Hi everyone, I’m a newcomer to Canberra (having arrived in December 2010). Prior to that, I lived on the East Coast of the US and 3 years in Auckland. I’ve relied on the Riot Act heavily for suggestions for everything from doctors to restaurants for a special meal to hair dressers. So I wanted to share my best “find” in Canberra so far.
I’ve worn contacts for about 25 years. I’ve been having trouble with my vision in the past 2 years – in fact, about 18 months agao, my vision improved, leaving me unable to read up close (at least until I figured it out and got my prescription changed). I’ve had more trouble here after arriving here, and it seems to have caused more migraines (my migraines are visually induced most of the time).
Well, I went to one eye doctor (I won’t say who) who was shockingly bad. He didn’t even have equipment for you to look through to do the eye test. He just held up different lenses to my eyes to test my vision (and did a poor job at it). He was of no help at all. So I looked around for someone else in the CBD. I found Arcidiacono Optometrist via google and called them up. They were willing to bulk bill and I thought, “Why not give them a try?”
I can’t say enough good things about this optometrist. First, the equipment is amazing – the best I’ve seen outside of the Wilbur Eye Clinic at Johns Hopkins in the US (Wilbur is the top eye clinic in the world by most accounts). Second, the Dr. Arcidiacono was really smart. He gave me the answer that no one else had – I’m 40 and needed reading glasses! He said that sometimes your distance vision improved as your need for reading glasses developed. Well, that’s what happened about 18 months ago, and the eye clinic at the Auckland Hospital didn’t tell me that when I went in! Anyway, he also thought that my worsening migraines could have been linked to all my close-up computer work – since my contacts were too strong for this, I was severely straining my eyes. So he switched me to mono-vision (reading prescription in the left eye, distance in the right eye). It’s amazing – all of these visual symptoms went away and I haven’t had a migraine since I switched. Third, this guy is patient. I had to come back several times to work out the right prescription for both the right and left eye (trial and error). In addition, I went away to the US for two weeks and forgot my contacts! He happily gave my husband a copy of my prescription so I could get some contacts in the US. Fourth, his office has the coolest frames I’ve seen at any optometrist shop. Yes, they are pricey, but they are gorgeous.
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I know this sounds a bit over-devoted to a simple eye doctor, but I’ve had real trouble with my eyes recently, and Dr. Arcidiacono really saved the day for me. If anyone is looking for an eye doctor who bulk bills, who is smart, and who is patient with problem cases, this is the guy to see.
His website is here: http://arcidiacono.com.au/ Apparently he has an office in Woden as well.
PS I know this sounds like an advertisement. But I have no connection to this doctor except as a happy patient.