What do you do with your old spectacles?

Do you have one or more sets of glasses with an old or out of date prescription that you no longer use? If so, have you considered donating them? Why Donate? Donating your old glasses rather than simply throwing them out means that they can be passed on to someone less fortunate. The prescription of your old lenses is read using a vertometer and the glasses are given to someone whose prescription is similar to that of your old glasses. Donating old glasses provides people with the gift of sight. How to Donate At Custom EyeCare, we accept glasses donations on […]

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Halloween Coloured Contact Lenses

  While it might be tempting to add impact or wow factor to your Halloween costume with novelty or decorative contact lenses, there are many dangers to be aware of which could lead to a scarier end to Halloween than expected. Contact lenses are not ‘one size fits all’ and if people want to enhance their Halloween look with fancy dress lenses, it is important to make sure the lenses are prescribed by an optometrist who will measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how the eye responds to contact lens wear. Those who have not been professionally […]

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Dom’s outback NT trip – eye clinics in Aboriginal communities

This month I once again made the journey from Newcastle to the NT to do eye testing in remote Aboriginal communities. This is the third year I’ve done one of these amazing trips, and every time I go there’s so much to learn, but at the same time I realise there’s so much more work to be done. Each trip goes to a different destination and this year for me it was an area called Utopia, about 3 to 4 hours drive north east of Alice Springs. Utopia has been called the “poorest place in Australia”. The first hour of the drive […]

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Are You Ready for Your Next Holiday?

You’re ready to see the world, but without the appropriate eyewear whilst travelling, you might not be seeing much of anything. For most people, eyewear is more than an accessory, it’s a necessity. When planning a holiday, many people consider appropriate clothing and shoes well in advance, and don’t think about their eyewear until it’s too late! Whether you’re planning a relaxing resort holiday, braving a cold overseas winter, or venturing out on a road-trip, it’s important to have appropriate eyewear if you want to get the most out of your next holiday. A backup or emergency set of spectacles can be a lifesaver if anything […]

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Tips For Before You Travel

Have Your Spectacles Serviced There is nothing worse than your spectacles breaking on holidays, which is why a spectacle service should be high on your to-do list before embarking on a holiday. A spectacle service involves an appointment with one of our qualified optical dispensers who will perform any necessary adjustments and repairs to your spectacles ensuring they are in comfortable working order before your holiday. If you are taking multiple pairs of spectacles on holidays, it’s a great idea to have them serviced at the same time. Don’t Leave Ordering your New Spectacles to the Last Minute New spectacles […]

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Tips for Travelling with Spectacles

When you are on holidays, clear vision is important as it allows you to see and do all the things you have travelled to see and do! Follow these handy tips to ensure you have clear vision on your next holiday! Take A Spare Pair (Just In Case) A spare pair can be a true lifesaver if anything happens to your main pair of spectacles whilst travelling. A spare pair could be your old spectacles, or a new second pair made with your most recent prescription. Separate Your Spares If your next holiday involves air travel, it is a great […]

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Tips For Travelling With Contact Lenses

When you are on holidays, clear vision is important as it allows you to see and do all the things you have travelled to see and do! Follow these handy tips to ensure you can see clearly on your next holiday! Don’t Exclusively Rely on Your Contact Lenses – Take Your Spectacles! Whilst contact lenses offer your eyes freedom your spectacles don’t, it’s important not to exclusively rely on them when travelling. If you experience any redness in your eyes, or any signs of an eye infection, it is important to give your eyes a break from contact lens wear. If […]

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Holiday Appropriate Eyewear

Prescription Sunglasses Prescription sunglasses are an essential eyewear solution for almost all types of travel. Whilst prescription sunglasses will be the perfect companion for a warm weather holiday, the benefits of prescription sunglasses in cooler climates are sometimes overlooked. Whether you plan on lounging by the pool with a book or magazine on your resort holiday, navigating the open seas, or sun-baking on a beach, prescription sunglasses will allow you to see clearly without squinting from the glare of the sun. In cooler climates, prescription sunglasses protect your eyes by filtering out harmful UV light. If you are expecting to see […]

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Three Myths about Multifocal Glasses – and the Truth

Three Myths about Multifocal Glasses – and the Truth Have you ever heard someone complain about multifocal glasses? They seem to have an undeserved bad reputation – but the fact is that multifocals, or progressive lenses, are the most versatile lenses available. Keep reading to find out the myths & the truth about multifocals. Myth 1: Sometimes people fear that wearing multifocals means wearing glasses all the time – but that’s not true. Even people who only need glasses for close up – reading, ipad, phone and computer – can wear multifocals for these activities, and then take them off […]

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Are your optical benefits expiring on June 30?

If your optical benefits are expiring on June 30, 2016, now is the time to ensure you make the most of them! Claim a new look with your unused benefits by selecting from new season optical frames, prescription sunglasses or contact lenses. Or, why not choose a convenient second pair of spectacles to suit your needs? Visit us at our new practice, 158 Darby Street, Newcastle, and make the most of your entitlements today!

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Why do I have problems driving at night?

Why do I have problems driving at night? Do you dislike or avoid driving at night because the other cars’ headlights seem so bright & annoying? Do you sometimes have trouble seeing the edge of the road or lane lines? One of the main causes of these problems is the increasing haziness of the natural lens inside our own eye. When we are born, our internal lens is nice & clear, but as we go through life our lens gradually becomes hazier – it happens to everyone, but it’s worse if you’ve had a lot of sun exposure without wearing sunglasses. […]

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Back to School, and why Seeing the Board Clearly isn’t always important

A lot of Newcastle parents seem to be relieved right now – because their kids are back to school and we adults can resume our “normal lives”! New teachers, new classmates, and maybe new schools can all be challenges, for some kids more than others. But for some families, just doing routine nightly homework can also be a big challenge. What many parents don’t realise is that vision and focussing problems can affect children in unexpected ways. For example, most kids who wear glasses don’t wear them in order to see better or more clearly. Instead, children’s glasses often allow […]

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Melbourne Cup 2015

On Tuesday November 3 2015, Custom EyeCare closed early for our annual staff Melbourne Cup function. Despite the rainy start, we all dressed up in our races gear and braved the wild weather on the walk down Darby Street to neighbouring cafe Deco. Whilst none of us won “Best dressed” on the day, we all looked fabulous, and Michelle won “Best Fascinator” for her gorgeous oversized headpiece from Melbourne. Despite no one backing a winner on the day, we all had a wonderful, fun afternoon together. We hope everyone else had an enjoyable afternoon!

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