Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Visual Arts on the Gold Coast

One of the things we're passionate about at Envision Optical is the visual arts. Our friends at 19 Karen are a seriously cool local independent gallery who support and focus primarily on up and coming artists. They are always having feature shows and their next one is Saturday Feb 19 6-8pm.

It's a fun way to start your Saturday night by dropping into the gallery at Mermaid and checking out the latest cutting edge art and then heading out for dinner. I highly recommend it. Excellent brain food!

Contemporary Artspace
19 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach Gold Coast Q 4218
OPEN Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am - 5.00pm & by appt.
Tel: 07 555 45019 | Fax: 07 5575 3058

Friday, February 4, 2011

Latest Eye Research Breakthrough!

  • Optometric Physician reports that Scientists at the University of California, Irvine, have created an eight-layer, early stage retina from human embryonic stem cells. The Keirstead team utilized a process called differentiation, which they originated in previous studies, to create the multiple cell types necessary for the retina. To mimic early stage retinal development, the researchers needed to build microscopic gradients for solutions in which to bathe the stem cells to initiate specific differentiation paths. They are testing the early stage retinas in animal models to learn how much they improve vision. Positive results would lead to human clinical trials.
This clinical breakthrough means we are a step closer to restoring the retina in people who have scarring from conditions like Macular Degeneration. This could lead to regaining vision. Some years away but closer than before!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Promotion

Don't let your kids fall behind! Learning is now a life-long process. Upskilling, career changes and even study in retirement are normal in modern life. All students from primary school through to university/TAFE and post-graduate studies depend on clear, comfortable vision and healthy eyes to ensure efficient, productive learning. At Envision Optical, our optometrists ensure that comprehensive vision and eye examinations will detect any visual problems that may interfere with your learning ability.

Optometrist and children's vision specialist Sally Stevens says,
"If your child is struggling in any way in the classroom and with their learning, then a comprehensive vision examination is one of the most important investigations that must be done. Multiple studies have shown that as many as 1 in 4 children have some form of vision problem. Most of these can be easily treated if detected early enough. All of them may hinder the ability to learn if neglected."
Ensure you and your children are operating at maximum ability by having a comprehensive vision examination at Envision Optical. All Envision Optical optometrists will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your child's vision, and Sally provides specialty children's vision care for those with more complicated learning problems. She is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry and a member of the National Fellowship Examination Board. As well as her general patients, Sally consults on any specialty vision problems including:
  • Vision related learning difficulties
  • Myopia Control
  • Vision Therapy
  • Binocular vision dysfunctions
Before your kids go back to school ensure their eyes won't let them down in the year ahead. Book an examination today. All initial examinations are bulk-billed to Medicare. No referral is needed.