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8 NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, MARCH 29, 2013
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Over 30 years of treating your eye needs here on the Shore
The North Shore's foremost fully equipped Ophthalmic Centre, with on-site operating
theatres for cataract, glaucoma, squint, tear duct, eyelid and oculoplastic surgery.
Lasers available for treating glaucoma, retinal disease and secondary cataract.
Consultations available at Milford, Red Beach and Warkworth.
For all consultations phone 09 489 6871
Milford Eye Clinic
Affiliated Southern Cross Provider
Milford Eye Clinic
181 Shakespeare Road
Red Beach Shopping Centre
Warkworth Health Centre
Cnr Alnwick & Percy Streets
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eye care in Milford
Experienced team: The qualified, friendly specialists at Milford Eye Clinic provide a high standard of eye care
Milford Eye Clinic understands
that everyone faces major finan-
cial demands these days, making
it important to get the best value
for your money.
Luckily, they are committed to
delivering the highest standard of
eye care, and work equally hard to
keep costs reasonable. They stay
at the forefront of modern devel-
opments in ophthalmology, as
well as keeping costs very com-
Like others, Milford Eye Clinic
charge a fixed amount for cataract
surgery. Look around however
and you will find their prices are
significantly lower than most
surgeries. The operating theatre
has the finest Zeiss microscope,
the latest generation of torsional
phacoemulsifier, and they have
very experienced staff.
By keeping surgery "in house"
they are able to control costs
tightly and undertake your posto-
perative care themselves.
They also have Affiliated Pro-
vider arrangements with South-
ern Cross for consultations and
most common investigations and
operations, providing for certainty
By dealing with Southern Cross
directly, they make it easier for
you. As a Southern Cross member
you don t have to pay then wait to
get your money reimbursed -- you
only pay the excess your policy
Many smaller operations can be
done under local anaesthetic in
their procedure room. This avoids
operating theatre charges and can
allow for faster procedures. Of
course, if they need full operating
theatre facilities these can be
arranged. Customised care for
each patient keeps costs as low as
Milford Eye Clinic has many
ways to assess glaucoma: clinical
review and pressure measure-
ments, visual field tests, HRT
analysis and OCT. They work
hard to develop a customised
follow-up regime for each patient
to keep costs reasonable!
Consultations are available at
181 Shakespeare Road, Milford;
Coastcare, Red Beach and in
Warkworth on the corner of Percy
and Alnwick Streets.
Referrals from doctors or
optometrists welcome but not
essential. For appointments phone
Shakes alike: From left: Yvonne Standen, 73, Alan Irvine, 89, and Lesley
Stewart, 74, are part of a support group for people with Essential Tremor.
Photo: MARYKE PENMAN
Go to northharbournews.
co.nz to hear from a woman
who developed Essential
Tremor in her early 20s.
By MARYKE PENMAN
Condition a life changer
-- Alan Irvine
My signature looks
like a mad spider's
been dropped into a
bottle of ink.
It is a common ritual for Alan
Irvine, 89, to knock back a stiff
gin before going out to dinner.
Not because he has a
drinking problem but because
it s the only thing that stops his
The Belmont man is among
just 2 per cent of the New Zea-
land population living with
Essential Tremor, a neurologi-
cal disorder that causes shaking
in the hands, head and other
Essential Tremor is
caused by a miscommunication
in the brain. It can affect people
of any age and is often heredi-
Alcohol provides short-term
relief from the constant shak-
ing, Mr Irvine says, allowing
him to dine at a restaurant
without the embarrassment of
being unable to use a knife and
New Zealand Essential Tre-
mor Support Group chair-
woman Yvonne Standen, 73, of
Browns Bay says the progress-
ive disorder is completely life-
altering and turns everyday
activities into huge tasks.
The tremors have even forced
Mrs Standen and fellow group
members Lesley Stewart, 74,
and Mr Irvine to give up their
Mr Irvine was an architect
and was diagnosed with Essen-
tial Tremor at age 30.
I relied on my ability to draw
so it made life very difficult. I
could no longer do freehand.
Glenfield woman Ms Stewart
had to give up teaching and
return to library work. I wor-
ked out at Paremoremo prison.
They all got to know me there
and even now I get big tattooed
guys come up to give me a hug
and say hello shakes .
Simple tasks like signing
documents, fastening buttons
and drinking a coffee are near
impossible for those with
Essential Tremor, Mr Irvine
My signature looks like a
mad spider s been dropped into
a bottle of ink, but as long as I
make a mark most people don t
Mrs Standen s husband Merv
says he has learned to accept
that there are going
to be broken dishes and
You feel like you want to
step in and help all the time but
I ve learned to choose my
moments. I don t want to make
Yvonne feel as though she s
He says watching his wife
degenerate is the hardest thing
It s hard emotionally. But we
have all found ways to get
around it and have the ability
to laugh at it which is import-
Go to essentialtremor.
org.nz or call Yvonne Standen
475 5577 for information.
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