THE teams at Specsavers Ashbourne are committed to providing the Meath community with the best in professional eye and ear care. The store opened in 2017, and in just two short years it has received the Platinum Employer Award for its outstanding management standards and staff development.
Enhanced Eye Testing
The store is at the forefront of technology and has invested in the latest technology Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments and managed by in-store professional optometrists. It is used for a variety of functions including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
The machine contains 3D scanning technology that produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques and the results are similar to an ultrasound or MRI scan. This enables Specsavers optometrists to view the eye in even more detail, allowing them to identify signs of diseases up to four years earlier than traditional methods.
The store has also introduced facial recognition technology to give glasses wearers the confidence to find the right style for them. The unique in-store software, known as Frame Styler, is virtual try-on technology that allows customers to see how they look wearing glasses from every angle, seeing themselves as others would see them.
Speaking about the state-of-the-art optical technology available in store, store partner and Chairman of Specsavers Ireland Kerril Hickey says: ‘This innovative technology gives our team the ability to enhance the offering for customers by both identifying and helping to detect or manage conditions as well as helping to find shapes and styles to ensure every customer leaves feeling confident in their new frames.’
The store also offers an extensive range of designer frames from sophisticated designs to classic styles like Kenzo, the new Osiris Eyewear Collection front by Gary Barlow, MARC JACOBS, Balmain, HUGO and Kylie Minogue, as well as Marvel and Toy Story for the little ones.
Frames have become even more affordable, following changes to the PRSI scheme by the Department of Social Protection. 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 specs. Under the new scheme, those eligible will receive a voucher towards the cost of new glasses to the value of €42.37. However, the store is making all glasses in the €59 range available to those who qualify for the scheme at no extra cost.