I am just such a fan of Maui Jim sunglasses. Why ? Really comfortable frames, fantastic wraparound features, and lenses that really bring your world alive. Discover how.
I am just such a fan of Maui Jim sunglasses. Why ? Really comfortable frames, fantastic wraparound features, and lenses that really bring your world alive. Discover how.
Optometry Giving Sight is a charity that helps provide eyecare and glasses to people in developing countries. Ireland is paired with Mozambique. Dublin Institute of Technology and University of Ulster have helped set up a college in Nampula to train local people as optometrists. When qualified, they will be able to test vision and provide glasses to people in the area.
According to the Optometry Giving Sight website, there are currently only 17 ophthalmologists and even fewer optometrists and dispensing opticians in the country. This is unbelievable for a country of 21 million people. Those of us with poor eyesight can only imagine how difficult it would be to manage without our glasses.
Raising funds for Mozambique Eye Project with a cakesale at Rathmines
Mary Brown Optometrist and Maria Donlon Student Optometrist
We recently had great event in our Blanchardstown practice. Victoria Graham,
a trained colour-me-beautiful style consultant came to the practice, along with a
representative from Silhouette eyewear. They brought along the complete range of
Silhouette rimless frames in all sizes, shapes and colours available, giving maximum
choice to the patients booked in that day.
Victoria took plenty of time with each individual patient, taking personality,
complexion, eye colour and face shape into consideration. She helped them to
choose the most flattering frame, one which complimented their colouring perfectly
and mirrored their personality.
‘Did you know that first impressions only take 15 seconds to make?
Interestingly, how we look has much greater impact than what we say; thus
choosing what we wear, including our glasses is very significant. How we
choose to dress sends out a distinct message to the world.
During a colour class we explore what colours are doing for you. We discover
the colours that give you a radiant glow rather than those that wash you out.
You have a unique skin tone and eye colour, which means some colours
make you look great, and some have completely the opposite effect.’
Everyone was delighted with the personal service, and the wonderful help Victoria
gave them to choose the most complimentary frames.
We will be having another Silhouette day in the future. Please phone us in
Rathmines (4971056) or Blanchardstown (8202900) to register your interest or book online.
Absolutely loving the new range of Gucci frames.
I treated myself to this pair… super-comfy and très chic! I love the way they look different colours depending on the way the light catches them.
Here are some other new models grabbing attention:
If you fancy something a little more sophisticated, call in and check them out!
Mary Brown Optometrist
On Tuesday night 27th March, a fundraising fashion show for the Harold’s Cross hospice was held in the Swan Centre. It was a 1920’s themed night, organised by Rathmines Senior College.
Students from the college erected a catwalk in the main mall of the shopping centre. They provided numerous fabulous models, who paraded up and down the spiral staircase and catwalk, sporting fashion and jewellery from the shops in the centre.
We had our own section, where some very handsome guys wore a selection of our designer frames and sunglasses.
A candle-lit spiral staircase, a pianist, and feathered 1920’s style table decorations set the scene. Wine, nibbles and sweet treats were served free of charge upstairs.
Unlike some of the larger shopping centres, the Swan Centre is personal, quirky, and oozes character. A line from a song springs to mind… ‘Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name’.
It was the best night we had in a long time, and Rathmines was buzzing! We’ll let you know when the next event is organised… Do yourself a favour, and don’t miss it!!
Some cheaper anti-glare coatings can make glasses very difficult to keep clean. These budget coatings get smudged very easily, should anything touch them. Most glasses wearers know how irritating it can be, constantly cleaning grubby lenses.
We recommend a Crizal Forte anti-glare lens coat. This scotchgard coating has a number of great benefits:
It’s a little more expensive than standard anti glare coatings, but well worth it when you consider the extra benefits.
When looking at a flat surface like a road, the surface of still water, or the bonnet of a car, there is a lot of light reflected from the surface. This can be very dazzling and cause a lot of glare. Most of the light from a surface like this is reflected in the horizontal direction instead of being scattered in several directions.
