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Bailey Nelson

Bailey Nelson

4.8  (2,372) Summary
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Ben
BenVIC17 posts
 
1001 Optometry

1001 Optometry 🏆 2024

4.6  (516) Summary
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Kate
Kate
 
I’m so happyGreat service Mary and staff are wonderful I wouldn’t go anywhere else Show details
The Sunglass Fix

The Sunglass Fix

4.7  (292) Summary
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Raff
RaffVIC2 posts
  Physical store
Ray ban replacement lensesGreat product just fitted my new lenses fit perfect great instructions on fitting them a great price and they look great thanks sun glass fix Show details
Framesbuy

Framesbuy

4.7  (182) Summary
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Sarah P
Sarah PPakenham2 posts
 
Love the dog and cat designsI really love these glasses cases. I have already had one of the cat designs, but due to the case being dropped and played with by grandchildren a few times, I needed to get another case. This time a dog design, which I love. Show details
eContactLenses

eContactLenses

4.6  (165) Summary
Mama Bear
Mama Bear7 posts
 
very helpful customer serviceI ordered contact lenses which were not despatched within the expected time and were not going to arrive by the time I needed them. Contacted customer service who said there was a supply issue, they sent me some trial lenses as an interim solution then tracked down my order & sent it express so I would receive it in time
Just Sunnies

Just Sunnies

4.6  (132) Summary
Harley
HarleySA7 posts
  Verified Online store
Very happy with service & pricingThese guys are the real deal. Purchased a few different pairs now and they're great quality, as well as zero-fuss returns as well. Highly recommend. Show details
Lensworld

Lensworld

4.4  (216) Summary
Dear D.
Dear D.
  Fair Incentive
Great experienceAlways great experience to buy my contact lens with Lensworld. Show details
Baxter Blue

Baxter Blue

4.8  (42) Summary
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Karyn Peyton
Karyn PeytonACT8 posts
 
Baxter blue neck wrapVery very disappointed with this product. It doesn’t hold the heat for more than five minutes so have to keep reheating all the time. Haven’t tried putting in fridge/freezer as yet however those reviews are also bad as it doesn’t get cold! Expensive and not worth the money although the quality and shape are good. Show details
Clearly

Clearly

3.9  (1,071) Summary
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David C
David C
 
iframes

iframes

4.1  (152) Summary
HappyA
HappyAWA7 posts
 
Optically

Optically

4.0  (599) Summary
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Honest Reviewer
Honest ReviewerQLD11 posts
  Verified
False promises. Frustrating experienceOrdered and paid for multifocal sunglasses including frames on 21st Feb. I was advised in the order confirmation email to wait 10-12 business days before despatch. Today is the 25th business day since my order and I still have no idea when & if my glasses will arrive. Not happy.
Zenni Optical

Zenni Optical

4.0  (128) Summary
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Denise
DeniseWA13 posts
 
Maui Jim

Maui Jim

4.0  (114) Summary
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Shannen H.
Shannen H.QLD
 
Vision Direct

Vision Direct

3.7  (2,838) Summary
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Todd.C
Todd.CTAS
 
Great SunglassesOverall great experience, Great sunglasses @ a reasonable price & delivered in a timely manner.
Oscar Wylee

Oscar Wylee

3.1  (482) Summary
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Charles
CharlesQLD
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Dresden  Vision

Dresden Vision

4.0  (23) Summary
Bill K.
Bill K.
  Physical store
EyeBuyDirect

EyeBuyDirect

2.8  (140) Summary
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Sammy H
Sammy HVIC18 posts
 
Specsavers

Specsavers

2.4  (2,111) Summary
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Danielle B
Danielle BQLD
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Buy Contacts Online

Buy Contacts Online

4.6  (9) Summary
Lisa
LisaNSW2 posts
 
Great prices with quick deliveryOrdered a 90 pack x 2 of Acuvue Moist and they came in 2 days. They were on sale too. Thanks for great service. Show details
Contact Connection

