Thank you very much for your kind your donation

It seems everywhere we shop today we are being invited to add a dollar for a charity. Big brands are very good at telling us when they are doing good things. So we thought we should shout out what we’re up to here at McDonald Adams.

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Last month we donated $394 to Glaucoma New Zealand, $2 for every eye health examination. Glaucoma New Zealand is working towards education to prevent blindness.

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We contribute to Macular Degeneration NZ, another organisation focused on raising awareness of early detection to prevent sight loss.

Locally we support people all across our community: Mahurangi College, Rodney College, Warkworth Primary School, Matakana Primary School, Snells Beach School, Leigh School, Kaipara Flats School, Ahuroa School, Wellsford School, Tapora Primary School, Pakiri School, Tomarata Primary School, Horizon School, Tauhoa School and several early child care centres.

Mahurangi East Tennis Club

Wellsford / Warkworth Hospice

Bowls Warkworth

University of Auckland Scholarship fund

Low Vision Support

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Each month we have a meeting at Warkworth’s Summerset Retirement Village for people with Low Vision. Low Vision is most commonly due to glaucoma and macular degeneration, but there are a wide range of causes. When regular glasses are no longer the solution to keep reading or driving, extra support is needed to continue living independently, enjoying books and other hobbies. This group share tips and many have found it good to know they are not the only ones struggling.

Last month Katie Mitchell, Community Outreach Librarian, met with our group and introduced a range of library services.

- Warkworth Library has volunteers available to visit people who are home bound.

-The collection of large print books is extensive as we can access 55 libraries in the Auckland region.

-Audio books are available either on CDs or to hire digitally - listen on a phone or iPad.

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- Help is available to match people up with fiction and non fiction titles.

Our next meeting is 1.30pm, Monday 26 August and we hope to demonstrate some of the modern tech solutions which can help with everyday tasks. Let us know if you would like to come along.

I Need You Reading Glasses

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We have a great range of I Need You reading glasses. These are perfect if you don’t need individualized prescription glasses, or to have as a spare pair. I Need You reading glasses are designed by a German Optician who has an eye for new trends. These readers are manufactured according to stringent European standard (DIN EN 14163) for the exacting German customer.

There are great choices; find your favourite style and update your wardrobe with new colours. I Need You glasses are a fashion statement for people who want a little more pizzazz with their hobby glasses.

Having a baseline helps

We recommend a ‘baseline’ eye scan for people over 40 years old coming to us for regular eye examinations. OCT stands for scanning technology Optical Coherence Tomography. Scanning lets us ‘see’ tissue behind the visible retina inside the eye. In the past 5 years these scans have become invaluable in monitoring your eye health.

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Most of us know the importance of regular checks to protect our future eyesight and acknowledge how precious our eyesight is. Documenting a ‘normal and healthy’ situation gives us the best chance of catching problems early. These detailed measurements of your eye form a baseline we can compare back to - a useful check.

How often should you have eye scans?

Once we have a baseline scan then repeating every 5 years is smart. If there are other concerns during your regular exam we will recommend repeating the eye scans.

We use more comprehensive scans when we are monitoring eye conditions such as Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. In these conditions different scans help us determine if things are progressing or stable.

Winter sun gets in your eyes

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During winter, the sun doesn’t rise quite as high as it does in the summer. Low winter sun can cause glare when driving, due to the angle which the light hits your windshield. This glare can temporarily blind drivers, making it impossible to see the road. 

UV rays are just as harmful in the winter as during summer. These are good reasons to protect your eyes in the winter months, here are our tips.

Wear Sunglasses

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Sunglasses can help significantly, blocking out the glare. Polarized lenses are coated with a thin film designed to reduce glare. And these lenses will also protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV exposure. Keep sunglasses in your car and you will be set.

Clean your windscreen

A dirty windscreen can make glare worse. Light coming in refracts off any dirt or smudges on the glass, making it harder to see. Remember to clean the inside of your windscreen too. Use a cleaner designed specifically for glass or windscreens.

Replace old wiper blades

Poor vision due to low winter sun is worse when it’s raining or the road is wet. Wiper blades that leave streaks or don’t work effectively can intensify the glare.