Your eyesight is a precious sense – so it is very important that you have regular eye examinations, at least every 2 years, whether you feel you need glasses or not. Any deterioration in your sight can be so gradual that it sometimes goes unnoticed. That is why regular eye examinations are so important. At Marian Carton Opticians we pride ourselves on providing you with the highest standard of service. Eye care for you and your family is our top priority. Eye Examinations are FREE for all qualified medical card and PRSI patients.
Eye Tests are FREE for all qualified Medical Card and PRSI patients
Before the examination the optometrist will ask you some questions about your general health and Vision.
During the eye examination we will always:
-Check your vision -Determine the specification of spectacles if needed -Examine the health of your eyes -Look for signs of disease
There may be additional tests specific to your circumstances as well.
Prior to your visit
If you wear spectacles, you should come to the appointment wearing your usual pair. To help your appointment run smoothly, it is advised that you bring the following items with you:
- A list of your current medication
- Any other pairs of spectacles you wear often (such as a near-vision pair)
- Your most recent spectacle prescription, if you have it
- The packaging of your contact lenses, if you wear them
Phone us today on 057-8620383 to request an appointment. If you are a contact lens wearer you can book a longer appointment to have both an eye examination and contact lens check at the same time. A thorough eye- examination takes time, we do not rush our clients. Expect to be with us for 1 hour in total.
Home visits can be arranged for those who are unable to attend our Practice. Please phone us on 05786 20383 for more details.
If you are over forty we will check your eye pressures to see if there is any indication of glaucoma. We will also check the health of the optic nerves at the back of your eyes.
It is important to let us know if there is a family history of Glaucoma as we may decide to do additional tests such as visual Field screening.
Driving License Tests
Group 1 license: The Optometrist will screen your vision to see if you meet the vision standard for driving with or without spectacle or contact lenses. We also screen your peripheral vision.
Group 2 Driving License: The vision requirements for this group including Lorries etc. are more stringent. The Henson 8000 Visual Field Screener allows us to carry out binocular field tests required for group 2 driving license tests.
We also check your contrast sensitivity and glare vision.
Macular Degeneration screening
We examine the macula using an ophthalmoscope or Volk lens. We can also check for distortion using the Amsler Grid. The retinal camera is also helpful in screening for macular degeneration.
Please let us know if there is a family history of macular degeneration. Depending on your age and health of your eyes we may refer you for further OCT screening.
We have had a retinal camera in use at the practice for many years. This allows the optometrist to look at the optic nerve head, macula and retinal blood vessels in greater detail, enabling detection of abnormalities. The photographs are stored confidentially so changes can be compared over time and we can provide the best care for your eyes.
Computer Vision Tests
Every employee who uses a Computer (VDU) as a significant part of normal work are entitled to have regular eye examinations covered by their employer. This is outlined in The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work act 2007.
We can provide this test for employers. We can also provide it for employers who require their workers to use safety eyewear.
Looking After Young Eyes
Assessment of children can reveal problems at a young age many of which respond well to early treatment such as spectacles, patching or referral for further assessment. We welcome children from 3 years old and upwards. It is vital that your child’s vision is looked after as much of a child’s learning is visual. Weak vision needs to be corrected early in life otherwise a child may be left with a permanent lazy eye.
Marian Carton Opticians have a wide range of children’s frames. Getting the right fit of your child’s glasses is essential to ensure they are well fitting and comfortable. It is important that the frame sits on the child’s nose and that they are not able to look over the top of the frame.
We can advise if standard lenses will be suitable for your child’s glasses. We can advise on options to make lenses thinner if required.
Many children actively participate in sport. For this reason we supply prescription goggles for swimming, football and soccer.
Daily Disposable contact lenses are now available in almost every prescription and we teach children how to insert and remove them. This is a great way to start wearing contact lenses and this works well for under hurling helmet.
Frames, Lenses and Designer Glasses
We have an excellent range of high-quality spectacle frames at a range of prices and offer a wide range of styles. We are pleased to be able to offer frames from designers such as Hugo Boss, Adidas, Furla, Gant, Calvin Klein and many more.
The following brands are exclusive to us in Laois: Face A Face, Prodesign Denmark, Woow and Vera Wang.
