Eye Health and Eye Care

Regular eye tests and eye health checks are important for maintaining good eye health.

Regular Eye Tests and Eye Health Checks

Running for about half an hour, your eye health check will include questions around your general health, and a vision test. We recommend adults (from teenagers up to 65) get their eyes checked every 2 years. Of course, if specific eye problems are present more frequent testing may be encouraged. After the age of 65 we recommend yearly check-ups. More frequent testing may be required if a specific eye problem is present.

Look for signs of changes to your vision

If you notice yourself holding print closer or further away, it may be time to have your eyesight tested. Headaches and/or fatigue may also indicate your eyesight has changed.

UV protection

Many people in Australia are aware of the dangers of UV exposure to our skin. But did you know that your eyes are susceptible to UV damage at any time of day, at any time of the year?

All sunglasses sold in Australia must meet the Australian/New Zealand standards for Sunglasses and Fashion Spectacles. Wearing sunglasses that meet the standard’s requirements for effective sunglasses ensures your eyes have adequate protection against UVR damage.

Ensure your sunglasses are rated category 2 or 3 for adequate protection. Using proper broad-spectrum sunglasses can protect your eyes from more radiation than simply wearing a hat.

GMHBA Eye Care offers a range of sunglasses as well as frames suitable for transition lenses and prescription fashion sunglasses.

Environmental factors

Air conditioners in our homes or offices can have a drying effect on eyes, which can cause irritation. If you suffer from dry eyes, lubricating eye drops or a humidifier can counter the effects or dry air.

Computer use

Make sure you have an ergonomic workstation. It’s just as important for your eyes as it is your neck and back! Your computer screen needs to be no more than an arm’s length away to avoid eye strain. Try to look away from your screen every 20 minutes by focusing on the other side of the room for 20 seconds.

Protect your eyes by blocking the harmful effects of blue light from digital devices. Speak to one of our optometrists about how blue light prescription lenses can help prevent long term damages for your eyes by selectively filtering harmful UV blue light.

Eat well

Eating a well-balanced diet is good for your eye health as well as your general wellbeing. Make sure to eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish which all provide essential antioxidants that support good eye function.

Supplements that support an inadequate diet should only be taken in consultation with your healthcare provider.


Find a GMHBA Eye Care practice

You will find our practices located in and around Geelong and Ballarat. All of our practices offer comprehensive eye health tests and a fantastic range of frames and lenses to suit your lifestyle.