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Winners Outstanding in Professional Services

— by Danielle Ross, Director and Principal Optometrist The first inaugural Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce Business Awards were held on Friday evening at the stunning Rippon Hall. The Eyes on Ardmore team had been finalists for Outstanding in Professional Services, and to say we were excited was an understatement!   It was tough competition. We were […]

Whoop whoop! We won! Cue tears, loss of breath and speech

A New Venture

I am so excited share with you our exciting news! Eyes on Ardmore has acquired a Queenstown practice, Bridgman and Dean, as the first step in our growth plan. This acquisition will benefit you because expansion means we are bigger, stronger, and better positioned to provide innovative solutions that improve the quality of our patients’ lives. […]

Wanaka optometrist acquires innovative technology to combat dry eyes

Published: QT Magazine | Upper Clutha Messenger Leading Wanaka optometry practice Eyes on Ardmore has acquired cutting-edge technology in the form of a specialised Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) machine to significantly improve the health of dry eyes. The first of its kind in the lower South Island, the $47,000 machine is recognised around the world […]

Danielle Ross demonstrating an IPL treatment for dry eye

Q&As on E-Eye IPL for Dry Eye

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for Treating Dry Eye 20% of the population experience the burden of Dry Eye Syndrome. It is exacerbated by common everyday activities such as extended reading, smart phone and computer use. For some, Dry Eye Syndrome is a barrier to enjoying common, everyday activities. E-Eye IPL, vendored by France Medical, is […]

How to beat itchy eyes

As a whole, allergies are on the rise worldwide1 with the latest research suggesting that 15% to 40%2 of us suffer eye-related allergy symptoms. However, allergy doesn’t just rear it’s ugly head in Spring; allergy can happen all year round. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. However, even mild cases can significantly affect your quality of life.3,4 Whether […]

Reading and Imagination

                Reading to your child is priceless! Read to your child, even as an infant. When you read to your baby, you start them off on the visualisation track. How? You reinforce so many concepts of reading-turning the page and reading from left to right, or pointing to […]


Tips for Good Vision in the Modern World

Here’s 10 good habits to get into to ensure you’re protecting your vision in today’s world of computers, smart phones and the never-ending demand on looking up-close.                    1. Chin-to-elbow. This distance is called the Harmon distance. Do all sustained near tasks and activities (smart phone, iPad, reading, drawing […]

Tips for keeping your eyes healthy when using technology

Prawn, Fennel and Spinach Salad

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 the eyes healthy. Foods rich in antioxidants are also known to help protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), which is the leading cause […]

Prawn, spinach and fennel salad

Children with learning difficulties improve with new Wanaka-based behavioural optometry service

Published: New Zealand Health & Hospital, June 2016 Issue | Wanaka Mirror | Southern Lakes and Central Otago children with learning difficulties and behavioural issues are benefitting thanks to the area’s only qualified behavioural optometrist, Danielle Ross. Ross, principal optometrist at Wanaka’s Eyes on Ardmore, has recently become a registered behavioural optometrist through industry body Australasian […]


Blurred distance vision and reading glasses

Tom, a 12 year old kid, comes to see me as he is having difficulties seeing the board at school. The outcome… I end up prescribing Tom reading glasses! As odd as this might sound, it’s an important note in making sure the cause of the problem is diagnosed, and that we’re not just fixing […]

Tropical Breakfast Smoothie

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 chia seeds will keep you full. You could also add protein powder of your choice if you are exercising an hour within drinking.   […]

Tropical Breakfast Smoothie

Convergence Insufficiency and Attention Disorders

Convergence Insufficiency and Attention Disorders   The visual system requires two distinct sets of abilities to perform optimally. The two eyes must send a clear, single, comfortable image to the brain The brain must be able to process the information and make sense of what is seen; this requires good visual processing skills.   In […]

Boy covers left eye to cope with eye teaming problems

Kale, Tomato and Quinoa Soup

Popeye was right, but he shouldn’t have stopped with spinach. He should have also included kale. One cup of kale contains three times as much zeaxanthin and lutein as spinach, and over 200% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin A- all important nutrients for vision. Health-promoting phytonutrients in kale have been gaining attention for their […]

Kale, Tomato and Quinoa Soup

Raw Carrot Salad

Oh my goodness- where to start? Not only is this raw carrot salad packed full of antioxidant nutrients and omega-3, it’s absolutely delicious. Carrots contain a cartonenoid called lutein, which is vital for macula health. Vitamin A is essential for clear vision as it supports the cornea, and when combined with other vitamins, has also been shown to […]

