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

180 people attend free CPR training events at McGreals Pharmacy

McGreals Pharmacy held free CPR & defibrillater training throughout the month of May at store locations in Blessington, Baltinglass, Newbridge, Monasterevin & Portarlington.

Wicklow First Responders Anne Marie Whittle & Paul Byrne trained an overwhelming number of 180 people over the course of the events. In the one hour class attendees were shown the basics of CPR, defibrillator use and the correct procedure to follow in an emergency.

There is a public access defibrillator outside every McGreals Pharmacy with the help of a community phone donation scheme they ran in 2015. Every year since there installation McGreals Pharmacy have hosted free CPR training to ensure as many people possible throughout their communities have the ability to use them.

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.

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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