Canberra Weekly | personalEYES opens up your new world of vision
A new dimension of vision care is available in Canberra with the arrival of personalEYES in Kingston.
With clinics throughout NSW, personalEYES are well known for vision correction and offer the widest range of treatment options in Australia, according to CEO Dean Powrie.
This includes bladeless laser cataract surgery, a relatively new procedure that personalEYES has been involved with for 12 months.
Demonstrating their commitment to patient care, personalEYES' chief medical officer has used three different technologies that offer this procedure in order 'to become familiar with what is the best technology to be able to offer our patients', Mr Powrie said.
He said personalEYES are also the first in the world to combine laser cataract surgery with Mplus multifocal lens. The German-made lens is custom designed to give each patient the optimum vision for their left and right eyes.
Additionally, Kamra AcuFocus is another treatment option unique to personalEYES. Smaller than a contact lens, the Kamra inlay is a device implanted in the eye to treat presbyopia or reduce the need to wear reading glasses.
Mr Powrie said 'we are excited about being able to provide a new dimension of vision care for the folk of Canberra', especially as a significant number of ACT residents have previously travelled to Sydney for treatment. The decision to open the clinic supports the growing need for eye services in the region and demonstrates a long-term commitment to Canberra.
The new Kingston clinic is already in operation with four surgeons on the team at this time. Their specialties include glaucoma, cornea, cataract/general ophthalmology, and retinal surgery. While it is already broad base to begin with, Mr Powrie said they are still building and recruiting the team for the Canberra location.
He recommends that people interested in utilising personalEYES' services seek referral from their GP or optometrist. 'We work very closely with local optometrists, who do a fabulous job, and they will refer people on for further treatment or treatment they can't provide,' Mr Powrie said.
personalEYES also provides an alternative solution for people who may be waiting for an appointment with an eye specialist. While the business name 'is indeed a pun', he said it is also representative of their service – which is 'to personalise each individual's treatment options'.
personalEYES has a highly experienced team; Mr Powrie and his business partner each have more than 20 years' experience in vision correction processes. And while they can certainly assist with vision problems, he said it is important that people take care of their eyesight.
'We are all guilty of being so busy, we put things off if we are doing okay and it's not causing any problems, and people do that with their eyes,' he said. 'But when people start to notice problems, it is often too late.
'My advice is if you are under the age of 40, you should have an eye test every two years for a routine eye check … and if over 40, a yearly eye test.' Testing is important, even if you don't wear glasses or contacts, to check for glaucoma and macular degeneration as 'prevention is the cure', he said.
Who, what, where?
51 Jardine Street, Kingston
1300 683 937
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