Eye Health

FAQ

My Entitlements?

PRSI and Medical Card Benefits for eye examinations and spectacles. PRSI contributors with sufficient stamps and Medical Card holders are entitled to a Free eye examination and spectacles from a selected range. If you choose outside of this range, you can avail of an allowance towards other spectacles if you wish. There are extra allowances available for bifocals and varifocals. So phone 061-469310 or contact us now and we can post a form to your home for completion. Alternatively please complete make an appointment by using our online booking form - Click here

What is myopia?

Myopia is also called shortsighted. This means that you can see things up close but far away objects are hazy. It can start in early teens therefore it is important for all school going children to have their eyes checked yearly.

What is Hyperopia?

Hyperopia is also called longsighted. If your longsighted prescription is low you can see everything but as you get older your ability to see near and far becomes less. A high Rx means you may need spectacles for reading at a younger age.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism is an oval shaped eye. A lot of eyes are round in shape like a soccer ball and some are oval like a rugby ball.

What is Presbyopia?

The ability of the eyes to focus on near objects is at its best in our youth, but as we get older this is gradually lost and we need some help in the form of spectacles for reading. This normally occurs at around the age of 40.

What is a Squint?

A squint is when one or both eyes turn in or out. It can affect one eye only or can be alternating between eyes.

Cataracts

This a condition in which the lens in the eye becomes progressively opaque, causing hazy vision. Although this can happen at any age, it is more usual in older people. The changes in the lens may cause your prescription to alter, and you may be referred to an eye specialist if the cataract worsens. He/She will assess your eyes and may recommend surgical removal of the lens to restore better sight.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease where the pressure
inside in the eye can be elevated, and can lead to damage to the optic nerve at the back of the eye. It is very important to have your pressures checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are within normal limits. Any person with a family history of glaucoma should have their eyes checked at least once a year, because if detected early enough, glaucoma can be treated successfully by an eye specialist.

Diabetes (Diabetic Retinopathy)

People with diabetes may lose some vision because the blood vessels at the back of the eye may leak some fluid. Our optometrists can often pick up the early signs of diabetic vision changes. If you have diabetes it is important to tell your optician.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the most common eye
condition, affecting people in the 70-80 age group. Changes at the back of the eye cause some loss of central detailed vision. Symptoms may include distortion of vertical or horizontal lines and tell your optometrist so that they can monitor any change in your vision.

Flashes and Floaters

These symptoms can be quiet common, but if they
are sudden in onset and combined with flashing lights (like starbursts), it can be a very serious condition. You should contact your optometrist, who will examine your eyes and advise you, if you need further referral to an eye doctor.

Home Visits

Our Optometrist can make home visits if requested. For further information call 061 469310 

 

Ask the Optometrist

This Section of the website deals with customer queries. The Childrens eyes page lists some symptoms that parents should watch for, to detect a possible eye disorder in their children.

If the information you require is not referenced in the Frequently Asked Questions, you can email your query directly to the Optometrist and you will receive a reply within a few days

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