Complete Optometric Solutions with extensive experience in children's vision...
Eybers Optometrists Nelspruit
Eybers Optometrists is an optometric practice located at Nelmed Medicross in Nelspruit. We offer complete optometric solutions and we have extensive experience in children’s vision, sport’s vision, adult’s vision, and contact lens fitting.
Eybers Optometrists are contracted to most medical aids and offer special packages for pensioners and those who are not on medical aid.
Our Services: Eye Tests to Flight Medical Screening to Children’s Vision
We offer a wide range of services including:
General eye tests
Screening for colour vision
Assessment of Depth Perception
Assessment of Visual Acuity
Assessment of Visual Fields
Contact lens fitment, assistance and supply
Spectacle frames and lenses
Flight medical vision tests
Free vision testing for driver’s licence and the issue of a vision certificate
Free visual screening at schools
Repairs to all types of spectacles and sunglasses, including soldering and adjustments on site
Monday to Thursday from 08h00 to 17h00.
Friday from 08h00 to 16h30 and Saturday from 08h00 to 11h00. Please call to make an appointment. Thank you.
Children’s Vision & Behavioural Optometry
The normal development of a child’s eyes will allow the child to be able to see near and far with clarity, make use of both eyes together, move eyes smoothly, focus well and aim accurately. If a child is not able to perform these skills, it is possible the child will present with symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and learning difficulties. Many learning problems are vision related and if detected early, can allow your child to learn to his/her full potential.
Is school vision screening enough?
Most children receive an eye test at school which normally only indicates the most obvious visual problems. School eye tests make use of the Snellen wall chart which can only tell if a child can see letters clearly from six metres away. This test does not include the child’s ability to see near. Near or close up vision refers to the distance of reading or writing which is the most common type of vision for students.
Visual problems can interfere with information processing & learning...
It is therefore important that your child is consulted by an optometrist with expertise in behavioural optometry. A behavioural optometrist will be able to identify if a child has problems with near & far sight, focusing ability, eye coordination, depth perception, side vision and a general understanding of what the child is seeing. A behavioural optometrist will identify and correct small, but serious problems before they impact on a child’s ability to learn.
Behavioural Optometric Care
A Behavioural Optometrist has a holistic approach to the treatment of vision involving the redevelopment of the way a person see’s with visual problems.
“Behavioural Optometry is about making sure:
- that the vision system has the developmental maturity, the strength and the stamina to meet every demand on it
- that the vision system is in harmony with all other body systems
- and that the outcome of the vision process satisfies in a comfortable, sustainable way, all of a person’s social and personal needs for intellectual and physical achievement.” Dr Damian Smith AM, then President of the World Council of Optometry, 2006.
Vision Checklist for Children
You can observe your child by looking for some of the more common signs of vision problems. If your child experiences some of these problems listed below, it would be advisable to take your child to an experienced behavioural optometrist.
- Headaches or eyestrain
- Car sickness or motion sickness
- Complaints about vision
- Your child needs to turn his head in order to see
- Tilting of head to one side regularly
- Squinting or covering of one eye
- Easily tired
- Blinking too much
- Poor eye-hand coordination
- Regularly bumping into things
When learning or at school
- Frequently losing track of reading position
- Using finger to guide reading (after 2nd grade)
- Struggling to concentrate
- Holding book abnormally close to eyes
- Rubbing eyes often while reading
- Avoiding homework
Vision Problems: Refractive Conditions
Optometrists are frequently asked about the difference between a number of medical conditions related to vision. Below is a list of common conditions with a brief explanation for each.
Myopia is a condition where a person’s vision is only clear up close. It also commonly referred to as nearsightedness. A person with Myopia could read a magazine without a problem, however their distance vision is blurry.
Myopia is detected with a vision test and refraction.
Commonly referred to as farsightedness, Hyperopia is when a person sees better far away as than up close. Young people with hyperopia are able to adjust their natural lens for improved focus, but as you get older the ability to accommodate decreases and blurred vision from hyperopia is more noticeable.
Hyperopia is detected with a vision test called refraction. Eye drops may be required by very young patients before the this test to ensure that they are unable to mask their farsightedness with accommodation.
A person is presbyopic when the natural lens can no longer focus well at near. This is normally experienced from about the age of 40, making reading glasses or bifocals necessary. Presbyopia can be noticed when one has difficulty reading very fine print, print seems to have less contrast or experiencing eye strain when reading.
