COVID-19 Update

Keeping you informed Updated Thursday 27 May 2021 How we are supporting you The health and wellbeing of our customers, employees and the broader Bendigo community is the reason UFS Pharmacies exist. As a result of the COVID-19 virus pandemic we have had to operate in a different way to ensure we continue to protect…

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Top 5 Reasons to Wear Sunglasses

UV Protection The sun’s harmful UV rays can lead to serious, and in some cases, long-term health issues. Skin Cancer 5% to 10% of skin cancer occurs around the eyes. Always wear quality protective sunglasses when outdoors – even on overcast days. General Eye Comfort The sun’s brightness and glare interferes with comfortable vision. Dark…

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Maui Jim PolarizedPlus2® Sunglasses

All Maui Jim lenses block 100% of all harmful UV rays, protecting your eyes from damage and long-term health risks. Maui Jim sunglasses can be custom made with your prescription*, our specially trained staff can assist you in selecting the correct frame and lens to suit your specific needs.   


Don’t risk your eye health

The skin, eyes and area around the eyes are very sensitive to UV radiation. Most of us know that UV radiation harms the skin, causing photoageing, wrinkles and, in severe cases, skin cancer. Although it’s invisible, long-term UV exposure can cause various eye diseases such as cataracts, macula degeneration and accelerated aging of the tissue…

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New eyewear to make you feel good.

“We are Eyewear Architects”   Founded in 1973, ProDesign Denmark has more than 40 years of experience creating beautiful eyewear with a clean-cut Scandinavian feel. Drawing on our heritage of Danish design, we create innovative eyewear with a close-knit relationship between functionality and visual expression. “We aim to design eyewear that feels as good as…

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Have you had your eyes tested recently?

There’s a bear hiding amongst the cats. Can you spot it? Glaucoma is a largely unobservable group of eye diseases in which damage to the optic nerves causes a loss of vision. What causes glaucoma? Damage to the optic nerve is responsible for the vision loss that comes with glaucoma, the most common cause of…

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Style up this spring

Established in 1999, Australian label Sass & Bide has grown to become one of the most recognisable brands in the world. The label has a huge range of clothing and accessories that includes some absolutely must-have designer frames.

 

The Sass & Bide eyewear collection incorporates all that is synonymous with the brand – style, style and style. Sass & Bide eyeglasses are available in metal, plastic, metal and plastic and add a little modern luxury to any spring wardrobe.

UFS Optical are pleased to be able to offer a selection of on-trend Sass & Bide frames, so drop in and try on a pair today.


Glaucoma: you won’t see it coming

Glaucoma is a largely unobservable group of eye diseases in which damage to the optic nerves causes a loss of vision. What causes glaucoma? Damage to the optic nerve is responsible for the vision loss that comes with glaucoma, the most common cause of this damage is high pressure in the eyes. However, there are…

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Optometrist’s View: Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.Comprehensive dilated eye exam Comprehensive dilated eye exam Visiting your eye care professional for a…

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Five foods for healthy eyesight

You already know that regular check-ups with your optometrist can help keep your eyes in good health. But did you know that there are also foods full of nutrients that help keep your eyes healthy too? Here are five of the top foods for your eye health:   Kale Kale contains lutein and zeaxathin, which…

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Optometrist’s View: Finding your Perfect Fit

Did you know that lens fitting errors can significantly reduce the optical performance of your lenses?   Best vision can only be achieved if your lenses are fitted to match the position of your eyes, the inclination of your head and the position of your glasses on your nose. Introducing the state-of-the-art i.Terminal mobile from…

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Optometrist’s View: Focus on early detection

At UFS Optical our focus is on detecting eye health problems early. Depending on your symptoms, we often recommend examining and recording the state of your eyes in greater detail with a 3D retinal camera. This helps us to see the bigger picture. Things we can see sooner Two of the most critical future eye…

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Don’t see your optical benefits disappear this year

If you have private health, now’s the time to check with your health fund if you have any optical entitlements remaining for this year. Most major funds have a cut-off point at the end of December and not the typical end of year. This reflects a ‘use it or lose it’ policy when it comes…

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Retinal Detachment

The curved back layer of the eye is called the retina.  It contains light-sensitive cells responsible for vision.  Sometimes the retina separates from the back wall of the eye, which is called a retinal detachment.  This is a serious condition that requires urgent treatment, usually surgery.  Vision will most likely worsen beyond repair without treatment.

Symptoms can include flashing lights and floaters, a curtain or shadow either moving in the visual field or blocking vision, visual distortion, or painless loss of part or whole of the visual field.

