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Don’t go without prescription sunglasses this summer!

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Are you squinting in the sun and putting off buying prescription sunglasses?  Well, you’re not alone. Recent research conducted by ProVision, Australia’s network of independent optometrists, revealed a number of reasons why current glasses wearers are not wearing prescription sunglasses.

  • About 30% of those interviewed believed their eyesight wasn’t that bad.
  • About 27% of those interviewed thought prescription sunglasses would be too expensive.

Let’s think about those responses:

Chances are, if you’re already wearing prescription glasses for near, distance or a combination of both (multifocals), your eyesight AND your eye health would certainly benefit from prescription sunglasses.  You might think your eyesight is ‘not that bad’ but once you’ve worn prescription sunglasses and enjoyed the comfort and clarity, you’ll see how much better your vision can be – reading on the beach, playing sport, driving or just enjoying our sunny great outdoors.

Too expensive? If you’re among the 61% of Australians who have private health fund optical benefits, you can claim your prescription sunglasses with your optical benefits. With our prescription sunglasses packages (frames and single vision lenses) starting at $149, there’s a good chance your private health fund will cover all of the cost.

Why wait? Call in to see us to organise your prescription sunnies and you’ll be set for all that summer has to offer!

Kale Chips – An Eye-Healthy Snack!

Rather than raid the pantry once again for a sugary snack, I took myself out into the vege garden and picked some kale to whip up oven baked Kale Chips. They’re easy, tasty, zero sugar and virtually zero fat (other than a smidgen of olive oil) and kale is one of the eye health superfoods.  Kale is full of lutein & zeaxanthin – two very important compounds in keeping eyes healthy to avoid conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.  Here’s my simple recipe:

Kale chips

KALE CHIPS

1 bunch of kale

Olive oil spray

Dried chilli flakes

Sea salt

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced. Remove the woody stems and cut the kale into bite-size pieces (about the size of a potato chip, we want them to look like chips!) and rinse the kale thoroughly in a salad spinner or colander and dry it off – important as the kale needs to be dry before cooking.  Line a baking tray with baking paper, place the kale chips in a single layer on the paper and give them a very light spray with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle with a pinch of chilli flakes.  Cook for 15 mins.  When cooking has finished, remove them from the tray, pop them in a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!

Eye Makeup for Glasses 101

This is often a tricky one – especially for new glasses wearers. How much eye makeup is too much? Do your eyes lack oomph with not enough?
Makeup guru Bobbi Brown has compiled a great ‘go to’ list when making up your eyes as a glasses wearer and here it is:

  • use an eyeshadow or brow kit the same colour as your hair colour to fill your brows
  • choose a light base eyeshadow for the entire eyelid, from lashline to browbone
  • use a medium colour on the lower lid – from lashline to crease
  • gel liner for some impact along top lashline
  • powder liner along lower lashline
  • finish with 2 coats of waterproof mascara
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