Don't sleep on it! Claim your 2019 optical benefits before it's too late.
 
Claim your optical extra before Dec 31
 
 

If you've invested in private health fund insurance, you'll want to make the most of your cover. Use them, don't lose them - claim your annual optical benefits before they expire December 31st.

Stop by and we'll help you use your cover towards optical or sunglasses prescription eyewear for a specific purpose that suits your lifestyle or hobby, or a pair for everyday wear. Don't forget about contact lenses too!

Want to take advantage of your remaining optical benefits but want to keep the costs to a minimum? No problem, we'll work with you to try to get the best value option for your visual needs and level of cover.

 
Kari Shelton
Openpay now available!
 
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Good news! All of our products and services including glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, consultations, vision therapy, and dry eye treatments can now be paid via Openpay!

Openpay is a simple, interest-free payment plan, that allows you to buy now and pay later with weekly or fortnightly payments to suit your schedule.

 
Kari Shelton
New Collection: l.a.Eyeworks
LA Eyeworks
 
 

We are now stockists of the legendary l.a.Eyeworks!
Founded by two Californian women in 1979, l.a.Eyeworks is all about uncensored visions - eyewear that celebrates the diversity of faces and the uniqueness of individuals.
💜 bold shapes
💛 imaginative handling of materials
💙 expressive use of colour

 
 
 
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Check out the l.a.Eyeworks website to learn more and to view the full range!

 
Kari Shelton
Meet our new optometrist, Shashi!
 
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Say howdy to Shashi!

Shashi has joined our fabulous optometry team here at Eyes on Oxford. After completing his Biomedical Science degree, Shashi studied a Bachelor of Optomety degree at The University of Auckland. He worked in the windy city of Wellington before making the move to Perth.

Shashi is available for all adult consultations, including contact lenses, and has a keen interest in dry eye management. We're thrilled to have him on board!

 
Kari Shelton
Are You Ready For End of Year Exams?
 
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WITH END OF YEAR SCHOOL EXAMS ONLY A FEW MONTHS AWAY, NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO HAVE YOUR TEEN'S EYES CHECKED.

Extra study and screen time can put stress on our visual system, causing headaches and fatigue. Our comprehensive vision assessments can also help detect any visual information processing issues that can impact a child’s learning and school performance.

Book in today to make sure your child's eyes are working at their best!

 
 
Kari Shelton
Acuvue Oasys with Transitions are now available!
 
Acuvue Oasys Transitions
 
 

You’ve probably heard of Transitions lenses for glasses - technology that gives you the convenience of lenses that darken and lighten in response to changing light conditions. Now Transitions are available for contact lenses!

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions is the first contact lens product to incorporate Transitions Light Intelligent Technology. The fortnightly disposable lenses adapts to balance the amount of indoor and outdoor light entering the eye, including filtering blue light and blocking harmful UV rays, to provide comfortable vision during the day and at night. Squint less, see more!

 
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If you’re interested in trialling these new, award winning contact lenses, get in touch with us below!

Kari Shelton
The Myopia Movement: Myopia Awareness Week 2019
 
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By 2050 almost 50% of the world will be myopic. That is five billion people! Myopia Awareness Week is about getting people talking about myopia.

What is myopia?

Myopia is an eye condition that causes poor long-distance vision. Myopia is caused by structural irregularities in the eye. Myopia is also known as nearsightedness because myopic people can still see things clearly that are close. In myopic eyes, the eyeball is either longer than normal, or the cornea is too curved, both causing the image to be focused in front of the retina rather than on the retina, causing some images to be blurry

What causes myopia?

While heredity is a factor, the recent increase in myopic people suggests there may also be environmental risk factors. Studies in the US, Asia and other countries show time spent doing close work, such as reading or computer work, and not enough time spent outdoors could play a role in the development of myopia.

How is it treated?

