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To see or not to see

Staring out over the Harbour and surrounding areas, we tried to find the enlarged objects scattered on buildings, parks and the harbour foreshores, to tick them off on the provided iPads. Oh yes, there are the three ‘Giant Rubic cubes,’ nestled on a flat rooftop of a building on the eastern side of the approach to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Oh, and there is the large, blown-up red kangaroo waving as it rocks on the waves near the Opera House. We laughed as we spotted the cockatoo, the lipstick and vibrant-pink hairdryer, the zebra, the toy tin soldiers, the flying pig and of course, a pair of glasses.

Where am I and what on earth am I talking about? My daughter and I were on the top floor of the Shangri-La Hotel last Tuesday, at the invitation of OPSM and Saatchi and Saatchi, to participate in the ‘World’s Most Spectacular game of Eye Spy.’

We had around 20 designated, oversized items to ‘spy’ around the harbour foreshores within as short a timeframe as possible. We later learnt that the top three winners of the game all set records of between two to three minutes, as opposed to our respective times of 6 minutes and 45 seconds and 7 minutes and 46 seconds.

Although it was a game for adults and it evoked spontaneous laughter and smiles, the reason behind the exercise was for Australians and New Zealanders to consider and check on their vision or eye health. A sample group of Australians who had not had an eye test for the past two years submitted to a check which revealed that 74 out of the 100 adults found they couldn’t see clearly.

To check your eye sight, OPSM has provided a free app that you can download on your phone or tablet (Apple or Android). The range of checks include near-sightedness, colour vision, distance and astigmatism. The OPSM Eye Check App can be downloaded from:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/opsm-eye-check/id699459525?ls=1&mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.opsm.vt

Please note however, the app eye test is not a replacement for a thorough eye examination with an optometrist. If there are any anomalies, book an appointment at a local OPSM or your family optometrist. They are bulk-billed.

I am so glad we accepted the invitation to the OPSM Question Your Vision event as my daughter found she couldn’t see the Eye Spy objects in sharp focus and that they were instead, slightly blurry. Yes, she hadn’t had her eyes checked in over two years.

While adults may ignore signs of vision problems, they should ensure their children’s eyes are checked every few years.

Speaking for myself, I only found out, when I was finishing high school that I needed glasses for distance. At that time, I experienced no problem with reading all my novels but did not realise that I was straining my eyes to read words on the blackboard or on posters.

I assure you I am receiving no remuneration for writing this piece. I do however, think the Eye Check app is worth trying out.

For an inkling of the Eye-Spy game we played, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYOmntv2mEk

© Wendy Robinson

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?

~ Henry David Thoreau

We live in a wonderful world full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have, if only we seek them with our eyes open. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Disclaimer: The writer has disclosed no financial relationship with OPSM or Saatchi and Saatchi.


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