JulEYE Week 1

The Eye Surgeon’s Foundation started JulEYE to help raise awareness for eye health within the community.  The main objectives of JulyEYE are to:

  • Increase community awareness of eye disease.
  • To raise funding for vision research projects, such as finding causes and cures for vision impairments related to Glaucoma and Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
  • To provide support both within Australia and internationally to develop eye health projects.


Encourages Australians to have regular eye checks.  Up to 75% of vision loss is preventable or treatable if detected early.  Vision loss can occur at any age and can be a slow change.  Most people do not notice changes until there is irreversible damage.  If you have a family history of an eye condition, it is imperative to have routine eye examinations as this can place you at a higher risk of vision loss.

You can help support JulEYE by donating to The Eye Surgeon’s Foundation by clicking donate now below:

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World Glaucoma Week 12-18 March 2017

This week is world Glaucoma week to raise awareness for Glaucoma. A condition where the optic nerve at the back of the eye is damaged resulting in permanent vision loss. In the early stages of Glaucoma there are often no symptoms. It is not until the late stages of the disease do those with Glaucoma start to show symptoms. These may include vision loss including a restricted visual field, car parking accidents, decreased contrast detection and an overall decrease in vision that cannot be corrected with spectacles, contact lenses or surgery. It is therefore, highly recommended that the general population receives regular eye examinations to diagnose the disease early before severe visual impairment is reached. Early treatment can significantly reduce the rate and amount of vision loss.

For more information visit Glaucoma Australia.

World Glaucoma Week

Normal visual field

World Glaucoma Week

Glaucoma visual field

What’s new in Glaucoma

Dr Goodwin recently presented to Townsville’s optometrists on the latest in Glaucoma diagnosis and management at NQ Eye Specialists. Dr Goodwin is one of the only surgeons in North Queensland offering MIGS (Micro-Incisional Glaucoma Surgery) . Book an appointment at NQ Eye Specialists to find out if MIGS can help with your Glaucoma.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a chronic disease of the eye which can slowly steal our peripheral vision. In most cases this happens so slowly that we don’t even know its happening. It is important to have regular eye health checks with your local optometrist. The optometrist will screen for Glaucoma and will be able to tell if you have the disease in its early stages. By the time you notice the effects of Glaucoma, the disease is likely very severe.

Does Glaucoma run in the family?

Up to 50% of people suffering with Glaucoma will have a family member who also has the disease. Often the family member won’t know they have it. If you have Glaucoma, you should encourage your family to get screened for Glaucoma as well.

What can be done about Glaucoma?

Today we can manage Glaucoma with an increasing number of treatment options . At NQ Eye Specialists we offer medical and laser therapy as well as the latest addition, Micro-Incisional Glaucoma Surgery to treat Glaucoma.

What is MIGS?

MIGS, or Micro-Incisional Glaucoma Surgery, involves that latest available surgical techniques to implant an extremely small device into the Glaucoma drainage part of your eye. The Microstents create better drainage of the fluid from the eye and decrease the pressure inside the eye. In some patients this even means we can do away with Glaucoma eye drops.

How do I find out more about my Glaucoma?

You can find out more about your specific type of Glaucoma and what can be done to help you by making an appointment with NQ Eye Specialists or by phoning us on 1300 856 074.

Eye Fact #3

The average blink lasts for 1/10th of a second and the human eye blinks about 4,200,000 times a year.

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Improve your eyesight


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Keep good vision in your sights by eating the right foods, says nutritionist Nicole Senior.

Seeing an optometrist is recommended if you feel your vision changing. Correcting vision problems with glasses or contact lenses may be all you need. However, as we age, more serious conditions can threaten eyesight. You can increase your chances of maintaining good vision with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Did you know?

  • Egg yolks are one of the best sources of lutein – an important antioxidant for eyes. They also contain zeaxanthin.
  • Blueberries contain phytochemicals thought to regenerate rhodopsin in the eye, which helps night vision.
  • An average-sized orange or baked potato provides your recommended daily amount of vitamin C – one of the eye-friendly antioxidants.

Eating for healthy eyes

Golden/green fruit and vegetables (for lutein and zeaxanthin) Kale, spinach, baby spinach, broccoli, corn, capsicum, peas, dark lettuce, zucchini, brussel sprouts, green beans, asparagus, kiwifruit, persimmon and mandarin.

Orange/dark green fruit and vegetables (for beta carotene) Carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin, corn, butternut squash, yellow tomatoes, yellow and red capsicum, oranges, rockmelon, mangoes, pink grapefruit, peaches, apricots, spinach, baby spinach, silverbeet, basil and kale.

Can cell phones cause blindness ???

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Could using your phone at night cause blindness? 

  • 26-year-old was diagnosed with the rare condition “Retinal Detachment”
  • This can cause blindness if it is not treated promptly
  • Scientists say cases are rising in young people – it usually affects those aged between 50 and 75 – and could be linked to excessive phone use

Eye Fact #2

While it takes some time for most body parts to warm up to their full potential, your eyes are on their “A game” 24/7

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We have launched our website!

NQ Eye has launched it’s new website

We’re very excited to be online providing quality ophthalmic services to Northern Queensland. We will be posting regularly to our blog with interesting eye related, care tips, facts, news and more…

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Had your eyesight tested lately?

Is it time for your yearly eye test? Even if you have never had any vision problems, regular eye exams by an optometrist or ophthalmologist are important for early diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions and diseases.

Regular eye exams might help prevent vision loss from eye disease, your optometrist or ophthalmologist can diagnose many eye diseases that do not have any noticeable symptoms. After your first visit to your eye doctor, he or she will determine how often you should have your eyes checked.

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Eye Fact #1

Seeing is such a big part of everyday life it take half your brain to do it!

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