Contact lenses and art – we talk to Suey McEnnally

IMG_3619Award-winning Sydney artist Suey McEnnally is a deliriously happy contact lens wearer after many years as a multifocal glasses wearer.  After some initial reservations, Paul convinced Suey to give multifocal contact lenses a go and, in her words, “it was transforming – I no longer had this ‘barrier’ of glasses and I could truly see my subjects and my art”.  Another bonus, she told us, was no more lost or broken glasses.

“I was initially concerned about handling contact lenses, being an artist working with different substances, often oily and a bit messy but I quickly mastered the cleanliness and hygiene issues. I’ve had no problems at all – I just love wearing them!”, Suey told us.

Winner of the Paddington Art Prize for Australian Landscape in 2012 and finalist in the Sulman and Dobell Art Prizes amongst others, Suey is known for large format landscapes in oil pastel, pigment and paint.

Her current exhibition “Swamp Chandelier” opens on 24 October 2015 at Pine Street Gallery, 64 Pine Street Chippendale NSW – for more information, go to the Pine Street Creative Arts Centre website here and also take a look at Suey’s website


Paul McCarthy Optometrist test drives Slastik sunglasses

At Paul McCarthy Optometrist, we’re into all sorts of sports. Paul recently tested the new Slastik polarised sport sunglasses during a morning of stand up paddleboarding on the bay – have a look at his YouTube video

What makes Slastik sunglasses unique is their ‘Always Fit’ system, featuring:

• magnetic front closure over the bridge of your nose
• telescopic side adjustment to ensure perfect fit at the side of your head
• a flexible strap which ensures they stay on your head, or hang around your neck when not in use

Slastik lenses are polarised for optimum glare protection and provide 100% UV protection – plus hydrophobic coating to repel water on the lenses and HG-1600 treatment which eliminates the ‘rainbow effect’ on the inside of the lenses. They’re ideal sports sunglasses for water sports, cycling and running and are worn by the Spanish sailing team and top Spanish triathletes.

They are available for kids and adults, starting at $79 – call in to see our range and enjoy quality sports sunglasses that ‘always fit’.

Slastik's unique "Always Fit" system

Slastik’s unique “Always Fit” system

Spanish triathlete Josef Ajram & Slastik sunglasses

Spanish triathlete Josef Ajram & Slastik sunglasses

Don’t go without prescription sunglasses this summer!

couple sunglasses

Are you squinting in the sun and putting off buying prescription sunglasses?  Well, you’re not alone. Recent research conducted by ProVision, Australia’s network of independent optometrists, revealed a number of reasons why current glasses wearers are not wearing prescription sunglasses.

  • About 30% of those interviewed believed their eyesight wasn’t that bad.
  • About 27% of those interviewed thought prescription sunglasses would be too expensive.

Let’s think about those responses:

Chances are, if you’re already wearing prescription glasses for near, distance or a combination of both (multifocals), your eyesight AND your eye health would certainly benefit from prescription sunglasses.  You might think your eyesight is ‘not that bad’ but once you’ve worn prescription sunglasses and enjoyed the comfort and clarity, you’ll see how much better your vision can be – reading on the beach, playing sport, driving or just enjoying our sunny great outdoors.

Too expensive? If you’re among the 61% of Australians who have private health fund optical benefits, you can claim your prescription sunglasses with your optical benefits. With our prescription sunglasses packages (frames and single vision lenses) starting at $149, there’s a good chance your private health fund will cover all of the cost.

Why wait? Call in to see us to organise your prescription sunnies and you’ll be set for all that summer has to offer!