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Discover Contact Lenses

1. Eye Test

As long as you have a valid prescription that’s within the expiry date, you won’t need another Eye Test to get contact lenses. If you haven’t had a test in a while, it’s easy to book an appointment online. BOOK HERE

2. Initial Assessment

Whether you have your assessment straight after your Eye Test or you arrange one for another date, it will involve spending time with one of McGreals expert optometrists to ensure you have the correct contact lenses for your eyes and your lifestyle. We’ll also show you how to insert and remove your lenses, and how best to look after them.

To make sure the lenses we choose are the right ones for you, we’ll arrange a free trial, so you can get used to them and see how they feel.

3. Aftercare Check up

Your first checkup is free and should take place around two weeks after you’ve started wearing your new lenses. This is just to see how you’re getting on with them and to discuss any problems you may be having.

 

Contact McGreals Opticians for more information.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill St, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow 059 645 1103

McGreals Pharmacy, Main St, Blessington, Co Wicklow 045 865 732

McGreals Pharmacy, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois 057 864 2920

Monasterevin Pharmacy, U3, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare 045 525 580

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Signs you may need an Eye Test

Signs you may need an eye test

Signs you may need an eye test

Getting checked for glasses by an optician could make life so much easier.

If you have any of these symptoms – its time to get an eye test.

1. Unexplained headaches
Ever get headaches after doing close-up work such as reading or working at a computer? How about after periods of distance vision, like watching TV or driving? If the answer’s yes, you need to book an appointment with the optician – glasses could really help.

2. Blurred vision
If your vision ever changes or distorts, it could be a sign you need glasses. Test yourself by regularly looking at something you see every day, such as the spine of a book or a number plate, to check whether you can still read it. Try doing this one eye at a time for a more thorough test.

3. Wavy vision
When you look at straight lines such as door or window frames and see them as wavy or kinked, there’s a chance you’re experiencing age-related macular degeneration, a common reason for needing glasses. Again, test yourself one eye at a time to double check.

4. Tired eyes and difficulty focusing
We all experience tired eyes as a symptom of everyday fatigue, but when it’s a persistent problem that occurs after common activities like driving and reading, it’s well worth getting your eyes tested by an optician.

5. Painful or red eyes
Healthy eyes shouldn’t hurt or appear red; if they do, there’s a chance you’ve got an eye condition that needs to be seen to by an optician.
Blurred or misty vision is another common vision-related ailment that you should get checked out professionally. These symptoms could be an early sign of cataracts, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, which opticians can help you with alongside the usual long-sighted or short-sighted examinations.

Book your eye test today at your local McGreals Opticians or online here.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill St, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 059 645 1103

McGreals Pharmacy, Main St, Blessington, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 045 865 732

McGreals Pharmacy, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois
Telephone: 057 864 2920

Monasterevin Pharmacy, U3, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare
Telephone: 045 525 580

 

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Santa is coming to McGreals – 2018 dates announced

*FREE Magical Christmas Experience at McGreals*

Going to visit Santa is always a highlight for children during the festive season, so here’s where you can find him this year.

Santa will be visiting all the McGreals Pharmacies in December. Every year huge crowds of children arrive at their local McGreals to meet Santa and his elves. There is no admission fee and Santa will have a free gift and a free photo for every child.

Santa will be visiting from 1pm – 5pm on these dates

Portarlington – McGreals Pharmacy Tuesday 4th December 2018

Monasterevin – Monasterevin Pharmacy Wednesday 5th December

Blessington – McGreals Primary Care Pharmacy Thurs 6th December &
Mcgreals Pharmacy, Main Street, Blessington Fri 7th December

Baltinglass – Baltinglass Pharmacy Wednesday 12th December

Newbridge – McGreals Pharmacy Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December

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TEXT & COLLECT – a NEW FREE SERVICE at McGreals Pharmacy


With our free prescription texting service, you give us your repeat prescriptions for long term medication.
On the monthly date your repeat prescription is due to be filled, we will text you as soon as it is ready for collection!

No wait time! Your prescription will be ready when you arrive.

HOW DO I AVAIL OF THE SERVICE?

To join just pop in store.
Bring your repeat prescription with you if we do not already have it on file.
You will be asked to fill out contact details on our application form available in store and leave the rest to us!

 

PRIVACY
We will not share your mobile number with anyone else. Your prescription and your information will be kept private at all times and held in the strictest confidence.

