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Introducing the Trudy!

Well how do you like this, groovers? It’s not every day that a brand decides to name something after you… 

Introducing the limited edition, “TRUDY” design! The lovely Australian frame designer, Paul Taylor, has designed a frame especially for our Trudy.

Keeping her in mind, Paul Taylor has designed something incredibly unique and special. “For the love of eyewear and for the love of a remarkable Optometrist Trudy Mcbeath in Christchurch New Zealand“.  Quirky, bold and exuding an uncompromising abundance of unreserved expression… an abstract heart shape with a cat’s eye twist!

“It is an honour to have a frame named after me“, said Trudy, who favours these frames fitted as sunglasses. The “Trudy” is a LIMITED EDITION Black Label design that has been produced in eight striking contrasting colours and is a combination of stainless steel and acetate.

We just love their unique style – and the fact that Trudy has made such an impact on a designer!

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And the winner is…!

Oh wow, groovers!

A while back, we ran a competition to update your details with us and sign up for our awesome newsletter, and by doing that, go into a lucky draw. But aren’t we the lucky ones? So many of you have signed up, and the positive feedback on our monthly updates has been absolutely heartwarming.

Of course, we did have to give that fantastic prize (a voucher to the value of $1500.00) to someone…

So, without further ado – announcing the lucky lady herself, Donna Robertson!

Donna in her fabulous new groovy specs. She won, simply by signing up!

Donna looks absolutely fantastic in her new cat-eyes, and we cannot wait to see her around town, showing off.

To all our groovers who have signed up – we are super excited to have you share in all things Groovy.  While this competition has closed, you never know when another will pop up in the future… So, if you haven’t signed up yet, but would like to be kept up to date with our news, special offers, competitions and latest frames, feel free to click here and sign up – just like Donna did.

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CARROTS – NOT JUST RABBIT FOOD

Okay, so here’s the thing. Not only is this raw carrot salad brimming with antioxidant substances and omega-3s, but it’s oh-so-yummy!

Why are we suggesting you eat some bunny food? Well, carrots are high in lutein, a carotenoid that is important for eye health, while Vitamin A is essential for clear vision and supports the cornea. When combined with other vitamins, it has also been shown to play a role in the prevention of macular degeneration. These bright veggies are also useful in preventing and treating glaucoma and the development of cataracts, according to a number of studies.

And then there’s the rest of the ingredients and their groovy benefits: Flaxseed oil helps boost your daily intake of omega-3, without over-loading on omega-6. Increasing your fibre intake by keeping the skins on the carrots will steady blood-sugar levels in diabetes, and help you feel fuller for longer.

Now if this isn’t a reason to grab some sunny food this winter, we don’t know what is!

Let’s get right to it shall we:

Ingredients:

  • 500g carrots, coarsely grated (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed oil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh green chilies 

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days to allow the flavors to meld and permeate the carrots. Served chilled or at room temperature.

Tips: 

  • Buy locally grown carrots when they are in season- this way they are the freshest and most flavourful.
  • Use the entire carrot, including the tops and skin to boost fibre intake and reduce wastage.

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LOOK MARVELLOUS IN MAKE-UP AND WEAR YOUR GROOVY GLASSES TOO!

Makeup application can be quite a handful for most women. Add a pair of glasses into the equation (especially if it’s your first pair of glasses), and applying and maintaining makeup becomes rather tricky… and a bit of a balancing act! 

On the other hand, if you’ve worn glasses for decades, you might just consider your glasses a part of you—something that makes you stand out from the crowd. Glasses can be a fun way to show off your personality and uniqueness – and we have the grooviest in town! Because yes, bold frames, bright colours or jewelled details tell the world something about your style. But, wearing glasses does not mean that you should avoid wearing makeup altogether, or suddenly struggle with adding that extra special touch.

As with all new things, it just takes a little practice (and some extra time in front of the mirror) to get used to wearing makeup with glasses. We’ve put together some tips to help ensure your make-up routine is in tip-top-shape, helping you find the right balance between your fabulous frames and your fabulous self.

Our groovy ADVICE…

Groovy Tip 1: Clean your glasses regularly

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s actually really important to clean your glasses regularly if you want to avoid smudging your makeup. Use a gentle cleanser and a soft cloth to wipe down your lenses and frame—just be careful not to scratch them!

