Paul McCarthy Optometrist becomes Drummoyne Optometry in 2016

Here is Paul’s message to the many wonderful patients he has cared for – for over 31 years in Drummoyne…………

We hope you enjoyed a relaxing Festive Season and had an opportunity to have a break and spend quality time with family and friends.
As you can see, we’ve had a name change!  Back in October, as the practice celebrated 31 years as Paul McCarthy Optometrist, we felt it was fitting to move to a new name – Drummoyne Optometry – a new look and new logo that reflects our strong, committed and long-standing connection to the wonderful Drummoyne community and its surrounding suburbs. As I have progressively taken some time out of the practice to care for my elderly father over the past couple of years, many of you have enjoyed the care and professionalism of both Fabian Mammarella and Yasmina Searle Optometrists who have so very ably assisted as my locums.
Now it is time to move on to a new chapter………………..
I have decided, after 31 years in Drummoyne, to make 2016 the year to transition out of private practice and on to a number of other projects. In early February, I will be welcoming Mr Ilan Grauman Optometrist who will be taking over the practice. Ilan is a highly experienced optometrist in his late 40’s and like me, is a graduate of the University of New South Wales optometry program. He has owned successful independent optometry practices in Sydney and the Central Coast. He shares my passion for independent optometry – caring for patients as individuals, putting their eye health needs first and foremost, fostering meaningful relationships which are patient-centred and enduring.
Ilan is committed to providing you with the high standard of quality eye care and customer service you have come to expect and deserve. Our wonderful team of Sofie, Ivana and Debbie will be continuing on to provide their amazing team support to Ilan as he takes over the reins. I will be in the practice for a day or two per week during February and early March.

Where to for me? Firstly a well-earned break and then Louise and I will be taking on a number of optometry projects including locum work in rural and remote locations and voluntary projects at home and abroad. What an absolute pleasure it has been caring for each and every one of you over the past 31 years. I’ve had the pleasure of watching many of you grow from children to adults, have families of your own and bring your children to me. Thank you for placing your trust in me – as our Festive Season window display said “I opened two gifts this morning – they were my eyes”.
They are special gifts – look after them!
With sincere best wishes and thanks,

New Year Resolutions for your Eyes

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!

i opened 2 gifts this morning

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