Ace your 2023 Christmas gift shopping with these classics

Ace Your 2023 Christmas Gift Shopping With These Classics

By Emma Moletto

Frames for Christmas gifts

When it comes to the festive season, we all know the world is divided between people who start their Christmas shopping months in advance and those who start panicking a week before the holiday.

This guide, though, is for both kinds of shoppers, really! Full of great ideas for gifts for men, gifts for women, or for your little ones. Classic choices in eyewear never disappoint.

SmartBuy Collection essentials

Our SmartBuy Collection offers a range of eyeglasses and sunglasses that can satisfy all needs and tastes.

They’re some of the best gifts to give, as they combine high-quality lenses and frames at affordable prices. Perfect to avoid overspending this year!

Choose among fun colors and classic frames, or take a look at best-seller models to get inspiration.

SmartBuyCollection frames
SmartBuyCollection frames

SmartBuy Kids for your children

Christmas gifts for your children should be fun, playful, and durable. SmartBuy Kids glasses are designed to be kid-friendly with vibrant colors and resilient materials.

They’re not just a gift but an essential for the little ones’ everyday adventures. We’re sure they’ll go back to school after the holidays and show them off to their friends!

SmartBuy Kids frames
SmartBuy Kids frames

Eco-friendly frames, a gift for the planet

If you’re looking for presents that also embody a message of sustainability, our eco-friendly frames are a perfect choice.

These frames make a statement of care, not only for the person you’re gifting them to but also for the environment.

Model wearing an eco frame
Model wearing an eco frame

Think smart, think clip-ons!

Among the best Christmas gifts in the eyewear realm, we couldn’t miss mentioning clip-ons. These all-in-one eyeglasses and sunglasses are a great gift idea for men and women who appreciate a practical gift.

Clip-ons transform prescription eyewear into stylish sunglasses, perfect for all seasons.


When should you start shopping for Christmas gifts?

To avoid the holiday hustle and to account for delivery times, you should probably start shopping in early November.

For example, you could also take advantage of Black Friday deals to get ahead of the game.

This ensures you get the best selection of gifts for everyone on your list, from your husband to your kids, without the stress of last-minute shopping.

However, for the next holiday season, try to keep in mind that if you see something during the year that you think could be a perfect gift for a loved one, nothing stops you from getting it and saving it for Christmas.

What gift can I buy online?

SmartBuyGlasses is the perfect online shop to find great gift ideas for your loved ones!

Our certified opticians are always there to support you if needed, whether for a question about sizes, frame shape tips, or special features.

Enjoy the convenience of online shopping and make this Christmas one to remember.

Can a Warm Compress Help Your Eyes?

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Can a Warm Compress Help Your Eyes?

By Kushla Brewster
Reviewed by Beck Jinette
Beck Jinette

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Beck Jinette
Beck has over 17 years of experience in eye care, holding her Certificate IV in Dispensing in Australia.
Suffering from dry or irritated eyes? A warm compress is the perfect remedy to provide you with fast relief.
a man with a warm compress over his eyes
a man with a warm compress over his eyes

There’s nothing worse than having dry, itchy or irritated eyes.

Luckily, one way to get easy and quick relief in the comfort of your home is a warm compress. 

They’ve long been used as a home remedy because the compress provides moisture and heat to your eyes, relieving the symptoms of mild conditions like itchiness, irritation, swelling, and dry eye, among others.

What can I use a warm compress for?

So, what is a warm compress? It can be moist or dry, typically a cloth or heat pad, that you place over your eyes to ease your discomfort.

There are various mild eye conditions that warm compresses may be used for, such as:

a man itching his eyes
a man itching his eyes

Applying a warm compress to your eyes is great for relaxation! It can help relax your muscles leaving you feeling soothed and calm.

Types of compresses

There are two main types of warm compresses: dry and moist.

A dry compress is achieved using a heating pad, or a hot-water bottle. Whereas, a moist compress requires using a wet towel or washcloth in warm water.

Both types deliver heat, however moist compresses have been found to be more effective in relieving pain and providing faster relief than dry ones.