Although corrective lenses (glasses and contact lenses) are the traditional and easiest way to treat myopia, they do not help stop the progression of myopia. Recent research indicates that corrective lenses may, in fact, make myopia worse. Glasses and contact lenses can elongate the length of the eyeball resulting in worsened nearsightedness. The intent of myopia prevention is to stop this lengthening of the eyeball from occurring either through drug therapy (restricting focussing), by specialty multifocal spectacle or soft contact lenses that defocus the image in the periphery (moving it in front of the retina), thus shortening its length and making it either stable or hopefully less nearsighted, or through a contact lens treatment that reshapes the cornea overnight called Orthokeratology.

Are there complications?

Most people with mild to moderate myopia won’t experience any complications. However, high myopia, requiring a lens of -6.00 dioptres or more, does come with a risk of complications. People with high myopia have an increased risk of retinal detachment, cataracts, myopic degeneration and glaucoma, which can all cause vision loss. People with high myopia should ask their optometrist about the warning signs for these conditions, and ensure they have comprehensive eye health checks regularly.

Can myopia be prevented?

As myopia is often hereditary, it cannot be completely prevented; however, new research suggests ways to slow the progression of the condition, especially in children. The condition may be delayed or prevented by spending less time on devices and more time outside, possibly due to increased exposure to sunlight or the need to look into the far distance regularly. While myopia cannot be completely prevented, it can also be treated through the use of specialty corrective lenses (multifocal glasses or contact lenses), Orthokeratology, and drug therapies.


Interested in more information on myopia treatments for you or your child?

 
 

Information thanks to The Myopia Movement.

Kari Shelton
Headaches? Dry eyes? Neck Pain? It may be Digital Eye Strain.
 
Digital Eye Strain
 
 

The digital age has changed the way we work, learn, shop, socialise and relax. However, our eyes are not accustomed to the digital environment and many of us are feeling the strain.

Australians on average are spending 10 hours a day on internet connected devices^. This places stress and fatigue on our eyes and posture, resulting in a growing issue known as digital eye strain.

What is digital eye strain?

Digital Eye Strain is the physical eye discomfort felt by as many as 65% of individuals after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. Those using two or more devices simultaneously are at higher risk. Symptoms can include one or more of the following and the statics represent the frequency of reported symptoms^:

  • 35% Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain

  • 32% Eye Strain

  • 28% Blurred Vision

  • 27% Headache

  • 27% Dry Eyes

 Why does it occur?

  • Our eyes are focusing more intensively, switching frequently between devices and adjusting to increasingly smaller, pixelated characters and bright, glowing screens.

  • Digital devices are backlit and emit blue-violet light that can cause strain and discomfort and is linked to disrupted sleeping patterns.

  • A new reading zone in ultra near vision has evolved with the smartphone, placing even greater demands on our eyes.

  • The normal blinking rate is often reduced from 17 or more blinks a minute to 12 to 15 blinks, reducing tear production, making your eyes feel dry and uncomfortable.

  • Our posture has changed as we lean toward our screens and/or slouch in our chairs, putting a strain on the neck and back.

How can we help?

Innovative lens technology is available to help alleviate digital eye strain by eliminating glare, filtering out blue light, and preventing vision fatigue. The good news is that digital lens innovation caters to both prescription and non-prescription wearers affected by digital eye strain.

Referred to as your computer, digital or work pair, these lenses are designed to relax and protect your eyes by providing clear viewing at typical screen viewing distance, as well as reducing blurriness, pixelation, brightness and glare. If you wear prescription glasses currently, a dedicated computer pair will help combat digital eye strain, provide clearer vision, and deliver postural benefits as your glasses will be specially formatted for closeup work and screen viewing.


Need some help to ease the strain?

 
 


^Ernst & Young, Digital Australia: State of the Nation 2015-16
^2016 Digital Eye Strain Report, The Vision Council

Kari Shelton
Good Things Come in Pairs Sale
 
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Fish and chips… Bacon and eggs… Spaghetti and meatballs… Ok, now we’re hungry.
But you see, it’s true! All good things come in pairs!

Get 30% off your second frame when you purchase two complete pairs of single vision or multifocal glasses or sunglasses until the end of March.

