Paul McCarthy Optometrist test drives Slastik sunglasses

At Paul McCarthy Optometrist, we’re into all sorts of sports. Paul recently tested the new Slastik polarised sport sunglasses during a morning of stand up paddleboarding on the bay – have a look at his YouTube video

What makes Slastik sunglasses unique is their ‘Always Fit’ system, featuring:

• magnetic front closure over the bridge of your nose
• telescopic side adjustment to ensure perfect fit at the side of your head
• a flexible strap which ensures they stay on your head, or hang around your neck when not in use

Slastik lenses are polarised for optimum glare protection and provide 100% UV protection – plus hydrophobic coating to repel water on the lenses and HG-1600 treatment which eliminates the ‘rainbow effect’ on the inside of the lenses. They’re ideal sports sunglasses for water sports, cycling and running and are worn by the Spanish sailing team and top Spanish triathletes.

They are available for kids and adults, starting at $79 – call in to see our range and enjoy quality sports sunglasses that ‘always fit’.

Slastik's unique "Always Fit" system

Slastik’s unique “Always Fit” system

Spanish triathlete Josef Ajram & Slastik sunglasses

Spanish triathlete Josef Ajram & Slastik sunglasses

Don’t go without prescription sunglasses this summer!

couple sunglasses

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


1 bunch of kale

Olive oil spray

Dried chilli flakes

Sea salt


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!