Investing in your eye health

Letitia and Anthony Dowling testing new machine (Ivan Kemp) 242532_02

As an independent, local family-owned business, Ocean Eyes Optometrists strive to provide thorough, accurate eye health assessments and advice to residents of the Bellarine Peninsula and surrounds.

Owned by optometrists Anthony and Letitia Dowling, Ocean Eyes constantly updates not only their knowledge but also the practice’s equipment to offer a comprehensive range of services.

Ocean Eyes Optometrists has recently invested in four new state-of-the-art instruments to further advance their level of care provided to patients, including a Medmont Meridia corneal topographer.

“Corneal topography is a non-invasive photographic ocular surface mapping technique that allows the practice to monitor progress of eye diseases such as keratoconus, scarring and pterygia with consummate accuracy,” Anthony explains.

Among anterior eye imaging and dry eye evaluation, the Medmont Meridia also allows the practice to provide orthokeratology services. A concept in which specially designed contact lenses are worn overnight to reshape a patient’s cornea and improve vision, orthokeratology is likened to dental braces for eyes and is useful in reducing patients’ reliance on glasses or contacts during the day.

“We are honoured to be the only practice this side of Geelong to offer this service,” Anthony says.

Also new to Ocean Eyes Optometrists is the Essilor Visioffice 3, which uses precise algorithms and measurements as a lens personalisation device to analyse patients’ natural posture and anatomy to maximise comfort and visual effectiveness.

“We are delighted to be one of the few practices in Australia to be using an Essilor Visioffice 3 precision dispensing device for the accurate delivery of the latest personalised multifocal spectacle designs for our patients,” Letitia says.

The third new piece of equipment at Ocean Eyes Optometrists is the Maestro 2 OCT, providing fast, painless and non-invasive eye scans.

“Similar to how an ultrasound scan uses sound waves, OCT uses light waves to take images of the retina to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of the eye,” Letitia explains. “Other procedures only show the surface of these structures, while an OCT reveals what is below the surface.”

“What’s more, the software can automatically detect even the most subtle changes to the retina with every eye test you take. This gives you an invaluable ongoing record of the health and condition of your eyes.”

The practice has also upgraded their Optos Optomap widefield camera to more efficiently image patients’ retina, macula and optic nerve.

The Ocean Eyes team looks forward to demonstrating this new technology and using it to help their patients maintain healthy eyes, great vision and comfortable glasses and contact lenses.

Ocean Eyes Optometrists, 2 Park Lane, Ocean Grove. Inquiries: 5255 5655 or