Tips for a successful child's eye test

Posted 46 days ago by Megan Abels

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With school holidays around the corner, now is a good time to get your child in for an eye exam.

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Introducing Barton Perreira to our eyewear collection!

Posted 51 days ago by Megan Abels

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When it comes to luxury eyewear, few brands command the same level of admiration and respect as Barton Perreira.

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The autumn transition - prioritising eye health!

Posted 3 months ago by Megan Abels

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As autumn unfurls its captivating tapestry of colours, it serves as a poignant reminder that seasonal changes impact more than just our wardrobe choices.

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Elevate Your Style with LINDBERG's Air Titanium and Spirit Range

Posted 3 months ago by Megan Abels

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When it comes to eyewear, LINDBERG stands out as a beacon of innovation and sophistication. Renowned for their commitment to minimalist design and cutting-edge technology, LINDBERG's Air Titanium and Spirit...

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Unlocking summer style with Maui Jim

Posted 4 months ago by Megan Abels

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Are you on the lookout for eyewear that seamlessly blends style and functionality? We've got the perfect brand for you.

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Tom Ford top sellers

Posted 7 months ago by Megan Abels

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When it comes to eyewear, OCULA has established itself as a go-to destination for fashion-forward individuals seeking style, quality, and innovation.

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Who is Tom Ford?

Posted 8 months ago by Megan Abels

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When you think of Tom Ford, you immediately conjure images of haute couture and luxury fashion.

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Seeing brighter futures: Why your child's eye test matters!

Posted 8 months ago by Megan Abels

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As parents, we're committed to providing our children with the best possible foundation for success. Yet, one aspect that is often overlooked is their vision.

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Glasses are not just for reading!

Posted 9 months ago by Megan Abels

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Glasses have come a long way from being a mere tool for reading. While they do serve the practical purpose of enhancing our vision, they've evolved into a fashion statement...

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Step up your style game with lool

Posted 10 months ago by Megan Abels

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lool Eyewear is a brand that has been making waves in the eyewear industry, striking the perfect balance between functionality and fashion.

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4 Reasons why you should buy sunglasses from an optometrist

Posted 12 months ago by Megan Abels

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Even though winter is around the corner, your eyes still need to be protected from the sun's harmful rays.

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Anne et Valentine Frame Feature

Posted 13 months ago by Megan Abels

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French brand, Anne et Valentin, is known for its unique and stylish frames. The brand has been creating eyewear since 1984 and has gained a reputation for crafting some of...

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All about Anne et Valentin

Posted 13 months ago by Megan Abels

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Anne et Valentin is a French eyewear brand that has been creating beautifully crafted and unique eyewear since 1984.

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Eat your way to good eye health!

Posted 14 months ago by Megan Abels

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Maintaining good eye health is crucial for overall well-being. Here are a few ingredients that you probably already have around the house to improve and help look after your eyesight.

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Raw Shaved Carrot Salad

Posted 16 months ago

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This shaved carrot salad has gone viral for a reason - it's loaded with essential vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3, and it’s absolutely delicious!

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Posted 16 months ago by Megan Abels

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The MOSCOT Legacy

Posted 16 months ago by Megan Abels

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Posted 17 months ago by Megan Abels

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theo has helped us usher in 2023 so we'd like to introduce you to our five favourite models!

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The names behind the frames

Posted 17 months ago by Megan Abels

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theo's frame selection is extensive! This is understandable since the brand was established in 1989. With a knack for unique colour combinations and different shapes, you could get lost trying...

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Discount for Queenstown customers for comprehensive eye exams

Posted 18 months ago by Megan Abels

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This one is specifically for our Queenstown customers.

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Posted 19 months ago by Megan Abels

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Who is LINDBERG

Posted 19 months ago by Megan Abels

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LINDBERG is a globally recognised eyewear brand that prides itself on having its frames designed and manufactured in Denmark. Read more about what makes their eyewear so sought-after.

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Complimentary cleaning kit with every LINDBERG purchase

Posted 19 months ago by Megan Abels

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We have our eye on LINDBERG, and you should too! All LINDBERG frames are designed and manufactured by the brand itself using the best quality materials.

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Visiting OCULA - protocol and hygiene measures

Posted 20 months ago

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If you are unwell, we ask you to please reschedule your appointment.

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True or false? The more you wear your glasses, the worse your eyesight will become.

