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

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.

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.

FREE CPR Training in 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, Mcgreals Primary Care Centre, Blessington, Co Wicklow Wednesday 15th February 6-7pm

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill Street, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow Thursday 16th February 7-8pm

Mcgreals Pharmacy,Curragh grange, Newbridge, Co Kildare Tuesday 21st February 7-8pm

Monasterevin Pharmacy, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare Wednesday 22nd February 6.30-7.30pm

Mcgreals Pharmacy, Primary Care Centre, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois Tuesday 23rd February 6-7pm

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.

Blessington’s Operation Transformation Walk 2017

Operation Transformation National Walk outside McGreals Primary Care Centre in Blessington 2017

A large crowd of almost 300 enthusiastic walkers took part in the Operation Transformation Blessington Walk from McGreals Primary Care Centre on Saturday 7th January. It was the first year that a national Operation Transformation walk took place in Blessington and its success will ensure it will not be the last.

The weather was on our side & walkers of all ages and fitness levels turned up to step it out on the Blessington 5.2km walk. The event was organised by McGreals Pharmacy in conjunction with Wicklow Sports Partnership. Free fizzy vests, water and a selection fruit was available for all participants.

The support of all those who ensured the event was safe and enjoyable including the Garda Siochana and community volunteers was greatly appreciated on the day. Due to popular demand a weekly walking group has now formed in Blessington, meeting on a Monday nights at 7pm outside the Coimin centre in Blessington.

McGreals are offering a free weekly weigh in service at your local McGreals Pharmacy as well as advice on how to reach and maintain a healthy weight through diet and lifestyle choices. ‘McGreals Pharmacy will keep a record of your numbers in store so that you can monitor your progress. Visit www.mcgreals.ie for your local McGreals Pharmacy location.

Operation Transformation National Walk in Blessington 2017

Operation Transformation Free Weigh in Clinic at McGreals Pharmacy

McGreals Pharmacy are offering a free weekly weigh-in service to anyone participating in Operation Transformation 2017. Drop into our stores in Blessington, Baltinglass, Portarlington, Newbridge or Monasterevin every Saturday from January 7th for your FREE waist and weight measurement 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. Find your local McGreals Pharmacy here.
Weekly meal planning made easy with our tasty low calorie recipes. —> Click here for Recipes

Our free online BMI calculator makes it easy for anyone to calculate BMI with just a few keystrokes. Enter in your height and weight and press the calculate BMI button – that’s all there is to it —> click here for BMI calculator

Mcgreals Pharmacy are delighted to work with Sport Ireland and Wicklow Sports Partnership to bring a National Operation Transformation walk to Blessington Co Wicklow. The Nationwide Walks are on Saturday 7th January 2017 in various locations around the country. To find your nearest venue click here.

Nationwide Walk at McGreals Primary Care Centre in Blessington Co Wicklow

Operation Transformation 2017 Nationwide Walk in Blessington

McGreals Pharmacy in association with Wicklow Sports Partnership & Sport Ireland are delighted to bring Operation Transformation’s Nationwide Walk to Blessington, Co Wicklow

The 5km walk will begin at 9.30am from McGreals Primary Care Centre this Saturday 7th January.

Its a Fun Free event for all the family & a great way to start the New Year.

Operation Transformation Nationwide Walk in Blessington, Co Wicklow

McGreals pharmacy are offering a free weekly weigh-in service to anyone doing Operation Transformation. Drop into our stores in Blessington, Baltinglass, Portarlington, Newbridge or Monasterevin every Saturday from January 7th for your FREE waist and weight measurement 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.

Weekly meal planning made easy with our tasty low calorie recipes. —> Click here for Recipes

Our free online BMI calculator makes it easy for anyone to calculate BMI with just a few keystrokes. Enter in your height and weight and press the calculate BMI button – that’s all there is to it —> click here for BMI calculator

Operation Transformation National Walk in Blessington 2017

SANTA IS COMING TO MCGREALS

Santa is Coming to McGreals

*FREE Magical Christmas Experience at McGreals*

Going to see Santa on the run up to Christmas is always a highlight for children growing up, 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. We have Santa letters available in store that can be posted in our Santa post box. Santa replies to every child before Christmas by post.

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

Baltinglass – Baltinglass Pharmacy Wed 7th December

Blessington – Mcgreals Primary Care Pharmacy Thurs 8th December &
Mcgreals Pharmacy, Main Street, Blessington Fri 9th December

Portarlington – Mcgreals pharmacy Tuesday 13th December

Monasterevin – Monasterevin Pharmacy Wed 14th December

Newbridge – Mcgreals Pharmacy Thursday 15th and Friday 16th December

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McGreals Hearing Centre Prices / Discounts / Grants / Tax Rebates

Prices / Discounts / Grants / Tax Rebates

Award winning Hearing Aids available from McGreals Hearing Centre

Award winning Hearing Aids available from McGreals Hearing Centre

Unlike the majority of our competitors McGreals Hearing Centre provide a clear and transparent pricing structure.

We also offer a range of discounts and free accessories to our clients.

In addition the Irish Government offer generous grants and rebates to assist in the purchase of hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Prices

There are two categories of hearing aid technology available.
Premium level(Prem A + B below) offer help in all listening environments.
Standard level (Std C + D below ) offer help in most environments.

All hearing instruments come with a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty.
Aftercare service is provided by a qualified hearing care professional.
We offer a free accessory package which includes remote control and batteries.

Price Per Pair
Retail Disc Govt Grant* Med1** Total Per Pair
Prem A €4000 €400 €1000 €520 €2080
Prem B €3400 €340 €1000 €412 €1648
Std C €2400 €240 €1000 €232 €929
Std D €1900 €190 €855 €171 €684
* The Government Grant is subject to eligibility. Read more.

**A 20% Tax Rebate is available through Med 1.

Hearing Aids
All the above hearing aids are latest generation digital instruments designed and built by world leading manufacturers Unitron.

In 2015 they were awarded the highly prestigious RED DOT award for design and innovation .

This marks the third consecutive year in which our hearing instruments have achieved highly sought after national and international design/technology accolades.

Hearing Aid Grant

The Department of Social Protection offers a €1000 grant towards the purchase of hearing aids every four years. Eligibility criteria applies.
For further information please contact us on LoCall 0818 646005

Medical Appliance Tax Rebate
Hearing aids are medical appliances and so are eligible for MED1 Tax Rebate of 20% .
For further details please contact us on LoCall 0818 646005.

Discounts
We offer a 10% discount off our full range of hearing aids to Medical Card Holders, Active Retirees and Credit Union Members

We offer the following FREE accessory package to all our clients:
Electronic remote control ( with each pair of hearing aids )
6 months batteries
longterm manufacturers warranty
lifetime aftercare

McGreals Hearing Centre
Locations
*Baltinglass
McGreals Hearing Centre, Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill Street, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow 059 645 1103
*Blessington
McGreals Hearing Centre, Blessington Pharmacy, Main Street, Blessington, Co Wicklow 045 865 732

Our Guarantee
BEST PRICES / BEST SERVICE / BEST HEARING AIDS