Groovy Tip 2: For those far-sighted Groovers

If you’re far-sighted, you might find that your glasses tend to magnify your features—including any imperfections. In this case, it’s important to focus on creating a smooth base for your makeup.  Start with a good primer, and use a foundation or concealer to even out your skin tone. Our top tip? Get an amplification mirror that swivels from supersized to normal. It will improve your makeup skills, and keep application precise. No more smears, smudges, messy liner and gloppy lashes.

Groovy Tip 3: For our near-sighted Groovers

If you’re near-sighted, your glasses might make your features appear smaller. In this case, you might want to focus on creating definition and contouring with makeup. Use a bronzer or blush to add some colour to your cheeks, and use a darker eyeshadow to create depth around your eyes. Our top tip? No matter how luminous and large your real-life eyes are, behind your glasses, they look smaller. Try lining your lower waterline with nude or ivory to open up your eyes even more.

FRAMING your assets…

Groovy Tip 4: Frame colour is quite important

It doesn’t matter if your frame is classic or trendy, choose a colour that looks great on you. Darker colours define and strengthen ageing eyes like instant eyeliner. Softer, lighter colours have a gentle effect and can chisel cheekbones or slim faces, kind of like contour makeup. Sheer or opaque frames can brighten complexions like instant blush. The choices could be overwhelming… No worries – we are here to help.

Groovy Tip 5. It’s a balancing act

If you have thick or heavy frames, you might want to focus on keeping the rest of your makeup fairly light. This will help to avoid overwhelming your features. On the other hand, if you have delicate frames, you can afford to be a little more generous with your makeup.

It’s all in the TECHNIQUE…

Groovy Tip 6. Separate your lashes

One of the keys to successful makeup application with glasses is to make sure your lashes are well-separated. This will help to avoid smudging your lenses, and also give you a more polished look. Use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes before applying mascara, and be careful not to get any product on your lenses. This is especially flattering if you’re near-sighted. Rather than mascaras that lengthen your lashes too much, look for one that separates and defines your lashes instead.

Groovy Tip 7: Brush those brows

If you wear glasses, it’s especially important to make sure your eyebrows are well-groomed. This will help to frame your face and ensure that your features are visible. Use a brow brush or pencil to fill in any sparse areas, and be sure to follow the natural shape of your brows. Brushing your brows upwards helps ensure they show above your glasses.

TOOLS of the trade…

Groovy Tip 8: Use Short-Handled Brushes

Long-handled brushes are great for applying makeup without glasses, but they can be tricky to use when you’re wearing them. Opt for shorter-handled brushes instead, which will give you more control and precision.

Groovy Tip 9: Setting Spray

If you’re worried about your makeup smudging or rubbing off on your glasses, setting spray is your best friend. This will help to keep your makeup in place, and also make it easier to remove at the end of the day.

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DON’T ‘RISK’ YOUR EYES WHILE YOU DIY

With the long weekend fast approaching, we’re sure you have some groovy renovation plans. After all, there’s nothing quite like sipping a cup of tea, and catching up on the latest Renovate. Yep – you’ve got it all planned out…a little “do-it-yourself” day to make the most of some extra time off. 

But living out our home reno dreams come with risks. Whether it be a speck of fly-away dust in the eye, a wayward drop of paint causing a stumble, or that pesky ladder losing its balance…

It’s also not always the obvious cuts and bruises that we have to worry about. Major eye injuries can happen at any given time. That speck of dust – huge inconvenience! Luckily, most eye injuries are preventable if we follow eye safety instructions and use eye protection.

Fairly sure you’re safe, because you’ll just be pottering around at home?

You might think to yourself “but I’m not planning any risky activities” – but we say, think again! Even cleaning can put your eyes at risk – chemicals like bleach in household cleaning products cause up to 125 000 eye injuries in a year.

Gardening might sound like a safer bet, but we often assist gardeners (or those aspiring to have green fingers) with eye injuries. Trimming hedges, snapping branches and twigs or walking into thorns can cause serious injury while lawnmowers, and even shovels can throw dirt and debris in the air.

And then there is home improvement. Yep – the DIY we started with. Most home improvement projects, from painting the kitchen to building a deck, involve materials or tools that can be harmful to the eyes. Screws, nails and hand tools can launch into the air and into your eyes, and power tools can send wood chips or other substances flying in the air.

