Q: Why do spectacle lenses vary in price so much when they all look the same?


with Shane Tromp

While lenses may all look the same, there are vast differences in quality that will affect vision, visual comfort, UV protection, aesthetics and more. It’s what you don’t see that matters. Many people are not using the right lens for their vision, and this can have a major impact on quality of life. The lens selection process will ultimately determine how well and comfortably you will see. In many situations, the focus is often on the frame selection process. You see your frames every day and selecting a great frame that is perfect for you is the really satisfying part of a visit to the optometrist. However, seeing out of your glasses, in some cases, is something you will do all day every day. Therefore, the focus should really be about getting the best lens for you and your needs, as it is what will determine the quality of your vision. Not all prescription lenses are created equal and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to selecting the type of prescription lens for each person. Consider your current lenses – is your vision and the quality of your sight what it could be? When visiting the optometrist, make sure they use a customised, tailored approach to lens selection. They should discuss the best lens options with you and prescribe your lenses based off both your vision requirements and your lifestyle. NOOSA OPTICAL 1 Lanyana Way, Noosa Junction Phone: 5447 3711 noosaoptical.com.au
Q: My child is having trouble socialising at school. Every time I try to talk about it, he shuts down. What should I do?


with Debbie Blumel

t is a digital world out there! It’s all about the latest gadgets, from fidget spinners (what are those things anyway?), smartphones, iPads and smart TVs. It seems that technology has connected the world, but disconnected human-to-human conversation in the process. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to have ‘real’ conversations with our children. Gone are the days when the family would sit around the dinner table and talk about their day. Now, technology can be a constant companion at the dinner table, if you let it. Children’s social and emotional development can be adversely affected from constant screen time. As parents, how can we help our children develop positive friendships? Well, we can start by staying calm and listening to them. Find out what activities they like doing, who they are friends with, and who they would like to be their friend. Go visual – pretend play using toys or figurines can encourage them to express their feelings. Have a conversation with them about their strengths. Give your child plenty of encouragement and praise to help them build their self-esteem. For example, “You can do this,” or, “Keep going”. And above all be a positive role model. If you’re still struggling, you can also seek outside help from experts. For example, our team of therapists can help you manage your child’s feelings and behaviours. We can also help them to make friends and get along with others, and help them manage their moods. CHILDREN’S THERAPY CENTRE 70 Windsor Road, Nambour 16 Red Hill Road, Gympie Kawana Waters State College – primary school campus Phone: (07) 5441 7199 enquires@childrenstherapycentre.com.au]]>