Computer Glasses Are Here To Stay:160814

Understanding your prescription

Hi again!

These days with almost everyone using a computer, a new type of prescription lens is required.

In the past, when individuals reached mid-life they would normally require a reading correction. In other words a pair of prescription glasses that had an optical focus of around 300mm. If they were already wearing distance glasses they would move to a bifocal i.e. a lens where the top part is a distance prescription and the lower a reading add. The problem with this type of lens is it doesn’t make any allowance for a 600mm focal length which is an ideal distance for computer use.

So, enter progressive (or multifocal) lens. As the name suggests, standard progressive lens have three focal points; 1. distance, 2. intermediate (al la computer) and near for reading.

For the average person using a computer for short periods, the progressive glasses if fitted correctly should be satisfactory. By tilting the head upwards slightly the 600mm distance of the computer screen will be quite clear.

For others e.g. office workers who are on the computer for many hours a day, the constant head tilting to get the screen into view can cause discomfort and neck problems.

The solution is a pair of progressive office lens which allow for perfect 600mm vision for the computer and a near section for reading, necessary for data input. Although the top part of the lens is now designed for computer distance instead of far distance, most people can see well enough to converse without having to take their glasses off.

Computers are here to stay so if you are struggling with readers or standard progressive glasses (which are great for their own purposes), consider computer glasses.

I would love to hear from you, drop me an email telling me a bit about yourself. I am happy to answer any questions.


Barry Hewitt


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The ever so gracious and beautiful Dannii Minogue took this pic of Liz Tripodi,

Director of Vocal Art Studios on a flight tonight and had a chat about music.

Dannii’s first comment to Liz “I love your glasses!”

(Glasses From Australian Spex Appeal


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Are you interested in having a Spex Party? SpexAppeal®030514

Spex party and save on prescription glasses!

A big thank you to Meredith from Body Parts Health and Fitness Kyabram for hosting our very first Spex Party.

Everyone had heaps of fun trying on the latest trendy Spex while learning about prescription glasses AND saving money!

If you are interested in hosting a Spex Party and earning great rewards give us a buzz.

We can travel within 200km radius of Kyabram, even to Melbourne.

All your friends need to bring is themselves, a copy of their prescription or a current (2 years or less) pair of glasses.

Then you too can be one of the very first to experience a Spex Party!

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Reading glasses; Are your eyes stock standard? Spex Appeal®4:261013

How Do You Choose Reading Glasses?

How many times have we heard “I just use these, I picked them up for only $XX”.

Yes, I will have to admit to being guilty of buying cheap reading glasses from my discount store in the days when there was no better alternative then going to the local Optometrist and paying huge dollars for a simple pair of readers.

The reason stock standard reading glasses are so cheap is that they are usually mass produced with very often low quality lenses that can vary greatly in clarity and vision.  They were originally sold as magnifying glasses and their main purpose is to magify images.

Many people choose glasses based on the frame they like without regard for the lens quality as this is something which is a mystery to them.  But while stock reading glasses may be cheap, they are not for everyone.  They may potentially cause problems in some people if their eye prescription is (unlike stock reading glasses) not stock standard.

It is important for the health of your eyes that you understand your prescription so you make the right choice when choosing glasses.  A copy of your prescription is available and must be supplied by your Optometrist when requested under Australian National Law.

So instead of just viewing in the mirror when you purchase your next set of reading glasses, you will be able to make an informed decision on whether +1.00 or +2.50 etc is the right choice for you or whether a more satisfactory option is to purchase prescribed single vision for near use.  Understand your prescription and you’ll be able to make the best decision for your eye’s sake.

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Glasses Frame Materials;Spex Appeal®3:260913

Materials used in eye glass frames.

Choosing a frame is the first thing that customers focus on when buying their new prescription glasses.  Materials used in todays fabrication of frames are mostly durable and of consistent quality.   Here’s a brief description of different materials used.


The most common material used in making eyeglass frames and also referred to as Zyl or cellulose acetate, the frames are available in many colours and patterns from solid to multi-coloured. Durable and colour fast Zyl is cost-effective and light weight. Acetate frames are easy for the optical dispenser to work with. The material when exposed to hot air will stretch or shrink to fit the lenses. Acetate is made from cotton seed fibers mixed with plasticizers and stabilizers.

