The team at Specsavers Portlaoise has been serving the local community with top-class eye and audiology care for seven years.
Since opening in 2011, the store has become an integral part of Portlaoise’s business community and has strived to provide the best level of service and expertise in audiology and optical care for the locality.
The professional team, comprising 15 staff, many of whom are from the locality include optometrists Brian Duffy, Barbara Phelan and Fiona Cleary, together with dispensing opticians Will Hackett and Johanna Krois and audiologist David Hughes.
With the importance of regular eye and ear checks, understanding that it is more than just an eye or hearing test, store director Brian Duffy continues to place an unrivalled focus on continued professional development and technological advancement.
Recently qualified audiology assistant Lisa Murphy and optical assistants Amy Liddy and Michaela Mulhare just completed their Cert 3 and Cert 4 qualifications respectively and Claire Greene and Karina Byrne are in the process of completing Cert 3.
Specsavers Portlaoise offers an unparalleled optical and audiology service that cater for all sectors of the market; from kids to the fashion-conscious male and female glasses wearer, those seeking glasses for work or other lifestyle purposes, as well as contact lens and hearing aid wearers, to ensure customers receive the best possible care and advice for all their optical and hearing needs.
From routine eye examinations to complex contact lens fittings, Specsavers Portlaoise can provide all aspects of professional eye care. The store now boasts two optical testing rooms, an on-site laboratory and a soundproof hearing booth. Specsavers Portlaoise also services the younger members of the community and has a dedicated paediatric service specialising in eye examinations and facilities for both infants and young children.
Investment in technology
There has been significant investment in the latest optical technology, including digital retinal photography which can detect a variety of health problems such as diabetes, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. Most recently, Specsavers Portlaoise introduced Digital Precision Eyecare, a cutting-edge way of selecting and fitting customers’ glasses uses imaging software on tablet devices.
Store director at Specsavers Portlaoise, Brian Duffy says: ‘At Specsavers, we are committed to providing the local community with access to the latest technology as well as in-store expertise from knowledgeable optometrists and audiologists.
'Since opening in 2011, we have grown significantly and have undergone a number of improvements so that our store boasts the latest in optical and audiology technology for the people of Portlaoise. We would like to extend a huge “thank you” to all of our customers for their support over the last seven years and look forward to welcoming both new and existing customers to our store in 2018 and beyond.’
Brian continues: ‘Specsavers Portlaoise is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of regular eye examinations, at least every two years, as they are crucial for identifying early signs of the condition, glaucoma. Left undetected, glaucoma can cause blindness, however, the condition can be managed if detected early. ‘As we get older we are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma, which can be hereditary.
'At Specsavers Portlaoise, we want to remind people that they should have an eye examination at least every two years, which is particularly important if they are over 40 years of age or have a family history of glaucoma.’
PRSI treatment benefit
Under the new PRSI treatment benefit, thousands of people in Ireland now qualify for a free eye test and a pair of glasses. Following changes to the PRSI scheme by the Department of Social Protection late last year, anyone who has been employed or self-employed in Ireland for two years, is now entitled to a free eye test as well as a free pair of glasses or contribution to a pair of frames, at Specsavers Portlaoise.
Under the new scheme, those eligible for the benefit will receive a voucher towards the cost of new glasses to the value of €42.37. Customers can also put their PRSI benefit towards the cost of designer frames at Specsavers Portlaoise – including Kylie Minogue Eyewear, Balmain, Karen Millen, Gant, Converse and many more.
Supporting local charities
The team at Specsavers Portlaoise is a keen supporter of the local community and most recently became a sponsor of the Laois Camogie U-12 league. Specsavers Portlaoise is also proud to support The Hope Foundation, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Age Friendly Ireland and the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.