Posted 21 months ago

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Have you ever been told that wearing glasses makes your eyes weaker? That the more you wear your glasses, the more your eyes will depend on them? This is an unsupported myth that comes up time and time again, so we wanted to clear it up. In short, the answer is no.

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Introducing the ZEISS Visufit 1000

Posted 23 months ago

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At OCULA we believe our clients deserve the very best - because your eye health is priceless. We invest in cutting-edge technology and leading care practices to optimise your vision. Just like the NASA team in charge of the first moon landing and Nobel prize winners, we believe ZEISS offers the innovative technology best suited to your eyes.

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OCULA wins Outstanding Employer and Outstanding in Retail at the 2021 Ignite Wānaka Business Awards.

Posted 24 months ago

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We are honoured to have won in two categories this past weekend at the 2021 Ignite Wānaka Business Awards. More than 60 businesses from around Wānaka entered the biennial awards, sponsored by Milford Asset Management.

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OCULA hosts final year optometry students as externs

Posted 24 months ago

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Every year we welcome optometry students from The University of Auckland to come put into practice their extensive skills and knowledge. We offer discounted eye examinations to our clients to see them during this period, allowing the students to gain real life experience in our busy clinics, whilst being supervised by an optometrist. Meet this year's student, Anthony Tam.

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Things you might not know about astigmatism.

Posted 24 months ago

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Had a few blurry days and now convinced you have astigmatism? While one of the biggest signs to look out for is indeed blurry vision, it’s not the only symptom.

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Give your preloved frames a second life at OCULA

Posted 2 years ago

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We have launched the OCULA Recycle Program - specifically designed to minimise the amount of waste we generate. Donation boxes can be found at all of our stores to drop off your unwanted glasses. If they are still in good condition, we will order new lenses and donate them to Lions Club NZ. 

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OCULA giving a bit extra in 2022

Posted 2 years ago

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In 2022, one of OCULA’s goals is to give a little extra help to the people who need the most. 

We’ve created a series of fundraising events – dedicated days each month - where we will donate the money raised with the sale of specified products to Blind Low Vision NZ.

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Uncomfortable eyes? You might need more tears…or have too much.

Posted 2 years ago

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It’s called Dry Eye Syndrome, and more people suffer from it than you would think!

See tears aren’t just for crying. Your eyes constantly produce tears to help lubricate and protect your themselves. Each time you blink, the tears are spread out across the eye, coating it. For people who suffer from dry eye syndrome, the eyes just do not produce enough tears constantly to do the job, or those tears evaporate too quickly.

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WE'RE EXCITED! INTRODUCING THE NEW ICARE EIDON ACROSS ALL OF OUR STORES

Posted 2 years ago

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Do you have a favourite pairing? Or a dynamic duo that changed your world? Maybe it’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse, peanut butter and celery, or when a childhood favourite resurges (in a good way)...

At OCULA, we’re fanatic about eye health. So we’re excited to let you know about a new piece of equipment we have in each of our stores that allows us to see more of your eye and in greater detail than before.

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Keep an ‘eye’ on young ones as we celebrate Te Rā O Ngā Tamariki - Children's Day

Posted 2 years ago

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6 March is Te Rā O Ngā Tamariki - Children's Day, so we’re focusing on kids this month.

While we might all know that good vision and eye protection are important; did you know 64% of children’s visual problems go undiagnosed, leaving them struggling during class and sports?

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Price Increase as at 1 January 2022

Posted 2 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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We wish to inform you that as of the 1st of January 2022, there will be a slight price increase on our clinical services.

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VISITING OCULA NOW THAT THE COVID-19 PROTECTION FRAMEWORK HAS ENDED

Posted 2 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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OCULA is an essential primary healthcare provider. We are passionate about keeping our customers and our teams safe, which means certain restrictions still apply in order for us to do just that. 

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COULD YOU BE ALLERGIC TO SPRING?

Posted 3 years ago

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It’s Spring, and with the changing of seasons come runny noses, those dreaded sneezes… and for some us, swollen, runny, red, and itchy eyes too! 

While there is no hayfever “cure”, and you might feel like it’s holding you back from enjoying the great weather, there are certain steps you can take to lessen the effect, and offer slight relief.

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TIPS AND TRICKS TO ENHANCE YOUR NATURAL (BE-SPECTACLED) BEAUTY

Posted 3 years ago

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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…

If, on the other had 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. 

