialised technology to detect and measure the progression of eye disease – these include instruments such as ultrasonography machines, (A-scans, B-scans and pachymmeters), topogrophers (Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT), Orbscans) and retinal cameras.

Orthoptists may also prescribe management programs for those with conditions such as refractive error (need for glasses), double vision, neurological disorders and ocular motility disorders, as well as aiding in the rehabilitation of impaired vision.

In contrast, an optometrist is a primary care practitioner who examines eyes, gives advice on visual problems, and prescribes and fits glasses or contact lenses. If eye disease is detected, an optometrist will generally refer patients to a specialist for further management.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has undertaken additional specialist training in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the eye and visual system. Ophthalmologists can prescribe medication and perform surgical procedures in the management of eye disease. Often, an orthoptist and ophthalmologist will work collaboratively together in investigating and managing diseases of the eye.

laser eye surgery, latest technology in ophthalmology

Latest technology at FOCUS Eye Centre

In 2018 we continue to offer our patients the latest technology in eye care.

For patients with a cataract, based on your assessment, we may be able to offer you the latest generation of multifocal intraocular implants, which aim to give patients functional distance, intermediate and near vision and may reduce your need for spectacle correction.
For patients interested in laser eye surgery, you may be a candidate for SMILE, LASIK or PRK refractive surgery allowing you to say goodbye to your glasses or contact lenses.
We routinely screen all patients for glaucoma and macular degeneration using the latest imaging technology and offer treatment options where suitable, such as minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).
Our dedicated clinical team continues to attend annual conferences and training to stay up to date and well versed in the latest technology in ophthalmology.

We welcome you to our centre for an assessment or please feel free to contact our friendly staff with any inquiries.

Had your eyesight tested recently?

Is it time for your yearly FOCUS eye test? Even if you have never had any vision problems, regular eye exams by an optometrist or ophthalmologist are important for early diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions and diseases.

Regular eye exams might help prevent vision loss from eye disease, your optometrist or ophthalmologist can diagnose many eye diseases that do not have any noticeable symptoms. After your first visit to your eye doctor, he or she will determine how often you should have your eyes checked.

People with healthy eyes are generally recommended to visit their eye doctor every 1-2 years depending on their age or their risk factors for eye disease. People with existing eye conditions may be advised to have more frequent eye examinations. 

The links below provide more information on common eye conditions…

What is ReLEx SMILE @ FOCUS ?

ReLEx SMILE @ FOCUS – Laser vision correction beyond LASIK

A step towards flapless, minimally invasive laser correction.

ReLEx combines state-of-the-art femtosecond technology with high-precision lenticule extraction aiming at providing minimally invasive refractive correction in a single system: the ZEISS VisuMax. A refractive lenticule is created in the intact cornea and removed via a small incision. No ablation. No flap.

 Learn more from our technology provider – Zeiss

FOCUS Eye Centre is now offering the ground breaking ReLEX SMILE procedure at our Kingsford practice.
Take the step beyond LASIK –  Contact us today

FOCUS at Schwind Laser Users Meeting in Singapore

FOCUS was excited to attend and present at the Schwind Laser Users Meeting in Singapore. The meeting was for users of the Schwind excimer laser and was attended by over 200 international delegates from Europe, Asia, Middle East and Canada.

Held at the grand Hyatt Singapore, speakers presented papers on treatments being carried out using the Amaris laser and patient outcomes. Results of laser treatments combined with corneal crosslinking were discussed. Using the Schwind  and corneal crosslinking some patients with thin or irregular corneas or conditions like keratoconus, who may have not been suitable for laser treatment in the past, are now candidates and can achieve improved vision and corneal stability.

FOCUS Director & Surgeon, Dr Smith spoke about how FOCUS Laser Eye Centre has linked the Schwind Amaris with the Ziess Visumax Femtosecond Laser so that we can offer the best technology for our patients.