Polarised lenses cut out all the glare in the horizontal direction, allowing you to see past those reflections. This enhances the colours visible beneath the reflection, the contrast of the object , and increases the overall visual comfort for the wearer. They are excellent for general use, and also for activities such as water sports and driving
Because the technology in this type of lens cuts out so much glare, the lens itself doesn’t need to be as strongly tinted as regular sunglasses. This means that they can be used more often, as they’re not excessively dark to look through. Also, when you’re driving you won’t have to take them on and off as much as normal sunglasses if the weather gets duller (as it tends to do a lot in Ireland!).
However, they should be used with caution while skiing, as they may cut out so much glare that the wearer might find it difficult to differentiate between snow and ice.
High street sunglasses fail British standards 15 out of 21 pairs of sunglasses fail key tests…
The British consumer right group Which? tested 21 pairs of sunglasses from seven high street shops and found that 15 failed key lab tests, breaching the British Standard.
According to Which? you might not expect a pair of £5 sunglasses to last forever, but you wouldn’t expect a supposed bargain to potentially worsen your eyesight, cause double vision or headaches.
The sunglasses on test were bought from George at Asda, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Poundland, Primark, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
All the sunglasses blocked UV rays, but a Poundland pair was mislabelled, leaving a wearer unaware that the lenses were too dark for safe driving.
Although two out of three Primark pairs passed the tests, the one that failed had the wrong prescription level which could make vision problems, such as astigmatism, worse.
Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2011/08/high-street-sunglasses-fail-british-standards——–262336/#ixzz1cPAHlFue
Consumer Champions Which?
Enhance your looks and feel great with the right rimless eyewear. Please register your interest for a FREE style consultation with Pauline Voce, Colour & Style Consultant of Silhouette who will help you choose a perfect pair of rimless glasses to suit your colouring, face shape and personality. Last September 21st was a big hit at our Blanchardstown practice, but Pauline will be back in Spring 2012. Phone Sandra to make an appointment at 8202900 today.
Ok you missed the Spring 2012 style consultation, but you can still register for our next date in the Autumn..
Easy on the eye (and your pocket!)
We don’t normally blog about promotions and deals here, however this one is an exception and it was just too good not to let you know about it.
We are currently running a great deal with Johnson and Johnson Oasys contact lenses. When you buy your first 6 months supply of these lenses, you will receive a €60 voucher to spend on anything in the practice. It can be used against anything , such as glasses, sunglasses or you can put it towards your next supply of contact lenses.
Oasys are two weekly contact lenses. They are a great alternative to daily disposable and monthly contact lenses. They’re more hygienic than monthlies, as you change them twice as often. However, a six month’s supply costs very little extra compared to monthly lenses. They work out significantly cheaper than dailies if you wear lenses frequently.
They are made from a comfortable, thin, breathable material that feels like you’re wearing no lens at all.
Call in today to try these lenses. You will be surprised at how natural they feel in the eye, and this current offer is one not to be missed!
So you have prescription sunglasses for all your outdoor activities, but reading outdoors is something you only do when on holidays.
Tip: Upgrade your free second pair of prescription spectacles to a pair of sunglasses with a multifocal lenses and read in comfort by the pool.
Sunglasses are fabulous if you just want to hide behind, or stand out as being up with the latest trends.
Tods sunglasses and spectacles are both beautifully crafted and designed, and also have that uber cool look that is right on trend. Tods are hitting all the right notes for discerning sunglasses wearers.
The frames below are just a small selection from our frames in stock today. Come in and see if you can blend in and stand out!.
The balance between protecting your eyes and giving 110% on the sports field is made easier if you invest wisely.
If you are swimming you will need protection from microbes that live in the water. A good set of prescription goggles makes an amazing difference to your under-water experience.
Sports related eye injuries can range from a scratch on the cornea, bruising of the eyelid, to internal eye injuries and in severe cases, eye loss. Many of these injuries can lead to vision loss and permanent blindness, therefore the use of protective eye-wear is very important.
High speed ball games from football, to squash or cricket, water team-sports, projectile sports, such as hunting and shooting are all high risk eye-injury activities.