In this blog, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks to help you out!

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GLASSES FOGGING UP GETTING YOU HOT & BOTHERED?

Posted 3 years ago

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In many parts of the world, nearly two out of three people wear corrective eyewear. And ever since mask wearing has become mainstay, many of us have the same complaint: wearing a mask makes our glasses fog!

We get it - wearing a mask can be uncomfortable and frustrating, especially if you’re not used to it.

Our team put together some tips and tricks to make wearing a mask with your glasses a wee bit better...

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STAYING SAFE IN LEVEL 2

Posted 3 years ago

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Spring has arrived and so has Delta Level 2 of lockdown! This means that we can 'see' you all again in person! We are passionate about keeping you safe, so please read more here about the measures we have put in place, and what you can expect in clinic during this time. 

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING US IN LEVEL 3

Posted 3 years ago

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While a lower alert level comes with a few more freedoms, a number of restrictions are still in place to keep everyone safe during this time. Planning on visiting us during Level 3 Lockdown? Read what measures we have put in place, and what you can expect in clinic.

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AN ACCIDENT CAN HAPPEN IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

Posted 3 years ago

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Major eye injuries it seems can happen at any given time – all it takes is a flying champagne cork or a shooting rubber band or, in some cases, a piece of wire... Fortunately, most eye injuries are preventable if we follow eye safety instructions and use eye protection.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE SOUTH ISLAND

Posted 3 years ago

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Last week, our OCULA Merivale team volunteered as part of the dinner program at Ronald McDonald House South Island.

This program was designed to help feed families staying at the house who have loved ones undergoing treatment at the Christchurch hospital, so they don't have to worry about cooking or providing their family a meal while going through one of the toughest times of their lives. It’s a great way to get actively involved in the community!

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EVER WONDERED WHAT THE BACK OF YOUR EYE LOOKS LIKE?

Posted 3 years ago

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Or just how healthy your eyes are? An OCT scan will provide just that.

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SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON BLUE LIGHT

Posted 3 years ago

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What is it? 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. 

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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR GLASSES

Posted 3 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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Eyewear is an investment, therefore it's important to know how to care for your glasses or sunglasses to ensure they stay in great shape. we've put together some tips on how to keep your eyewear looking spec-tacular.

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WHEN YOUR CHILD COMPLAINS ABOUT THEIR EYESIGHT, AND THE LINES ARE BLURRED...

Posted 3 years ago

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Noticed that your little one has been squinting at the TV lately? Or complaining that they can’t see if you point at something? Are they not wanting to go to school because they have a headache? You might feel like they are joking around and trying to get a day off. Who doesn’t want to stay at home and watch Netflix?

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THERE'S A NEW OPTOMETRIST IN TOWN

Posted 3 years ago

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We are excited to welcome a new member to our Merivale team, optometrist Amy Lee. Amy will be working alongside Roberta to care for our OCULA Merivale patients for all...

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WHY EVERY PAIR OF EYES NEEDS AN EYE TEST

Posted 3 years ago

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WHAT IS IRLEN SYNDROME?

Posted 4 years ago

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Imagine that you're reading a book but slowly the words start to fall down the page or maybe, bright lights and flashes distract you from being able to write properly...

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PREGNANCY AND EYE HEALTH: THE FACTS

Posted 4 years ago

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With the news of our Director and Principal Optometrist Danielle Winstone (née Ross) expecting her first baby, it seems fitting to chat about the changes that women go through during...

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PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM SCREENS AND BLUE LIGHT

Posted 4 years ago

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As much as we try to slow down our intake of technology, it can be very difficult, especially in a time where other activities are limited.

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VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted 4 years ago

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With New Zealand being in Stage 4 lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have closed our physical doors but we are still here for you thanks to technology!...

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WEARING CONTACT LENSES DURING COVID-19

Posted 4 years ago

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With strict hygiene regimes being put in place during this time, it is no wonder that people begin to question everything they do - and whether it is safe.

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OCULA IS OPEN FOR ESSENTIAL SERVICES UNTIL WEDNESDAY

Posted 4 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT - WHAT WE ARE DOING TO KEEP YOU SAFE

Posted 4 years ago

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WALK FOR WIGGLY EYES - NYSTAGMUS AWARENESS

Posted 4 years ago

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Walk for Wiggly Eyes is a charity fundraiser for the condition Nystagmus and is being completed by Mike Sheen who will be walking the full length of New Zealand from...

