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                                                                                                                                Pam Turrell

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Columbus, OH (Dec. 9, 2013)–Prevent Blindness Ohio’s Mascot, Merlin the Wise Owl, is educating patrons at the Columbus Museum of Art  about the importance of healthy vision in enjoying the beauty and intrigue of art. A placard placed near the artwork, “A-200” created by Tadasky instructs patrons to connect with Merlin via cell phone for a sight-saving message.

 

Tadasky is well-known for his optical illusion artwork which uses color, light and patterns to create images that may or may not be real due to our visual perception. Our eyes and our brain must work together in order to interpret images. A combination of colors, shapes, spatial relations and other stimuli viewed by the eyes and reported to the brain can achieve the effect of an optical illusion.

 

Merlin the Wise Owl from Prevent Blindness Ohio has dedicated his life to helping people take care of their gift of sight and says “that when it comes to eyes, we get “one pair and no spare”

 

“We are grateful to the Columbus Museum of Art for their partnership in helping us educate Ohioans of all ages about the importance of protecting their precious gift of sight by practicing good eye health and safety habits,” said Sherry Williams, President and CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio.

 

Prevent Blindness Ohio recommends these healthy habits to enjoy good sight for life:

  • Get regular eye exams
  • Protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays and from eye injuries at home, work and play
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle including a diet high in antioxidants, exercise and no smoking

Prevent Blindness Ohio is the state’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserve sight. It provides direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans and educates consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve sight. Visit Merlin the Wise Owl at www.wiseabouteyes.org

 

About Prevent Blindness Ohio

Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a donation call 800-301-2020 or visit us on the web at www.pbohio.org.

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Merlin the Wise Owl educates art patrons about optical illusion at the Columbus Museum of Art.