We have the full range of sports related protective eye-wear to fit your needs.
Call us and let us help you to choose the best solution.
Spectacle trends are definitely becoming more vintage / classic and high quality. Georgio Armani collections reflect this vintage classical fashionable style.
Fabulous style is always in fashion, and if you want to make the best of what you got, well what a better place to start than your eyes. What gets noticed more than any other part of you ? Your eyes.
Frame shapes are changing and 2011 is a wonderful year as styles take inspiration from the 70′s vintage. Watch these short videos and get a feel for what’s hot today.
The Finest Italian Eyewear in the world of luxury, Tod’s is not only a demonstration of finest Italian artisanship, but distinguishes itself by drawing on classic traditions.
Tod’s started back in the 70s with handmade shoes, bags and accessories before their venture into luxury eyewear.
Tods frames are made from eclectic combinations of metals, organic plastics and even with Leather.
You will find an extensive range of Tod’s ophthalmic and sunglasses range at all our practices.
Mozambique Eye Care Project
Donate your old spectacles!
Dr. James Loughman, Lecturer at the Optometry Department of the DIT is our resident Optometrist in Blanchardstown on Wednesday evenings and Sundays. James is also the Chair of the ” Giving Sight National Committee in Ireland”.
James gets out on the ground delivering eye-care to the poorest in the world. Spectacles were dispensed to 600 people in Nampula in November, bringing to a total of 2,838. Most of these patients were new to spectacles and many of them practically blind. Imagine the different to their quality of life.
Transform lives when you contribute to our repair box for Mozambique.
We do not charge for small repairs which involve our own time only, but we do encourage you to make a contribution to the Mozambique Eye-care project.
For Cycling we recommend:
• A large wrap style frame and sports band eg: Adidas sports range
• Polarised lenses to reduce surface glare and absorb UV
• Essilor Inuit polarising yellow 30% LTF for road cycling or
Touareg Brown 12% LTF for mountain biking
• Airwear Transitions VI lenses with Scotchgard Forte coating –
hydrophobic and smudge repellent
Shooting accurately requires a great deal of concentration, physical control and superb eyesight, particularly with the right lenses.
For Shooting we recommend:
• Skeet tint reddish brown in colour, this tint is ideal for woodland shooting – this filter makes objects stand out against the sky
• Essilor Apache orange 37% LTF
• Polycarbonate for safety
• Large frame for maximum protection
We all know that spotting your ball as it hooks or slices its way to oblivion is one of the most frustrating parts of your golf game. Even worse is depending on your colleagues to tell you where your ball has landed.
Why not give your self every advantage so you can have the confidence to follow that ball on its journey. To improve the contrast ratios and thus enhance your visual recognition you need the right tints and lenses.
• Transitions VI and Scotchgard Forte coating – hydrophobic and smudge repellent
• Essilor Master Brown 24% LTF
• Large frame for a wide field of view
How you perform at sports often depends on your tools and gear. Hand-eye co-ordination is a critical success factor in most sports. So over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of our secrets for enhanced visual recognition which hopefully will be relevant to your favourite sport. I hope you enjoy the tips and put them into practice!
Firstly a little background:
Excessive Ultraviolet Light can cause you a lot of harm. Short-wave UV is present in sunlight and particularly at high altitudes, especially where the sun is reflected from the sand, snow or sea.
Tinted lenses are designed to operate at contrast filters to give you the edge when playing competitive sports. They absorb specific wavelengths of light and increase contrast, therefore providing enhanced visual recognition. You can see it faster than you opponent.
• Large slightly wrap spectacle frame for maximum protection
• Mirror tint to reflect UV
• Essilor Touareg Brown 12% LTF suitable for snow skiing, rock climbing,mountain biking and hiking
• Essilor Sherpa Brown 5% LTF suitable for glacier skiing and mountain climbing. Note as this level of tint is a class 4 and therefore it is not suitable for daytime driving.
Catherine ZETA-JONES and Face à Face in the film
« THE REBOUND»
In Bart Freundlich’s latest movie, «The Rebound», Catherine Zeta-Jones wears model MUSES3 Col.097.