Stainless Steel

Frames made of an alloy of mainly iron with some chromium, manganese and nickel. Unlike some other metals it will not react with your skin and it has a lot of flexibility and strength. Stainless steel is also resistant to corrosion and heat. Reasonably priced and readily available.


TR90 is a new super light weight material used in eyeglass frames. A plastic titanium with memory it returns to its original shape. It is resistant to impact making it stronger and more durable. Due to its lightness and low friction qualities, it reduces pressure on the bridge of the nose and ears making for a very comfortable frame. Colours are solid and vivid.


Used for many years in manufacture of eyeglasses nylon is a thermoplastic processed by injection moulding and these days is blended with polyamides, co-polyamides and gliamides which make them strong and lightweight. It has good hypo-allergenic properties and is comfortable to wear. Nylon frames require a good deal of heat for lens insertion and adjustments.


A newer, high-tech metal that is high-quality. It is as much as 40% lighter then traditional metals and noted for its strength and durability. Titanium eyewear comes in many colours and has a modern look. Usually very expensive due to the special welding equipment needed in its fabrication.


Commercial aluminium has some silicon and iron in it making it hard and strong. Fairly light it can be a comfortable frame to wear. It is resistant to corrosion and achieves a high shine. Aluminium frames allow for many variations of colour and lends itself to unique designs.

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Ask for Your Prescription: Spex Appeal®190813

Optical Prescription; Your property, right?

We know you are interested in saving money by buying glasses online. However, you don’t have a copy of your prescription and feel a little bit embarrassed asking your Optometrist. Does this sound like you? Be assured your prescription is yours and you have every right to request it.  In fact, under Australia National Law it is your right to obtain a copy.

We’ve made it easier for you. Ask us for a FREE copy of our ‘Ask for Your Prescription Letter‘ which you fill in, sign and forward to your Optometrist. Once you have a copy of your prescription you can choose where you purchase your next pair of glasses.

And we hope it will be from our extensive range of quality frames which include FREE extras that we know you normally pay for. Compare and SAVE.  Example:  Thinner 1.56 mid-index lenses, Hard-coat to reduce scratching, Anti-reflection coating to reduce annoying reflection plus UV Protection. Along with a quality hard case and cleaning cloth – No gimmicks – Just fair prices – What are you waiting for!

Add to Cart our FREE ‘Ask for Your Prescription Letter’ in Accessories and you will be able to download it immediately. Then like so many others, once you have your prescription you will be able to hop online and SAVE on prescription eyewear.

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TrySpex Upload Photo Revision:130713

Check out the revised TrySpex Upload Photo Feature!  The new improvement is that when you log in to your account, your uploaded photos remain in the windows next to model faces.  This will make it easier when changing pages or checking attributes such as size, gender, colour etc as previously you had to re-upload the photo each time.  Try it out and keep coming back as we are continuing to add exciting new features to our Online Store.

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Prescription lenses being edged and fitted video:060713

Have a look at this video showing how prescription lenses are edged before being fitted into a frame by our optical dispenser

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Eyes test results; how to understand them:Spex Appeal:2:050713

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So You’ve Had Your Eyes Tested.  What Now?

Understanding your prescription

You’ve been to your Optometrist, had your eyes checked and were assertive in asking for a copy of your prescription.  What now?  And what do all those numbers mean?  You could just fill out the order form and leave all that to the optical dispenser.  However, if you are a curious person you may just want a basic understanding of what you have been prescribed.  So here is a short summary to make some sense of those numbers.


OD and OS:  Latin terms for right eye and left eye

Sphere:  Refers to the power of the lens, measured in diopters.  If the number has a minus sign you are nearsighted; plus sign means you are farsighted.  The further away from zero basically means the worse your eyesight.  When no correction is needed, the prescription may state plano (pl) or 0.00.

Cyl:  Cylinder lens power added to correct astigmatism which may be due to an irregular curvature of the cornea or lens.  You may not have astigmatism so your prescription would therefore not include a Cyl power or Axis and you won’t need to enter it on the order form.  If you do have it, then again the minus sign is for nearsightedness and plus sign for farsighted. A Cyl power must be followed by Axis.

Axis;  If the prescription includes Cylinder power, it must also include an Axis value (X). This indicates the angle (in degrees) between the vertical and horizontal meridians of the astigmatic eye.  The number is anywhere between 0 and 180 degrees.