Presbyopia is detected with vision testing and a refraction. Normally reading glasses are prescribed.
Keratoconus is an eye disease that causes the shape of the cornea to slowly change from the normal round shape to a cone shape. The eye then bulges out which causes eye problems such as blurred vision that cannot be corrected with glasses. If left untreated, Keratoconus can lead to loss of vision.
The most accurate test for Keratoconus is corneal topography. A slit-lamp examination of the cornea can diagnose the disease in the later stages. Contact lenses are the main treatment for most patients with keratoconus.
A person has Astigmatism when the surface of the lens is shaped like an egg rather than a tennis ball. Because of this shape, light focuses in two points in the back of they eye rather than one, causing blurred vision at a distance or near.
A person with uncorrected astigmatism will often see a faint shadow on letters or objects. Astigmatism can be detected and measured with corneal topography, keratometry, vision testing and refraction.
CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome)
CVS is a temporary condition that results from focusing the eyes on a computer screen for long, uninterrupted time periods. People with CVS may experience symptoms such as neck pain, fatigue, dry eyes, double vision, blurred vision and headaches.
One can ease CVS by taking regular breaks from a computer screen by moving the eyes across the room for about 5 seconds every 20 minutes while working. It also helps to blink your eyes quickly while looking away from your screen.
Choosing Lenses for your Prescription Glasses
There are many different types of lens available to suit your vision requirements lifestyle and pocket. Eybers Optometrists are able to advise you on which lens will be most suitable for you. Most lenses fall into one of three categories namely:
Single vision lenses
Single vision lenses contain the same amount of focal power throughout the entire lens. The focal power is the same on the top of the lens and at the bottom of the lens. Suitable for either distance of reading.
Bifocal lenses are made up of two part lenses. The top is normally used by people needing help with distance vision. The lower portion of the lens is typically used by people who need help for reading and other near-vision activities.
Varifocal lenses assist with distance, reading and intermediate, thereby combining three different prescriptions in one clear lens.
Choosing Lens Coatings
There are various types of coatings available, let us assist you in the choosing the correct one for you. Some coatings available include:
Anti-reflex lens coating
Anti-reflection lenses produce less glare and are therefore more convenient when driving at night or working in front of a computer screen. After a full day, those who wear anti-reflections lenses should find their eyes to be less tired due to the decreased glare. Anti-reflective relates to the reflections from the surface of the lens itself.
Polarised lenses decrease the visible glare of sun reflected off surfaces such as water, roads and snow.
UV lens coating
This type of coating will protect the eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Sunglasses & Prescription Sunglasses
It is commonly known that the sun can damage your skin. Your eyes are also susceptible to damage from the sun. UV Rays can damage your cornea, lens and retina. It is therefore very important to know how you can protect your eyes from the damaging effects of UV Rays.
We stock a wide range of good quality sunglasses across many of the top brands including the latest must-have styles for both children and adults. We’ll give you all the help and advice you need to see clearly in the sun.
We stock the best quality contact lenses such as Ciba Vision, Acuvue, Coopervision and more.
The fitment of contact lenses requires specific, professional expertise. At Eybers Optometrists, we have been fitting both rigid gas permeable hard lenses and both disposable and permanent soft material lenses with success for many years. We receive referrals on a regular basis from ophthalmologists for more sophisticated fittings such as keratoconus, complications after laser surgery and other pathological, idiopathic or genetically induced distortions of the cornea.
We stock the best quality contact lenses such as Ciba Vision, Acuvue, Coopervision and Bausch & Lomb including Hard and Soft Contacts, Reusable Contact Lenses, Daily Disposable Lenses, Multifocal Contact Lenses and Contact Lenses for Astigmatism.
Types of Contact Lenses
Physical Address: 109 Nelmed Medicross Centre, corner of Nel Street and Rothery Street, Nelspruit
Postal Address: PO Box 1376, Nelspruit
Postal Code: 1200
Directions: Drive on the R40 Barberton Road, turn left into Piet Retief Street (corner of Sonpark & Rob Ferreira). Continue and then turn left into Rothery Street. Continue toward the end of Rothery Street until you see Nelmed Medicross on your right. Walk towards the entrance of the hospital you will see a staircase and a lift which you can make use of. You will find us at the top directly in front of you.