The sober, refined sculpture of the MUSES’ front, highlights the subtle two-tone combinations
that will appeal to men and women seeking elegance and comfort.
Vision and learning – my story!
Aged 10, I had always been one of the “clever” students in school. Aged 11. my grades were slipping, I was falling behind other students in my class, was having difficulty staying focussed and was struggling to pass tests I would have aced before. The reason? Increasing shortsightedness and astigmatism meant I couldn’t see the board, was taking longer to read, needed to hold my books almost up to my face and could barely read the expression on my teacher’s face. I knew my vision was poor but didn’t want to wear glasses. However when my cover was finally blown by the public health nurse, and I was made to get the dreaded spectacles, it was a relief to finally have my world in focus. My grades improved dramatically again.
If a child is struggling in school, it is vital to rule out problems with vision. But not all problems will be picked up in a school screening. A child may have excellent distance vision but be unable to focus up close or may have difficulty with eye movements which slow down reading and impact on the ability of the child to keep up with his or her peers.
An inability to make both eyes point in the same direction can make the words appear to jump on the page. A full eye examination by an optometrist who specialises in children’s vision will uncover problems like these.
It is gratifying as an optometrist to be told that a child in your care has come on in “leaps and bounds” in school since getting their new spectacles. And I do envy today’s children the lovely frames available to them, with characters like Hannah Montana and Sponge Bob all bringing out their own trendy ranges. It is important that the frame should fit well; a badly fitting frame will be uncomfortable and will cause it’s own problems. We are lucky in Mairead O’Learys to have excellent dispensing opticians who will check the frame to make sure it is a good fit as well as being super-cool!
Sometimes glasses on their own are not enough and a child may benefit from Behavioural Optometry or Vision Therapy to enable them to learn to use their eyes efficiently. Having become interested in this area some years ago, I now run a small clinic, specifically for children with learning difficulties. Most do improve after a few sessions, including home exercises to do between sessions.
If your child is having difficulties in school, please contact us in Blanchardstown to arrange a full eye examination.
Orla MacNaeidhe Optometrist F.A.O.I.
The following video from Australia shows the kind of work undertaken in a large optical glazing laboratory. We only use third party laboratories as each has specialist expertise. This means that we are not limited to any one frame design and we can deliver highest quality glazing results which matches your prescription with your frame. In other words, lenses you can’t get in an hour!
It’s nice to go back to the same person for your eye test every time. Most people tend to stick to the same optician that they know and trust when having their eyes tested.
In the current economic climate, it’s tempting to shop around when buying their glasses in the hope that you will find the best deal.
The problem arises if you have difficulty getting used to your new glasses. If you get your glasses in a different place, it’s likely that they will blame any problems you have on the prescription you obtained elsewhere. This means that you may have to return to the original practice to try and find the source of the problem.
Even if only a minor adjustment in the prescription is needed, it is difficult for the first shop to change the glasses, as you’ve paid somebody else to make them.
If you get your test and glasses from us, we will take a lot of care to make sure that you won’t have any problems with your glasses. We’re more than happy to help you through the whole process, and make sure that you leave us totally satisfied with your experience.
We have been in business for 25 years and wish to thank thousands of loyal and regular patients over those years. Out motto is “Service for Life”.
It was truly astonishing to see the number of Maui Jim sunglasses being supported at the Biennial Cork week sailing event. While many sunglasses look the same, the Maui Jim sunglasses case sets them apart.
They are big – so you wont forget them. They are incredible strong so no matter what abuse you give them, you favourite sunglasses are fully protected, when you are not wearing them.
We all forget out sunglasses after sailing – a few drinks to rehydrate and engage in social banter as we re-live the races. The Maui Jim sunglasses do not get lost, you just cant forget them!
This is particularly true for many men, who notice dents on their nose or between their eyes and ear.
Great quality frame ranges have models which are comfortable, light and stylish. We believe that our range are a lot wider than most others.
So if you find it hard to find glasses that don’t dig into the sides of your head?