Add:  This is the plus (+) power that needs to be added to the distance lens prescription to give the patient clear vision at a close range for reading.  Some prescriptions may include an intermediate Add designed for computer use and will be a lower number then the reading Add.

Prism:  Only a small percentage of people need this on their prescription and it is to compensate for eye alignment problems.  If you have prism on your prescription it is best to visit a local optical dispenser for a personal fitting.

PD:  This is the distance (millimetres) between the centers of the pupils in each eye and is an important measurement for an optical dispenser to make prescription eyeglasses.  It enables the correct positioning of the lenses and is particularly important in high powered lenses.  Optometrists don’t always record it on your prescription so make sure you ask.   If you don’t have your PD measurement see Quick Links “What is my PD?” where you will be shown how to measure your PD.

If you need any other advice or still aren’t sure how to fill out our online order form just email a scanned copy of your prescription to us and we’ll look after the rest.


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Eye Care Tips:140613

We at, an online store selling affordable prescription glasses in Australia, care for you and your eyes. Here are some eye care tips to help you maintain good eye sight.

Live healthy- taking care of yourself holistically makes your body better from head to toe, and this includes your eyes. Eating fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamin A keep your eyes healthy. Exercise helps the body utilize the vitamins it takes in as well as release stress. Avoid smoking as it not only affects the lungs, but also can adversely destroy other organs as well as the eyes. Sleeping at least 6 hours a day for adults and 12 hours for younger people diminishes eye stress and relaxes the eyes, replenishing it for a new day ahead.

Avoid stressing your eyes - The eyes can only take in so much abuse and will tire out. Make sure to read in a well lit environment making sure your light source is coming from the back so as to illuminate the pages you are reading. Computers and televisions are necessities in modern living but constant exposure to them can tire them as well.   When working with computers for long hours in a day, make sure to rest your eyes every 2 hours by looking at far objects for some 10 minutes. Blinking them repeatedly helps to lubricate them as well. Never watch TV at too close a distance, remembering to keep at least 3-5 meters away from it. In using the computer and watching TV, make sure to also be in a lit room. The constant change of details, colors and lighting of the screens repeatedly compress and dilate the pupils, working them to a dangerous limit.

Use UV lenses - This is especially true for sunglasses. Sunglasses without UV protection do more harm than good. The sun’s ultra violet rays are not blocked by lenses. Wearing shades dilates the pupils. If your sun glasses do not have UV protection, chances are that the dilated pupils are taking in more UV from the sun, therefore are being damaged more than not wearing shades at all.

Beautification comes at a price - Wearing make up can sometimes be unavoidable especially if your line of work calls for it. Properly washing it off during sleep is beneficial not only to your skin but to your eyes as well. Make up sediments can make its way to your eyes in your sleep. This includes the foundation you are wearing as well as those you closely apply to the eyes like mascara, eye liners, and eye shadows. False lashes also stress the eye lids. Try to avoid using contact lenses. They are applied directly to the cornea and are constantly taken on and off, giving tension to the eyes. If using contact lenses is unavoidable, always keep them clean by washing them with lens fluids. Sediments caught in them may damage the eye surface when worn. Also, remember to not wear contact lenses during your sleep as this stresses the eyes. The lenses could also slide and lodge itself to the back of your eyes.


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Glasses Prescription – How to obtain a copy:SpexAppeal®1:200513


Obtain a copy of your prescription and Save Online!

With prescription glasses now online, you can afford to look your best instead of only being able to afford to buy eyewear every few years due to high cost. Select your frame and then enter the prescription you obtained from your optometrist.  If you don’t have it, and have had your eyes checked within the last two years, ring and ask for a copy.  You are entitled to a copy of your prescription and the optometrist will provide it. Just like Doctors hand you the prescription when you are leaving so will your optometrist if requested. Customers have been accustomed over the years to making an appointment and then purchasing glasses before leaving the store without knowing they have a choice. This has helped to maintain high prices. Just ensure that where-ever you are purchasing your new eyewear, whether in a store or online that you are dealing with a trained optical dispenser (see our FAQ on difference between an optometrist and optical dispenser) and that a return policy is in place if for some reason you are not satisfied.

We are proud to welcome you to Spex Appeal; an Australian business with quality frames and down to earth prices.   Now you can look your best at a fraction of the cost!

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