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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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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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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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McGreals Family Fun Walk 2017 (Emo, Co Laois & Blessington Greenway, Co Wicklow)

Huge crowds turned out for McGreals Family Fun Walks 2017 to support local charities. The first walk was held on Blessington Greenway with a choice of a 6km or 12km route and the second event was a 5km walk held in Emo, Co Laois. Both walks were beautiful scenic routes lead by local walk leaders.

Four charities benefited from the walks with a total of €3000 in total being raised. McGreals would like to thank the local communities involved for making this possible.

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Family Fun Walk 2017 – Blessington Greenway

Join our *FAMILY FUN WALK 2017* in aid of West Wicklow Cancer Support.
-Sunday 10th September-

Spending time outdoors with the family is so important. The health benefits of being active and outdoors are obvious; getting that all-important vitamin D, stress relief, physical activity – the list goes on. With this in mind McGreals have teamed up with Wicklow Sports Partnership to bring a Family Fun Walk to Blessington Greenway, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

It will be a free fun event for all of the family.
We have decided to take donations on the day for a carefully chosen group who do fantastic work for families in West Wicklow – West Wicklow Cancer Support Group.

Where & When

The event will start & finish at The Avon Ri Adventure Centre in Blessington, Co Wicklow on Sunday 10th September. Registration at 11am, starts at 11.30pm.

The Route

The 6km or 12km route will take you along the beautiful Blessington Greenway trail. Along the way you will have the opportunity to appreciate the magnificent scenery and wildlife in the area.
Blessington Greenway, Blessington, Wicklow is a hidden gem; only about half an hour from Dublin, it’s the ideal place to head with the whole family.

Donations can be made in your local Mcgreals Pharmacy or on the day to support West Wicklow Cancer Support.

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McGreals Pharmacy – People’s Pharmacist of the Year 2017

Kilian McGreal accepting Peoples Pharmacist of the Year award 2017

Kilian McGreal followed in his father’s and grandfathers foot steps in working in the family pharmacy in Blessington Co Wicklow.

Kilian has been delighted to have been involved in the development of McGreals Pharmacy over the last 15 years and has taken the business from one thriving pharmacy in the heart of Blessington to 8 new McGreals Pharmacy openings across Leinster.

He recently completed the development of a state of the art Primary Care Centre in Blessington Co WIcklow. Kilian is very involved in various community initiatives and the sponsorship of local clubs and societies.

Kilian has been known to open his doors after closing hours to accommodate those in need. His staff have also been described as being extremely helpful and are held in high regard locally.

“It is such an honour but also a reflection on the great team that work beside me.”
Kilian McGreal

McGreals Pharmacy People’s Pharmacist of the Year

Kilian McGreal Peoples Pharmacist of the Year

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Ask Your Pharmacist – How can they help?

Pharmacists are highly trained experts in medication management — and key members of your healthcare team. Pharmacists can provide advice and information on many common health topics and ailments. Are you taking full advantage of the many helpful services your pharmacist can provide? Here’s what you should know.

Manage your medications

Pharmacists are specialists with in-depth knowledge of hundreds of medications — including prescription, non-prescription (or “over-the-counter”) and supplements.

As a healthcare professional specializing in drugs, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and chronic health conditions, your pharmacist works with other healthcare professionals to ensure you are receiving the right drug and dose at the right time for your personal needs. This is especially important if you take more than one medication, and even more so if the medications are initiated by different prescribers.

Your pharmacist can explain the best way to take your medications, ensuring that you know the possible side effects and how to manage them, and that you understand how your medications interact with other medications, food and drink.

Treat everyday ailments

Your pharmacist does more than just dispense and advise on medications. Other services may include:

Giving flu shots.
Recommending treatment (e.g., medication, lifestyle changes) or referral to another practitioner for common conditions such as allergies, sunburn, flu, and rashes.
Screening for cholesterol.
Providing support in managing chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, and other chronic conditions.
Helping people quit smoking by recommending over-the-counter products, prescribing medication for smoking cessation, and providing information and encouragement.
Explaining how to use healthcare aids and devices.
Providing general education on health and wellness topics.

These services can be especially helpful if you live in a rural area without ready access to a doctor, do not have a primary care provider, or if you simply need advice quickly.

If you have a question or need help with a particular health and wellness issue, ask your pharmacist if he or she can help.

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10 Steps to CPR

10 Steps to CPR

Performing CPR properly can mean the difference between life and death. CPR, which stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an emergency procedure done when someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. CPR techniques vary depending on the age or size of the patient. Those who are certified or trained in CPR are ideally the ones who should perform the procedure.

Step 1

Survey the area. Although it is best to begin CPR as quickly as possible, the person who is about to perform CPR needs to ensure that he will be safe while performing the procedure. This may include looking for traffic, fires or other potential dangers.

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6 Tips for Eye Health and Maintaining Good Eyesight

Don’t take your eyes for granted. Protect your sight with these six tips:

1. Eat for Good Vision
Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts, studies show. Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health:

Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
Oysters and pork

Eating a well-balanced diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which makes you less likely to get obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

2. Quit Smoking
Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. If you’ve tried to quit smoking before and started smoking again, keep trying. The more times you try to quit smoking, the more likely you are to succeed.

3. Wear Sunglasses
The right kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts and macular degeneration.

Choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare when driving.

If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for more protection, though.

4. Use Safety Eyewear
If you work with hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles every time.

Certain sports such as ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection (such as helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses) to shield your eyes.

5. Look Away From the Computer Screen
Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause:

Eyestrain
Blurry vision
Trouble focusing at a distance
Dry eyes
Headaches
Neck, back, and shoulder pain
Taking the following steps to protect your eyes:

Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date and adequate for computer use.
Some people may need glasses to help with contrast, glare, and eye strain when using a computer.
Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
Try to avoid glare on your computer from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
If your eyes are dry, blink more.
Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every 2 hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.

6. Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Everyone, even young children, should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight and see your best.

Eye exams can also find some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to find these diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat.

Book an eye test at McGreals Opticians located in Blessington Co Wicklow and Baltinglass, Co Wicklow.

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