*Excluding Maui Jim. Discount on second frame of lesser value. Offer valid until 31st March 2019. To claim the discount on a second frame, customers must have a valid spectacle prescription and purchase the two complete pairs of glasses or sunglasses in a single transaction.

 
Kari Shelton
Meet our new optometrist, Rob!
 
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Introducing our latest Eyes on Oxford team member, Robert Burnie!

Rob graduated optometry in New Zealand before making the jump across the ditch to join us in sunny Perth. Prior to Optometry he also completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in neuroscience. He is particularly interested in how traumatic brain injuries and degenerative disorders can affect vision and how he can provide optometric care in these cases.

Rob is keen to meet you and your eyes, so jump to our online booking page to make an appointment today!

 
Kari Shelton
Get your specs protected with Clarity 20/20 insurance
 
Clarity Glasses Insurance
 
 

Accidents happen. And we know that when your glasses break it can be a stressful moment.

We’re happy to be able to offer a little peace of mind with Clarity 20/20 eyewear insurance. Available for both children’s and adult’s eyewear purchases, Clarity 20/20 insurance covers:

  • Unlimited repairs to your frame

  • Unlimited repairs or replacements of your lenses

  • Vandalism and theft

  • Travel cover up to 60 days

Best of all, if you need to make a claim we’ll sort out all the paperwork and organise the claim for you!

For more information check out clarity2020.com

 
Kari Shelton
Refresh post-party eyes
 
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The festive season often means…. party time! Late nights and indulging in a celebratory drink or two can leave our eyes feeling a little weary. Back to work and needing some help recovering from the silly season? Here are some tips to help refresh post-party eyes.

Increase your water intake and skip the salty snacks

Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limit your salt intake to combat puffiness and avoid fluid retention.

Keep cool

Chill some metal teaspoons or some used tea bags (chamomile or green tea works well) in the fridge. Place the cold teabags on closed eyes for 10-15 minutes, or use the back of the spoons to gently massage the skin around your eyes. The cooling effect causes the tightening of blood vessels, helping ease puffiness and dark circles, while light massaging triggers circulation helping to combat swelling due to the fluid trapped under the skin.

Raid your vegetable crisper

Yes, the trusty cucumber slices work! Cucumber has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that help ease under eye bags. But did you know potato can also be an effective anti-inflammatory? Use in the same way you would slices of cucumber - cool, slice, and leave on closed eyes for 10 to 15 minutes.

Get some caffeine

Use an eye cream that includes caffeine in its ingredient list. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and can help reduce dark shadows under the eyes. Store eye cream in the fridge for an extra soothing cooling effect!

 
Kari Shelton
New Collection: Salvatore Ferragamo
 

Salvatore Ferragamo men’s optical and sun collection now available at Eyes on Oxford!

Salvatore Ferragamo is one of the world’s best known Made in Italy luxury brands. The Eyewear collection uses iconic elements from the Salvatore Ferragamo brand heritage, such as Gancino, Vara and prints. The use of innovative shapes and materials create a balance between the strong historical roots and new modern interpretations.

Kari Shelton
Optical Extras? Use them before they melt away away Dec 31st.
 
Optical extras
 
 

With the end of the year approaching, now's the time to start thinking about using any remaining optical benefits before they disappear!

We're here to help you make the most out of your annual health fund extras by using our expertise to recommend the best eyewear options for your visual needs and lifestyle. Could do with a back up pair? Or some UV protection with your latest prescription?

See us before the end of the year to find eyewear to complement what you already have or create a new look.

 


Due for another re-check?

Give us a call on 9242 2342 or click the button below to book online.

Kari Shelton
What's in for Spring?
 
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Get the goss on what’s in for this spring/summer season, including new trends and popular looks that we’ll see stick around.

 
 
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Coloured Translucents

The translucent trend is here to stay! In addition to the neutral tones we’ve seen over the last season, there’s a growing array of coloured translucents for a more bolder look.

Frames Within a Frame

Designers are mixing materials and tinting translucent acetates to create a ‘frame within a frame’ look, in both subtle and striking styles.

Geometric Shapes

Sharper, bolder geometric silhouettes are coming into play including octagonal and hexagonal shapes.

