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At CapitalEyes you’ll always receive professional eyecare from our friendly team of optometrists and dispensing opticians.
Background information such as whether you have been previously seen at CapitalEyes and your approximate age can help us better answer enquiries.
A few previously asked questions are below.
Meet the Optometrists
Kevin has been at CapitalEyes since 1995 when he joined the partnership. He studied in Wellington – at Wellington College and then a Bachelor of Science from Victoria University. Followed by a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Auckland in 1989 and further qualified with in therapeutic optometry in 2003. Kevin enjoys helping people and his interests within the optometry are contact lenses and treating anterior eye conditions. He is a father of 3 – with sons through Wellington College, he is a true Wellingtonian!
Leith has also been at CapitalEyes since 1995, joining the partnership alongside Kevin. She studied in Auckland , graduating a Bachelor of Optometry in 1989, and further therapeutic optometry qualification in 2009. With 3 children of her own, Leith enjoys seeing kids for their vision care, from pre-schoolers to the taller teens.
Joy first worked at CapitalEyes as a newly graduated optometrist in 2004, and after some travelling has now been with CapitalEyes for many years. She has a Bachelor of Optometry with honours, from the University of Auckland and is also therapeutically qualified. Joy enjoys many sports and the liveliness of Wellington.
Joyhas returned from maternity leave. Now her son Conrad is a bit bigger.
Previously asked questions
Does wearing glasses make your vision worse?
No. Wearing glasses gives you clear and comfortable vision. Your prescription will not increase because you have been wearing glasses. However, you may find that the improvement in comfortable vision means that you have more symptoms without glasses.
Is wearing sunglasses just for fashion?
While sunglasses are indeed a fashion accessory, they provide protection for your eyes from UV rays. It is the UV rays that are known to cause cataracts, pterygia and other eye disease. Sunglasses also reduce the glare, making your vision more comfortable.
If my family has old age blindness when do I need to have my eyes checked?
Regular eye examinations are recommended from the age of 40, then usually 2 yearly thereafter. If you can find out the name of the condition of the cause of other family members vision loss, this is helpful for the optometrist and they can discuss this specifically with you.
My friend had progressive lenses and says she couldn’t wear them, would I be better off with 2 pairs of glasses?
We usually recommend progressive lenses rather than 2 pairs of glasses – they are so much more convenient. There is a range of optical quality with different progressive lenses (increasing technology means more modern designs work better), and the measurements for new progressive lenses need to be very precise. Our qualified and experienced staff recommend the progressive lens designs that work best, and take the precise measurements you need. They will help you at the start with explaining about your new glasses, and following up with you after 2 weeks to check that you are settling well.
Will contact lenses damage my eyes?
Contact lenses are considered to be a medical device as they are sitting on your cornea. If contact lenses are fitted properly, with the wearer understanding and using the correct cleaning solutions, with regular eye care, contact lenses are very safe. Our optometrists all wear contacts themselves, and can help you also be a successful contact lens wearer.
How old do kids have to be before they can have contacts?
We don’t set an age, but rather, if the parents think their kids are able, and responsible, then they are usually great with contacts. We teach the kids all they need to know to be able to handle their own contacts – with Mum or Dad alongside.
Why are glasses expensive?
It all depends on which features you choose for your glasses. We offer a frame and lens package from $299 for adults and $249 for kids. These have quality frames and lenses with an anti-reflective coating, and we are proud of these having quality and value. A longer answer to your question however is: there are two parts to your glasses – the frames and the lenses.
The frame cost varies depending on the quality of the frame – features such as the type of metal used, the finishes on the surface, the strength of the joints, if the frame is rimless and the fashion aspects all affect the cost of the frame. Often a standard frame is all that you want, but you do want a reliable frame that will last you. The lens costs vary widely depending on the design – are they single vision power or more complex progressive lenses. If the lenses have an extra scratch resistant coating, or a coating to reduce the reflection, or have variable tint as Transitions, then the costs will vary widely. If you have a higher prescription, or have chosen a rimless frame then the lenses for your glasses will need to be thinner and stronger, the higher technology materials do cost more.
Why does my child's eye turn in?
The most common cause for the eye turning inwards is if the child is long-sighted (hyperopic), as they need to focus (accommodate) their eyes more than normal and this may also cause one eye to turn inwards. This is because the focusing system of the eye is connected to the alignment system, thus if the eyes are focusing more then they will turn in more than needed. Sometimes with children's flat nose bridge the eyes are normally aligned but don't look it. In this case the turn "disappears as their nose bridge grows. However it is important to have a thorough assessment to be sure of the cause for the appearance of a turned eye.
The normal management for the hyperopic children is glasses to correct their prescription of long-sight, and then regular review appointments with our optometrist to ensure their vision development continues normally. Each child is different, but it is not uncommon to require gradual increases to their glasses prescription and sometimes patching and other vision training to assist the normal vision development. A more detailed description of "accommodative esotropia" is given here.