Raw Carrot Salad

Macula Degeneration – Omega 3 and 6

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 macula degeneration (AMD). Omega-three fatty acids provide anti-inflammatory, anti-atherosclerotic, and antithrombotic effects. Omega-six fatty acids (arachidonic acid) are pro-inflammatories and are linked to a higher prevalence of chronic diseases. An ideal diet aims […]

Plant-based and animal sources of Omega-3 acids

Scroggin Mix Snack

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 also contain a heap of protein to keep you full for much longer. Ingredients: 1 cup chopped almonds 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup chopped […]


Apple and Raspberry Oats

Known as nature’s candy, raspberries are loaded with antioxidant power to help keep eyes healthy by providing protection against UV light damage. The antioxidant zeaxanthin filters out harmful blue light rays and is thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macula degeneration. A higher intake of all fruits (3 or more […]

Apple and Raspberry Oats

Irlen’s Syndrome

Meares-Irlen Syndrome (MIS) is a visual perceptual dysfunction described as Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by Helen Irlen, an educational psychologist, in the early 1980’s. At around the same time, such a syndrome was also noted in an article by New Zealand teacher Olive Meares, hence the interchangeable term of Irlen Syndrome and Meares-Irlen Syndrome. Meares-Irlen Syndrome […]

Irlens Glases's

Children’s Vision – Be your child’s biggest advocate

Be your child’s biggest advocate   An eye examination with a behavioural optometrist is one test your little Einstein can’t afford to miss.   An all too common misconception is that good eyesight is an indicator that a child’s vision is adequate. The key here is that vision is a two-fold process involving (1) eyesight – […]


RES/REI- Handmade in Italy with love…

Relating back to the creators heritage, RES/REI means ‘the thing’ in Latin. It means an existing object, with substance and form; but it also means a concept, an idea.
 RES/REI is the ensemble of things that make life around us, in all given forms. It’s about individuality Over the years, frames have become fashion accessories, enhancement […]


Polarised vs Non Polarised

Although you should wear sunglasses all year long while outdoors, the bright days of summer usually have most of us running to buy a new pair of  sunnies. However, with all of the sunglass choices available today, choosing a pair can be a difficult decision. It’s hard enough to choose from the many frame style options, but […]


Allergies bringing a tear to your eye? I’ve got the Good Stuff

Welcome to Wanaka; they say it’s only a matter of time until the pollen in Spring gets you one way or another.  But I never thought it would happen to me… I’m not prone to allergies, never had eczema or asthma and have always had a love of rolling in the grass and all animals […]


Sunglass Styles – A timeline of traditions

Sunglass styles come and go, and then come back around again! With summer on its way, now is the perfect time to check out this seasons sunglass trends and to take a look back in history with our sunglass style timeline and be inspired by some of the most classic styles made popular by historical […]


Visionary Times | Winter Newsletter

We’ve just released the latest quarterly newsletter by Eyes on Ardmore, Visionary Times – Winter Edition!!! It’s full of the latest and greatest breaking news to keep yours and your kids eyes healthy and safe this winter. Have a read here!


The Un-Sugar Coated Pill – Our Children Need to Unplug

Raising a child has just got a lot more stressful, at least if you live in Taiwan. Lawmakers have banned the use of iPads and other smart devices for children under the age of two, and insisted that those under the age of eighteen restrict use to ‘reasonable’ periods of time. The temptation of a […]


Be Seen – The Eyes on Ardmore Sunglass Ball

What a wonderfully glamorous evening filled with gorgeous woman, delicious treats, funky beats and stunning designer sunglasses. Eyes on Ardmore introduced NZ to the Jonathan Saunders sunglasses collection right here in Wanaka at the Federal Diner. …and what a launch it was!     Such a fun night with everyone enjoying their chance to shine in front […]


The consequence of a digital life

I always kid with my patients – “Hey, don’t knock computers – they are keeping me in business!” But all jokes aside, the reality is that as technology continues to increasingly solve roadblocks in our daily life, our precious peepers are wearing the effects. From early morning until late at night we are using all […]


Spectacle – Summer Edition

Check out the latest edition of Spectacle with our Frame of the week and round up of all the latest news including our Designer Visit from Paul Taylor and the Maui Jim open day. Click here to download the Spectacle Summer Edition


l.a. Eyeworks – a touch of Hollywood at the Wanakafest Soiree

October was an exciting month for Eyes on Ardmore and for Wanaka when a piece of  Hollywood came to town. LA Eyeworks whirled into Wanaka with a fabulous array of spec frames and we were blown away by the way our clientele embraced the collection. Over 400 pieces were on display at Lot 3 on Thursday […]


Attention: All Naughty Contact Lens Users

You know who you are! It’s easy to get into bad habits with your contact lenses and I speak from experience, having worn contacts since I was 13 years old. From the position of a habitual contact lens wearer but also a contact lens specialist, I thought it would be a good idea to give […]