August 15, 2023

Many New Zealanders take part in sporting activities. Whether it’s at school, as part of a professional team or as a recreational activity, Kiwis are renowned for loving sports. However, most sporting activities require reasonably good vision, meaning that an individual with poor vision may face difficulties when participating. In some cases, wearing glasses or contacts will have no adverse...

Laser Eye Surgery for Sports

August 15, 2023 / Laser Eye Surgery

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Many New Zealanders take part in sporting activities. Whether it’s at school, as part of a professional team or as a recreational activity, Kiwis are renowned for loving sports. However, most sporting activities require reasonably good vision, meaning that an individual with poor vision may face difficulties when participating. In some cases, wearing glasses or contacts will have no adverse...
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Help my eyelid is twitching!

July 28, 2023 / Eye Health

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Eye twitching is very common, but the first time it happens it feels super strange! The twitch occurs when one of the muscles in your eyelid spasms. A spasm is an intense contraction of a muscle, one you can’t control. It feels like a massive movement, but often others can’t see it happening. This common eyelid twitch is called Myokymia,...
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What to expect at your Free Laser Suitability Assessment at Wellington Eye Centre

July 13, 2023 / Laser Eye Surgery

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Have you been considering getting laser eye surgery but aren’t sure if it’s for you? At the Wellington Eye Centre, we offer a free laser suitability assessment, which is designed to help you find out exactly that. This suitability assessment is your first step to getting better vision without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses. We do these assessments...
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Do you need to have eye exams after laser eye surgery?

June 26, 2023 / Eye Health

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You have just made a substantial, positive investment in your eyesight by having laser vision correction. A decision you almost certainly didn’t take lightly. And now you have great vision without glasses! So that’s it right? Done and dusted – eyes fixed – no more eye exams! Not quite. Having regular eye exams after refractive surgery is still very important....
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Restasis Eye Drops for the Treatment of Dry Eyes

June 8, 2023 / Eye Health

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Restasis is a prescription medication that can treat chronic dry eye disease. The active ingredient in Restasis is cyclosporine, which is an immunosuppressive agent that works by reducing inflammation in the eyes. Chronic dry eye disease is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It has a variety of causes; including ageing, hormonal changes, environmental factors, and certain...
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What is IPL? And how can it help dry eye?

May 12, 2023 / Eye Health

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IPL stands for “Intense Pulsed Light”. IPL is a medical technology used to treat a number of skin conditions. It is also used by ophthalmologists and optometrists as an effective treatment for dry eye. Plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors and beauty therapists all use IPL to treat a number of skin conditions, such as:  Ophthalmologists and Optometrists can use the same device...
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Meet our Optometrist, Peter Grimmer

April 26, 2023 / Meet the team

Peter Grimmer
Peter joined the Wellington Eye Centre as a locum Optometrist in 2022. He locums one to two days a week, alongside our permanent Optometrist Shannon. Peter joined us having recently sold his shareholding in McClellan Grimmer Edgar Optometrists here in Wellington. McClellan Grimmer Edgar is a well-known practice with its origins going way back to 1948. Peter is a therapeutically...
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The Evolution of Laser Eye Surgery

April 6, 2023 / Laser Eye Surgery

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Ophthalmologists have developed many different surgical techniques for refractive vision correction over the past century or so. The basis of the laser eye surgery we know today evolved from these less precise methods of refractive surgeries dating back to the late 1800s. However, it was in the 1980s that the use of lasers was introduced into refractive surgery and the...
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Can’t wear Contact Lenses?

March 27, 2023 / Eyesight

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Many people come to the Wellington Eye Centre looking for laser eye surgery to rid themselves of their glasses and contact lenses. And we love helping you become free of these optical devices!! But some of our clients come to us for laser surgery, because they have assumed they can’t wear contact lenses, and that isn’t always the case. If...
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How Does Alcohol Affect Your Vision and Your Eyes?

March 14, 2023 / Eye Health

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Many of us have had an occasion where we drank enough alcohol to alter our vision, at times this might be humorous, but it can also be distressing and dangerous. But why does it happen? And can alcohol have permanent effects on our eyesight? Alcohol is classified as a Central Nervous System Depressant, meaning that it slows down brain activity. By...
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What is myopia control and when is it needed?

December 21, 2022 / Eye Health

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Myopia control is a fast-growing area of optometry that can reduce the rate of myopia (short-sightedness) progression. If you wore glasses as a child or teenager you may remember having to regularly update them as your vision changed. This eventually stabilised and you no longer needed to update your glasses as frequently. Myopia progresses fastest when you are young, so...
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Are cosmetic and coloured contact lenses OK to wear?

October 20, 2022 / Eye Health

Halloween make-up with coloured contact lenses
Wanting to find the perfect pair of coloured contact lenses to compliment your Halloween costume this year? Want your eyes to look blood red or deepest black for that demon look you are after? Here are some good safety measures, and some advice about cosmetic contact lenses. Are contact lenses medical devices? All contact lenses are medical devices. Even coloured...
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