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A good optometrist for kids

By longshanks - 25 October 2010 17

Hey folks – just wanted to get your thoughts on a good optometrist for our 7 year old son, who is having difficulty reading the blackboard at school.

Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated.

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A good optometrist for kids
jube_V8Fairlane_235k 10:19 pm 25 Oct 10

+1 for Mark Feltham. I have been seeing him since I was about 5 yrs old, and my son is treated by him now. Excellent with kids.

bennyboy 8:41 pm 25 Oct 10

What you require is a behavioural optometrist. A behavioural optometrist will be able to assess the child’s ability to scan across the page correctly, read from distance etc, check for problems with eye function etc.

s-s-a 7:29 pm 25 Oct 10

He bulk bills too

I think most Optometrists will bulk bill one appointment every 12m (or 2y).

I took my 6yo to Optorica at Weston Creek and the guy was very good. She doesn’t need glasses but we were told after her Kindergarten health screening at school to re-test in 12m.

Both of us had great difficulty not getting the giggles when he put the big thick Harry Potter-esque frames on her 🙂

Ello Vera 5:22 pm 25 Oct 10

I second every recommendation for Mark Feltham. He is not motivated by money like many other practitioners and doesn’t push laser surgery (I think he did his thesis on complications of treatment). He is the most ethical eye specialist I have known since Larry Lowth. He used to be next to OPSM but moved his practice when they wanted him to be their tame optometrist.

He does retinopathy examinations too so you don’t have to go to (the rather strange) Leo.

shadow boxer 3:39 pm 25 Oct 10

Kuku said :

Dr Tridgell in University Avenue Civic is a good Ophthalmologist. He used to (and may still) look after the premmies in TCH NICU.

Otherwise for great service try McKinley’s Optical in Civic adjacent to the carousel. They also have an optometrist on site (who bulk bills).

Second that on Dr. Tridgell, he cured my oldest daughters squint and was so inspiring that she is now in year 10 and studying hard because she wants to be an opthamologist.

homeone 3:12 pm 25 Oct 10

troll-sniffer said :

For the best care for your son’s eyes an opthalmologist is always a good idea. Less likelihood of commercial pressures affecting decisions and recommendations. And of course chances are you would be referred to a good optometrist for the treatment etc.

Dead right Troll-Sniffer (no, I’m not an opthalmologist).

I’ve seen Mark Feltham in the past as well. Very competent I’d say. Also he used to open early in the mornings so you could see him and still be at work by 8:30 – don’t know what hours he does these days.

astrojax 2:48 pm 25 Oct 10

james simpson, in the arcade that once housed sammy’s (a bakery is there now – optometrist opposite inside), is great…

though i am not a seven year old (who’d have guessed?)

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 2:44 pm 25 Oct 10

I’d second Mark Feltham. I’ve been seeing him since I was a kid. He was always fun to visit when I was a kid and, I dare say, if I’d done the eye exercises that he prescribed for me, I might not be wearing glasses today.

He bulk bills too, but I’d gladly pay cash to see him.

trevar 2:11 pm 25 Oct 10

Both optometrists at Laubman and Pank in Tuggeranong (neither of whose names I can remember) were great with our kids. Also, when we got some glasses for offspring number one from Specsavers in Tuggeranong, they were really good too.

blue eyes 1:56 pm 25 Oct 10

Can highly recommend Michael McMahon (Evans and McMahon)in Civic. 35-37 London Cct, 62571103. They also have an office in Tuggeranong Square, 62931171. Website – http://www.evansmcmahon.com.au Hope this helps.

Kuku 1:25 pm 25 Oct 10

Dr Tridgell in University Avenue Civic is a good Ophthalmologist. He used to (and may still) look after the premmies in TCH NICU.

Otherwise for great service try McKinley’s Optical in Civic adjacent to the carousel. They also have an optometrist on site (who bulk bills).

troll-sniffer 12:53 pm 25 Oct 10

For the best care for your son’s eyes an opthalmologist is always a good idea. Less likelihood of commercial pressures affecting decisions and recommendations. And of course chances are you would be referred to a good optometrist for the treatment etc.

Chad 12:51 pm 25 Oct 10

I’ve been told that Mark Feltham in Civic is suppose to be excellent with kids. Ph: (02) 6247 2447.

ohpiem 12:21 pm 25 Oct 10

I got sick of OPSM trying to sell me laser eye surgery every single f-king time I went for an appointment, so I switched to Matthew Arcidiacomo in Garema Place.

I can’t comment if he would be a good optometrist for your 7 yo son; but I would happily recommend him for adults. Friendly service, fantastic range of classy and fashionable frames, and no hard on-selling of products you don’t want or need.

Goodbye OPSM – you’re never getting my service again.

carnardly 12:03 pm 25 Oct 10

Mark Feltham is great. He’s in the city.

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