At Microprism Optics, in addition to offering prescription prism glasses, we also stock a large range of contact lenses. We stock contact lenses by Bausch and Lomb as well as CooperVision which cater to a variety of specific eye conditions. All contact lenses we provide to our patients are from trusted brands who design their contact lenses with the health of the eyes in mind.
Eyes need oxygen and adequate moisture to stay healthy. CooperVision and Bausch and Lomb have a selection of contact lenses to optimise the environment of the eyeball. Our knowledgeable behavioural optometrist, Dr Michael Christian, can help you choose the correct contact lenses for your eyes after you sit an eye examination. We offer disposable contact lenses as well as RGPs (Rigid Gas Permeables).
Bausch and Lomb have a comprehensive product range which includes contact lenses for those who are short-sighted or long-sighted, those with astigmatism, and those with presbyopia. Within these broad categories, there are contact lenses for specific preferences such as for working with digital devices, for reducing halos and glare in low light, or for sharper vision and all-day comfort.
Please note that while microprism glasses can be worn with contact lenses, the contact lenses we offer do not have prisms in them, nor do they offer the therapeutic benefit of microprism technologies. They are, however, high-quality and comfortable contact lenses that could play a role in improving your vision.
We offer a great variety of contact lenses from trusted brands such as CooperVision and Bausch and Lomb. These contact lenses can benefit a range of eye conditions, including short-sight, long-sight, astigmatism and presbyopia. For the best quality contact lenses, give us a call on (03) 9824 5431 to book an appointment.
Microprism Optics has developed a sound form of neuro-rehabilitative optometry that can be used to treat brain issues and restore vision in patients post surgery that a brain injury or concussion. Neuro-rehabilitative optometry can help integrate brain, vision and body function in patients with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological degenerative diseases.
In neuro-rehabilitative therapy, we rehabilitate the brain for better functioning and coordination of brain, vision and body.
We think of vision in a holistic way, meaning that it has a flow-on effect to all other body operations. The brain is important because it interprets what our eyes see and creates our vision. Therefore, our vision is not just in our eyeballs − it’s a complex capability achieved through the interplay of multiple parts of the body.
Our behavioural optometrist is well versed in scientific theories that explain how the brain can change, heal and learn new ways of functioning through the development of new neural pathways. Combining this with cutting-edge developments in the use of prism glasses, we offer innovative methods of eye rehabilitation.
Due to our expansive knowledge of brain function and its interplay with the eyes and the rest of the body, we can treat vision issues by taking a very unique approack. Dr Michael Christian brings his background in neuroplasticity to the table in order to provide the best post surgery eye rehabilitation care possible to his patients. If you want nothing but the very best in eye care, call us today on (03) 9824 5431 to make an appointment.
Neuroplasticity is all about how the brain can change the structure of its network of neurons. Neurons are simply brain cells that send chemicals between each other to communicate a message throughout the brain and to the rest of the body.
If you say that the neurons have plasticity – the literal interpretation of the term neuroplasticity – this means that their patterns of behaviour can be changed, as they’re malleable. The brain can create new neurons, new connections between neurons, and can rearrange or get rid of older connections. So what does this mean for neuroplasticity therapy?
In the past, scientists thought that the brain was static, but now we know that it can change, grow and even heal. Neuroplasticity therapy takes advantage of the brain’s ability to be retrained into different patterns of behaviour.
By helping the brain to create new networks of neurons, new behaviours can be established in the body. These lines of communication that support a desired therapeutic outcome – for example, strengthening the eye muscles – become fortified through practice and use.
The more a relationship of neurons is called upon in everyday life, the stronger it gets. That’s the basic principle behind neuroplasticity and neuroplasticity therapy.
With the emergence of bevahourial optometry, the natural neuroplasticity of the brain can be leveraged for therapeutic purposes to improve vision. A recent scientific study has proven that the work of a behavioural optometrist – using prism glasses to correct eyesight problems – is a highly successful intervention.
