Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2013’

Halloween Again

Acanthamoeba Keratitis.

It is Halloween again – maybe it is time to hire that special costume from the fancy dress shop. If they can sell you contact lenses to finish off your costume, unless you can supply a prescription for that exact type of lens (and even if you can, unless their sale is personally supervised by a registered Optometrist or Doctor) THEY ARE BREAKING THE LAW!

There is a hire shop in Navan that flouts the law by claiming that the contact lenses are governed by the E.U. cosmetics law, which is incorrect – there is no such cosmetics law governing contact lenses – they are either misinformed, or they are lying – either way they are not allowed to supply contact lenses.

They are breaking a law which was implemented because it is dangerous to wear contact lenses which are incorrectly fitted to your eyes and because they did not teach you how to care for the lenses and how to safely apply them and remove them from your eyes.

Remember that after a few drinks, it may be more difficult to get those lenses out that you initially expected, you should not sleep in them, and you should not overwear them, particularly on your first wear.

Halloween Dangers

A little lad playing with a laser pointer.

Laser CherubMy family and I went to the Virginia Pumpkin Festival on Sunday afternoon, all the kids enjoyed the parade and the fireworks afterwards. It was good early evening family fun.

I was less happy about being opposite a couple of little “cherubs”, perhaps no more than 10 years old, at least 2 of which had laser pointers, and were indiscriminately pointing them at the performers, each other, and everyone else around. I personally got a blinding eyeful not long after we chose our spot. The lasers they were playing with were the red version at least, which are less damaging to eyes than the green and blue ones available. I am unaware of any permanent harm to myself, but were they not across two barriers and a parade…..

We swiftly moved to another spot, but parents – someone is going to get seriously damaged. Do not buy your child a laser pointer – they are for presentations only, not for Halloween.

What’s done is done, but a quick mention – Halloween isn’t over yet.

International Brain Tumour Awareness Week

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BTINext week (Sunday 27th October – Saturday 2nd November 2013)┬áis International Brain Tumour Awareness Week, a subject that is unfortunately never far from our minds here. Brain Tumours are fortunately rare, but according to BTI there are approximately 500 new diagnoses of primary brain tumour every year. (I assume that is in Ireland).

BTI have a fundraising 10K run and 5K walk arranged for Sunday 3rd November in Phoenix park.

More details of the event can be found on the BTI website.

We received another notification about this from the Association of Optometrists, who included these links about a couple of cases where brain tumours happened to be initially detected/suspected during an eye examination.

Woman diagnosed with a brain tumour following a routine eye test (Daily Mail Online).

Girl aged 10 diagnosed with brain tumour (Daily Mail Online).

We had one similar to this about 2 years ago in Bailieborough, but fortunately, although the young girl did require urgent brain surgery, she was found not to have a tumour.

We will not be running, but will be walking, hope to see you there!

Bank Holiday Weekend

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween


As always, being a bank holiday, our practices will be closed on Saturday 26th as well as the Monday Bank Holiday.

Hope you have a good weekend!



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