Our Adidas and Bollé ranges are particularly popular for sport - available on prescription and non-prescription.
We offer frames at very reasonable prices from just 15 euros to 265 euros.
Exclusive in Laois to Marian Carton Opticians: Cocoa Mint Eyewear, Louis Marcell and Basebox
This coating is very good for drivers, V.D.U. users or those who just want the lenses to look good. This coating reduces the reflections that would normally come off uncoated lenses.
These lenses are much thinner in appearance than the same power would be if a normal lens were used. They help to make strong powered lenses look thinner.
Many people need different glasses for distance or reading. Instead of having two pairs of glasses it is possible to incorporate them into one using Bifocals or Varifocals. Bifocals have vision for near and far and the lens has a line on it. Varifocals gradually change power from distance to near. They have no line and have an intermediate area of vision as well as distance and near vision.
As the name suggests this is an extra layer on the lens that makes the surface more robust. Although it does not make the lens anti-scratch, it does help in reducing scratches.
These are lenses that react and change colour to the amount of U.V. light present in the atmosphere. The lens normally will have a slight tint when indoors and darken when outside. They are very good for people with eyes that are sensitive to light. The tints are generally grey or brown. They work well for people who wear their glasses full time as the work as their everyday glasses and as sunglasses. They are especially useful as a spare pair of glasses for summer and for holidays.
When choosing your prescription frames or sunglasses frames you should consider the practicality and frequency of use as well as how the frame complements your lifestyle and your looks including your facial shape. While fashion considerations are probably the most topical and important to you when you are deciding on a pair of frames, there are some practical matters that should be considered when deciding on a frame to suit you.
The frame should be appropriate for your eyesight and your unique prescription type of lenses they are going to hold. If you are getting bifocals, the vertical length dimension of the lenses must be large enough to fit both the distance and near section of your lens. If you have a strong prescription, you should choose a frame with a smaller lens, as the larger a lens is the considerably thicker and heavier it becomes. A fine, delicate frame is not appropriate for high prescriptions, as it will have difficulty supporting thicker lenses. When fitting a frame to your face it should sit comfortably still and not slide down your nose, it doesn’t matter how good your frames look if you spend all your time adjusting them and sliding them up and down your nose.
Examples of some of our brands are pictured above. We are happy for you to come in and browse at our range.
Some lens brands we use:
Prescription and Non-prescription Sunglasses
Sunglasses protect our eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays as well as protecting us from glare when out and about walking, cycling or driving. A must have for some sporting activities; sunglasses provide that extra protection as well as that slight advantage we need when we have some sun. We stock a wide range of prescription and non- prescription sunglasses at a range of prices. They all have UV protection and are available in polarized option. They are available in single vision lenses, bifocal and varifocal options.
For non- prescription sunglasses we recommend the Maui-Jim range with UV protection, anti -reflection coating superior polarized lens with subtle mirrored back- surface.
These are sunglasses but have an extra layer which reduces the glaring effect of plane-polarised light. These work very well for drivers and people who spend a lot of time on or by water (i.e. fishermen or sailors).
Many people can benefit from the freedom that contact lenses provide. Modern technology in contact lens manufacture and fitting techniques ensure that comfort, vision and safety are enhanced for every wearer.
Which type of contact lens suits me?
From your contact lens fitting we can advise on which type of contact lenses best suit your eyes. There are daily disposable, two weekly disposable and monthly disposable contact lenses. There are also gas permeable and specialised lenses for astigmatism.
What age do I have to be to try contact lenses?
We are fitting teenagers and pre-teens with daily disposable contact lenses. They are especially suitable for keen sports people. Contact lenses offer the best option for under a hurling Helmet.
I am over 40 years old – What are my options?
If you require a different prescription for distance and near there are varifocal contact lenses available. We fit some patients with monovision where one eye is corrected for distance and the other eye for near. Some people use contact lenses for distance vision and reading glasses for near.
I would like to wear contact lenses for sport - What are my options?
Daily disposable contact lenses are safe and convenient and very suitable for sport and occasional wear.
- Sports and Safety Eyewear
- Home Visits - Home visits can be arranged for those who are unable to attend our Practice. Please phone us on 05786 20383 for more details.
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