Nonetheless, if you need a convenient fix that requires zero cleanup, a dry compress can still provide some relief.

Benefits of a warm compress on your eyes

Now that you know what a warm compress is, here are some of the benefits that it can provide:

  • Adds moisture: moisture can open up the oil glands to improve their function which helps your eyes with normal tear production. 
  • Prevent oils from clogging: when the oil glands aren’t working properly and become clogged, it can result in blepharitis, sties, or cysts. The moist heat can clear the obstructed glands and normalize oil flow to the eyes. 
  • Relieves pain: a warm compress provides quick relief by stimulating healing in the area.
  • Eye muscle spasms: the moist heat can help relax the muscles in your eye.

How to make a warm compress for your eyes

 Making warm compresses at home is simple and requires few resources. 

  • Fill a clean bowl with warm clean water. This can be done using the warm water from the tap, or heating it in the microwave. The temperature should be between warm and comfortably hot. 
  • Soak a clean washcloth in the warm water until it’s fully soaked through. 
  • Remove the washcloth and wring out all of the excess water.
  • Fold the washcloth in half or until it is a size that sits comfortable over your eyes.
  • Leave the cloth on your eyes for a few minutes or until it gets cold. 
  • Repeat steps 2-5 for no longer than 10-15 minutes for optimal results. Excessive time can dry out your skin.

Note if you have any infection or discharge from the eye, please change the water in between to avoid further spread of infection.

Remember: the water should never be too hot as it can cause injury to your eye area! 

infographic about how to use a warm compress on eyes
infographic about how to use a warm compress on eyes

Are warm compresses safe for your eyes?

Warm compresses are safe, as long as you are careful.

The main issue that can arise is the washcloth being too hot which can cause injury. The temperature of the water should never be uncomfortable or inflict pain. 

Furthermore, warm compresses are not ideal to use on a fresh injury, especially near open wounds.

A cold compress may be more beneficial in this case, to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. 

Lastly, frequent use can dry out the skin around your eyes. Though it is not dangerous, it could leave your skin feeling uncomfortable.

Warm compress to treat dry eye

One of the main conditions a warm compress is used to relieve dry eye syndrome.

Did you know that about 40% of adults suffer from varying degrees of dry eye conditions?

Dry eye is the result of the inability to produce high quality or sufficient amounts of tears to lubricate the eyes.

There are many causes of dry eye syndrome such as age, allergies, lack of sleep, contact lenses, air pollutants, and medications.

Dry eye symptoms

There are several dry eye symptoms you may experience, including:

  • Excessive tearing
  • Blurry vision
  • Redness
  • Gritty sensation
  • Stinging or burning
  • Light sensitivity
infographic about dry eye symptoms
infographic about dry eye symptoms

A compress may relieve these dry eye symptoms as it will add moisture and heat to help tear production and clear the meibomian glands.

The increased blood flow can also alleviate pain and swelling.

This is one remedy among many, others may involve making dietary or environmental changes or prescription eye drops.

Remember, it’s important to consult an eye expert immediately if remedies do not work, or worsen your symptoms.

When to seek professional help

Using an eye compress can provide quick relief at home, though it may not be what’s best for you if your symptoms are more severe.

Your eye doctor will be able to give you the appropriate medical advice for your specific situation.

If you notice any of the following, contact your eye doctor:

  • Symptoms worsening
  • Persistent burning or stinging
  • Blurry vision, even with your glasses
  • Severe eye dryness that affects your daily life
  • Headaches or migraines

At SmartBuyGlasses Optical Center, you can stay informed on a wide range of eyecare topics with our educational articles, and look after your eyes as best as possible. 


Bilkhu, PS, Naroo, SA & Wolffsohn, JS (2014), Effect of a Commercially Available Warm Compress on Eyelid Temperature and Tear Film in Healthy Eyes, vol. 91, no.2, Optometry and Vision Science.

