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CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

04/09/2021 Once again we are in ‘lockdown’ and are only allowed to see ’emergency’ patients – we remain open at both practices during our normal office hours, but we are unable to schedule ‘routine’ appointments. If you have any concerns regarding your eyes and/or your vision, please ring and talk to our staff who will be able to liase with our Optometrists regarding your eligibility for an appointment.

Please note that if you have a condition such as glaucoma or macular degeneration then we are definitely able to see you, or  anyone who is concerned that their vision may have changed. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO RING AND TALK TO OUR STAFF IF IN DOUBT.

We are of course continuing to make every effort to follow social distancing and excellent hygiene practices.

Greg and Sue and all of our team at Strachan Eyecare Plus hope that you and all of your families are, and remain well during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing you ‘in office’ again.

And a reminder that contact lenses can still be ordered by phone or email and postage direct to your home can be arranged at no additional cost.

NORTH BLACKBURN SHOPPING CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT

As many of our ‘locals’ will be aware, the North Blackburn Shopping Centre is in the middle of a major redevelopment. As part of this, Strachan EyecarePlus will be relocating in early October, just around the corner, heading down towards Woolworths. This has been a very longtime coming, but we are all very excited about our imminent move to our larger and much more modern new rooms!

Our Balwyn East practice will remain at 4/399 Belmore Road, Balwyn East.

EYECARE PLUS RECIEVES CANSTAR AWARD FOR MOST SATISFIED OPTOMETRY PATIENTS IN AUSTRALIA   2018, 2019 and 2020!

Eyecare Plus is the only Optometry provider to be awarded five stars for overall patient satisfaction in the wide-ranging survey.The independent Optometrists also scored the maximum five stars for other sub-categories including service and advice, range of products available, customer service, accessibility of the store and after sale service – as well as an impressive four stars for value for money.

“This proves that patients really appreciate our independent and thorough approach to Optometry,” said local Blackburn and Balwyn Eyecare Plus Optometrist Sue Strachan.
“We don’t have big marketing budgets, but we do have a big commitment to excellence, and it’s great to see that being acknowledged by the public,” she said.

This win for Eyecare Plus is a big win for independent Optometry, as every other provider surveyed is part of a large corporation.
“This proves there is still strong demand for quality eyecare and that the public understand the importance of a thorough eye examination in preventative eye health,” said Sue.

STRACHAN EYECARE DONATES $60,000 TO OPTOMETRY GIVING SIGHT

Sue and Greg Strachan have donated over $60,000 by donating $2 for every pair of glasses sold since they began supporting the charity OPTOMETRY GIVING SIGHT  when the charity was set up in 2007. OGS Australia merged with the Brien Holden Vision Institute in 2019.

We have a donation box in our Blackburn and Balwyn practices where patients can donate a gold coin to our other charity of choice ‘Equal Health’ in lieu of being charged for minor repairs to spectacles.

We also have a ‘giving wall’ behind the reception desk at each practice where patients can place a gold coin in the donation box to help build a vision centre and write their name on paper bricks stuck on the wall, an activity which our young paediatric patients in particular enjoy.

Since 2007, OGS has distributed funds to more than 117 sustainable projects in 39 countries, including Australia. Currently there are 47 projects being funded in 24 countries. These projects include 14 new schools of optometry globally in countries without Optometrists or very few practitioners. This includes the recently opened Haiti School of Optometry and Vision Sciences which aims to overcome the disparity of Haiti having only three Optometrists for a population of more than 10 million people.

Other programs include outreach programs in East Timor, Sumba and Bangladesh where Optometric services are provided to underprivilged people living in remote areas where there is no access to the type of health care we take so much for granted here in suburban Melbourne.

SUE IS BACK FROM INDIA AGAIN

Sue was absent from the practices for three weeks during February 2020 having been in India  on her 12th trip with aid group EQUAL HEALTH.

The EQUAL HEALTH Optical team conducts basic eye tests and supplies free new glasses and also facilitates cataract surgery for people who are blind or significantly visually impaired. For the EQUAL HEALTH team, it’s a very busy but extremely rewarding experience. This time the team was based in Trichy in southern India, inland and south of Chennai.

This year the optical team was again very busy, dispensing 2,700 pairs of glasses! www.equalhealth.org.au

NEW FRAME RANGES
STRACHAN EYECARE are now stockists of JAGUAR eyewear – these optical frames  focus on meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail.  JAGUAR  brings their trademark clean lines and sensuality to a sleek signature eyewear collection characterized by  quality and luxury.

Another recent addition to our frame lines at STRACHAN EYECARE is LA FONT   eyewear.
LA FONT are a beautiful boutique range of frames that are all uniquely handmade in France.

We are also now stocking the ONYX range of prescriptable sunglasses – all very stylish, giving full UV protection and priced at a very competetive $239 complete with single vision PRESCRIPTION POLARISED  tinted lenses plus designer frame!

And for those of us who only need to wear reading glasses, we now also stock ‘CLIC GLASSES’. This range is unique in that the temples are joined in one long loop, designed to hang around the back of the neck, and the frame front is actually in two halves that connect by magnets at the bridge of the nose! This is handy for those that like to carry their glasses with them, and avoids wearing them on top of the head! These frames come in stock plus powers but are also fully prescriptable.

At Strachan Eyecare Plus we have glasses to suit all lifestyles including
our great value ‘package glasses’ starting at $129 or 2 pairs for $199,
all of course with our renowned quality and service.

 Our  ‘KOOL KIDS’ packages start at $199 for 2 pairs,
one with an amazing UNCONDITIONAL 2 YEAR FRAME WARRANTY!
Great peace of mind for parents!