Dr Natasha Tein is a therapeutically-endorsed clinical optometrist with a passion for providing the highest level of care for her patients. She has a specialty interest in contact lenses, myopia control and ocular disease management. Natasha graduated with distinction in her Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Clinical Optometry degrees at the University of New South Wales and was awarded the Cooper Vision Prize for Best Performance in Contact Lenses. Following graduation, she has worked in regional NSW to gain additional experience in ocular pathology (red eye, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy), dry eye disease and ophthalmology co-management. Natasha is also passionate about expanding the Scope of Optometry and is a main committee member and secretary for Early Career Optometrists NSW/ACT (Optometry Australia). In her spare time, Natasha enjoys the outdoors, photography and exploring new cafes and restaurants.
No individual is the same. No eyes are equal. A tailored and individualised approach to the management of your eyes is key to Natasha. This aligns with her values of providing quality patient care and improving the quality of life of those affected by vision symptoms and/or vision conditions. Her patience, compassion and willingness to help and understand her patients is unparalleled.
Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a global public health concern given the elevated risk of ocular complications and pathology associated with each incremental increase in myopia. It is estimated that 50% of the global population will be short-sighted by 2050, with both genetic and environmental risk factors contributing to the exponential rise in myopia within the last decade. As a myope herself, Natasha is passionate about educating her patients about myopia and the need to halt its onset and progression. Current management strategies include specialised spectacle lenses, orthokeratology (overnight contact lenses), soft contact lenses (daily), and pharmaceutical management with eye drops. In managing the progression of myopia, we aim to reduce the risk of lifelong ocular complications and irreversible vision loss.
Ocular Pathology Management
Natasha is therapeutically qualified to prescribe ophthalmic medicines to treat ocular conditions such as ocular infection, contact lens-related red eye, dry eye disease, uveitis and glaucoma. Having spent time working in regional NSW, Natasha has gained additional experience and exposure to a wide range of ocular pathology, including involvement in ophthalmology co-management.