Visiting me at Carina Eye Care is unlike most optometry visits.
You'll simply get me for every step of the way from greeting to examination, through to delivering your glasses, writing a report to your GP, referring you to a specialist, and reminding you to come back for your next eye examination.
Why is this a good thing?
❤️ Why did I decide to set up Carina Eye Care as a one-woman-optometry-practice?
After almost 10 years practicing as an optometrist, and 4 years prior working as an casual optical dispenser, I developed strong views as to how I would like to serve others through eye care.
My preference is to be involved from start to finish so that I can ensure what I'm prescribing is accurately reflected in the glasses or contact lenses that you are given. Follow up examinations are also important in order to monitor how my management plan is tracking, so that I can alter treatment if necessary.
💵 What are the costs involved in accessing eyecare at Carina Eye Care?
It's important for me that eye care and quality eye wear is accessible and affordable for patients. Eye examinations are bulk-billed on Medicare whenever possible. If further assessments and tests are necessary, I will inform you of potential costs before proceeding with your consent. For more information on fees, click here.
Prescription glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses are sold at competitive prices at Carina Eye Care. Feel free to email, Whatsapp, or SMS me for a quote for any eye wear, contact lenses, or eye care solutions. I have HICAPS facilities for on-the-spot claims from your health insurance and can process some health fund rebates online. Pricing is tailored to suit your needs as I offer a range of products from premium European made eyewear, mid-range K-Pop star eyewear, to light and comfortable budget-friendly glasses. DVA (veterans) and health fund holders are also offered no-gap options. For more information on eyewear, click here.
💰 Which health funds can I claim directly from?
Scroll left and right to check three pages of health funds that I can directly claim from at my practice. For an updated list, you can check the HICAPS website.
💖 What areas of optometry am I most interested in?
Apart from general primary eye care, and having the latest knowledge in glasses, sunglasses, and contact lens options, there are a few main areas of eye care that I am very interested in.
The reason why I'm interested in Myopia Management stems from my own personal experience having almost lost my vision in one eye at the age of 24 while living and working in Dubbo (regional NSW, 5 hours west of Sydney). This really hammered the fact that being short-sighted was not simply a refractive error, or something that could be managed with glasses or contact lenses. It made me wake up to the fact that it is indeed a serious eye condition that can cause blindness in young people and is an under-recognised global epidemic. If you're interested in finding out more about how I practice myopia management and whether it's suitable for your child or yourself, click here.
Personally, I've been a contact lens wearer since I was a wee teenager 13 (year 8, I think it was) and admittedly, it made a massive difference to my self-esteem at that awkward age. Funnily enough, I first wanted glasses in Year 5 because my best friend had them so I thought they were cool, and I also realised that they helped me see the board better in class. I pretty much instantaneously became a full time contact lens wearer from age 13 until 19. Now, I'm an occasional wearer who absolutely loves the benefits of contact lens wear, the freedom from glasses, but also love having my specs too. Contact lens developments have been massive over the years, and every single year there is usually a new product that adds much value to the lives of my patients. You can learn more about contact lenses here.
This one's close to my heart because I've witnessed the implications of this condition so much in my everyday optometry work over the past decade. Thankfully, I've also been able to help patients manage the condition so that they are able to have improved comfort, clarity, and quality of life. Unfortunately, for most patients this is not a condition that has a quick fix. However, with better education and understanding, I work together with patients to find a solution that works for them. Special eyewear is available for those who experience severe symptoms or simply want a bit more protection, and Carina Eye Care is currently the only stockist of 7eye or Ziena moisture chamber eyewear west of Sydney CBD. You can find out more about Dry Eye management here.
Vision is so important for learning as it is the main sense that is utilised at school. Many subtle visual issues can be overlooked, as your child may have "20/20" vision but be seriously straining their eyes and concentrating extremely hard to achieve that. If you have any concerns with your child's learning or school performance, make sure that you understand how your child's eyes are focusing, aligning, and tracking.
Most children with learning difficulties do not present with a 'refractive error', meaning that they are not significantly long-sighted (hyperopic), short-sighted (myopic), or have astigmatism. Instead, they tend to have minimal refractive error, but significant issues with how they use their eyes.
I also understand that finding eyewear for young children can be difficult, and have invested in a range of lightweight, soft, comfortable, and easy-to-maintain eyewear for little ones.
Contact Dr Carina Trinh by emailing email@example.com, sending a text to or calling 0423 590 959.
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Please make sure that you book an appointment if you plan to visit Carina Eye Care at 40 Neich Parade, Burwood NSW 2134.