Common eye conditions


Presbyopia is an age-related vision condition that typically becomes noticeable in people around the age of 40 or older. It is characterized by the gradual loss of the eye's ability to focus on objects that are close-up. This condition occurs as the eye's natural lens, which is responsible for changing shape to focus on objects at various distances, becomes less flexible with age.

The main symptom of presbyopia is difficulty focusing on close objects. People with presbyopia find it challenging to read small print comfortably, work on a computer, or perform tasks that require close-up vision.

Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process and affects nearly everyone to some extent as they get older. It is important to understand that it is not a disease but rather a normal change in the eye's ability to focus. Presbyopia can be managed through spectacles, contact lenses and OrthoK/Shift lenses.

If you experience changes in your close-up vision, it's a good idea to have an eye examination with us to determine the best solution for your specific needs.

Frequently asked questions

What does an optometrist do?

In NZ an optometrist can calculate the prescription for glasses, fit contact lenses, diagnose and treat eye conditions and infections with medication. They can also manage ocular injuries including removing foreign objects. If surgery or specialist treatment is required they can refer to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), hospital, or other health care specialist. NZ-trained optometrists must complete a 5-year degree at the University of Auckland before becoming registered.

What is a dispensing optician (sometimes called a “dispenser”)?

A dispensing optician has formal training in optical dispensing. They are qualified to help a client choose frames, read a prescription, discuss lens options, take measurements, order and fit glasses.

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has specialised in the treatment of serious eye disease and ocular surgery such as cataract removal. They do not typically prescribe glasses or contact lenses.

What payment options do you have?

While payment is generally required on the day of appointment, we do offer a number of payment options including Afterpay, Genoapay, QCard, and GoCardless.

Are you open on public holidays?

No. We are closed on public holidays and long weekends as we believe our staff should have the chance to enjoy this time with friends and family.

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