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.
Last year, we raised enough money to fund 297 people to receive an eye exam and glasses in Mozambique, and were awarded Practice of the Year for raising the most money from donation boxes in Ireland. Thanks to all our patients who contributed to our donation box and cake sale. Keep up the good work
Raising funds for Mozambique Eye Project with a cakesale at Rathmines
Mary Brown Optometrist and Maria Donlon Student 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 is very tough, and doesn’t scratch easily.
It’s smudge resistant, and will stay cleaner than other lenses.
It is also easier to clean, when it does get dirty .
It lets through 99% of light, (up to 30% more light than cheaper alternatives), and minimises reflections and glare.
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.
Colour vision is the ability to see differences in the wavelength of light reflected by different objects. Some people find it difficult to distinguish between certain colours. This is known as colour deficiency. The most common colours that people mix up are red and green. Approximately 8% of men, and 0.5% of women have colour deficiency. A simple test will determine if your colour vision is normal. Certain occupations require normal colour vision. These include the army, the guards, electricians, train drivers and pilots. It’s worth having your child’s colour vision checked. This means that you can steer them towards a different career choice if needed. It’s easier to do that at a younger age, rather than when they’re about to start an apprenticeship or join the guards and are disappointed at the last minute.
Does your child need stronger glasses nearly every time they visit the optician? Do you wish you could help to stop the vision deteriorating?
Time Spent Outdoors
One of the only things proven to slow myopia progression is the amount of time spent outdoors.
Regardless of how much reading or computer work is done indoors, time spent outside will help stop vision deteriorating. So it seems it’s ok to allow your child play computer games, once you send them outside afterwards!
Research done in Australia has shown that 12 hours a week spent outdoors is beneficial for this purpose.
Don’t hold book too close
Make sure your child doesn’t get in the habit of holding books too close, or sit too near the computer screen.
After focusing very close up, the eye muscles can cramp there. This means that afterwards, focusing in the distance can prove difficult, and may lead to an increase in short-sightedness over time.
When they read, encourage children to hold the book a little further away, and to look in the distance often to stop the eye muscles cramping.
Growing up can be a difficult experience at times, and it can be nice to have the option of contact lenses for certain occasions.
Recently, one of our optometrists fitted a 10 year old boy with contacts. He enjoyed playing sports, but found that glasses could be cumbersome, and there was always a risk of the glasses getting damaged.
His parents were delighted when it was found that he was a suitable candidate for contact lens wear, and he now enjoys wearing them for sports. We received a thank you card from his parents thanking us for ‘giving him a positive introduction to lenses’.
If your child wears glasses but you would like them to have the option of contact lenses on occasion, why not make an appointment to see if they might be suitable for contact lenses.
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!
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!.
Leutin is a naturally occurring organic pigment which helps absorb damaging blue and UV light. It occurs primarily in fruits and vegetables and helps protect the plant from damaging sunlight.
When we ingest Leutin it concentrates in the area in the centre of the retina called the macula. Lutein protects the macula by filtering out potentially damaging forms of light and therefore has been christened our “natural sun-glasses” due to its ability to protect the eyes against radiation damage by acting as an optic filter and an antioxidant.
Corn, egg yolks, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, peas, leeks and greens all contain high concentrations of Lutein. However you may not be getting sufficient Leutin as there are many other factors which cause AMD (age related macular degeneration) and you could be at risk.
Why not reduce that risk by taking Leutin Supplements such as Macushield
Cigarette smoking: Cigarette smoking is one of the most important and established risk factors for visually consequential AMD. The current evidence is broadly consistent across a range of study designs. Indeed, the risk of developing visually consequential AMD is two to three times greater among current smokers when compared with people who never smoked cigarettes.
Diet: Current research has shown that diet is an important risk factor for visually consequential AMD. In particular, a diet containing the macular carotenoids is believed to be important in preventing the onset of visually consequential AMD. “Higher dietary intake of lutein/zeaxanthin was independently associated with decreased likelihood of having neovascular AMD, geographic atrophy, and large or extensive intermediate drusen”).