Prism glasses use light itself to encourage eye muscle movement and redirection. The results experienced over time can be a vast improvement in vision capabilities and a reduction in prescription strength.
This effect of the prism glasses is only possible due to the process of brain neuroplasticity. By using the non-invasive neuroplasticity therapy, you may get impressive results as the brain relearns how to process visual information.
At Microprism Optics, we make the most of the latest advances in neuroplasticity and brain science to retrain your neurons to see more clearly. Our holistic approach treats the body as a complete ecosystem and acknowledges the brain’s role in creating new behaviour in the body. To book an appointment with our behavioural optometrist, call us on (03) 9824 5431.
Strabismus is a word that means while one eye looks at the object you want to view, the other eye looks elsewhere. The name of this condition originated from the Greek word strabismós, which means “to squint”.
When reading, a person with strabismus or turned eye convergence excess, may experience painful and inconvenient symptoms. These symptoms might include:
Usually the brain will ignore the visual information coming from a misaligned eye, which can itself cause problems such as lazy eye or squint eye. But when a person with convergent strabismus tries to focus on something at short range, this causes a conflict in the visual information being processed by the brain, and the visual images become confused.
Not only does strabismus cause vision impairment, but it can also be psychologically damaging. It can impact a person’s self-esteem since it hinders the ability to make normal eye contact with others during conversation, which often leads to the affected person feeling embarrassed and awkward.
Strabismus can be caused by neurological or anatomical issues that impede the control and function of an eye’s extraocular muscles, which regulate eye position and movement, causing both eyes to be misaligned in relation to each another. These issues may stem from the eye muscles themselves, or in the brain’s nerves or vision centres that manage binocular vision.
When the misaligned eye looks inward, it’s called esotropia, or being cross eyed or having squint eye in colloquial terms. A specific example of esotropia that occurs intermittently is strabismus and convergence excess. In this case, the eyes may converge well enough to focus on an object in the distance, but may have trouble aligning to concentrate on a closer subject.
Exotropia is when one or both eyes are turned outward away from the nose; it is the opposite of being cross eyed. Various vision and physical health issues can be caused by eyes that do not focus and work together. When this occurs, the brain receives two different visual images; one is what the straight eye sees, and the other is what the eye facing outward sees. To prevent double vision, the brain will ignore the image that the turned eye is sending. This may cause the turned eye to deteriorate and eventually affect the ability to see.
Hypertropia is when the eyes are vertically misaligned, specifically when one eye is turned upward. It is the least common type of strabismus. When this happens, the brain receives two different visual cues; one from the straight eye and the other from the misaligned eye. The brain usually shuts off the signal it receives from the misaligned eye and focuses on what the unaffected eye is sending. This causes the misaligned eye to become weaker and eventually cause unbalanced vision.
It is believed that as many as 5 percent of all children are born with some type or level of strabismus. If either parent has strabismus, the likelihood that the child will also develop the eye condition is high. Children who have strabismus may experience double vision or eye strain. The condition in children will not go away by itself, meaning it will require treatment.
It is common for children who have this condition to be negatively perceived by other children. They can develop a high level of self-consciousness, anxiety and emotional distress, all of which can lead to emotional and mental health disorders.
Drawing on scientific theories of brain neuroplasticity, Microprism Optics works with the innovative methods of Vivid Vision Virtual Reality to offer vision therapy for strabismus at our South Yarra clinic. It’s essential to begin vision therapy as soon as possible after diagnosis, especially in children. When convergent strabismus is left untreated, it can cause lazy eye in the misaligned eye due to that eye becoming weaker out of disuse.
There are a range of holistic behavioural optometry interventions that can be used to naturally and permanently treat strabismus and convergence insufficiency. Some of our patients may be prescribed prism glasses, while others may be advised to practice vision therapy exercises for strabismus.