Rouen, PA. PhD, White, ML 2018, Dry Eye Disease: Prevalence, Assessment, and Management, vol. 36, no.2, Home Healthcare Now.,_Assessment,_and.3.aspx

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Eyelash Mites: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

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Eyelash Mites: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

By Claire Capuano
Reviewed by Maria Horan FBDO
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Maria Horan FBDO
Maria has over 17 years of optical experience. She holds a BSc Honours in Ophthalmic Dispensing and is a member of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.
Eyelash mites are microscopic parasites that inhabit human hair follicles. While they may sound scary, they’re not as bad as you think.
eyelash mites

Have you ever heard of eyelash mites? They may sound like a cross between a horror movie villain and an unexpected house guest, but these tiny critters are not as scary as they seem. 

A natural part of the human microbiome, these minuscule creatures can usually coexist without causing any harm.

What are eyelash mites?

Eyelash mites, scientifically known as Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis, are microscopic parasites that inhabit human hair follicles, particularly in the eyelash area.

Demodex folliculorum is the most common type of mite and lives within hair follicles on human skin. They are mostly found on the face and are most prevalent around the eyes. 

Demodex brevis is another kind of mite found on humans. These mites are so small they cannot be seen with a naked eye.

They only become noticeable and cause reactions or problems if they are present in large quantities. 

While all they want to do is feed on dead skin cells, when their population grows, and more eyelash mites are present, it can lead to various eye-related issues and discomfort. 

Understanding the symptoms, causes, treatments, and prevention methods associated with eyelash mites is crucial for avoiding eye and skin problems.

What causes eyelash mites?

The human body is home to many microorganisms, and eyelash mites are one of them. 

Generally, their presence in small quantities can be beneficial as these microscopic mites feed on dead skin and help by removing excess oil and ridding the body of dead skin cells.

The exact cause of an eyelash mite infestation is not always clear, but factors that might contribute to their proliferation include:

  • Poor hygiene: inadequate cleaning of the eyelids and face can allow mites to thrive.
  • Oil gland irregularities: overproduction of oil in the eyelid glands can create an environment conducive to mite growth.
  • Weak immune system: individuals with compromised immune systems may be more susceptible to mite infestations.
  • Age: mite populations tend to increase with age, as the body’s ability to control their numbers may decrease.
  • Skin conditions: those with dry or flakey skin, or rosacea, are prone to also have eyelash mites.

Eyelash mites are contagious and can be passed on through close contact with someone who has them. The affected person may have adult mites or larvae that can spread from person to person. 

They can also be passed through mascara or other eye makeup, cosmetic tools, and face towels, so avoid sharing these items.


The name Demodex is derived from Greek δημός (dēmos) ‘fat’ and δήξ (dēx) ‘woodworm’.

Symptoms of eyelash mites

The presence of eyelash mites might not always produce noticeable symptoms.

When severe infestations occur and too many eyelash mites are present around the eyelash follicles, symptoms may then occur. 

Some of the common symptoms of eyelash mite infestations include:

  • Itching: persistent itching around the eyelashes is a common symptom caused by the movement of the mites.
  • Redness: increased redness and inflammation of the eyelids.
  • Burning sensation: some individuals may experience burning or stinging in the eye area.
  • Crust formation: crust or debris formation at the base of the eyelashes, particularly upon waking up.
  • Eyelash Loss: excessive loss or thinning of eyelashes due to mite activity.

If you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms and suspect an eyelash mite outbreak, you should see your eye doctor immediately.

symptoms of eyelash mites
symptoms of eyelash mites

How to treat eyelash mites

It’s essential to approach the treatment of eyelash mite infestations cautiously.

Abrasive or harsh cleaning methods can irritate the eyes, so it’s best to consult with your eye doctor to ensure an appropriate and effective approach to managing eyelash mite infestations.

The treatment for an eyelash mite infestation typically involves a combination of hygiene practices and, in some cases, medicated solutions prescribed by a healthcare professional.

For a mild infestation, healthcare providers might prescribe medicated cleansers or scrubs formulated to eliminate mites and their eggs. These products are designed to target the mites without irritating the eyes.