See your eye care professional at UFS Optical immediately if you have any of these symptoms or if you have any considerable changes to the way you’re seeing.

For eye test bookings or further enquiries please call 5441 8077


Introducing ZEISS Digital Lenses – an innovative solution for a digital world

Ever felt eye strain when staring at your screens – tablets, smartphones and computers, for a length of time? Nearly 70% of adults experience some form of digital eyestrain, due to prolonged use of electronic devices according to ZEISS.

So, they created the ZEISS Digital lens – specifically designed to meet the vision needs of people aged 25 to 45 who are experiencing near vision discomfort for the first time.  Mobile digital devices have certainly changed the world, and how we behave, so at UFS Optical, we select lens brands who fit your lifestyle and are creating solutions for the modern eye.

If you would like to have crystal-clear vision when looking at your smartphone or tablet, please call 5441 8077 to arrange an appointment today.


Do I really need to get my eyes dilated?

We know it’s a little uncomfortable. You’ve heard about the side effects – slightly blurry vision and significant glare that can last a couple of hours, until the drops wear off. But here is why it’s worth doing. The pupil in the middle of the coloured part of your eye opens and closes to allow…

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“Nothing that would affect my eyes” – advertising drug reactions

Many people who have an eye test wonder why they are asked about what medications they take.  Sometimes they say “nothing that would affect my eyes”. The truth is that many prescribed and over-the-counter medications, even vitamins, can cause side effects in the eyes. Some adverse reactions from medications may include – ž  changes in the…

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Bollé Prescription Program

Bollé has one of the industry’s most comprehensive assortments of sunglasses. Now, with the launch of the innovative B-Thin Active Design Rx program, nearly all Bollé shades can be fitted with lenses for broadest range of prescriptions available from any manufacturer. B-Thin Active Design lenses are made possible by a new technology that uses extremely advanced calculations, allowing for…

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Photofusion Lenses

We are so impressed by the new PhotoFusion lenses by ZEISS. If you have ever had transition lenses, or have wanting a pair of specs to wear when driving and day to night, do yourself a favour and check out PhotoFusion by ZEISS.

The PhotoFusion lens reacts up to two times faster from dark to clear and up to 20% faster from clear to dark than previous photochromic lenses by ZEISS. PhotoFusion by ZEISS is ideal for everyone who wears glasses and especially for eyes that are sensitive to changing light. The light-sensitive lenses adapt quickly to changing light conditions, which is perfect for the warm summer months ahead.

PhotoFusion is available in nearly all lens types provided at UFS Optical which means your next lot of light changing spectacles will work even more efficiently than ever before!

For all enquiries and eye test bookings please call 5441 8077


Pterygium

A pterygium is a growth of tissue on the white part of the eye, which can extend onto the cornea.  Thought to be associated with UV and hot, dry environments, pterygia typically affect people who spend a lot of time outdoors. They are very common; anyone can develop a pterygium.  Usually quite slow-growing, they should…

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The new ZEISS DuraVision anti-reflective is here!

What makes ZEISS lenses with DuraVision® Platinum AR coating different? These hard and light lenses are very robust, dirt-resistant and easy to clean while offering first-rate anti-reflective properties. An integrated system of coating layers densely packed using ion-assisted deposition results in a lens surface that is three times harder than the previous generation of hard anti-reflective coated plastic ZEISS lenses.  ZEISS lenses with DuraVision® Platinum AR coating also have a more cosmetically pleasing, blue residual reflex colour that produces over 20 % less luminous reflectance than conventional green AR coated ZEISS lenses.

This amazing new anti-reflective coating is now available at UFS Optical!

For all eye test or any other enquires please call the UFS Optical team on 5441 8077


UV and your eyes

All UV eye exposure adds up over time.  Accumulated UV exposure to your eyes can lead to a variety of problems and diseases, notably cataract, macular degeneration, pterygium, “sunburn” which causes irritation and pain, skin cancer on the eyelids and around the eyes. Reduce your UV eye exposure by wearing sunglasses (made to Australian Standards),…

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Ray-Ban

Ever since they first appeared in the 1930s, Ray-Ban has been a true American icon, sitting proudly alongside the likes of Louisville Slugger, Weber Grill, Levi’s and Mustang. Thanks to a who’s who of celebrity wearers, Ray-Ban has outlasted fickle fashion trends and competitors — even managing to survive (just barely) the dark days of disco — and now they’re sitting on more noses than ever. So whether it’s an Aviator, Wayfarer or maybe even a new season style, having a new Ray-Ban look for the sunglass season is a must!

