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Tannum,meet your local optometrist

Your vision might not have changed, but getting an eye test is still important for maintaining overall eye health. After all, you see a doctor for a regular health check-up, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your eyes?

How often should you get your eyes checked?

We recommend you get your eyes checked every one or two years. But it really depends on your age.

Now’s the time to come in and let us help you get the jump on any potential vision loss.

It helps to come in more regularly, so we can ensure you’ve got the right lenses and make sure we detect any eye disease early.

When was your last eye test? IF you're unsure, why not give us a call and find out?

Booking your eye exam

When you book an eye exam with us, we don’t just get you to read letters. You get a full eye health check-up. Your consultation will take around 30-45 minutes, depending on your vision requirements. It’s a bit longer than your standard eye test, but we’re making sure we test for everything, using the latest technology such as the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)  machine (which we’re pretty chuffed about). So you’re getting more than just a simple Snellen test.

Here are the eye
health services we offer.

Optical Coherence Tomography

The latest technology that’s used to test for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. It uses visible light to produce a 3D image of the inside of your eyes, allowing us to detect signs of macula problems (including macula degeneration, holes, diabetic retinal disease, and oedema), and early signs of glaucoma.

Visual Field Tests

Visual field tests are used to check your entire scope of vision, and creates a map of each individual eye. A crucial part in the diagnosis and treatment of all glaucomas, and many neurological diseases, visual field tests are used to detect any dysfunction in your central and peripheral vision. Ours generally take 10-15 minutes, and help you detect blind spots, optic nerve damage, and early signs of eye disease.

Children's Eye Test

Your child's eyes are essential to schooling and development. Children's vision problems might go undiagnosed for an extended period resulting in learning issues and behavioural issues. Kids might find it hard to explain why they're experiencing difficulties at school and reading with blurry vision. Your children's vision and eye health are critically important in all facets of their lives, and if they require glasses to correct their vision, this can positively impact in-class learning and sporting performance. Our qualified optometrist recommends your children having regular eye tests after turning three years to maintain healthy vision. Our team welcomes the whole family to our practice to maintain healthy vision.

Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film, and accompanied by ocular symptoms, in which tear film instability and hyperosmolarity, ocular surface inflammation and damage, and neurosensory abnormalities play etiological roles. For some people, the symptoms are so severe that it causes as much distress as cardiac problems.

The symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • sore eyelids, which may also be swollen
  • a gritty, burning or itching feeling in your eyes
  • eyelids sticking together, especially in the morning
  • crusting on your eyelashes
  • scaly or greasy eyelids
  • difficulty wearing your contact lenses
  • watery eyes – the brain produces tears as a response to dry eyes which is counterintuitive.
  • blurry vision
  • itchy eyes

Seeing one of our Optometrists will help us determine what type of dry eyes you have so the best treatments can be initiated.

What happens next?

What happens next depends on your results. You might find that you’ve got 20/20 vision, in which case we can schedule you in for another checkup at some point in the future.

If our practice or optometrist find you’re long-sighted or short-sighted, or something else, we’ll sort you out with a prescription for glasses and lenses, or contact lenses, tailored to what your eyes need.

If your test finds something that needs further assessment we offer specialist referrals within Allied Health in Central Queensland (Gladstone, Rockhampton and Bundaberg regions) QLD.

Glasses or contacts?

This one’s mostly up to you, but what really determines whether you need glasses or contacts will be the results of your eye test, and your circumstances. Your eyes might need stronger support than contacts lenses provide, or you might want a more cost-effective option than repeatedly buying contact lenses.

When you come and see us we can provide you with advice about what choice is going to be best for you while you browse our range of frames, including niche fashion brands, and get a look that suits you.

Looking for something different?

Be sure to check out our great collection of fashion eyewear and exclusive brands in-store today.

Book your consultation now

Come on in for an eye check, and get peace of mind that your eyes are as healthy as they can be. We’re looking out for you.

Did you know?

All major Australian Health funds

We're registered with all major Australian health funds for your optical rebates, which includes contact lenses, prescription glasses, and prescription sunglasses, and we also provide bulk-billing services for those that need it. So whoever you’re with for your health cover, you’re covered with us*.

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*Please note though that some procedures may not be available on your private health cover, so be sure to check before you book them in.

Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Packaging and Blister Packs recycle program

We’re even part of a recycle program with Bausch & Lomb and TerraCycle, a fantastic initiative to reduce waste from items you don’t often think about. All you need to do is bring in your used contact lenses and blister packs, drop them off with us, and we’ll ship them off to get recycled. We also recycle old spectacles that are no longer needed by their owners and donate them to the Lions Club in support of their Recycle for Sight initiative, cleaning them and sending to third world countries to help others in need.

Meet your local Tannum team

Here’s the friendly local team who you’ll meet in our store.

Wendy WiltshireOptometrist

I really enjoy listening to my customers concerns and finding the best solution for their eyes; whether it be helping with their vision problems, a specific design for a lens, spectacles or contact lenses, as well as referrals to an Eye Specialist when needed. I'm dedicated to healthy eyes, committed to looking after our most important sense and encourage early detection for vision problems at an early age, epecially testing for babies and toddlers which can often have life-changing results. Growing up on a farm near Gympie, I feel most comfortable in smaller community and since graduating from QUT in 1998 with First Class Honours, have always worked in Regional Queensland; my husband and I are currently raising 16 year twins. In my spare time, I enjoy growing vegetables and tropical orchids, and find that practising Martial Arts to keep fit and keep energised.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my consultation take?

Most appointments run on time and are completed within 30 minutes. Our patients are then encouraged to spend another 20-30 minutes browsing frames with our qualified optical dispensers.

My prescription is over a year old, can I still use this?

It’s recommended all patients have an eye test every two years (minimum). If you’re aged over 60 years we recommend having an eye test every year to check the overall health of the eye. If you’re currently experiencing any blurry vision, trouble reading, or headaches behind the eye, we recommend booking an appointment ASAP.

I have a glasses prescription. Can I use this for contact lenses?

No, glasses and contact lens prescriptions are completely different as the power of each prescription will vary.

Can I use my health fund extras cover at this optometrist?

Yes, Tannum Eye Care is registered with all major Australian health funds.

Are my frames and contact lenses covered by a guarantee?

Tannum Eye Care has a two year manufacturer’s guarantee on most of our frames. We have a two year manufacturer’s warranty on Shamir and Opticare lenses. In addition to this, we have a lifetime warranty on Shamir Premium lens coatings (Glacier Plus range). Please bring in your frames and lenses so we can assess them and organize a warranty replacement or a warranty repair for you. This doesn’t cover scratches or damages that have occurred due to general use.

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Client Testimonials

High quality, local, trustworthy service. The ladies at Tannum Eye care are always a delight to talk to and know what they are talking about!

Natasha

This is a fantastic store and the service is excellent well stocked and well priced fabulous to see these type of business coming to our area

Charmaine