The store will be run by a team of six professionals offering an unparalleled optical service that caters for all sectors of the market across their three testing rooms offering both optical and audiology services.
Speaking at the opening, store director Sinead Clohessy said, “We are delighted to have reached the major milestone of opening a third Specsavers store in Limerick and to be able to bring our professional offering to the wider community. This opening illustrates the consistent growth and commitment of Specsavers in Limerick, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and support of our customers. We look forward to welcoming customers to the new store which offers exceptional optical and hearing services along with stylish yet affordable eyewear to people of all ages of Castletroy and further afield.”
Speaking on the store’s professional service, Ophthalmic Directors John Harrington commented, “We use the latest equipment in our optical testing rooms and are committed to bringing advanced eye test technology to the people of Limerick.
“We have invested in sophisticated, state of the art equipment at the new Castletroy store to make sure we have the most professional service available for our customers. We use machinery which can play an important role in the early detection of eye diseases as we don’t just see it as a sight test but an overall eye health check.”
The new store has invested in 3D scanning technology which allows optometrists to view the eye in more detail than ever before. The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine is a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments. 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 technology produces a structural scan of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques. The results are similar to an ultrasound or MRI scan, in that it creates multiple scan slice images that are built up to form a total image. The OCT machine uses a totally safe, laser light source and not x-ray-type radiation.
“This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services to the local community by identifying and helping to detect or manage conditions, with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit. OCT technology produces such a detailed picture of the structures in the eye that it allows us to identify signs of diseases years earlier than traditions methods.
“Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable, the sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment,” says Ophthalmic Director John Harrington.
In addition to being experts in eye health, Specsavers Castletroy also specialises in audiology with an on-site hearing centre.
The store provides free three-minute hearing screenings, with no need to book an appointment and the screener lets customers know whether they would benefit from a full hearing test, which takes about an hour.
Specavers in Castletroy is open daily; from 9:00 to 18:00 on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, and Saturday. From 9:00 to 19:00 on Thursday and Friday, and from 11:00 to 17:00 on Sunday.
For more information on thw optical and hearing services available, or to book an appointment online visit www.specsavers.ie or call 061-516480