The best thing to do?

Take precautions with these projects.

  1. We usually associate safety goggles with construction workers, but if you think about it, building a birdhouse to hang in your garden is a construction project too, and while it may feel small scale, it shares some of the risks with larger scale projects. Safe to say our first recommendation – wear safety goggles.
  2. Don’t ‘do it by yourself’ – always have someone else available to help nearby.
  3. Keep a first aid kit and phone handy. You never know. 
  4. Keep it clean. Remember to wash your hands after you have completed any work, before you touch your face or eyes to eliminate the possibility of any debris or chemicals contacting your eyes.
  5. Keep an eye on children. Keep children at a safe distance from flying debris. This includes mowing the lawn and making use of power tools. Make sure fertilisers, pesticides and pool chemicals are stored out of reach of children at all times.

What are the signs and symptoms of an eye injury?

Eye injuries tend to fall into two major categories: foreign body in the eye, and foreign penetration of the eye. But it’s not always easy to identify an eye injury — especially in children. Seek medical care immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Obvious pain, trouble opening the eye or trouble seeing
  • A cut or torn eyelid
  • One eye not moving as well as the other eye
  • One eye sticking out further or seeming more prominent than the other
  • An unusual pupil size or shape
  • Blood in the white part of the eye
  • An object on the eye or under the eyelid that can’t easily be removed

What can you do if an eye injury occurs?

When an eye injury occurs, seek medical help from an optometrist, ophthalmologist or another doctor as soon as possible — even if the injury seems minor. Delaying care could lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.

In addition, take simple steps to prevent further damage. For example:

  • Don’t touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye
  • Don’t try to remove an object that appears stuck on the surface of the eye or an object that appears to have penetrated the eye
  • Don’t apply ointment or medication to the eye
  • Flush out any chemicals the eye has been exposed to with plenty of clean water
  • Gently place a shield or gauze patch over the eye until you can get medical attention

There you have it Groovers: an accident can happen in the blink of an eye. By all means, tackle that home project, redo the garden and live out your Kiwi Dream (pun intended). But remember that being prepared — both through prevention and quick action in case of an emergency — can help keep you and your loved ones seeing clearly.

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GROOVING TO BLUE LIGHT

What is blue light? How does it affect us? And what are blu-blockers?!

If you’re a child of the 80’s, you’d remember BluBlockers – the sunglasses that block blue light, and reduce squinting. Their unique origins came from the space program, as astronauts needed eye protection from the strong radiation of outer space. BluBlockers were designed to not only block all ultra-violet (UV) rays, but all blue rays as well. Research at the time indicated many eye diseases were caused by the spectrum light waves. Blocking the blue light decreased the danger… and so, BluBlockers were born. While a lot has changed over the past 30 or so years, some things have not. Blue light and the effect it has on our eyes, for example, is a continual topic of conversation. So we’ve decided to shine our Groovy spotlight on blue light. 

What is blue light and where does it come from?

Blue light is part of the visible light spectrum, that the human eye can see. It comes naturally from the sun and helps our body clocks determine when to do things, like when it’s time to wake up and to go to sleep. Blue light can also be found in a lot of modern technology; like smartphones, laptops, tablets, TV and artificial lighting.

What’s all the fuss about?

With the constant increase of screen time – particularly since the pandemic – more people are working from home and utilising technology to replace face-to-face meetings. This is evident even for our children, who have had to adapt to online learning, especially during lockdowns. Combined with the amount of choice we have for content these days, it’s no wonder we’re spending so much of our days (and nights) on our screens and devices. In the evenings, our natural body clocks are telling us to unwind and rest. Too much blue light exposure at this time, suppresses productions of our melatonin hormone (the one that helps us to sleep). As you’d expect, this can result in a poor night’s sleep. And we all know how much our bodies need sleep! The long-term effects of sleep deprivation are very real and can affect you physically and mentally. More on that another time…

Okay, so what can we do about it?

There are copious amounts of research about how we could all benefit from less screen time, as well as some great initiatives like ‘Phone Free Day’. Though we understand this can be easier said than done sometimes, as devices are a necessary part of our modern lives and how a lot of us earn our living.