Our speciality behavioural optometrist, Dr Michael Christian PhD, has extensive experience in putting the latest scientific neuroplasticity theories into practice. Combining this with cutting-edge prism technology, he works to help improve convergent strabismus symptoms in his patients. If you have strabismus, cross eyes and convergence insufficiency, or any other eye difficulty, call our South Yarra clinic today for a thorough eye examination on (03) 9824 5431.
Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is a condition that usually begins in infancy. Baby lazy eye can easily occur when the child favours the use of one eye over another. This can happen due to a number of different underlying causes. The weaker eye may not look too much different than the stronger eye, which can sometimes make it hard to detect.
In the case of baby lazy eye, mothers might notice that when they cover one of their child’s eyes, the child cries or fusses. This usually means you’re covering the good eye and the child cries because they can’t see properly out of the weaker eye due to the amblyopia condition.
It’s quite common for parents to seek lazy eye treatment in toddlers, as the amblyopia becomes apparent and parents are concerned about children being ready for starting kindergarten. If you suspect something is wrong with your child’s vision, seek out a lazy eye specialist.
Our behavioural optometrist in South Yarra, Dr Michael Christian PhD, can give a correct lazy eye diagnosis. As our approach is behavioural and holistic, our eye examinations take into account more possible causes than your typical optometrist. This is especially important when diagnosing lazy eye in children.
It’s always best to get a lazy eye diagnosis as soon as possible. This is true of lazy eye syndrome in adults or in children. If left unchecked, lazy eye can cause permanent disability and even legal blindness. The sooner you get a lazy eye diagnosis, the sooner you can embark upon lazy eye correction interventions.
If you’re concerned about lazy eye surgery cost, don’t be worried. Surgery is only necessary in some instances, and with the recent innovations in vision therapy for lazy eye in adults, there are many other options. If you see our lazy eye specialist Dr Michael Christian, he can conduct a thorough eye exam and advise on the best lazy eye correction methods to suit your particular eyes.
We take a holistic approach to vision therapy for lazy eye in adults, helping the muscles of the weaker eye to gain strength naturally. You may not even need surgery, as we offer alternative treatments such as lazy eye glasses and Vivid Vision Virtual Reality Therapy that can gently yet effectively correct vision.
At Microprism Optics, we work at the cutting-edge of developments in behavioural optometry. Our South Yarra clinic takes a holistic approach, making full use of the most current technologies for vision therapy for lazy eye in adults and children. We can prescribe lazy eye glasses and a range of other therapies to help correct your lazy eye. Call us today to book in for an eye exam on (03) 9824 5431.
A behavioural optometrist works slightly differently than a regular optometrist looking at the relationship of behaviour to vision: to help your eyes recover from years of strain and improper use by retraining the eye muscles and sensory systems.
Making the most of the integration of body and vision such as prism insertions and Essilor progressive lenses, behavioural optometry can dispense prescription glasses with a difference. Using accepted and proven scientific principles of neuroplasticity, the extrapolation to ophthalmic prescribing, may actually improve your eyesight.
Essilor progressive prism lens glasses can lead to some very balanced and integrated visual care. But how do you know which kind of lenses you need?
Your optometrist will conduct a thorough eye examination. Not only do we look at individual eyes for eye chart eye chart purposes but their interaction binocularly with body posture, balance and movement . This is because you do more with your eyes than look at one gaze position. We’re interested in the holistic behavioural tendencies of your eyes. These eye patterns are so linked with the rest of the body that they can have an effect on concentration, balance and even emotional processing.
Once we have taken you through a comprehensive eye exam at our South Yarra clinic, we will have all the information we need to advise you on the kind of lenses that will help your eyes. We may recommend Essilor glasses or even glasses with a prism lens.
You might find benefit from our prescription glasses if you:
As our practice is based on the discipline of behavioural optometry, we’re interested in the holistic behaviour of the eye. We aim to retrain the eye using the proven scientific theories of neuroplasticity and the modern technological advances in optometry that have produced the prism lens. If you’re ready for an Integrative approach in eye care, book in for an eye examination in South Yarra with our specialist behavioural optometrist Dr Michael Christian PhD today. Call us now on (03) 9824 5431 to book an appointment.
