Frames

We stock an eyewear range for all faces, ambulance ages, viagra tastes and budgets.  Some of the great brands in our store include Rodenstock, Guess, ADIDAS, Calvin Klein, WILLIAM MORRIS, Lightec, OROTON, TED BAKER, MAKO, No Logo and Stepper to name a few.  Sunglasses include Maui Jim, MAKO, Oroton and Adidas.

Teaching Clinic

Each year we have final year Optometry students from Melbourne University and Deakin University visit Hamilton for a few weeks.  They do clinical placements at metropolitan, rural and overseas clinics during their final year of study to give them a broad experience of how optometry practice can vary at different locations.  The students love coming to country areas for a chance to see how a country practice really operates.  In Hamilton, the students get to see some things that are less common than the city – including scratched corneas, assessing peoples vision after head injury, paediatrics and helping children with reading problems.  So many people come to get some help with their eyes and dont even need glasses.

 

The students do active observation during the eye exam and may do some of the tests to help them learn techniques that will make them better Optometrists.  Sometimes they may perform the initial part of the eye exam and then get the Optometrist the re-check the results and tests.  Please speak to our staff if you have any questions about having a student optometrist present or conducting parts of your examination.

Pachymetry

For glaucoma testing or family history of glaucoma we may use the ultrasound pachymeter to measure the thickness of your cornea.  It is a short simple test that helps to determine if you have risk of glaucoma, now or in the future.

Sore Eyes?

Don’t know which eye drops to use?  Not all over the counter (OTC) drops are the same.  We can help you find the right eye drop for you.  Or prescribe a special drop if that is whats needed.  Some people need a lipid spray and some people need lid wipes to treat Blepharitis (dandruff like crusting of the lashes).  Now we have BLEPHASTEAM in-office treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction.  The right treatment will get your eyes feeling better faster.

Lenses

For your frames, we use top quality lenses and coatings. Our lenses are resourced from leading lens companies – Carl Zeiss, Nikon, Hoya and Essilor.

Lenses are available in the following but not only these options:
– single vision,
– extended focus /office / computer/music,
– bifocal,
– trifocal, and
– multifocal (progressives).

Other features can be added to your lenses such as Opti-fog (anti-fogging coating), Crizal Alize anti-reflection coating (for night time driving/computer/general use to reduce reflections), and Transitions photosensitive and polarization.  As a minimum, all our lenses come with double hardcoat to prevent scratching.

Blue Control
A new coating from Hoya lenses is ‘Blue Control’ which reduces the whiteness from computer and tablet screens – which creates less eye-strain for you.  This is BEST to use on your computer glasses.

Vantage
This new type of lens may be for you. It is lightly tinted inside… and dark outdoors…but it also becomes polaried when you are outdoors – amazing.  It is probably a special purpose lens that wont suit everyone’s needs but for some people it is just what they want.

EYEZEN lenses have Crizal Preventia coating to stop glare off digital devices and also a near boost of power for when you look at your smart phone – they stop eyes getting strained.

Safety Glasses

Certified Safety Glasses are available that meet the new Australian Standard, with certificate or just a pair for the workshop. See us to discuss contracts for the workplace – large or small volume.

We are now stocking a range of Bolle and EYRES SAFETY GLASSES ready for prescription. Some have over shields for converting into sunglasses or yellow tint. Try the Lightning Bugs that attach to the frame and help you see in poor light.

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Cost

The price of your frames and lenses is related to the quality. Metal frames, which require more skilled operations in their production, are generally more expensive. For example, titanium frames are almost indestructible, but cost considerably more than regular metal frames, while frames with high quality gold finishes will also cost more.

A recent survey of customers purchasing glasses for themselves found that the actual cost of their frames and lenses was similar from many stores. This survey included stores that that advertise cheap prices, as well as independent retailers such as ourselves.

We pride ourselves at Glenn Howell Optometrist on providing great after sales service and warranties on our eyewear.

Victorian Eye Care Scheme

We are registered with the Victorian Eye Care Scheme to provide subsidised glasses for pensioners and health care card holders living in country Victoria.

ATSI

We are registered to provide eye testing and glasses to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

BLEPHASTEAM

If you have dry or uncomfortable eyes, you may have meibomian gland dysfunction.  Its the most common cause of Dry Eye Syndrome and you may benefit from Blephasteam treatment.  Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee while the Blephasteam warm up your eyelids for 12 minutes.  After 3 treatments your eyes will feel better.

Warranties

The high quality of our frames means we can offer a 2 year warranty on manufacturing faults, however if the dog chews them, you sit on them or the ute runs over them, they will not be covered, but we can often get spare parts to mend them.