Here’s a few things we can do to help protect our eyes:

1. Make sure you take breaks. We like the 20-20-20 eye exercise: every 20 minutes, look 20 metres away, for 20 seconds. Doing this simple eye exercise relaxes your eyes and shifts your focus, so you’re not always looking directly in front of you, at your laptop, for example. Stepping outside for some fresh air (and not switching one device for the other) is also always a good idea.

2. As well as reducing screen time before bed, you can also adjust the settings on your screen. Lots of devices these days have a night time setting, which changes the colour balance on your phone, tablet or laptop to reduce the amount of blue light you’re exposing your eyes to. Handy huh!

3. Blue light protection filters for your glasses. If you need to be on a computer, laptop or your phone for most of the day, we’d recommend blue light glasses. In the same way that we put on sunglasses when we go outside to protect our eyes, it’s important to protect our peepers when we’re using screens. Blue light protection filters do just that – filter out the blue light from all of our devices. Which means less eye strain and feeling more energised at the end of the day. You can purchase them separately or we can add them to your current prescription glasses.

4. Replace cooler/brighter (blueish-white) lightbulbs with warmer (more yellowish- white) lightbulbs. 

If you’d like more ‘Tips for Good Vision in the Modern World’, click here.Click here to book an appointment with one of our friendly, experienced optometrists today.

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VISITING GROOVY GLASSES UNDER “ORANGE”

Groovy Glasses is an essential primary healthcare provider, and so continues to offer a comprehensive and equal service to all regardless of vaccination status.

At Groovy Glasses, we’re passionate about keeping our customers and our teams safe. To do this, we need your help, please read below for more info: 

If you answer YES to any of the following, please call us on 03 3798 747 before heading to the practice, so we can make any necessary arrangements. 

  • Do you have a mask exemption?
    • If YES, please phone us on 03 3798 747. One of our optometrists will call you to discuss a tailored approach for any necessary treatment.
  • Do you, or anyone in your household, have any of the following symptoms?
    • Fever
    • New cough
    • New breathlessness
    • Sore throat
    • Cold symptoms / runny nose
    • Loss of sense of smell
  • Are you, or anyone in your household, awaiting a COVID test result?
  • Have you had a household contact with a confirmed COVID 19 case in the last 7 days? 

When you come instore for eyewear or for any other products: 

  • Face covering. To keep us all safe, all customers and patients over the age of 6 years will be required to wear a disposable surgical mask. If you don’t have a disposable surgical mask, we will happily provide one for you. 

When attending an appointment:

  • Face covering. To keep us all safe, all customers and patients over the age of 6 years will be required to wear a disposable surgical mask. If you don’t have a disposable surgical mask, we will happily provide one for you. 
  • Hand washing or sanitiser. When you enter Groovy Glasses, please use the hand sanitiser provided. This is the most effective way to reduce the transmission of germs, and we appreciate your co-operation.
  • Appointments will run on time. We’ll be making sure we run on time for your appointment, and we ask that you do the same. If you are late for your appointment, please understand that we may have to: a) perform a shorter appointment or b) reschedule your appointment. Having staggered appointments running on time reduces cross-over between patients and allows our practitioners time to perform the disinfection protocols between patients. 
  • Our waiting areas. If you are on-time for your appointment, please come straight in – we will be waiting for you 🙂 If you are early for your appointment, please wait outside or in your car until your appointment time. This reduces the number of patients in our clinical space and helps with social distancing in our waiting areas. 
  • One support person at your appointment. If required, please bring only one support person to your appointment. Your support person must follow the same guidelines as all of our customers (detailed above) and must not be unwell or require isolation. At this time, children are not able to attend your appointment or wait in the waiting area during your appointment. If the appointment is for a child, a parent or guardian is encouraged to also attend, but we do ask that only one parent or guardian attends; no siblings or friends please.  
  • Namaste. No offence, but we’re not shaking hands, hugging and refraining from physical contact as much as possible. Instead, we may welcome you with a namaste to share a little peace and calm. 

Of course, these measures are in addition to the already stringent hygiene standards we are upholding. We do ask for your help in keeping our community safe. Our clinics regularly care for the elderly, infants and those with complex medical conditions.

We ask you to please take the proper health precautions when visiting us, and to reschedule your appointment if you or a family member is either unwell and/or is awaiting a COVID test result. 

We appreciate your support through these difficult times, and we know that we can all get through this together again. 

See you soon, 

The team @ Groovy Glasses