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Treating Hayfever

Treating HayFever

Visit your pharmacist and try to treat your hay fever symptoms with over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines.
If your symptoms don’t improve after using antihistamines, make an appointment to see your GP. You may need treatment with prescription medications, such as nasal steroid medication.
The various treatments for hay fever are outlined below. You can also read a summary of the pros and cons of hay fever treatments, allowing you to compare your treatment options.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines treat hay fever by blocking the action of the chemical histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it’s under attack from an allergen.
This stops the symptoms of the allergic reaction.
Antihistamines are usually effective at treating itching, sneezing and watery eyes, but they may not help with clearing a blocked nose.
They’re available in tablet form and also as nasal sprays and eye drops.
You can use antihistamines as:
– an “as-required” treatment– you take them when you first notice you’re developing the symptoms of hay fever
– a preventative treatment– for example, if you know there’s going to be a high pollen count, you can take them before leaving the house in the morning

Unlike older antihistamines, Piriton, newer types shouldn’t cause drowsiness, although this can occasionally happen to some people.
You should avoid driving or using heavy tools or machinery if you do become drowsy after be using antihistamines. You should also contact your GP or pharmacist, as there may be an alternative antihistamine you can take.

Steroid Nasal Sprays
Because they have an anti-inflammatory effect, corticosteroids (steroids) are used to treat hay fever.
The inside of your nose becomes inflamed when pollen triggers your allergic reaction. Steroids can reduce the inflammation and prevent the symptoms of hay fever.
You can buy Steroid nasal sprays from your pharmacy, Beconase or Pirinase instead of antihistamines if:
– you have persistent hay fever that doesn’t respond to antihistamines
– your main symptom is a blocked nose

Steroids are better than antihistamine tablets at preventing and relieving nasal symptoms, including sneezing and congestion. They can also relieve itchy, watery eyes. They’re most effective if you start using them a couple of weeks before your symptoms begin, and work best when used regularly.
It’s important that you read the instructions that come with your medication, as applying the drops or the spray incorrectly can increase your risk of developing side effects, such as:
– irritation and dryness of your nose
– bleeding from your nose
– unpleasant taste in your mouth
– itchy skin rash around your nose

Prevalin Nasal Spray
Prevalin Allergy is most effective when used before or at the first signs of an allergic reaction. It works by:

Neutralising allergens already inside the nose
Forming a micro gel barrier to prevent allergens from triggering an allergic reaction
Supports fast clearance of the allergens in the nose

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Free CPR Training at McGreals Pharmacy

Free CPR Training at McGreals Pharmacy

Learn how to respond to a cardiac emergency.

McGreals Pharmacy will be offering an opportunity for you to learn CPR, in our Blessington, Baltinglass, Newbridge, Monasterevin and Portarlington stores.

Mcgreals Pharmacy,Curragh grange, Newbridge, Co Kildare Tuesday 8th May from 7-8pm.

Mcgreals Pharmacy, Mcgreals Primary Care Centre, Blessington, Co Wicklow Wednesday 9th May from 7-8pm.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill Street, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow Thursday 10th May from 7-8pm.

Monasterevin Pharmacy, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare Tuesday 15th May from 6.30-7.30pm

Mcgreals Pharmacy, Primary Care Centre, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois Wednesday 16th May from 6.30pm-7.30pm

You will be shown the basics of CPR by two Wicklow First Responders and the correct procedure to follow in an emergency. The following topics will be covered on the night.

Adult Chest Compressions
Adult Breaths
Adult Pocket Face Mask
Adult Practice
Adult Defibrillation
Adult Choking
Child CPR
Infant CPR
Child Choking
Infant Choking

This FREE training event is open to all members of the public,
People of any age are more than welcome to attend.

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What five signs tell you your child needs an eye test?


It’s easy for poor eyesight to go unnoticed in children, as they often don’t report it themselves. In fact, they probably don’t even realise anything is wrong.

That’s why it’s important to make sure you book them in for a routine eye test every year – or more often if their optician advises – and look out for these watch points in between. It’s time to play detective.

1. They’re getting close up

If your child chooses to sit right up in front of the TV, it may not just be a sign that they’re engrossed in their favourite show. “It’s probably that they can’t see the screen clearly from the sofa,” suggests Andy Hepworth, dispensing optician and professional relations manager for Essilor. “So you should book an appointment to have their sight tested.”

A lazy eye could develop into a squint. But picked up early this can be corrected

2. They’re closing one eye

Have you noticed your child covers up or closes one of their eyes when they’re trying to focus? That could be a sign they have a lazy eye. “If they keep relying on the one strong eye they will further strengthen it and weaken the other one,” notes Hepworth.

“It’s a case of the sooner the better for an optician seeing a child with a lazy eye. This could eventually develop into a squint. But the younger and sooner this is picked up, the more chance there is of correcting it.”

Have you noticed your child covering an eye up when reading? Is your child falling behind at school? It might be time to book an optician appointment kid with glasses.

3. They’re struggling at school

“If your child is falling behind with school work it could indicate that they’re having difficulty reading the board,” says Hepworth. “Similarly if they’re suddenly finding sport more challenging than before their eyesight might be to blame.”