• Frames

2 year warranty on any manufacturing faults from date of purchase

• Lenses

3 month warranty on all lenses for prescription or adaptation problems.

• Rimless Frames

1 Month hole warranty – against cracking/splitting of the rimless fitting holes.

Department of Veteran Affairs

We are registered to provide eye testing and glasses to Veterans (holders of Gold Card or if specified on White Card) by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Ready-Made Spectacles

Most people need a different lens power for each eye, hence ready-made spectacles are not suitable, and in fact could damage your vision.  Using the wrong power reading glasses can make your vision deteriorate faster.  However, some people have equal vision in each eye and normal eye-coordination and this makes them suitable for ready-mades.  If your eye test shows your vision is suitable for ready-made spectacles then we will let you know the correct power to use.

Contact Lenses & OrthoK

Contact Lenses are a great way to correct your vision.  They can correct most peoples prescription, even astigmatism, and can be worn part-time.  We use Soft and Hard and Disposable contact lenses.  We even make Orthokeratology contact lenses that shape your eyes overnight to give normal vision all day without any lenses at all.  See more on our Our Services>Contact Lenses/OrthoK page.

Industry Screenings

To improve your companies productivity, consider how much they use their vision.  Screening all employees can detect employees with un-noticed reduced vision and correction will increase their speed and accuracy of work.  We provide written reports on each screening.  Ask us for a quote – you only need to provide us with type of work, visual tasks &  number of employees.  (note: Work screenings cannot be claimed under Medicare due to Federal rules)

Sport

We often recommend contact lenses for sport.  However, special glasses can be made suitable for most sports.  Prescription goggles are available for swimmers.  We also stock wrap frames made from soft rubber which are suitable for sports such as basketball.  For outdoor sports such as cricket & cycling, consider Adidas sunglasses with prescription inserts – different lens colours can be used depending on the weather conditions.  Please refer to our sunglasses section.

CASA

At certain points in a pilots career they must have a vision test with a Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist (DAO) or Credentialed Optometrist (CO).  Glenn is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority  (CASA) – Credentialed Optometrist and can report directly to CASA on their online medical reporting site.  This allows CASA and the DAME to see the reports immediately which avoids any delays and keeps you flying.

Stroke/ Head injury

There are particular problems encountered by someone who has had whiplash, concussion, chronic fatigue, stroke or head injury.  You may experience movement of the world, delay in focus after moving your eyes or excessive glare even from indoor lights.  Post trauma vision syndrome can be helped with special lenses and our training in Behavioural Optometry at the University of New South Wales allows us to assist many people with these symptoms.

Health Fund Benefits

Health Fund Benefits (optical) can be claimed for all our prescription glasses and contact lenses. We provide electronic claiming on the spot with HICAPS.  HICAPS has over 40 participating health funds.

 

Most people prefer the freedom of being able to choose their own practitioner. Health funds that offer competitive optical benefits can be found at www.optometrists.asn.au

Vision Training

Children and adults who want to aim and focus their eyes faster, may benefit from Vision Training.  Vision Training can also be used to improve speed of processing visual information.  Children who appear to have dyslexia should be tested to determine if they need Vision Training; slow eye-focus may be the reason they appear to have dyslexia.  We can advise if you are suitable for Vision Training.  Also see more on our Children> VISION TRAINING page.

No drops testing

We use Triolat ICARE tonometers for glaucoma testing which allows the intra-ocular pressure of the eyes to be measured without drops.  For those who are preservative and chemical sensitive, this is the perfect option for checking eye pressure.

 

Most tests can be performed without drops – we will always inform you if eye drops are needed for any reason as part of your testing.

OCT

A scan of the eye can determine if you have Glaucoma or Macula Degeneration. The Optical Coherence Tomographer can also take a digital photo of your retina to look at the health of your circulation.  It is also useful in monitoring microscopic changes over time that may indicate disease progression.

Wheel Chair Access

Our rooms are accessible to wheelchairs (including large motorised) and walking frames.  The reception desk is set low to allow you to see the staff from a seated position.

Visual Field Test

A test of your visual field is actually measuring your central & peripheral vision – it is much more accurate than holding you own fingers out to the sides of your head.  Very small mid-peripheral defects can be early signs of a problem.  eg. glaucoma.  Anyone with a history of headaches or stroke should have a field-of-vision test (Field Test).  If there are any defects in the field, the pattern can indicate what the underlying problem is.

Further Information

If you are unsure about which frames and lenses are best for you, a great website to visit is www.my-glasses-guide.com This website will provide you with an explanation on eyewear options. By answering a quiz based on your lifestyle, the website recommends the best type of eyewear for you.

For more general information on frames and lens types, visit the or look at Optometrists Association Australia website.

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