Eye Update – welcoming Dr Martins

MetWest’s Eye Update for Optometrist’s Evening (8T points) is one week away!!

Dr Alessandra Martins, new glaucoma sub-specialist to the centre, will be telling us what not to miss in glaucoma emergencies.  Complementing this will be an OCT workshop on interpreting retinal nerve fibre layer scans.


Dr Maciek Kuzniarz will start the evening discussing common lid conditions.

Click here to register for the event.


Welcome to julEYE – the RANZCO Eye Foundation‘s annual national awareness program for eye health.

The top tips for eye health included in the julEYE newsletter include:

1. Test regularly. Early detection and treatment is the best defence against eye disease. Get your eyes tested every two years.

2. Stop smoking. Smoking kills healthy cells and can make you more susceptible to developing eye diseases.

3. Weight wars. Maintain a healthy weight. If you’re overweight or obese you could be at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes can cause progressive damage to the eye’s retina and in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy there are usually no symptoms.

4. Specs appeal. When in the sun, wear sunglasses with UV to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays.

5. Green is good. Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and yellow vegetables such as pumpkin and carrot to help keep your eyes healthy. Adding fish that contain Omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and tuna, and nuts such as almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts to your diet can help too.

Click here to schedule one of your regular eye-checks at MetWest Eye Centre.

National Diabetes Week

To start pageType 2 diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic condition, and can have devastating ocular consequences if not diagnosed, or well-controlled.  National Diabetes Week started on 8th July and runs all week, aiming to increase awareness of diabetes and focus on preventing type 2 diabetes.

People with diabetes require regular eye check-ups to ensure their retinae are not being affected by diabetes (diabetic retinopathy).  They also have a higher incidence of conditions such as cataract and glaucoma.

Make an appointment with a MetWest Ophthalmologist and make sure diabetes isn’t affecting your eyes.

Visit Diabetes Australia to find out more about diabetes.