We’d like you to focus your eyes on a few New Year Resolutions that are easy to keep and super-important for eye health:
- Eat smart. Think about your food choices and be sure to include lots of leafy greens, colourful fruits and Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet to promote good eye health. Try to do this on a daily basis.
- If you’re constantly using a computer, phone or tablet (who isn’t?) be sure to rest your eyes every 20 minutes and look at objects in the distance to reduce eye fatigue.
- Wear sunglasses! Yes, we mean all year round! Our harmful UV rays can cause cataracts, pterigiums and cancer of the eyelid.
- Have a regular eye test. By regular, we recommend at least every 2 years – more frequently if you are concerned about your vision.
- Check your family eye health history – ask Mum, Dad, Nanna or Uncle Trevor if there are any eye problems in the family like glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts. The sooner you know, the sooner you can have us check your eyes and provide a vision care plan for you.
- Stay active – keeping moving will help to reduce your likelihood of developing Type 2 Diabetes, which leads to vision loss.
The take home message – you only get one pair, look after them. Happy New Year everyone!
Award-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