Af­ford­able eye health

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It is very im­por­tant that chil­dren have a rou­tine eye ex­am­i­na­tion as early as five years to de­tect any vis­ual im­pair­ment.

While a squint may be ob­vi­ous a lazy eye may not, re­sult­ing in poor con­cen­tra­tion which will af­fect their learn­ing per­for­mance. Binoc­u­lar vi­sion prob­lems can cause eye strain, headaches and vis­ual dis­com­fort.

At Bhikoo Op­tometrist all chil­dren aged 15 and un­der can get free eye ex­am­i­na­tions or the cost of eye ex­ams and glasses sub­sidised to a max­i­mum of $281 (valid com­mu­nity ser­vices card nec­es­sary). This sub­sidy is valid for one year and new sub­si­dies can be ap­plied for in con­sec­u­tive years.

“For those chil­dren whose vi­sion is im­paired, it is im­per­a­tive that eye glasses are worn so they can see the black­board at school and per­form more ef­fi­ciently,” stresses prin­ci­pal op­tometrist Younus Bhikoo.

Younus is a grad­u­ate of Auck­land Op­tom­e­try School and has run a full-time prac­tice in Paku­ranga since 1984, along with the Mt Al­bert prac­tice which com­menced in 2006. He is as­sisted by two other op­tometrists, Bradley Pil­lay and Bhav Ben.

Bhikoo Op­tometrist is your lo­cal eye care pro­fes­sional who also as­sess the eye health of adults re­lat­ing to vi­sion and med­i­cal con­di­tions such as glau­coma and cata- racts, etc. This mod­ern prac­tice utilises spe­cialised equip­ment to pro­vide op­ti­mal as­sess­ment of oc­u­lar health.

“As we get older, the risk of eye con­di­tions de­vel­op­ing in­creases,” says Younus. “Cer­tain eye con­di­tions may ex­ist with­out any no­tice­able loss of vi­sion such as pe­riph­eral reti­nal hae­m­or­rhage, glau­coma and early stages of mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion. Early de­tec­tion will help pre­vent fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.”

Adults should have their eyes checked an­nu­ally af­ter the age of 40. Af­ford­able pro­mo­tional pack­ages for frames and lenses are avail­able start­ing from $299 (in­clud­ing eye exam).

Bhikoo Op­tometrist, 445 Richard­son Road, Mt Roskill is open Tues­day and Thurs­day 11am7pm, Fri­day 4pm-6pm (re­cep­tion­ist only), Satur­day 9am-2pm. Closed Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Sun­day. Phone 627 5590.

Op­tometrist Younus Bhikoo: It is just as im­por­tant for chil­dren as well as adults to have reg­u­lar eye ex­am­i­na­tions.

Af­ford­able pro­mo­tional pack­ages: Eye exam, frames and lenses are avail­able from $299.00 at Bhikoo Op­tometrist.

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