Of course there are a whole host of possible explanations but poor vision is one that can be easily ruled out with a quick check up.

4. They’re always rubbing their eyes

“When our eyesight is poor, we naturally blink to try to clear our vision. This can make our eyes watery so we wipe them more often,” notes Hepworth. “If you notice your child doing this it’s time to book in for a test.”

5. They look different in photos

“If you start noticing that there’s a white, yellow or orange reflection in your child’s pupil in photos, take them to see an optician.
“On rare occasions it could be a sign that they have an eye condition that would need to be treated and again the sooner detected the easier to treat”.

Book an eye test at McGreals Optician HERE

Located in Blessington Co Wicklow, Baltinglass Co Wicklow & Portarlington Co Laois.

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Get Fit with McGreals this January 2018 – Operation Transformation is Back!


This January we plan to lead the way in promoting healthy living in our community as we join in RTE’s Operation Transformation!

After the success of last years Operation Transformations National Walk in Blessington Co Wicklow we have decided to team up with Wicklow Sports Partnership to bring the national event to Blessington again this year! The walk will take place on Saturday 13th January at 11am and we encourge the whole community to get behind it & join us for the 5km loop of the town starting at McGreals Primary Care Centre.

Enquire about weekly walking groups at your local McGreals Pharmacy.

McGreals Pharmacy will be offering a free weekly weigh in service for the
duration of RTE’s Operation Transformation’s show on a day of your choosing in our stores in Blessington, Baltinglass, Newbridge, Monasterevin and Portarlington.

This service includes free waist and weight measurements as well as free professional advice on healthy eating. We will keep a record of your numbers in store so that you can monitor your progress and stay motivated!

Send us your photo(s) of how you are staying fit this January to info@mcgreals.ie & we will use the photos on our social media to encourage and motivate other
community members to get active!
Best photo will be chosen at the end of the show & will be awarded a prize from McGreals Pharmacy.

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Christmas Opening Hours – McGreals

BLESSINGTON MAIN ST. – McGreals Pharmacy, Main Street, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Telephone: 045 865 197

Christmas Opening Hours

Mon 18th – Fri 22nd: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 23rd: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Christmas Eve: 10:00am – 3:00pm
25th & 26th: 11:00am – 1:00pm
27th, 28th & 29th: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 30th: 9:00am – 6:00pm
New Years Eve & New Years Day: 11:00am – 1:00pm

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Ministers show support for Blessington Greenway

Two Ministers of State, Andrew Doyle and Brendan Griffin, visited Blessington today (19 October 2017) and met Blessington & District Forum to discuss plans for the further development of Blessington Greenway. The Forum was represented by Chairman Michael Sargent, Kilian McGreal and John Horan.

The existing Greenway covers 6.5kms of walking and cycling trails through the forest and woodlands taking in some spectacular scenery adjacent to the shoreline of Blessington Reservoir – more commonly referred to as Blessington Lakes. It joins the historic town of Blessington to the Palladian mansion of Russborough House. It is now planned that further phases will be developed and will continue around the lakes for another 40kms looping back to Blessington.

At today’s meeting Minister Doyle said that he has been a long-term supporter of the development of Blessington Greenway. “The promoters of the Greenway are aware of my strong support for this excellent project. My objective now is to ensure that my Ministerial colleagues are left in no doubt as to the added value which the completion of the Greenway can bring to not just Wicklow but to the Irish economy as a whole”.

Minister Griffin who has special responsibility for Tourism and Sport acknowledged that walking and cycling tourism represents an area with massive growth potential. “This is just the first phase of a great project to run a new Greenway right around Blessington Lakes. From what I know of the progress to-date it’s a good example of how community spirit can make things happen. I know that Wicklow County Council, ESB and other public bodies have been key players but full credit must go to the Blessington Forum for the initiative and for their continuing commitment to seeing it completed.”

A study carried out by Trinity College, Dublin found that cycle ways such as this could boost tourist numbers and have a real economic benefit. Blessington & District Forum Chairman, Michael Sargent, said that the Blessington Greenway development represents great value for money and will provide a much needed flagship tourism project in the heart of the Ancient Ireland tourism region. “A community based body has demonstrated that the job can be done. The completion of the further phases of this exciting new tourism project now requires the direct involvement of Failte Ireland together with the provision of the necessary funding from appropriate national level sources”, he said.

The Greenway project was first envisaged in the Wicklow County Development Plan and has been implemented under the auspices of the Forum. John Horan has managed the project on behalf of the Forum and he said that “a wide range of stakeholders including Co Wicklow Partnership, ESB, Wicklow County Council, Failte Ireland and Wicklow Tourism have been supportive of this development”.

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