The team at Specsavers Athlone attended the Midlands 50 Plus Expo 2019, which took place in the Hodson Bay Hotel on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July. The event, organised by Senior Times, ran for two days and hosted a variety of exhibitions and workshops for guests to enjoy.


The Expo

Running for over 20 years, the expo takes place in multiple locations nationwide throughout the year. The Midlands expo featured speakers such as Conor Pope, consumer editor of The Irish Times, art and creative writing workshops, and health screenings. The event organisers offered shuttle buses to and from the Athlone Railway Station.


Specsavers Involvement

Specsavers provided freevision and hearing screening, with audiologists and optometrists on-site hosting one-to-one consultations where they shared professional advice Speaking on the two-day expo, store director Keith McCallion says: ‘We are thrilled to have attended and supported the Midlands Over 50 Expo. It was a terrific event that allowed us to offer expert advice to attendees, showcase both our optical and audiology services available in-store and highlight the importance of proactive eye and ear health.’


Keith continued: ‘We are extremely passionate about delivering professional advice and services to our customers in the over 60 category. In particular, those over the age of 55 should have their hearing tested every two years. Because of the slow progression of hearing loss, it frequently goes unnoticed and can take up to 10 years before the problem is identified.’


The store is offering customers over 60, 25% off complete glasses from the €89 range or above, including designer styles. Medical Card holders are also entitled to benefits including a free eye test and a free pair of glasses from the €59 range.


PRSI Scheme

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.


Those eligible will receive a voucher towards the cost of new glasses to the value of €42.37. However, in-store all glasses in the €59 range available to those who qualify for the scheme at no extra cost.


The PRSI scheme also offers great value for hearing tech, whereby the Department of Welfare will pay for half of the cost of hearing aids, up to a maximum of €1,000 for a pair.


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