A Guide to Eyewear Frame Shapes

Finding Your Perfect Fit: A Guide to Eyewear Frame Shapes

Your glasses are more than just corrective lenses; they're a statement piece that complements your face shape and personal style. But with so many frame shapes available, choosing the right pair can feel overwhelming. Here at our practice, we want to help you navigate the world of eyewear and find frames that flatter your features and boost your confidence.

Understanding Your Face Shape:

The key to choosing the perfect frame lies in understanding your face shape. Here's a quick guide:

  • Oval: Lucky you! Oval faces can rock almost any frame shape, from classic rectangles to trendy cat-eyes.
  • Round: Opt for frames with sharp angles, like squares or wayfarers, to add definition and balance.
  • Square: Soften your strong jawline with rounded or oval frames.
  • Heart-shaped: Balance a wider forehead with frames that are wider at the bottom, like aviators or cat-eyes.
  • Diamond: Play up your high cheekbones with narrow or rimless frames.

Beyond the Basics:

While face shape is a great starting point, it's not the only factor to consider. Think about your personal style! Do you prefer a bold, statement look or something more classic? Consider your hair colour, skin tone, and even the materials the frames are made from (metal, plastic, etc.) to create a cohesive look.

Finding Your Perfect Pair:

The best way to find your perfect frame is to visit your local eye care professional! Our friendly staff can help you identify your face shape, recommend frames that flatter your features, and ensure a comfortable fit. We have a wide selection of designer and budget frames to suit every taste and style.

Ready to find your perfect pair? Schedule an appointment with us today and let our experts guide you on your eyewear journey!


Signs and Symptoms of Eye Trauma or Issues

Don't Ignore It! Signs and Symptoms of Eye Trauma or Issues

Our eyes are precious, and any potential problem deserves attention. While some minor eye discomfort might resolve on its own, there are signs and symptoms that indicate a need for professional evaluation. Here at our practice, we want to empower you with knowledge to identify potential eye issues and seek timely care.

Common Signs of Eye Trauma:

  • Sudden pain or discomfort: This is a major red flag, especially if accompanied by other symptoms.
  • Blurred or double vision: Difficulty seeing clearly can indicate various problems, including trauma.
  • Sensitivity to light: Increased sensitivity to light often accompanies eye injuries or irritation.
  • Redness or bloodshot eyes: While redness can be caused by allergies or fatigue, sudden or persistent redness warrants a check-up.
  • Discharge or bleeding: Any discharge or bleeding from the eye requires immediate medical attention.
  • Foreign object sensation: Feeling like something is stuck in your eye can be a sign of an eyelash, debris, or a more serious scratch.
  • Bruising around the eye: This can be a cosmetic concern but may also indicate underlying damage.

Other Symptoms to Consider:

  • Sudden changes in vision: This includes seeing floaters (cobweb-like shapes) or flashes of light.
  • Loss of peripheral vision: Difficulty seeing out of the corners of your eyes can be a warning sign.
  • Bulging or protruding eye: This is a serious symptom and needs immediate medical attention.

Remember: Early detection and treatment are crucial for optimal eye health outcomes. If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Our experienced team will conduct a thorough examination and recommend the appropriate course of action.


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Are your eyes feeling tired?

Looking at digital screens all day is a reality for many of us in today's world. While the convenience of technology is undeniable, the constant eye strain it can cause takes a toll. Here's where vocational lenses step in, offering a solution to combat screen fatigue and improve your work experience.

Vocational lenses aren't your average everyday glasses. They are specifically designed for optimal vision, personalised to your working distance and digital screen needs. This means clear vision, whether you're staring at your computer screen, reading reports, or collaborating across the table.

Traditional lenses might not be equipped to handle the constant near-focusing required for digital tasks. This can lead to eye strain, headaches, and blurred vision. Vocational lenses help alleviate these issues by providing a gentle focusing "boost" within the lens, allowing your eyes to relax and adjust more comfortably throughout the day.

Beyond improved vision, vocational lenses can also promote better posture. By optimising your visual comfort, you're less likely to slouch over your desk or crane your neck to see clearly. This can lead to improved body alignment and reduce body aches, contributing to an overall sense of well-being at work.

