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

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.

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.

Expert Style Tips – Choose the Perfect Glasses

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For many of us, the most important aspect of choosing eyeglass frames is how they look on our face.

You could try on every pair of eyeglasses in the store to find out how each one looks, but narrowing down your choices in advance can save you a lot of time and aggravation. You simply need to determine your face shape and coloring, and understand which eyeglass frame styles and colors would look best on you.

Matching Eyeglass Frames to Face Shapes

You should consider three main points when choosing an eyeglass frame for your face shape, according to The Vision Council:

Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).
The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
The frame size should be in scale with your face size.
Also, while most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square.

Here is a further description of these face shapes and which types of frames work best for each. A good optician can help you use these guidelines to choose your new eyeglasses.

What is your Face Shape?

What is your Face Shape?

Face shapes
Which face shape is yours

Oval

An oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.

Base-Up Triangle

This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials and rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place by a few screws, with no surrounding frame material).

Oblong

An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face, or a low bridge to shorten the nose.

Square

A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and to soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.

Diamond

Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.

Round

A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clearbridge that widens the eyes, and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.

Base-Down Triangle

A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or try cat-eye shapes.

Color Analysis
Three keys to color analysis are:

All people have either cool (blue-based) or warm (yellow-based) coloring.
Everyone looks best in his or her own color base.
Eyewear color should complement personal coloring.
The main factors that determine the best color palette are the colors of the skin, eyes and hair.

Skin. Skin tone is the prime element in determining coloring. All complexions fall into one of two color bases — blue (cool) or yellow (warm).

A cool complexion has blue or pink undertones, and a warm complexion has a “peaches and cream” or yellow cast. Olive skin is considered cool because it is a mixture of blue and yellow.

How to Survive Exam Time….

How to Survive Exam Time....

While the rest of us (sorry) will be looking forward to the sort of scorching weather conditions that normally greet the start of the Leaving Cert – for students, these few last days before the exams start to represent ‘crunch time’.

Take a read – before you hit the books for the day…

1. Exam time can be an anxious, stressful & potentially overwhelming experience.
Remember, test taking anxiety is normal and because anxiety is an emotion it will pass if you give it time. Rescue Remedy can help manage your exam stresses

2. Don’t forget to mind yourself, especially in a couple of key ways:
Sleep: you should be aiming for 8-10 hours per night, make sure to try to wind down before going to sleep. You don’t go from 5th gear straight to 1st gear when driving a car, your mind works similarly, it needs time to slow down before sleep.
Eat regular meals and eat well, this will help your ability to think, concentrate and last the distance. supplement your diet with a multi-vitamin to prevent you getting run-down on the lead up and during the exam period.
Exercise will help to relieve some of the build-up of stress and improve your mood, try to build it into your plan, walk the dog, go for a swim or cycle or anything that gets you active.
Make time for some fun, it’s not only allowed, its recommended. Schedule in specific things you enjoy doing at weekends or during breaks between exams.

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McGreals Pharmacy to open NEW Opticians in Baltinglass

We look forward to welcoming customers to McGreals Opticians which will be opening its doors this coming May ’16’. The opticians will be located in Baltinglass Pharmacy on Mill Street in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow.

Mcgreals Opticians will include sophisticated eye health screening equipment. A simple and thorough eye examination will be available with our qualified Optometrist to determine your ability to see and to help us prescribe the correct lenses to suit your needs.

To celebrate the launch of the NEW Mcgreals Opticians, we are pleased to announce this very special offer – Buy one get one FREE on glasses including designer glasses.

We will have a huge selection of frames and lenses suiting many different styles and budgets including top brands such as Ted Baker, Pepe Jeans, Converse, Joules and ELLE. We will help you choose the correct frame and lenses for your prescription.

We are lucky to have been able to recruit Irish Rugby star Robbie Henshaw as a brand ambassador for McGreals Opticians in association with West Midland Optical. The dates for our grand opening will soon be finalised and we hope to have Robbie with us on the day so watch this space.

McGreals Opticians

McGreals Opticians