We have recently increased our Ray-Ban range of sunglasses due to popular demand. So we invite you to call in and check out the new and exciting range of Ray-Ban sunglasses! Remember ALL members receive 20% off at UFS Optical


New multifocal lenses with a difference

The way you use your eyes is unique to you.

You may spend more time than most focusing on one main distance (reading, computer work) or your life may emphasise constant refocusing for dynamic activities (driving, sports, gardening).

New technology in ZEISS Progressive Individual® 2 lenses allows our experienced UFS Optical staff to enhance either the near or intermediate and dynamic viewing zones of your lenses to suit your visual lifestyle.

You’ll benefit from outstanding vision for all distances, with extra vision support where you need it most.

For eye bookings or any other enquiries please call 5441 8077


Macular Degeneration

The macula is the central part of the retina (back layer of your eyes) which is used for driving, reading, see people’s faces and other detail.  Macular degeneration is progressive damage to this macular area which leads to loss of central vision, although the peripheral vision is not affected.  Macular degeneration (MD) is caused by…

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is when the optic nerve at the back of the eye is slowly and permanently destroyed, starting with the side (peripheral) vision.  This damage is irreversible, but early detection means we can usually control or stop the progression of vision loss.  Glaucoma can occur at any age, although it is more common in old…

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Designer alert…

The Coco Song eyewear collection pays homage to the golden age of Chinese culture and art combined with the attention to detail of Italian design. It originates from the desire to surprise with its use of unusual materials such as true feathers, pure silks, lacquers and pressed flowers encased in the frame materials. These amazing features give Coco Song the uniqueness that rivals no other.

An extensive range of Coco Song is now available at UFS Optical. So come in to check out the latest in fashion for your eyes with Coco Song. Remember UFS members receive 20% discount off ALL optical products.

Phone 5441 8077 for an eye test today!


Have you considered an anti-reflective coating for you new glasses?

Lenses without anti-reflective technology reflect a significant amount of light. Surface reflections from lenses can distract the wearer and even interfere with vision, particularly in low-light conditions like night driving or when performing intensive visual tasks like computer use.

The anti-reflective technology helps reduce reflections to less than 1% of the incident light — compared with 7% to 13% for uncoated lenses. So if you suffer from unwanted reflections when driving, using computers or for any reason, please consider an anti-reflective coating on your next lot of spectacles.

You will look great, and see amazingly well!


What do you see? Floaters and spots

Floaters can be seen as dots, strands, cobwebs, circles or various small black shapes which move in your vision.  Floaters are very common and can happen at any age, although more common with increasing age.  You will particularly notice them if you look at a blank page, wall or the sky.

Floaters are caused by changes in the gel which fills the eyeball, leaving particles floating in this gel which cast shadows on the retina and make them visible to you.  Whilst most floaters are considered normal, they can be indicative of more serious eye problems.  If you notice new floaters or a change in the size and number of floaters, or if you notice unusual flashes in your vision, you should have your eyes thoroughly examined immediately.


What do your specs say about you?

A person’s spectacles reflect their character 

The shape of our face plays a major role in selecting the right spectacle frames, but there are also other factors to consider.

Our friendly staff at UFS Optical will quickly recognise what type of spectacle frames are right for a patient’s type and face shape.

This is generally split into two basic areas: first, the type of person who wants “non-spectacles” – spectacle frames that blend as harmoniously as possible into the face and are largely inconspicuous.

The second type of spectacle wearer is more motivated by fashion and accordingly sees their spectacles as a fashion accessory.

At UFS Optical we have an amazing range of frames from the minimal look to the latest in fashion.

Come in and take a look!


Let the colours shine with Maui Jim

Sunlight travels 93 million miles to light a single flower. Don’t let it go unnoticed.

The Maui Jim PolarizedPlus2 lenses use three rare earth elements to filter, balance and increase the amount of quality of the colours that the natural eye naturally perceives.

As a result, you see deep, saturated colours and have a higher level of contrast and depth perception like you’ve never seen.

So come in and check out our incredible range of Maui Jim sunglasses at UFS Optical.

You will be blown away with what you see!


Cataracts, a quick overview

Vision requires light to pass through the eye’s pupil then through the lens which focusses the light onto the back layer of the eye, the retina.  When this lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, it is called a cataract.  The more cloudy the lens becomes the more foggy your vision will be.  The major contributing…

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World Sight Day

World Sight Day is a global event that focuses on bringing attention to blindness and vision impairment. It is observed on the second Thursday of October each year. In light of this day, UFS optical would like to draw your attention to the seriousness of Glaucoma in our society today.  Glaucoma is a condition in…

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