Every year I write down New Years resolutions and 2019 was no different. This year, aside from my usual eat better, take better care or myself and work-out resolutions, one of my goals was to read 24+ books. That’s 2 books a month, totally doable, right? Not that easy in my case. I also start off the year feeling inspired and with good intentions but my goals are quickly forgotten by mid-year. One of my challenges are my eye’s inability to focus for long periods of time.. and a little blurred vision, but that’s nothing, right? Okay, I know it may sound stupid but it didn’t even occur to me that my prescription may have changed or that it was really important for me to wear glasses while reading!
Towards the end of last year, I partnered with IRIS Group as one of their ambassadors! From the very thorough eye exams to picking out new frames, I also wanted to share what I learned as well as the importance of finding knowledgable eye care professionals who put your eye health first.
IRIS Group has been in operation for 30+ years, they are a Canadian company and have one of the largest network of eye care professionals including Optometrists, Opticians and Ophthalmologists. With that being said, I knew I was in good hands!
Let me start by saying, I’ve never had a more thorough eye exam than the one I had at IRIS. I also had so many questions about the procedure, what each test was for, Dr. Shabo even showed me a photo of what my eye looked like, it was cool but creepy but cool, lol! The team was extremely knowledgable and explained what astigmatism was, which was the reason for my blurry vision. It was like a light-bulb moment!
IRIS carries high-quality frames from some of my favourite brands like Tom Ford, Versace, Ray-ban and I even discovered a new favourite, Maui Jim! (Read about it in my Asia post.) The team was super helpful, patient and shared their advice on what frames would compliment my face shape, I must have tried on 100 pairs that day, haha.
Working in the social media industry and as a content creator, I spend most of my day behind a screen. We chatted about the damaging effects of blue light that’s emitted from my TV, computer and phone, something I never really thought about. While blue light from the sun can have positive effects on our eyes, artificial blue light has damaging effects. I wanted to reduce the amount of blue light I was exposing my eyes to and now wear blue filtering glasses anytime I’m working!
I’m still getting used to my new glasses which are helping to correct my astigmatism. I can not wait to get back into reading and to hit my goal of 24 books this year! So far, 1 book down, 23 to go!
Here are the first 12 books on my reading list if you want to read with me!
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
- The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
- We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter by Celeste Headlee
- Educated by Tara Westover
- Beartown by Frederik Backman
- Us Against You by Frederik Backman
- All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
I am so happy and grateful for the team at IRIS Group for all the knowledge they shared with me and for helping me choose the perfect frames and lenses for my lifestyle. Does your 2019 goals include reading more? Do you wear glasses to read? AND have you had an eye exam recently? Let me know in the comments below!
Visit iris.ca for more information and to find a store near you. Happy reading!
Thank you to IRIS Group for sponsoring this post, all opinions are 100% my own.