A new choice in domiciliary eyecare is available in Ireland with the opening of Specsavers Healthcall. Providing professional and affordable eyecare to the housebound, the recently-launched service is the result of two highly experienced local eyecare providers joining forces.
Access to same offers, products and standards
Brother and sister team Patrick and Teresa Flanagan, the founders of the Dublin based home-visiting opticians HomeCall, have entered into a new joint-venture partnership with Specsavers Healthcall.
Specsavers Healthcall builds on HomeCall’s experience in the sector by giving access to the same offers, products and standard of care available to customers of Specsavers’ high street stores. Mobile opticians take state-of-the-art eye-testing kits and a range of 180 frames to the housebound, whether living in their own home or in a care home.
Patrick, a qualified optometrist, said: ‘This is a very exciting development for our team and our patients.
‘Domiciliary eyecare plays an essential role in maintaining people’s quality of life. It can help reduce the incidence of accidents or falls and can generally help people preserve their independence.'
Specsavers Ireland chairperson Sinead Clohessy said: 'As the Irish population ages, it’s inevitable that the need for domiciliary eyecare will increase. Having served communities across Ireland for more than 26 years, Specsavers believes in great value and professional eyecare for all delivered by local partners.
'This includes those people who cannot access one of our 50 stores nationwide, whether they are housebound or a care home resident.'
Plans to expand
Sinead continues: ‘Patrick, Teresa and their team share our values and offer a vital lifeline to these people. With a successful domiciliary business in the UK we are well poised to help further develop the service in Ireland.’
The service is currently available in nursing homes nationwide and to private residential homes in greater Dublin, with plans to expand nationally. Complete glasses start from just €29, and everybody is able to take advantage of the same great offers that are available in Specsavers’ store, including two for one. A number of patients will be entitled to free eyecare under the HSE.
Specsavers Healthcall also understands that an eye examination can be a confusing event for some, especially those with dementia. The team are fully trained in dealing with dementia patients and its effects and are experienced in making the whole process as easy as possible for every patient, whatever their needs.