Antioxidant supplements: Antioxidant supplements have been shown to be beneficial in reducing the progression of non-visually consequential AMD to visually consequential AMD (i.e. preventing AMD that has not yet affected vision from developing into AMD that does affect vision. There is a growing body of evidence that antioxidant supplements containing the macular carotenoids may be beneficial in terms of preventing or delaying the onset or progression of AMD.
Watch your weight :
Obesity: Obesity is a putative/suggested risk factor for visually consequential AMD. In fact, there appears to be a growing body of evidence in support of the view that obesity is an important determinant for the development of visually consequential AMD.
Watch your cholesterol and your blood pressure:
Cholesterol: High cholesterol is a putative/suggested risk factor for visually consequential AMD. However, the results of various studies investigating a possible link between hypercholesterolaemia and AMD are not conclusive.
Hypertension: Hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure) is a putative/suggested risk factor for visually consequential AMD. However, the results of studies to date remain inconclusive.
I have always had dry eyes, and find most lenses dry and uncomfortable after a few hours. This year, I wore Acuvue Trueye daily disposable contact lenses to the Christmas party, and had comfortable eyes all night! No more dry scratchy eyes!
Traditionally, contact lenses were made from a hydrogel material. This material contained a lot of water. Oxygen travelled through the water part of the lens to allow the eye to breathe. However the amount of oxygen getting through to the eye was limited, and the water in the lens tended to evaporate during the day. This meant that eyes often felt dry and irritated after a few hours.
Manufacturers found that when silicone was added to the lens, the amount of oxygen getting through to the eye increased dramatically. This is much healthier for the eye.
Another benefit of silicone is that doesn’t dehydrate during the day so the eyes will be whiter and more comfortable.
Now, this silicone hydrogel material is available in daily disposable contact lenses, giving the ultimate in
A 47 year old man recently attended our practice for an eye test. He complained of a cloud over his right eye when driving. He had pins and needles in his hands and feet, and a loss of power over the previous few days.
Alison Blay, one of our permanent opticians, tested his eyes and was concerned about his health. She referred him urgently to his GP, who in turn sent him straight to hospital. He was admitted to hospital immediately, and was there for 3 weeks. Thanks to Alison’s quick thinking, he was in the right place when he developed two blood clots and needed two heart surgeries.
We received a lovely email from him explaining what happened, ending with
‘If it had not been for the brilliant eye check up and lovely polite manner in which it was done I hate to think what would have happened. I wish to point out I am a 47 yr old male who would be fairly healthy so wouldn’t have felt a candidate for such a traumatic episode. Perhaps you could convey my heart felt thanks to Alison for probably saving my life.’
We’re delighted that he is doing well, and wish him luck in the future. Well done Alison!
A lazy eye means that one eye can’t see as well as the other, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses.
If the cause is not treated before the age of 7 or 8, it is likely that the vision in the bad eye will be permanently impaired. Judging distances may be more difficult, and if anything happens to the good eye, the person may not have legal vision for driving.
Some causes include:
The eyes not seeing the same image.
This happens if the eyes are looking in different directions, i.e. there is a turn in the eye. This is called strabismus. One eye may look as though it is turned. If both eyes are not looking at the same thing, the brain can’t fuse the two images, and will choose the image from one eye instead of using both eyes.
One eye receiving a more blurry image than the other.
If one eye needs a stronger prescription than the other, the vision in this eye will be more blurred. The brain will choose the image from the clearer eye. Because the weaker eye is not being used, the visual system in the weaker eye may not develop properly.
Get your child’s eyes checked if you notice the following:
A turn in the child’s eye, or the eyes seem to be looking in different directions.
If a young child gets upset when you cover one of their eyes, this might mean that you’ve covered their good eye, and that they can’t see as well with the uncovered eye.
They’re not performing well in school or their grades drop unexpectedly. This could be due to the fact that they may not be able to see the blackboard clearly.
The child may need to get glasses or sometimes have the eye patched. They’ll thank you for it when they’re older!
Shooting accurately requires a great deal of concentration, physical control and superb eyesight, particularly with the right lenses.
Our Shooting lenses tip No 3
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.
For Golf we recommend:
• Transitions VI and Scotchgard Forte coating – hydrophobic and smudge repellent
• Essilor Master Brown 24% LTF
• Large frame for a wide field of view
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.