Contact Connection

4.2  (10) Summary
Karen B.
Karen B.SA2 posts
 
Can’t fault themI have been ordering my contacts online with contact connection for as long as I can remember, their customer service is amazing and their processing of orders is super quick and so reliable. An absolutely 5 ⭐️ company Show details
Spotters

Spotters

2.9  (25) Summary
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Birdman
BirdmanQLD
 
Great productI purchased a pair of spotters about 12 months ago. I work outdoors in dirty environments. Other brands have not held up to the challenge. Spotters on the other hand have the most durable lenses. The frame snugly fits my face. Highly recommended Show details
Bupa Optical

Bupa Optical

2.6  (40) Summary
CMC
CMCQLD34 posts
 
Bupa
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The Optical Superstore

The Optical Superstore

2.3  (82) Summary
Jill T.
Jill T.QLD
  Physical store
UNWELCOMED BY STAFF & OPTICIANThe manunda store was dreadful. Staff not helpful and the optician was very rude n condescending. Never will i go back. :( Show details
WebContacts

WebContacts

4.4  (7)
Jude B
Jude B
 
Simple on line orderingI have been ordering from this company for a few years now without any problems.. Easy to read descriptions of lenses and helpful advice can be obtained, should you need professional guidance deciding. Great selection of lenses available. Super speedy delivery. Claiming from your health fund is no problem, just not the post.

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Brighteyes

Brighteyes

2.8  (18) Summary
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Cheech
CheechNSW2 posts
 
OPSM

OPSM

1.9  (678) Summary
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Rdb
Rdb6 posts
  Retail Stores
Gungahlin opsm terribleTerrible. Wrong frames ordered, used frames with scratches and damage were given to me , no contact from management hiding behind junior staff ! Waiting on replacement and a refund !!! Show details
Quicklens

Quicklens

2.1  (62) Summary
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Y T.
Y T.
 
Sunglass Hut

Sunglass Hut

1.9  (206) Summary
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Poppy
Poppy2 posts
 
Sunglass Hut
Sunglass Hut   DM   
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LensPro

LensPro

3.6  (8) Summary
Sunisa D.
Sunisa D.QLD2 posts
 
Fantasic I Love to go back thereWe go fix my sunglasses and Kim the lady working at Lenspro Garden city was very helpful and very friendly ,She is the best service ever and I would love to go back to again and thank you again Kim . Show details
Hawkers Sunglasses

Hawkers Sunglasses

1.9  (89) Summary
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Yulia
Yulia
 
A horrible customer serviceDON'T BUY FROM HAWKERS SUNGLASSES!!! I would give them a zero star, if I could. The customer service never returning your messages and emails, and return poor quality sunglasses is IMPOSSIBLE. Looks like a big scam. I lost my money and ended up with crappy sunglasses. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THEM

Man holding glasses on a blurry street

Taking care of our eyes is extremely important in our day to day lives if we want to keep them healthy for as long as possible. Eyeglasses aren’t just reserved for those who use prescription lenses to see better. Even those gifted with 20-20 vision can benefit from the many types of eyeglasses on the market that’ll ease tension in the eyes and prevent eye-damage when playing sports, out in the sun or staring at a computer screen for too long.

Types of eyeglasses

Woman wearing blue-light blocking glasses
Blue-light blocking glasses
Man in cycliing attire wearing cycling glasses
Cycling glasses

Prescription glasses and contact lenses

One of the most common reasons people wear eyeglasses is to help them see more clearly.

You may need glasses if you are experiencing any of the following including blurred vision, double vision, fuzziness, headaches, eyestrain or distorted vision. The most accurate way to know if you need prescription glasses is to find an optometrist near you and schedule an appointment for an eye test. They can not only diagnose you but determine the power of your prescription for each eye.

There are many types of prescription lenses including single vision to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. In addition, there are bifocal and multifocal lenses with two or more powers in each lens. Prescriptions can come in the form of glasses or contact lenses.

Blue light glasses

Blue light is naturally emitted by the sun but also artificially from your screens via your phones, computers and TVs. It has been known to stunt melatonin production in your brain - the hormone that makes you sleepy - and may lead to eye strain when you’re exposed to it for prolonged periods. If you work an office job or are simply spending large amounts of time in front of screens, you may benefit from using blue-light-blocking glasses.

