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Jill Farrell Opticians utilises leading cutting-edge technologies for the last number of years.

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Jill offers the following Services:

1. Eye Examinations

We all reply on our sight for all aspects of our daily lives and therefore your eye examination is essential to monitor your eye health and retain the best vision possible for you.

Here at Jill Farrell Opticians, Jill strives to provide the most thorough eye examinations using the latest technology and equipment available so you, the patient has full confidence in her findings.

How long do Eye tests take?

Each eye examination is given a 30 minute slot, which may need to be extended depending on what testes need to be done. Every examination is tailored to suit each patient so that a thorough investigation of any problems is carried out.  Your glasses are expertly crafted in our in-house lab, from one hour depending on the detail of the job.

What to expect?

Our eye examinations usually last about three quarters of an hour for people of all ages, but we will advise you if you require any extra specific tests and how long these may take. Jill has a general routine she performs for every patient but as we treat every patient as an individual, Jill will tailor the examination similarly, which guarantees you a thorough examination executed smoothly, keeping you as relaxed as possible.

As well as including all tests to check for your sight and to see if any vision correction is required (e.g. spectacles, contact lenses) we also check for any potential eye disease like Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular degeneration to name a few.

Jill will always explain the results of the various assessments and you will be given every opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The recommendations given at the end of the eye examination by Jill will take into account factors such as your working environment, lifestyle and any leisure pursuits you have, so we can meet your visual needs in the best possible way.

How often do I need to visit the optician?

Unless otherwise advised by your optician, you should follow the national guidelines for eye tests.

Sometimes, we may want to see you more often, for example, if you are diabetic or have a strong family history of a particular ocular problem.

Aged 15 years and below Every year
Aged between 16 and 69 years Every 2 years
Aged 70 and over Every Year
Diabetic and Glaucoma patients Every Year
Aged 40 years or over with an immediate relative with Glaucoma Every Year

2. Contact Lenses

With so many different types of contact lenses available, it can be confusing. The best lenses are always the ones that are prescribed from your eyes.

  • The healthiest (your wearing schedule and lens material)
  • The most convenient (daily disposable versus monthly)
  • The most comfortable (better moisture and breathability, reducing dryness, any irritation or redness)
  • The most cost effective (we have reduced our contact lens prices across the board)
  • The best at correcting all aspects of your vision (astigmatism or a need for reading correction)
  • Why not try contact lenses if you have never worn them before?

Keep your eyes healthy: Even if you’ve been wearing contact lenses for years, remember that ongoing healthy vision depends on having regular eye health check-ups with us. Working on a computer all day can play havoc with your eyes, particularly as a contact lens wearer, sometimes resulting in tired, dry, reddish eyes. There are revolutionary new contact lenses on the market offering huge additional comfort and benefits. Let Jill suggest the best lenses for you so we can keep your eyes fresh and comfortable whether you are in front of a computer, on the golf course, in the gym or enjoying a night out!

Deciding what suits your life best: Let Jill help you to decide if your current contact lenses are still the best option for you. Almost anyone can wear contact lenses, but exactly which ones are best for your eyes, your lifestyle and your visual requirements? And always remember it is essential not to over wear your contact lenses as this can be detrimental to your eyes. You must alternate between your contact lenses and specs to give your eyes a breather!

3. Childrens Eyecare:

My first eye test with Emily, aged 4

Jills knows an eye test can be a little overwhelming for some children. Especially if it’s their first one. That’s why Jill has made the whole process as welcoming, as fun and as child friendly as possible.

While there are aspects which are like an adult eye test, the children’s test does use equipment and several techniques have been adapted to their specific needs. For instance, if a child is unable to read, the familiar letters chart is replaced with one using pictures and shapes, especially for younger children.

This doesn’t mean your child’s eye test will be any less thorough or insightful – allowing Jill to make an in-depth assessment of eye health, vision and expected levels of development and growth.

Children’s eye conditions

A child’s vision usually keeps on developing up until the age of seven or eight. Up to this age, it’s often far easier for us to detect any eye problems. And it’s important that any problems are identified as early as possible because they can have an impact on a child’s development and education.Eighty percent of what a child learns is via their vision. And any problems which remain untreated could see them falling behind in class, perhaps leading to emotional problems and even a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or another cognitive disorder.

