2014 Media Releases

Optometrists recommend eye protection for kids

For immediate release, 12 December 2014
Optometry Australia’s Resident Optometrist Luke Arundel warns that the risk to children’s eyes from sun exposure is significantly greater than for adults. UV radiation from the sun can cause significant damage to a child’s eyes and lead to serious eye conditions later in life, making the need for protection from an early age essential. READ MORE

Optometry sector hit hard by Government health changes

Canberra, 10 December 2014
The Abbott Government has again reduced its investment in essential preventative eye health and vision care as a result of the changes it is making to Medicare rebates to freeze indexation until July 2018. This will hit the optometry sector hard and place millions of Australians eye health at risk.  READ MORE

Optometry Australia warns against dangers of eyelash extensions

For immediate release - 5 December 2014
Australia’s leading optometry authority Optometry Australia warns that potential dangers associated with cosmetic eyelash extensions and the adhesives used to apply them can include infections of the cornea and eyelid, the permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes and eyelid swelling and allergic reactions.
View image: Botched eyelash extensions can cause irritation, inflammation, allergic reactions and other serious injuries. (Photograph credit: Medical Photographic Imaging Centre, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. READ MORE

Optometrists warn on novelty contact lenses vision risk

For immediate release - 29 October 2014
As Halloween approaches many will be considering the use of novelty contact lenses to enhance their spooky costume, but Optometry Australia is warning consumers that accessory lenses can result in significant, long-term eye damage.  The peak professional body for optometrists advises that buying novelty lenses online or over the counter can lead to infection, damage to the cornea, and even permanent sight damage.  Simon Hanna, Optometrist and Clinical Policy Advisor at Optometry Australia, recommends seeking professional guidance before using contact lenses. READ MORE