Understanding your eyes and vision

Eye Diseases

Eye diseases are relatively rare, although they become more common as we get older. All eye diseases should be regarded as serious – even diseases that appear mild have ... Continue Reading

Common Eye Conditions

Pterygium A fleshy overgrowth of the skin on the surface of the eye that can become raised, red and sore. It is caused by exposure to UV light, and ... Continue Reading

Refractive Error

In refractive errors the image of the object a person is looking at is not focussed properly onto the retina (the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye). ... Continue Reading

Myopia (Short Sightedness)

Myopia, commonly called shortsightedness, is a condition in which light is focussed in front of the retina, resulting in blurred vision. Shortsighted people can often see reasonably clearly at ... Continue Reading


Astigmatism produces blurred vision at all distances. It is usually due to the shape of the front of the eye. It may be an inherited characteristic or a normal ... Continue Reading

Hyperopia (Long Sightedness)

Hyperopia or longsightedness is a condition in which the optical components of the eye are not strong enough, and so light is not focussed onto the retina. This results ... Continue Reading

Vision after 40

Presbyopia (vision over 40) is the gradual reduction in the amount that the eye can change its focus. The changes are the result of the continued growth of the ... Continue Reading

Eye Examinations

Eye examinations at Beckenham Optometrist are comprehensive and customized to the individual. Our optometrists ask about how you use your eyes in your work and at home to determine ... Continue Reading

Children’s Vision

One in four children between the ages of 5 and 12 suffer from an undiagnosed vision problem that affects their educational performance. It is therefore important that children have ... Continue Reading


Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly destroyed. It is the result of ... Continue Reading

Diabetes and the Eye

About seven per cent of the Australian population over 25 years of age have diabetes, increasing to about 24 per cent of people over 75 years of age. Of ... Continue Reading

Colour Blindness

What is it? Colour blindness is not a form of blindness at all, but a deficiency in the way you see colour. With this vision problem, you have difficulty ... Continue Reading


Cataracts are cloudy areas that form in the lens of the eye and result in a gradual painless reduction in sight. Poor vision results because the cloudiness interferes with ... Continue Reading

Low Vision

Low vision can significantly impact on quality of life generally affecting the elderly in our population. At Beckenham Optometrist we provide advice to enable independence and support in the ... Continue Reading


Keratoconus is an eye condition that causes the clear front surface of the eye, known as the cornea, to thin and bulge forward. The bulging cornea affects the way ... Continue Reading

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) damages the part of the retina responsible for central vision and makes it difficult to see small details of objects. Side vision is not affected. ... Continue Reading