These glasses, also known as computer glasses, usually have an orange tint to them (to counteract the blue) and come in many aesthetically pleasing designs.TIJN is a famous brand known for its high-quality blue light filter glasses.

If you would like to restrict your access to blue light without wearing glasses, many smartphones and laptops also have a ‘night mode’ setting which will automatically shift the colour of the screen into a warmer tone to help you prepare for bed.

Reading glasses

Most reading glasses do not require a prescription and can be bought OTC. Unlike prescription glasses, they are not meant to be worn full-time and feature a magnifying effect rather than correcting vision problems.

Aging naturally leads to a loss of flexibility in eye-muscles and farsightedness (known as presbyopia). Therefore, reading glasses allow people to see things close up when reading newspapers or using their phones and laptops. They come in powers ranging from +1.0 to +4.0.

Sports glasses and goggles

Sports glasses allow you to see better in bright and windy conditions. Polarised sunglasses help minimise glare from reflective surfaces such as snow, water and asphalt. When you’re skiing, snowboarding or cycling, you’ll need special goggles or UV-protecting glasses that minimise the reflective polarising effect of snow and tarmac. Glasses can also be incorporated into many sporting attire such as golf, cricket, tennis, softball and watersports.

Polarised sunglasses

These types of glasses are the most common because not only do they protect your eyes from the sun, but they are also a fashion statement with designer brands like Gucci, Tom Ford and Chanel all sporting a range. Sunglasses vary vastly in terms of price, ranging from $5 plastic editions that you can find sold on the side of the road to $2,000 Cartier Aviator frames.

Sunglasses work by reflecting harmful UV rays away from your eyes and helping you see better in the sunlight - this is especially important to your safety if you are driving in bright conditions. Children, in particular, are vulnerable to UV rays and must be dressed in sunhats before they are old enough to wear sunglasses to provide some relief.

Look for the category rating of your sunglasses printed on the label. This will be a number ranging from 0-4, with 4 offering the most comprehensive UV protection and 0 and 1 not providing enough UV protection to be classed as sunglasses - but simply fashion spectacles.

How to choose an eyeglass frame that suits your face

Skin tone chart
Source: Sunglasswarehouse.com

Colours that suit your skin tone

Something you might want to do to get the most flattering look is colour-match your skin tone with your frame colour. No matter your skin colour or ethnicity, you will either be cool-toned or warm-toned.

One way you can check your tone is by looking at the colour of your veins. If your veins appear blue, you may have a cooler skin tone and if your veins look green, your skin tone is on the warm side.

Those with warm-toned skin best suit tones in shades of brown, gold, crimson, copper, orange, peach, khaki green, olive and honey which compliment your undertones and exaggerate them. It’s best to avoid harsh colours such as white and black or light pastels which can wash you out.

Those with cooled-toned skin would benefit from choosing a lens in black, silver, indigo, pink, grey, tortoise, rose-brown and light greens. You might want to avoid oranges, yellows and earth-toned colours which can wash you out.

Types of eyeglass frames

There are many different types of frames on the market today, but they usually fall into these categories:

  • Full-rimmed frames: These glasses make a bold statement and are the sturdiest of the bunch, designed to fully protect your lenses. They are made from acetate and plastic or can come in metal and titanium forms. Full-rimmed frames are best suited for those with round faces to give extra depth and angle to the face and to highlight the eyes. A great example of this type of frame includes the modern Ray-Ban Wayfarer frames.

  • Semi-rimmed frames: These types of frames are rimmed at the top to offer durable support, however, are more lightweight and minimalist at the bottom. They are a classic choice for many and flattering on all face types - especially triangle and diamond-shaped. A classic example of this includes cat-eye glasses and browline glasses.
  • Rimless frames: For those looking for a minimalist and sleek look, rimless frames are a lightweight and stylish choice. They call the least attention to the eyes and are discrete. Despite the lack of support, they are robust and usually made of titanium. Rimless frames feature just the temples and nose bridge, however without the additional structure, they can be more prone to stretching.
  • Wire frames: Wire-rimmed glasses have become especially popular in recent years and offer a classic and charming look. They are thin and lightweight, usually featuring large circular lenses and look great on heart-shaped faces and square faces to soften them and add balance. A classic example of this includes aviator frames.