If you spend a significant amount of time working on digital screens, vocational lenses are an investment worth considering. They can offer a solution to:

  • Reduce eye strain and fatigue
  • Improve visual comfort at your working distance
  • Promote better posture and reduce body aches
  • Enhance your overall work experience

 

Book an appointment and talk to our team


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See More, Do More: Explore the Possibilities of Smart Lenses

As we age, our bodies subtly change, and our vision is no stranger to this evolution. One common age-related shift is presbyopia, where focusing on close up objects like reading material or phone screens becomes increasingly challenging. While multifocal glasses have been the traditional remedy, smart lenses are emerging as a technologically advanced alternative.

Presbyopia: A Natural Progression

Presbyopia isn't a disease, but a natural consequence of age. Around the age of 45, the lenses in our eyes lose flexibility, making it harder to focus on near objects. This often leads to eye strain, headaches, and the frustration of reaching for the reading glasses we might have forgotten.

Smart lenses go beyond basic correction; they are technologically infused solutions designed to combat the difficulties of presbyopia. They seamlessly adapt to different distances, offering clear vision for both near and far objects. Here's what sets them apart:

  • Multiple Zones: Unlike the visible lines of traditional multifocal lenses, some smart lenses have built-in zones within the lens, allowing your eyes to focus effortlessly on various distances.
  • Light-Adjusting Power: Certain digital lenses take things a step further by automatically adjusting their focus based on the surrounding light, ensuring optimal vision in all lighting conditions.
  • Personalised Touch: Advanced smart lenses can even be customised to your specific vision needs, offering a truly personalized experience.

Benefits of Smart Lenses:

  • Clear and comfortable vision at all distances.
  • Reduced eye strain and fatigue.
  • Elimination of the need for multiple pairs of glasses.
  • Improved quality of life for everyday activities.

Talk to our Team today to find out more.


Performance and Eye Protection

Performance and Eye Protection

In the world of sports and physical activities, having the right equipment is essential for optimal performance and safety. However, one critical component that often gets overlooked is sports eyewear.

Performance Enhancement

  • Visual Clarity: Sports-specific eyewear, such as polarized sunglasses, improves visual clarity by reducing glare and enhancing contrast, enabling athletes to excel even in challenging conditions.
  • Eye Protection: Sports eyewear acts as a shield, protecting your eyes from dust, debris, and harmful UV rays, allowing you to focus on your performance without worries of eye damage.

Safety First

  • Preventing Eye Injuries: Sports eyewear acts as a protective barrier, safeguarding your eyes from flying objects or accidental contact with others, reducing the risk of eye injuries.
  • UV Protection: Proper UV-protective sports eyewear shields your eyes from harmful rays, minimizing the risk of conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Dust and Debris: Outdoor sports expose your eyes to wind, dust, and debris, leading to irritation. Sports goggles or sunglasses with proper seals reduce this risk and prevent potential infections.

Sports eyewear is a crucial part of your sports gear, enhancing performance while keeping your eyes safe. Whether you're a professional athlete or enjoy recreational sports, investing in appropriate sports-specific eyewear ensures a better experience. Prioritize eye safety and visual clarity, and perform at your best with confidence. Remember, your eyes deserve the best protection!


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Eye Strain and Screens: A Modern Dilemma

In today's fast-paced world, screens have become an integral part of our lives. Whether for work, education, or entertainment, we find ourselves constantly connected to smartphones, computers, tablets, and televisions. However, this digital revolution has brought an unexpected cost: eye strain.

Factors Contributing to Eye Strain

  • Blue Light: Screens emit blue light that can disrupt our sleep-wake cycle, causing digital eye strain.
  • Screen Glare: Reflections and glares force our eyes to work harder, leading to fatigue.
  • Digital Device Usage: Prolonged use without breaks strains our eyes.
  • Poor Lighting and Viewing Distance: Inadequate lighting and improper viewing distance contribute to eye strain.

Tips to Reduce Eye Strain

  • Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes to focus on an object 20 feet away.
  • Proper Lighting: Ensure adequate lighting to avoid screen glare.
  • Adjust Screen Settings: Reduce brightness and adjust contrast for comfort.
  • Use Blue Light Filters: Consider using blue light filter apps or glasses.
  • Maintain the Right Distance: Position screens at arm's length and eye level.