The intention of Microprism lens formulations are to support and facilitate eye muscle movement whilst activating the optical, motor and sensory systems to change. Lenses focus the detail and clarity of any object at any given distance and directional prisms relocate the space and timing of what is being focussed on. Together the lenses and prisms aim to change eye muscle function, position, shape and subsequently vision. Distance, near, perspective and astigmatic issues are treated simultaneously to help bring eye position, vision, mind and body function into ease and correct alignment.
Each Microprism lens is uniquely derived and manufactured for each patient. Redirecting visual inabilities and fixed patterns using Microprism intends to improve vision and lower prescriptions.
Our prescription eyeglasses worn daily, are non-invasive eye training tools that aim to help the wearer do daily tasks with ease, exercising the eyes consciously and subconsciously.
The eyewear brands we stock at Microprism Optics are all high-quality optical and fashion brands that allow people to re-use their frames more than once.
We love robust yet light-weight frames, made from materials such as titanium and stainless steel that you’ll find in the Orgreen, Lightec, TITANflex and Safilo ranges. If you don’t like the appearance of glasses on your face, we stock minimal styles like the Silhouette rimless and Brendan O’Keefe (Australian-made) ranges. Keeping an eye on the trends in fashion, we have frames at our South Yarra clinic that suit all faces and styles. Brands such as Woow, Dutz, Ana Hickmann and Louis always design unique and fabulous styles.
Most of our spectacle frames come with a two year manufacturers’ warranty and complimentary frame adjustments and minor repairs for the life of the frame.
We also sell CooperVision and Bausch & Lomb contact lenses. Whilst prism cannot be incorporated into contact lenses, they can be a good option for sport or special occasions when you don’t want to wear your glasses.
At Microprism Optics, we have the knowledge and technology to treat a large range of eye difficulties. From lazy eye to cross eye and strabismus treatment, we see patients for a wide variety of eye conditions. We also offer other services such as vision performance, as well as recuperation treatments after surgery or stroke.
We can help patients of varying ages at our South Yarra clinic. Some eye problems are prevalent in younger patients, from babies to toddlers and children. Other conditions tend to progress over time and more commonly affect adults. Whatever the age of the patient, our behavioural optometrist can help, beginning with a thorough eye test to check the behaviour and strength of the eye muscles.
During an eye examination, conditions such as lazy eye, cross eye and strabismus are sure to show themselves. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step to getting the right treatment. Corrections for some eye conditions, especially in children, need to be implemented as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the eye. Strabismus treatment should begin in children as soon as the diagnosis has taken place to avoid the development of lazy eye in the misaligned eye.
It’s useful to seek expertise from a behavioural optometrist rather than a conventional optometrist because they go further when diagnosing eye problems. At Microprism Optics, our approach is holistic and takes into account eye functioning as a whole. We do not isolate the eyes in our eye tests − we appraise both eyes at once in order to treat your vision as it is: a whole, dynamic entity.
Our behavioural optometrist uses the latest ground-breaking scientific approaches such as neuroplasticity to craft effective treatments for a variety of eye conditions. If you need lazy eye, cross eye or strabismus treatment, call our South Yarra clinic for an appointment on (03) 9824 5431.
At Microprism Optics, we take a holistic approach to eye health and function using innovative practical and diagnostic methods. Our eye assessments use cutting-edge technology to correctly diagnose behavioural challenges in the eyes.
The initial consultation and eye test will usually involve a dynamic visual assessment, photography of the eye with a retinal camera, optical coherence tomography and corneal topography. Sometimes a pressure test and applied kinesiology are also used to identify muscle issues that may be contributing to eye problems. Kinesiology offers a way to ‘talk’ to the body through muscle testing in order to find the areas that are experiencing difficulty.
