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Monday
Apr142014

LUNCHTIME LASIK: STEVEN KISSES GOODBYE TO HIS GLASSES FOREVER

Words by Steven Fernandez

I went over to Sydney for Future Music Festival last month and snapped my prescription glasses in half. I’ve had glasses since I was 14 and I’ve been through almost a pair a year since I started wearing them. As well as losing and breaking multiple pairs, I’ve had to upgrade almost every year with stronger and stronger lenses as I got blinder and blinder.

On the scale of blindness, I was pretty severe. I wasn’t nicknamed Stevie Wonder for the musical talent, let’s put it that way. To give you an indication of how blind I was, I could only see the very top line on one of those vision charts. There’s only one letter on that top line and I had to squint to see it. Me behind the wheel without glasses was the safety equivalent of you asking your pet dog to drive you home…

So when I got back from Sydney and realised that another pair of glasses would set me back another $1000, I decided to look into Laser Vision Correction to deal with this problem once and for all. I hate wearing glasses and I hated having to carry them around. The idea of contacts never appealed to me, because the thought of touching my eyeball sent shivers down my spine.

Our editor Tina Moore had LASIK last year and insisted I look into it, singing the praises of her ophthalmic surgeon Dr Nick Mantell at Eye Institute. LASIK stands for Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis, which is a specific type of Laser Vision Correction for a number of vision imperfections. You can get LASIK at a number of places around New Zealand, but only Eye Institute offers iLASIK, a unique form of Laser Vision Correction that uses the latest and greatest in LASIK technology for optimum safety and results. If you weren’t told otherwise, you would be forgiven in thinking that the iLASIK technology was actually a NASA spaceship launchpad. This is some seriously advanced stuff…

At my consultation Dr Nick Mantell pointed out that iLASIK technology is so precise it can write text onto the side of a strand of hair. The consultation is super mellow and only takes about an hour. Not everyone is a candidate for Laser Vision Correction however iLASIK is able to treat a wider range of visual imperfections; in both nearsightedness and farsightedness, more than any other type of laser treatment. So if you were an unsuitable candidate for LASIK, you still could be suitable for iLASIK and you should look into it. At the end of the consultation, which is very similar to an ordinary visit to the optometrist, I was told I was the perfect candidate for iLASIK. Excited about the prospect of 20/20 vision at the very least and the end of prescription glasses, I booked myself in for the procedure three days later…

I was nervous. I was actually really nervous. I have a high pain threshold and I don’t really get nervous about procedures, but I was for this. Despite Tina’s constant reminders that I had absolutely nothing to worry about, I found the idea of someone probing around my eyes a little unsettling. Turns out Tina was right…

The team at Eye Institute must hear the words ‘I had nothing to worry about’ every single day. They must have to bite their tongue and resist saying ‘I told you so’ all the time. iLASIK treatment really is the most unbelievably easygoing treatment. After arriving at the clinic, a nurse applies numbing drops to your eyes for about 15 minutes, before leading you into the operating room with Dr Nick Mantell and his team. You’re out of there less than 15 minutes later. The pre-preparation takes longer than the procedure itself. It’s over in ‘the blink of an eye’. I’ve been dying to use that line!

You know how the dentist is kind of uncomfortable? Generally it’s not painful, but it just feels weird. iLASIK is exactly like that. There’s no pain whatsoever, you just spend the time coming to terms with some unfamiliar sensations. I didn’t want to know what Dr Nick Mantell was doing, because as far as I was concerned I didn’t need to know. I wasn’t performing the procedure so didn’t care for the details. But he does tell you exactly what to expect every step of the way so there are no surprises. Dr Nick Mantell is a bit like Morgan Freeman, he has a very soothing voice! The laser itself beams through your eyes for approximately 30 seconds. You could honestly have this procedure done in your lunch hour.

Especially since I’ve never worn contacts, the nurses warned me that I would experience grittiness and dryness in my eyes immediately after the procedure and that that was to be expected. No biggie, I was prepared for that in exchange for crystal clear vision. However, I experienced nothing of the sort. I went home, rested for a few hours and waited for the discomfort to set in. It never came. By dinnertime I was already reading the oven clock from the other side of the room, annoying my flat mates who have been able to see that far all along!