Minimalist Metals

Think retro inspired, no-fuss metal frames. From the popular round shapes of the 90s to the double bridge aviators of the 70s.

 
Kari Shelton
New Collection: Say hello to Chloé
 

Chloé has arrived! Eyes on Oxford now stock a selection of Chloé optical frames and sunglasses.

The French fashion powerhouse embraces the characteristics of femininity, modernity, grace and effortlessness.

The new collection incorporates geometric shapes, with gold, pastel and neutral shades.
Each style plays with shape and volume ranging from retro to aviation, oversized to timeless.

Kari Shelton
Four ways to care for your eyes this hay fever season
 
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It’s that time of year, when hay fever is in full force! Help ease your allergy symptoms this Spring with the following tips:

  1. Use preservative-free lubricant drops to help provide some relief for your eyes. There are also a number of effective over the counter drops for allergies, however, it’s best to consult an optometrist to check what option is best for you.

  2. Avoid wearing contact lenses when the pollen count is high or in particularly dry or dusty conditions.

  3. Wear sunglasses to help protect your eyes from pollen and dust circulating in the air.

  4. Make use of air filtering systems at home or in your car.

If your eyes need some extra help this hay fever season, get in touch with us to see one of our optometrists.

 
Kari Shelton
National Diabetes Week: Talking diabetes and eye health with Darrell
 
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EYES ON OXFORD OPTOMETRIST, darrell baker, chats about the changes that can occur to the eyes due to diabetes and the importance of regular eye exams for diabetics.

How can an eye exam help detect the early stages of diabetes?

Comprehensive eye examinations involve an inspection of the retina using digital imaging and/or microscopic inspection, as certain changes noted in the retina might indicate the early onset of diabetes. This might be confirmed by a rapid or unusual change in the vision and optical power of the eye.

How can diabetes affect the health of your eyes and vision?

To put this in context, diabetes is the second leading cause of blindness in people aged 40 and over, so it has serious and significant implications on eye health and vision.  In saying that, those most at risk are long-term insulin-dependent diabetics, but any person with either form of the disease has a risk of damage to the retina. This can occur as a result of bleeding or leakage from the very small blood vessels in the retina, and if these changes occur undetected in the macula (central part) of the retina, it could cause permanent central vision loss. Diabetics are also more likely to develop cataracts, along with various other eye conditions.

Why is it so important for those diagnosed with diabetes to have regular eye exams?

As well as the risk of damage to the retina, fluctuating blood sugar levels can affect the optical power (refraction) of the eye, causing temporary and fluctuating visual changes. Diabetes can also affect the healing properties of the eye, and would make diabetics more likely to be contract certain eye infections, as well as inhibiting the healing rate from those infections, operations or minor injuries.

 
Tips to keep your eyes happy in winter
 
Winter Tips
 
 

With winter comes crisp weather, cold winds, and attempts to keep cosy with indoor heating. These factors can cause eye discomfort and irritation, particularly dry eye. Here are some tips to help keep your eyes happy in the colder months.

Keep your eyes moist

Use preservative-free lubricant drops to help keep eyes moist and sooth dry, irritated eyes. Try to avoid sitting directly in front of heat sources and use a humidifier to add moisture into dry rooms.

Blink more & remember 20:20:20

Cold, rainy days often means more time indoors reading, watching TV or spending time on our devices. When engaged in close work activities our blink rate goes down, so don't forget to blink often! Help reduce eye strain by using the 20:20:20 rule; every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.

Give your eyes a break

Contact lens wearers are often more susceptible to eye discomfort during winter. Leave out your lenses for a day or two and wear your glasses to give your eyes a break. Ask your optometrist about lens types that work best for those with dry eye, or drops that may provide better comfort while wearing your current lenses.

Don't forget about UV

While the sun may be hiding, the harmful UV rays are still out! Wearing sunglasses not only protects your eyes from UV but can also help shield your eyes from strong winds that can cause stinging or watering.

 

If your eyes are irritated, dry, or watering frequently, get in touch with us to see one of our optometrists.

 
Kari Shelton