Pros and cons of eyeglasses vs contact lenses

For those who find prescription glasses a hassle to wear every day or prefer a more natural look, there is another convenient option. Contact lenses have made vision correction simple and discrete.

While eyeglasses are less expensive than daily contacts and reduce the risk of eye infections, contact lenses can give you a broader scope of vision and won’t fall out during sporting activities. There are pros and cons to both and which you choose to wear is completely dependent on your preferences:

Pros and cons of eyeglasses

Pros
Simple to use
More hygienic
Can be a stylistic statement
Longer-lasting than contacts
Cons
Can fog up
Peripheral vision can be distorted
Might be uncomfortable or fall off
Prone to lens scratches

Pros and cons of contact lenses

Pros
Provides a broader and more natural vision than glasses
Great for active people
They don’t fog up when cold or rainy
A natural or customisable appearance with coloured contact lenses
Cons
Finicky to clean and store
More expensive & will need replacing
Can be difficult to get used to

It’s also possible to use a combination of the two - wearing contacts when you need them and glasses the rest of the time or the opposite.

How to take care of your new pair of glasses

After you invest in your new specs, you’ll want to keep them safe and clean. To do this, you should:

  • Avoid touching the lens and handle the specs by using the frame - in particular, the nose bridge. This will reduce the chance of you bending the frame - which can affect your scope of vision when wearing glasses and make your glasses uncomfortable to wear.
  • Rinse your lenses with water before wiping them as the dust particles already present can act as abrasives and damage your lens.
  • When using a spray, use cleaning products specifically made for glasses, not everyday household cleaning products as they contain harsh chemicals that can damage the coating of your lens.
  • When possible, leave your glasses to air-dry, otherwise, use a soft and lint-free cloth to gently wipe them down.
  • Store your glasses in a case when you are not using them - for extra safety, look for one with a microfibre pouch to keep your glasses free from dust and smudges.

If you’re investing heavily in your eyeglasses, you should consider purchasing a product with an extended warranty for peace of mind. This can be a cost-effective solution in the long run.

How much should you spend on a pair of glasses?

The amount you should spend on a long-lasting and efficient pair of eyeglasses will vary depending on the type, style, brand and purpose you’re going for. The price range of prescription glasses ranges from $30 up to $700+ for designer brands. They can be subsidised if you have applicable health insurance with a health fund.

Standard optical plastic lenses are the cheapest option and are likely to be featured on most of the glasses in the lower price range. They’re suitable for single-vision, low to medium strength prescriptions and are more prone to scratching than glass lenses.

The more complicated your prescription, unfortunately, the more expensive the spectacles will be. Adding extra features is done in order to best tailor the lens to your needs. However, they will also incur additional costs.

  • Aspheric lenses: Aspheric lenses provide a broader range of vision than a typical spherical lens since they focus light to a small point, creating comparatively no blur.
  • HD lens: These luxurious lenses are made using digital computer technology based on a digital scan of your eyes to fit your exact specifications.
  • Photochromic lenses: They darken when exposed to sunlight and filter out UV rays.
  • Scratch-resistant coating: No need to worry about the durability of your lenses with this coating.
  • Anti-reflective coating: Those who spend time in cold climates will know the annoyance of having their glasses constantly fog up, but this coating can help reduce that.
  • Polycarbonate: For thrillseekers and sports players who need glasses resistant to impact and are shatter-proof, this type of lens is the way forward.

Frame materials

The frame you choose may increase the price of your specs since they come in different forms including plastic, metal, aluminium, stainless steel and titanium, with titanium being the most durable and expensive.

Designer brands

With designer brands such as Chanel, Dior, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, you are paying primarily for the label rather than the quality - this means you can get a great pair of glasses without breaking the bank.

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