Dr. Vanessa Thai
Dr. Vanessa Thai is an Australian-qualified optometrist having practiced in both Australia and Hong Kong. She has experience working in both the private and public sectors, and provided clinical teaching at the Australian College of Optometry and the Polytechnic University’s School of Optometry.
Dr. Thai has a strong interest in children’s vision and development. She enjoys working with people of all ages and finds enormous satisfaction when vision improvement is found.
We provide quality eyecare for the whole family to ensure optimal eye health and comfortable vision everyday. We care about each and every one of our patients and strive for excellence and a holistic approach to optometry practice.
We offer full scope optometry service including:
• Comprehensive eye examinations for people of all ages – near and far vision, colour vision and depth perception, prescription and supply of spectacle and contact lenses
• Behavioural and developmental eyecare services for school-aged children
• Myopia management
• Assessment of eye health and visual performance and management using a range of clinical techniques and the latest technology
• Routine screening of conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, general health-related conditions that affect the eye such as diabetes and abnormal blood pressure
• Referral to specialists where necessary
Behavioural and paediatric optometry concentrates on how vision affects behaviour and learning in school-aged children. We approach the eye examination with a consideration of the full development of a child’s visual process through growth and learning and in context with other senses.
A behavioural optometry examination is encouraged if a child is described as “doing poorly in school,” “failing,” “not working up to potential,” “having difficulties with learning,” “disliking school work,” “or “having a school/reading problem.”
Good vision involves more than good eyesight or having 20/20 vision. Good vision means having efficient scanning, focusing and visual coordination skills for reading and learning in the classroom. While children may have good distance eyesight, they may have difficulty maintaining comfortable near vision when reading and writing leading to learning-related vision problems. Some key behavioural signs and performance displayed when a visual problem is present include slow reading speed, skipping words, and headaches.
Assessment of a child’s development in skills of Visual Perception or Visual Information Processing may sometimes be required. Visual Information Processing is the process of understanding what we see, and involves the communication between the eyes and brain. Some areas tested include Visual Spatial Skills, Visual Analysis Skills and Eye Tracking Skills. These tests assess if a child’s abilities are normally developed for their age, so they can learn to read and write at age level and achieve their maximum potential.
Vision therapy is a series of activities designed to improve eye muscle control, which in turn helps children better understand what they are reading and seeing. Vision therapy aims to improve coordination problems, focusing difficulties, eye tracking, lower-than-expected visual thinking and understanding. Vision therapy also aims to enhance eye muscle efficiency and improve visual comfort.
Dr. Thai can be seen by appointment at our Southside clinic.