April 1st, 2012
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!!
August 29th, 2011
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!
July 25th, 2011
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!.
June 6th, 2011
Nuts and Seafood can help you see better !
Deficiency in essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 & 6 can lead to visual problems including poor night vision and other problems with visual, spatial and attention processing.
The retina is the part of the eye that receives light signals which are transmitted to the brain by the nerves. 30 – 50% of the retina should be made up from omega 3 fatty acid DHA. Without this main component, the signalling capacity of the retina can be reduced by more than 1000 times! Omega 3 can be found in oily fish, seafood, wild game, and some organic meats. Omega 6 can be found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, grains and dairy produce.
It is important to have these two Omegas in your diet to help with proper visual development and retinal functions.
June 6th, 2011
Going on a plane this summer..?
If you are planning a journey by air this summer, here are some handy tips for lens wearers:
- Bring some eye drops in your hand luggage and use them whenever your eyes feel dry during the flight.
- The air conditioning on planes recirculates the air and can dry up the surface of your eyes. This can cause them to feel uncomfortable and irritated.
- On long flights it is advisable to remove your contact lenses and wear your spectacles during the flight. This will help stop your eyes from feeling gritty and tired, leaving you ready to enjoy your holiday.
February 19th, 2011
What might natural sunglasses look like ?
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
November 30th, 2010
Macular Degeneration is an eye condition where your central vision gets gradually worse over time, and fine detailed work like reading becomes more difficult.
Last year we saw a patient in her 80’s who suffered from macular degeneration. She was having great difficulty reading, but assumed that nothing could be done to help her, as there’s no known cure for degeneration. However, when her daughter brought her in for an eye test we found that she also had cataracts. A cataract occurs when a clear jelly-like lens in one’s eye goes cloudy (usually with age), putting a shadow over the vision.
We referred the lady to an eye specialist in that field of expertise who removed the cataracts under operation. The cloudy lens was replaced with a clear artificial one. When a cataract is removed, the vision is no longer as dark and cloudy. Things start to look much brighter, and colours appear more vivid again.
We got a lovely letter from her daughter saying that she is now playing scrabble again! She wrote in the letter ‘Her quality of life has greatly improved. I hope that people in similar situations are aware that there is a chance that their vision can be improved’.
Even if someone feels their vision can’t get better, it’s worth having regular eye checks, just in case. You can also take eye vitamins such as Macushield to help your chances of avoiding macular degeneration later in life.
October 18th, 2010
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
August 2nd, 2010
Confession of an Optometrist
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.
July 24th, 2010
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”.
That is our commitment to you.
April 10th, 2010
Its a beautiful morning, the sun is shining today. Perhaps you will be squinting without even realising it.
Transition lenses may be the answer for you.
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
‘Love them or Leave them’ guarantee for all transition lenses with a Crizal anti glare coating.
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:
- Totally clear when away from sunshine, eg at night, or indoors away from a window
- Darken quickly when outside
- Block 100% of harmful UV rays
- Automatically adjust to changing light to improve visual quality and reduce eye fatigue
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!
Transitions – watch the video