What does it mean to have 20/20 vision?

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The year is 2020, there are vision related puns and memes all over the internet. But what does it mean to have 20/20 vision? People use the term 20/20 vision a lot, and they tend to think it means “perfect vision”, but it actually means “normal visual acuity”. Visual acuity is the clarity or sharpness of vision when measured on … Read More

Contact lens wear during COVID-19

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During this COVID-19 crisis we are all becoming more aware of our risk of contracting or transmitting viruses. But it has also put many aspects of our normal lives under the microscope. Everyday things we used to do with little or no thought, have become the subject of more consideration or study. Anyone else finding they are flossing their teeth … Read More

How Allergies and Hay Fever Affect Your Eyes

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Spring may be the season best known for triggering allergy symptoms, but some of us experience hay fever symptoms all year round. Our much loved Pohutukawa trees can bring out a swathe of allergic reactions in the midst of a New Zealand summer. Even now, with cooler days ahead of us, some may start experiencing itchy eyes and runny noses … Read More

The Covid-19 Virus and Your Eyes

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The Covid-19 pandemic is obviously on everyone’s minds at the moment. This short blog will discuss eye issues associated with Covid-19 and things that you should think about during this time. Overview of Covid-19: Symptoms: Patients typically present with respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath; diarrhea is also common early in infection. Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the surface … Read More

Have your eye drops run out?

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Are you in lock down or self-isolation at the moment and you’ve run out of eye drops? Or the lubricating drops you normally use aren’t on the shelves in your supermarket or pharmacy? To help you navigate this we have outlined some options below. Prescription eye drops For those of you using prescription only eye drops, for example for the … Read More

How often should you have an eye test?

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When did you last have your vision tested? Was it within the past year or two? More, perhaps? If you’re not experiencing discomfort, it can be tempting to push appointments like getting your eyes checked and visiting the dentist to the bottom of your priority list. However, putting these appointments off is often the last thing we should be doing. … Read More

What Can I do to Best Prepare for Laser Eye Surgery?

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Laser eye surgery is more popular now than ever. Once you’ve made the first step of deciding to proceed with the surgery, you need to start thinking about preparation. It is a quick and safe procedure, but even the smallest operations require some planning. Something as simple as asking someone to drive you home in advance will help to make … Read More

Recovery After Laser Eye Surgery

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So, you’ve made the decision to have laser eye surgery? Congratulations! This quick and safe procedure can save you years of being inconvenienced by glasses or contact lenses and the challenges of having poor, unaided vision. Any laser eye surgery procedure – PRK, LASIK or SMILEⓇ – is painless and fast, taking less than 5 minutes per eye. So, even … Read More

Laser Eye Surgery for Sports

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Many New Zealanders take part in sporting activities. Whether it’s at school, as part of a professional team or as a recreational activity, Kiwis are renowned for loving their sports. However, most sporting activities require reasonably good vision, meaning that an individual with poor vision may face difficulties when participating. In some cases, wearing glasses or contacts will have no … Read More

Meet our Optometrist, Shannon Tubman

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Our Optometrist Shannon

Shannon joined our team at Wellington Eye Centre in early 2019. Prior to that, Shannon spent thirteen years at local Wellington Optometry practice McClellan Grimmer Edgar. Always gravitating towards practices that share her passion for patient care. Shannon has been fortunate to work with people and practices that value taking their time with their patients, investing in continuing education and … Read More

Risks and Complications of Laser Eye Surgery

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Since the first laser eye surgery was performed in 1987, millions of people across the globe have undergone the impressive procedure. With constantly evolving technology and increasingly sophisticated techniques, the surgery is more popular now than ever. Despite the growing interest, one of the most common misconceptions about laser eye surgery is the level of risk involved. We’ve previously debunked … Read More

10 Interesting Facts About Eyes

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As you’d probably expect, we here at the Wellington Eye Centre are very passionate about eyes! There are some really interesting facts about eyes that we’d love to share, so stay tuned. 1. Babies’ eye colour can change up until the age of 6 years old! When babies are born, especially fair-skinned babies, they have light-coloured eyes. Around the age … Read More