Its a beautiful morning, the sun is shining today. Perhaps you will be squinting without even realising it.
These lenses change colour depending on the amount of sunshine (UV light), saving you the hassle of swapping between clear glasses and prescription sunglasses.
Now is a great time to try them out.
From now until September 31st we are offering a
If you’re not happy with them, you can return them within 30 days. We will replace the lenses with an equivalent clear pair and refund the price difference between the two.
Transitions are clear lenses with benefits:
I had them last summer, and loved them. You may need separate sunglasses for driving, as UV blockers in the windscreen prevent the lens changing colour, but they’re smashing for everything else. Why not try them out while this offer is running… you’ve nothing to lose!
I am thrilled this evening to get my new green and red sides for my Dilem’ spectacles. See the blog below for the Corporate video on the spectacles. These are mine. You can see the prescription in the lenses, particularly the photo showing the black sides. As you can see there is a fair bit of prescription there too. minus 3.25 and minus 3.75 in the left.
The beauty is that these are all the same pair of frames. Just the sides change in about 20 seconds flat. That was my first attempt.
This head to head competition between two well known sunglasses brands takes place in Dublin Bay. Unfortunately we have not willing purchasers coming forward to buy our boat for sale in Dun Laoghaire. So its time to get Fiddly Bits ready for racing again. Now I can compare and contrast my Maui Jim prescription sunglasses in a head to head with Addidas Sports prescription sunglasses. So if you are a sailor or spend time on the water, this is for you!
These frames give you real confidence if you need to give it your all. The lens block is clipped securely to inside of the frame. This means that no matter what your prescription, it can be accommodated with these frames. Your vision is also good quality because the lenses are close to your eyes giving a good all round visibility.
What is amazing about these frame is that every bit of them clips together. Yes, each side, the nose pad, the darkened outer lenses and the inner lens block. This means that if you get a knock, your frame wont dig into your face. They crumple like a crumple zone of a car, thus protecting your eyes, while not damaging your spectacles. I have had a few knocks or bangs off other crew members and believe it, these are the frames to wear for close contact sports. They also come as standard with alternative shades. The mirror ones are particularly useful if your previous night was too late!.
These are more in the tradition of traditional sunglasses, but there is a huge difference. When you are a skipper on a boat, your hands are full and you cant afford to be putting on and taking off sunglasses and leaving them on the deck to get thrashed.
However most days in Ireland are not endless sunny days, but rather slightly overcast, partially sunny etc. This is where the Maui Jim’s score ahead of any sunglasses I have ever worn. Maui Jim prescription sunglasses are designed to optimize light and contrast in lower light conditions. Thus they really do give you and edge when spotting marks out on the bay. They are truly of outstanding optical quality and the sunglasses for Captains, main sheet trimmers and strategists. They also look cool and are incredibly comfortable.
Conclusion: If your sport is in the high impact environment, the Addidas have the edge. However if you just want the kind of sunglasses you could wear all evening the Maui Jim’s have got to be the choice.
PJ Timmins – Sailor in Dunlaoghaire
Only last week one of our regular patients decided to make a fashion statement and treat herself to a beautiful Versace frame. Without knowing the brand before she made her final decision – she chose it on the basis of comfort, fit & quality. So age does not matter when it comes to style and taste. Discerning clients develop a lifetime of making good choices.
checkout more at http://www.dilem.fr/dilemGB08.html
Luxottica are the largest suppliers of frames in the world. They have most of the big names as part of their brand portfolio, including such designers as Chanel, Bvlgari, Burberry, RayBan, Dolce & Gabanna, and Vogue. We have been one of the first Elite Suppliers for the most exclusive frames not generally available elsewhere.
We are also one of a handful of stockists of Chanel frames and sunglasses. Chanel are the epitome of fashion and style with the top quality manufacture that one would expect from one of the world’s leading fashion houses.
When you buy a pair of Chanel frames – you deservedly expect more. We operate a two-year money back guarantee on Chanel sunglasses. Not everyone does …
See what the Irish Times Price Watch has to say about a customer who had purchased Chanel elsewhere in Dublin.