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Charlestown,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 (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.

Retinal Photography

We use a high resolution retinal camera to closely examine the retinas. The high quality images enable us to see early changes in eye health that may otherwise go undetected. The procedure allows us to detect macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma as well as many other sight threatening eye disorders.

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.

Orthokeratology (Ortho K)

Ortho K is a safe alternative to surgery, also known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), and is a powerful tool that helps you slow the potential effects of myopia, and lets you go glasses- and lens-free during the day! We use EyeSpace designed lenses that are measured to the shape of the front of your eye. These lenses then remould to your cornea overnight, meaning your eyes are getting fixed as you sleep, and you get clear vision all day long.

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 Optometrist 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 Newcastle NSW.

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 what contacts can 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 also provide bulk-billing services for all eligible patients. 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 Newcastle team

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

Rebekah BryantOptometrist

Rebekah graduated with a Bachelor of Vision Science (with distinction) and Master of Optometry. She is a therapeutically endorsed optometrist enabling her to prescribe ocular medications. Rebekah enjoys all aspects of optometry but has a particular interest in dry eye and contact lenses.

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, Smart Eyes Optical is registered with all major Australian health funds.

Are my frames and contact lenses covered by a guarantee?

All our frames and lenses are covered by a manufacturer’s guarantees, which is a warranty covering any manufacturing faults and lens coatings. If these occur within the first 12 months of your purchase, please bring your frames back to be assessed, to be repaired or replaced. This doesn’t cover scratches or damages that have occurred due to general use.

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Client Testimonials

Smart Eyes is the best optical service that I have used in my 50 years with glasses. Prior to going to Smart Eyes, I had 4 different sets of glasses ( 4 different opticians) in a six month period and also saw an eye specialist because of vision/ headache problems. All problems were resolved the first time I had glasses properly fitted by the experts - Steve and the team.

Mooko Maca

Wonderful service - attentive to all different types of people and needs. Thoughtful, patient, kind but still super efficient - a lovely group of people and a great store. What a find.

Eva Elizabeth Williams

Just collected the coolest pair of specs from the team at Smart Eyes. I was really impressed with their service and expertise. Although this was my first experience with them I can highly recommend them especially if you want something a bit different.

Carolyn Clausen

Offered an outstanding service. This was my first eye examination and the experience I received was excellent. Each member of the team is clearly very experienced in their field and they made me feel at ease with their friendly service. I will be returning here in the future.

Thomas Wenham

Mustaffah and Steve are amazing and so friendly and funny! Completely went out of their way to accommodate me. Will only go to Smart Eyes now. Their knowledge, service and professionalism is unparalleled! Thank you!

EJ Scott

What an amazing business with amazing service - from start to finish you're made feel important - thank you for the best experience ever - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Come in and see us

Whether it’s fuzzy vision, or you’re simply worried about your eyes, we’re here to make sure you’re looked after. You can give us a call for any questions you might have, or to make an appointment with us simply fill out the form below. We’ll then confirm your time and date - all you need to do is show up. At Smart Eyes Optical, we’re looking after you.