Spotting the signs

It is very important to get your child eyes tested early, so that any problems identified can be managed. The Association of Optometrists has highlighted the fact that one in five children have an undetected eye problem.

There are signs you can look out for yourself at home with your child:

  • Frequent squinting or frowning
  • Excessive eye rubbing
  • Closing one eye when watching TV or reading
  • Tired eyes or headaches
  • Skipping words or whole lines while your child is reading
  • Having difficulty seeing text from the board at school
  • Poor literacy
  • Sensitivity in light

4. Low Visual Aids

What is Low Vision and Low Vision Care?

Low Vision is a condition in which vision cannot be corrected by glasses, contact lenses or surgery. People who have vision loss are said to be visually impaired or to have Low Vision. Their vision loss is usually caused by an underlying eye disease such as:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Other eye diseases and conditions

Those with Low Vision typically have difficulty reading, writing, watching television, recognizing people’s faces or engaging in other daily living tasks. Fortunately, the visually impaired can be helped with a service called Low Vision Care. We specialise in helping patients maximise their remaining vision. This care involves an evaluation, and the use of solutions called low vision aids that include both magnification devices such as magnifiers and non-optical products such as task lighting.

Products: Low Vision Aids & Magnification Devices

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of Low Vision, followed by diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. A variety of other conditions such as in-operable or pre-operative cataracts, and other hereditary diseases can also cause impaired vision.

Low Vision affects many Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), and many people are restricted due to the acuity levels with which they must live. Difficulty with reading, writing, watching TV, spotting objects from a distance, and enjoying hobbies is the result. However, with the correct optical device and training, many Low Vision patients can once again perform daily normal life activities and regain much of their lost independence.

Should you or a family member wish to have a Low Vision Assessment, please contact us and our team will be happy to arrange.

5. Acute Eye Care – Emergency Care.

Jill offers Emergency appointments in Acute Eye Care This is where foreign bodies can be removed from a person’s eye, to save a trip to A&Ein a lot of case.

If you have an eye emergency or experience any of the following:

Sudden or severe eye pain

Loss of sight

Lots of flashing lights

Chemicals in your eye

Severe eye trauma

Patients can be initially assessed, buy may need to be transferred to A & E, if the situation is urgent.

6. Sports Eyewear

Don’t let your eye slight hold you back from any sports – Jill can offer you advice and supply the best range of protective and fashionable eyewear to enhance your enjoyment in a huge variety of sports.

There are lots of sports where the correct eyewear would enhance your experience in them such as swimming, racquet sports, running, golf, sailing, cycling, skiing or horse riding.

Sports eyewear can not only enhance your eye slight but also offer you maximum protection against serious eye injuring and exposure to ultra-violet radiation when outdoors, with the bonus of being stylish too.Research has shown that how well the eyes focus, and work together has a direct effect on your ability to perform the task.

Most products are available as prescription as well as non-prescription options enabling you to maximise your performance. This is in conjunction with a variety of individualised tints not only helps maintain healthy vision but offers exceptional visual comfort in different sporting environments.

Contact Lenses are also an option and are usually the correction of choice in most sports. They have many optical advantages in that the peripheral vision is unimpeded and also that they do not steam up and are not affected by rain.Contact lenses can also be used in conjunction with sports eyewear where protection or tinted eyewear is beneficial or required.

Am I eligible for a free eye test or help with the cost of the glasses?

You are hold a medical card, you are entitled to a free eye test every two years, and possible free glasses, should you need them. You must first apply to the HSE for authorisation. We have application forms and will happily help you complete one and post it for you.

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If you have PRSI cover, you are entitled to a free eye test at least once every two years. We can assist you to get approval online in the store.

*We would ask our patients to arrive in good time for their appointments. If you arrive late for your appointment you may have missed your appointment and would need to rebook.

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Jill Farrell

F.A.O.I (Optometrist)

Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre
Gouldshill, Mallow, Co. Cork