Well now I can actually see further than them and most people I know. Trust me, I’ve tested. Remember that chart I could barely read the top line of? I can now read two lines lower than 20/20 vision. I couldn’t even see that well with my glasses before! I’ve applied the anti-inflammatory eye drops and lubricants religiously, although only because I’m a stickler for precision, not because I’ve needed to. Even now two weeks on I haven’t experienced a spec of discomfort. My only side effect has been a slight redness of the eye, certainly nothing major…

The reason I’ve written about this experience is because I can hands-down say this is one of the most life-changing things I have ever done. I have gone from virtual blindness to crystal clear vision in the same time it takes you to pick up a Panini in your lunch hour. There were two hesitations I had when I considered getting iLASIK; it’s expensive and it’s painful. I was wrong on both counts. Yes, it does cost in the vicinity of $5700 to get the procedure, but you can understand why when you see the team and technology involved. Think about how much you’ll spend in glasses, contacts and consultations over the next 20 years, then you’ll realize this is a drop in the ocean. And I couldn’t have been more wrong about the pain. I guarantee you, there’s more pain involved in clipping your fingernails. If you’ve ever considered getting laser eye treatment, then I urge you to have an iLASIK consultation. I can’t speak for all the treatments out there, but I can speak for Dr Nick Mantell at Eye Institute as a man who can work miracles… in your lunch hour.

Click here for more information on Dr Nick Mantell at Eye Institute and 'Like' his Facebook page here for all the latest updates.

Or call Eye Institute on 0800 33 2020.

Thursday
Apr102014

NEW ISSUE TEASER: 'LACQUER ME' BEAUTY SHOOT 

Our latest issue is the beauty issue, so naturally it's packed full of photoshoots that are... beautiful!

One of our favourites is 'Lacquer Me', shot by the talented Guy Coombes, with makeup by Nicole Thompson and hair by Clive Allwright.

What do you think? Pick up our latest issue on shelves now to see these beautiful pictures in all their glory...

Thursday
Apr032014

BEHIND THE SCENES OF WORLD'S MOST RECENT FASHION SHOW 

The L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards in late February were an opportunity for artists in hair, make-up and fashion to strut their stuff and show the goods, delivering the very best in creativity.

Naturally our friends from WORLD were on board, delivering everything bold and beautiful, innovative and sensational. We always love a good WORLD show, you never know what's going to happen next.

Fortunately for us the team snapped a series of photos backstage at the L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards 2014 WORLD fashion show and fortunately for you we have them here...

Check out the backstage shots and what exactly goes into making one of those weird and wonderful WORLD shows. Visit the equally splendid WORLD online here.

 

Thursday
Mar202014

MEET THE 2014 NZ HAIR STYLIST OF THE YEAR...

Words by Steven Fernandez.

What’s a hairstylist’s worst nightmare? The wind, because it ruins the artwork of hair they’ve spent ages shaping, sculpting and styling. It’s Murphy’s Law then that the biggest cyclone to hit New Zealand this year happened to do so at the same time as Industry, New Zealand’s Premiere Hair Event, over the weekend.

Hosted at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel, Industry presents annually the leading New Zealand hairstylists and some of their most incredible creations. This year’s finalists for New Zealand Men’s Stylist of the Year 2014, as sponsored by Structure by Joico, included Michael Beel, Kaleb Pritchard, Brad Lepper and Chinney Yeap.

And although they were all phenomenal with some seriously exceptional submissions, it was Brad Lepper of French Revolver Studio who was crowned top men's stylist. Check out his epic artwork on model Tom Oosterhoff below.

Brad’s been on board a fair few Remix photoshoots and we’re stoked about his amazing achievement. Not to mention, we’re stoked that New Zealand has this ridiculously strong line-up of talented hairstylists.

Learn more about Industry, New Zealand’s Premiere Hair Event here and click here for more information on Structure by Joico.

Wednesday
Feb262014

SOME NEW BEAUTY BITS FOR THE BOYS FROM LINDEN LEAVES

Words by Chelsea Armitage.

We're always trying to stay in tune with the latest and greatest skincare products for guys. Simply shaving just doesn’t cut it anymore…  the boys are now going above and beyond to keep their skin looking fresh, healthy and youthful.

To help you dudes out, we thought we'd share our latest discovery. Linden Leaves' ‘Rugby’ skincare range, made right here in New Zealand specially for male skin, will have men looking, smelling and feeling great.

From deodorant to shampoo, moisturiser and soap on a rope to thermal muscle soaks, men now have everything they need to give their skin and body the love it’s been yearning for.

The understated black packaging is also pretty classy, and nondescript and perfect to toss in the gym bag (the sport set mini’s especially) or satchel…

The Linden Leaves Rugby Men’s Range includes:

Rugby Anti-perspirant $24.99

Rugby Facial Scrub $29.99

Rugby Moisturiser $12.50

Rugby Shampoo $24.99

Rugby Shower Gel $24.99

Rugby Soap on a Rope $19.99

Rugby Sport Set 3 x 40ml Shampoo, Shower Gel and Moisturiser $34.99   

Check out the new range here and pick some up for yourself online or at stockists nationwide.