Here is a brief summary of what some these diagnostic tools mean:
This form of optometry assists with the integration of neurologically (brain) based issues that can affect vision, for example closed brain injuries, from motor car accidents or concussion. It also includes vision, brain and body integration for patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post operative care and other neurological degenerative diseases and anomalies.
At our South Yarra clinic, we believe that vision is a major part of brain processing and changing muscle use, and vision using appropriate microprism and lens combinations can affect neurological pathways.
Specific process, function and task related: Behavioural optometry deals with a variety of processing disorders such as dyslexia and concentration issues. ADHD and various forms of autism are also facilitated into a greater ease of visual consciousness that has positive effects on behaviour. Changing spatial context and perspective using appropriate lens and prism can positively affect and change these conditions.
Vision is not a process that occurs in isolation to the rest of the body. It affects posture, balance, movement, intention and even emotions. Holistic optometry looks at the connection of all of these domains so that they can work seamlessly together giving a more enriching experience to see, feel, be and do well. Testing is primarily done under binocular conditions with ambient lighting, not isolating the two eyes. Although we have two eyes we have one vision that needs to be coordinated in conjunction with the rest of the body to work well together. All patients at our South Yarra clinic can benefit from this process.
These prism glasses aim to deliver holistic vision training, reduced lower prescriptions and vision, mind and body improvement as described on this website.
Prismatic Integration can be explained as the process of massaging the eyes with light to trigger integration with the microprism lenses.
We value and respect your decision to purchase your new prescription glasses from Microprism Optics. Part of the process of ensuring good, clear vision and adaptation to your new lenses is the dynamic prismatic integration process, which uses lenses and specific movements of prisms (flippers) and prism bars, in front of your new glasses to ensure exact alignment. This process is carried out on collection of your new script from our South Yarra premises.
Prismatic integration, when done correctly, allows for an ease of vision and the various parts of the visual system to become more harmonised with each other. The ability to regulate visual processing is easier. Prismatic Integration realigns the visual system and brings back the visual posture you had at the time of your initial or subsequent follow-up consultations, at which your script was determined. It also helps adaptation to progressive lenses.
This is important, as after your initial or subsequent consultations with Dr Michael, your visual system, while in transition, can switch back to its old patterns based on experience, habit and wearing your old glasses. A person can be locked into a way of seeing which can make adaptation to the new form of prescription difficult. A prismatic integration is a reset and eye work up using light at both conscious and subconscious levels.
Even if you feel you see reasonably well by just putting your new glasses on yourself, you may be missing a small part of the clearer vision that could be obtained if you had experienced the prismatic integration. It is also important that the frame is adjusted and sitting correctly on your face. Understandably, coming to collect your prescription can be difficult for people from far-away places, but please call our South Yarra practice and ask to speak to Dr Michael if you suspect any difficulty in adapting to your new lenses and he will endeavour to help via a call or Skype session.
The dynamic realignment of binocular vision anomalies including lazy eyes – amblyopia, eye movement disorders, turned eyes – tropias and Visual Personal Training for high performance in sport and cognitive demand of study and work.
We supply a full spectrum contact lens service ranging from daily disposables to complex RGP contact lens prescriptions.
This photography is used to document any abnormalities of disease process affecting the eye and disease such as diabetes, age-macular degeneration, glaucoma, neoplasm of choroid, cranial nerves, retinal or eyeball.
Applied Kinesiology can help diagnosis of illness by testing muscles for strength and weakness. It’s a way of obtaining feedback from the body on the state of its health.
3D detailed images from within the biological tissue of the eye/retina.
This process maps the surface curvature of the cornea, the outer structure of the eye.
Used to monitor central and peripheral vision and monitor glaucoma.
Use of non-coherent biologically active light and coloured filters to relax and energise vision and body.
We can recommend a variety of supplementation for vision and body health.
We offer a comprehensive and diverse range of modern frame brands and models and a complete service and warranty of frames.