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’stempting to shop aroundwhen 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”.
Its not often one would blog yet again about the eyebag, but the reportscoming back from patients are just brilliant.
I suffered myself for a short while from a gland problem and my eyes were irritated and red. Washing with Johnstons baby soap was the answer and hot cloths were messyand cooled down quick.
So the answer is the eyebagthat you pop in the microwave and give your eyes a real treat.
How it works!
When placed on the upper face, the eyebag gently releases warmth which stimulates the normal glands around the eyes, releasing the body’s own natural oils, giving you instant comfort.
Our eyebag could be just what you are looking for. The EyeBag was created in 2004 by Mr Teifi James, a consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, working in West Yorkshire a patented, CE marked Class 1 medical device registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
The heated EyeBag is applied to the upper face so that the bridge of the nose and both the upper and lower eyelids are covered, will release warmth; stimulating the normal sebaceous oily secretions from the meibomian glands and offering instant comfort.
Watch this video referencing the success of the Eye Bag from a consultant Ophthalmologist.
In stock today in both Rathmines and Blanchardstown.
If tears aren’t oily enough, they evaporate more quickly than normal causing the eyes to feel gritty and dry.
In Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, the oil-producing glands in the eyelids are blocked by waxy deposits that don’t melt at body temperature.
The usual way of treating this is by using a hot facecloth pressed onto the closed eyelid. However, this can be messy, and the facecloth loses heat quickly.
An eye specialist in England invented theEyeBag. It is a silk and suedex eye compress that is heated up in the microwave and stays warm for up to 10 minutes.
It melts the waxy deposits, stimulating the release of natural oils from the eyelid glands into the tears. Combined with lid massage, this makes the tears more oily, reducing tear evaporation and dryness. It can be reused up to 200 times.
EyeBag users report a reduction in grittiness, whiter eyes, and increased success with contact lenses.
We stock EyeBags. Call in to pick up one for yourself or buy online!
What we don’t see is how many lives have been saved when the quality of your sight is critical. Driving at dusk and on dark wet nights can be lethal.Every meter, every nanosecond can be the difference between life and death. I remember one incident when I was a passenger in a car and a new roundabout had been installed on the approach to Dublin. It was about 2 am as we returned from Waterford. We approached a new roundabout where there was lots of road works in progress. We were travelling within the regulated speed limits.
I began to wonder when the driver would steer around this new roundabout ….. too late…..We ploughed through the builders debris and came to a halt in gutter in the middle of the roundabout. The boat on our roof rack came down over the car and we were locked in. But we were ok – and thankfully rescued by some other passing motorists who all helped and ultimately lifted the car out of the roundabout. The car was a write off.
Guess what ! The driver had an undiagnosed mild prescription requirement which was fixed just a week later. It could have been much worse.It was a long journey that wet night to and from Wexford and that was the slowest part of our journey.
The recent case in which an optometrist saved a mother of three’s life is living proof of the value in having your eyes examined regularly by a qualified Irish optician. Well done to Mr Morrin who carried out his professional duty as a qualified optometrist. Mr Morrin is a registered Optometrist by the Association of Optometrists and by the Opticians board in Ireland, as are most practicing opticians in Ireland.
Opticians are not all the same. Not every person called an “Optician” is a qualified one. However all opticians in Ireland must, by law, employ qualified optometrists who are registered with the Opticians Board in Ireland if they are to professionally examine eyes and issue prescriptions for corrective lenses. If you want to check that your usual “Optician” is a qualified Irish Optometrist, you can check online. This site lists all the opticians in Ireland.
It’s up to you to decide where you go, to ensure you get the best service.
The following questions may be helpful in deciding which Optometrist is best for you.
Will your optician give sufficient time (min 20-30 minutes) for a thorough eye examination?
Does the optician’s practice have the latest eye technology to give more accurate readings and record fundus photography ?
Does the optician have a mix of young and mature optometrist staff who combine experience and the latest clinical practices seen in the best opticians ?
Does the optician have sufficient throughput to ensure Optometrists are experienced and have experience with a variety of eye disorders?