In the case of a severe infestation or risk of secondary infections due to mite activity, an optometrist may perform a deep cleaning of the eyelids. 

They might also prescribe antibiotics or other medications to address any infections.

Always follow the advice and treatment plan recommended by your eye doctor. They can provide personalized guidance and medications tailored to your specific situation.

eyelash mites
eyelash mites

How to prevent eyelash mites

Preventing eyelash mite outbreaks involves several key practices. Maintaining good hygiene is the first step. 

Regularly clean your eyelids and face using a mild cleanser. Do not share products like face towels or eye makeup and tools, as this can spread mites. 

Washing your bedding regularly can also reduce the risk of an eyelash mite infestation. Clean pillowcases and bed sheets minimize the risk of mite transfer.

While eyelash mites are common, an overpopulation of these microscopic organisms can lead to discomfort and eye-related issues. 

Regular hygiene practices, medical intervention when necessary, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are critical steps in managing and preventing complications arising from eyelash mite infections.

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5 Styles to Wear for International Cinema Day

International Cinema Day falls on the 28th of December this year. The timing ties in nicely with the annual raft of movies released over the holiday period, and of course, the Christmas gift-giving tradition.

Cinema has a rich history of trendsetting and rendering styles iconic, be that in the form of hairdos, clothing, footwear, or even glasses

If you’ve still got a few names to tick off your Christmas shopping list and are stuck for ideas, or maybe you just feel like treating yourself to a new pair of shades, you could do a lot worse than choosing one of the following film-inspired styles.

Pilot shapes

One of, if not the most recognisable sunglasses shapes out there, pilot glasses have a long and storied history. Initially developed for US Air Force pilots, the Ray-Ban Aviator is the best-selling sunglasses model of all time.

Its universal appeal inspired a whole host of imitations from other brands. The style had already been around for about 50 years when it received a big popularity boost in the 1980s after starring in one of the decade’s biggest blockbusters.

In a film about two all-American fighter pilots, the costume department had an easy time finding the perfect eyewear for the protagonist.

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Round metal frames

Round metal frames are one of the easiest ways to give your look a scholarly update. A classic design, there’s an almost universally shared perception of circular lenses held in place by thin metal rims; studious, bookish, and academic.

They also have a certain “young boy who’s discovered that he comes from a long line of wizards and has magical powers” kind of vibe to them. 

If you’d rather channel your inner “Italian hitman living in New York who befriends a recently orphaned girl and helps her avenge the murder of her parents”, then opt for black-tinted lenses.

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Square and suave

Equally as classic as their round counterparts, square glasses have been a style mainstay for decades and exude class, professionalism, and intelligence.

Their simplicity also gives them an everyman quality, so nobody will doubt for a second that you’re a mere journalist at a local newspaper, and not a crime-fighting superhero from another planet.

Just as long as you take them off when changing into your blue jumpsuit and red cape.

Cat-eye chic

Cat-eye frames were designed in the 1930s to give women a chance to express their femininity through their eyewear. There was a dearth of feminine options at the time, so Altina Schinasi set about creating the striking new shape with its signature upsweep.

The cat-eye grew in popularity, hitting its peak in the 50s and 60s and becoming the toast of Tinseltown, ubiquitous on film sets, the red carpet, and industry parties alike. A surefire way to add some nostalgic, cinematic glamor to any look.

Angular modernity

Film characters often resonate with us because they’ve got roughly two hours of our undivided attention, in which they charm us, show us their human flaws and redeeming qualities, and, quite often, save the day.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll have the same kind of opportunity to wow an adoring public, you can still grab people’s attention by standing out from the crowd. Geometric frames are great for this. Their angular form contrasts sharply against more conventional, historical shapes.

And for now, they haven’t yet been ingrained in cinema lore and eternally associated with any particular character, so why not get ahead of the curve and start wearing them before everyone else does?

The world of film is a fantastic source of style inspiration. The chances are, if you’ve ever spotted a pair of shades on-screen that took your fancy, you’ll find them – or something very similar – among our vast selection of eyeglasses and sunglasses. Start browsing now and see for yourself!