A clear vision of community health

THE importance of eye examinations is often underestimated.

With more than 81 years of combined experience, the Glenorchy Eyelines team is passionate about getting this very simple message across to the community.

Eyelines Glenorchy manager Larry Ford, who has been with the company for 14 years, said with age or physical health aside, eye examinations were vital in health maintenance for everyone.

“Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. Early detection is the key,” he said.

Mr Ford said children’s eye exams could play an important role in normal development.

“Vision is closely linked to the learning process and children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see will often have trouble with their schoolwork,” he said.

“Often children will not complain of vision problems simply because they do not know what ‘normal’ vision looks like.

“If your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning problem, be sure to schedule an eye examination to rule out an underlying visual cause.”

Sharon Slater and Jade Gilmore are two other members of the close-nit Glenorchy Eyelines team who both have a wealth of knowledge to share with their clients.

Ms Slater has been with Eyelines for more than 16 years and is known in the community for her friendly and down-to-earth service.

Ms Gilmore graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1997 with a Bachelor of Optometry.

In her third year of study she was inducted onto the Dean’s Honours List for Excellence in Academic Achievement.

In 2002 she completed her examinations at City University in London.

She is currently a member of the College of Optometrists.

Ms Gilmore began her career with Laubman and Pank in Perth before working alongside world-renowned surgeons in a group ophthalmology practice in Melbourne, where she developed a keen interest in refractive surgery.

Ms Gilmore has recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics, which focuses on emerging areas in ocular research — from new approaches to dry eye to gene therapy in the management of retinal diseases.

During a complete eye exam, a Glenorchy Eyelines optometrist will, in addition to determining a prescription for glasses or contact lenses, check for common eye diseases, assess how a patient’s eyes work as “a team” and evaluate patients’ eyes as indicators of overall health.

Mr Ford said he encouraged community members to contact Eyelines Glenorchy to arrange an appointment.

“We enjoy providing our customers with the ultimate experience in customer service,” he said.

“We provide an excellent product and we are a happy and friendly store.”

Eyelines Glenorchy is located at 379 Main Road, Glenorchy.

For more information about the store or to arrange an appointment phone 6272 3555.

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