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BACK TO SCHOOL - GET YOUR CHILD'S EYES TESTED TODAY

Posted 4 years ago

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How To Protect Your Eyes in The Water This Summer

Posted 5 years ago

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We are so close to the holidays and firing up our BBQ's for an epic Summer with family and friends, and fingers crossed for a hot one! But first, let's...

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Top Tips for Relieving Hay Fever

Posted 5 years ago

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The Summer season is so close we can almost taste it! Ice cream cones down at the waterfront and the hot sun on our backs, pure bliss.

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Apple And Raspberry Oats

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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Known as nature’s candy, raspberries are loaded with antioxidant power to help keep eyes healthy by providing protection against UV light damage.

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Scroggin Mix Snack

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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This is the perfect snack for in between meals, not only do these seeds and nuts contain zinc, selenium and loads of vitamins which are excellent for eye health, they...

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Macular Degeneration – Omega 3 and 6

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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The latest research has found that dietary intake of omega-three fatty acids (docosahexaenoic acid [DHA] and eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA]), has a beneficial effect in age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Kale, Tomato And Quinoa Soup

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

Popeye was on to a very good thing, but he shouldn’t have stopped with spinach. He should have also included kale.

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Tropical Breakfast Smoothie

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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This simple and refreshing treat is packed with lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin C. In addition to feeding your eyes, the coconut water will replenish your body with electrolytes, and the...

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Prawn, Fennel And Spinach Salad

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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The eyes are rich in blood vessels, fed by the heart, so a heart-healthy diet that’s low in trans and saturated fat is important to keep the blood vessels of...

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Everything you need to know about Glaucoma

Posted 5 years ago

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Glaucoma is a group of blinding eye conditions characterised by damage to the optic nerve. In most cases of glaucoma, the nerve damage is gradual and often goes unnoticed until...

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All about Ortho-k: Everything you wanted to know about corneal lens reshaping

Posted 5 years ago

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Orthokeratology (or Ortho-k) is ground-breaking technology that treats vision conditions such as myopia (short sightedness) and astigmatism (refractive error) and allows for clear daytime vision without the need for eye surgery.

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Top Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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This week, OCULA's bespectacled clients learnt how to create a stunning look with their eyewear and makeup by using these top tips.

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The ever-changing prescription: Why Myopia in children needs to be closely monitored

Posted 5 years ago

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Myopia - also known as near-sightedness or short-sightedness - is a common condition affecting both adults and children alike.

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OCULA Wanaka has moved!

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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It's hard to keep a secret in a small town, and OCULA moving to Helwick Street quite possibly was one of the worst kept! But that's because we're just so...

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How much screen time is unhealthy for my eyes?

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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"How much screen-time is unhealthy for my eyes?"

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9 common types of visual distortion

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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In my previous blog, I discussed some useful tips on reducing visual stress and distortion. But it occurred to me, often people don't know that the way they see is...

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Seven top tips on reducing visual distortion

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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Visual distortion is when either the eyes or the vision centre of the brain dont see normally.

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Three simple ways to minimise the effects of Glaucoma

Posted 5 years ago

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Hester Duplessis, one of our experienced Wanaka and Queenstown optometrists discusses the how a few small lifestyles changes can have big effect on controlling Glaucoma.

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Seven top tips to protect your eyes from allergies this Spring

Posted 5 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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‘Welcome to NZ!’ they said, when I first arrived. ‘Nature’s paradise! Clean! Green!’ Yeah, ok, I admit they were right.

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Attention: All naughty contact lens wearers! (yes, YOU who leaves them in overnight)

Posted 6 years ago by Hester du Plessis

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Hester du Plessis is OCULA’s newest, internationally renowned optometrist and comes with a boatload of clinical experience.

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Tips for Good Vision in the Modern World

Posted 6 years ago

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My Iphone is an extension of my arm. Seriously. My Macbook is a close second, and if I had an Ipad, well, you can bet it wouldn't be far away.

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Boredom Busters that Help Visual Skills

Posted 6 years ago by Danielle Winstone

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Here are some great Christmas gift ideas that will not only keep the kids happy and entertained over the holidays, it will also have them developing great visual skills.

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