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Vision and Eyecare

The Importance of Eye Care

Your eye sight is one of your most important senses and it is estimated that 80% of what we perceive comes through our sense of sight. It is important to protect your eyesight to ensure many more years of enjoying your vision.

By protecting your eyes and regular eye examinations you will reduce the odds of  vision loss and the risk of developing untreated eye disease for the rest of your life.

Myopia (Near sighted)


Myopia is caused when light is focused in the eye in front of the retina rather than on the retina.

If you are myopic you will see better up close than at far distances.
Myopia often develops in children and may progress as they grow. It is corrected using concave spectacle or contact lenses.


Hyperopia (Long Sighted)

Hyperopia is the result of the visual image being focused behind the retina rather than directly on it. A farsighted person sees faraway objects clearer , while objects that are near are blurred or may cause eye strain. This often becomes more of a problem as we age.

Farsightedness is often present from birth. Children can often tolerate moderate amounts of farsightedness without difficulty, however farsightedness  may result in learning difficulties, a "lazy" eye in the case where the eyes have different degrees of farsightedness, or an intermittent or constant inward "squint". 

It is important to have children tested for eye conditions as early as possible.

Farsightedness is corrected using convex spectacle or contact lenses.


In astigmatism the cornea has different curvatures, rather like the surface of a rugby ball. This gives a blurred distance and reading image.

Astigmatism can occur by itself, but more usually it is associated with short or long-sightedness.

Astigmatism is corrected using spectacle lenses, rigid or soft toric contact lenses.


As we age the lenses in our eyes become less flexible.

This causes problems with close up focus and convex spectacles or contact lenses are used to correct this problem.


Glaucoma symptoms may be difficult to spot, so it’s important to know when you’re at risk, and what to look out for.

Glaucoma is often called the silent or sneak thief of the sight, because it affects your vision gradually, often without being noticed. If left untreated, it can eventually cause total blindness. It is one of the leading causes of blindness in New Zealand.

The progression of glaucoma can be controlled with ongoing treatment. Because early detection of glaucoma is so important, regular eye examinations are advised. If you are over 40 one should have a two yearly eye examination and if one has a family history of glaucoma a yearly eye examination is advised.

At Birkenhead Optometrists we are able to perform goldmann tonometry, digital retinal photography and we have an automated visual field perimeter. All important in the detection and monitoring of glaucoma.


Contact lenses

We stock and supply an extensive range of contact lenses. These can be ordered online or in store. We are often able to match the cheapest New Zealand contact lens internet sites.No courier fees within New Zealand apply.

Spectacle Frames and Prescription Sunglasses

Our frames are our pride and joy. We take pleasure in finding the perfect spectacle frame for your face.
We stock many  spectacle  frame brands such as Calvin Klein, Prodesign, Rayban, Fendi, Cat, Silhouette, Adidas, Gucci and Dior in our practice.Where not available are happy to order any spectacle frame for your approval.

We have an ongoing offer with most of our sunglasses frames. This involves either free prescription single vision lenses or progressive tinted lenses at half their normal price.