Prevention is key to avoiding long-term problems. Balancing screen time with breaks and outdoor activities can significantly improve eye health in this digital age. Prioritize eye care for a healthier and more enjoyable digital experience.


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The Forgotten Winter Accessory

As the days get shorter and temperatures start to drop, it's easy to forget about the importance of wearing sunglasses. But don't let the cold weather fool you: sunglasses are just as necessary in winter as they are in summer. Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh UV rays, but they also provide many other benefits that are especially important during the winter months.

Sunglasses are important for protecting your eyes from the cold weather

Windy days and chilly temperatures can cause irritation, and sunglasses can help to protect your eyes by blocking out the wind. Additionally, sunglasses can help prevent snow blindness, a condition caused by exposure to snow's ultraviolet light.

Get the best out of it

Sunglasses are a great way to stay fashionable in the winter months. It's easy to get stuck in a rut of wearing the same hat, scarf, and coat every day, but a nice pair of sunglasses can help spice up your look. Whether you prefer classic aviators or fashionable cat eyes, sunglasses can be a fun and stylish way to add a little something extra to your winter wardrobe.

Grab your favourite pair of shades and head out into the cold—your eyes will thank you.


Dry Eyes

Why do my eyes get dry in winter?

Why do my eyes get dry in winter?

Winter is a time when many people suffer from dry eye syndrome. Dry eye can be a very uncomfortable condition, causing symptoms such as:

  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision

For many people, winter is the worst time of year for dry eye as cold air, low humidity, and wind can exacerbate symptoms.

What are the treatments? 

There are several treatments available to help manage dry eye. These include:

  • Use artificial tears or eye drops to lubricate the eyes
  • Increase the humidity of the environment
  • Wear special glasses to block out the wind

In some cases, lifestyle changes such as avoiding smoking, reducing screen time, and wearing sunglasses may help reduce the symptoms of dry eye. In more serious cases, prescription medications or surgery may be necessary.

If you are suffering from dry eye, it is important to see your Optometrist for a proper diagnosis. Your Optometrist can help determine the underlying cause of your dry eye and recommend the best treatment for your condition.


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Does my prescription need updating?

It is recommended to get an eye test once every two years, but during that time, it is possible that you perfect prescription may change. It can be difficult to notice the effects of an incorrect prescription, however, there are a few signs that your prescription may no longer be suitable for your eyes.

  1. Blurred Vision

This is the first and most obvious sign that your current prescription may not be working for you. If you are experiencing fuzzy or unclear vision while wearing your eyeglasses, it may be time for a new prescription.

  1. Your eyes feel tired

Eye fatigue can feel like your eyes are dry or you may interpret eye fatigue as needing to sleep. But it could be that your prescription is no longer accurate.

  1. Frequent headaches

Headaches are a symptom of many different things, which can make it hard to pinpoint the cause. If you are experiencing frequent headaches and wear glasses, it is worth checking that your prescription is still working for you.

If you are unsure if an incorrect prescription could be causing you issues, it is best to visit your optometrist to find out for sure.


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Get Back to School Ready

Have you added an eye test to the list of back-to-school jobs? Approximately 80% of the primary school curriculum in Australia is delivered visually. Therefore, the ability for a child to see clearly is paramount to giving them their best education. There are some tell-tale signs that a child might be experiencing visual difficulties.

  • Frequently rubbing eyes
  • Complaining of tired eyes
  • Sitting close to the TV or a book
  • Closing one eye to see better
  • Consistent incoordination
  • Frequent squinting

If you have noticed any of these behaviours in your child, it might be time for an eye test. A children’s eye test can help to detect common conditions such as:

Myopia: A Condition in which objects that are near appear clear, and object farther away look blurry.

Amblyopia (lazy eye): Reduced vision in one eye.

Convergence insufficiency: Can cause blurry and double vision

The optometrist will also test for issues in binocular vision, focusing, eye tracking and colour vision. Book an appointment with us today to get your children's eyes tested!