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Self Employed and PRSI

We are still getting lots of folks in looking for an eye test, privately, who are not aware that they may be able to use their PRSI contributions.

Mostly these are the self employed who are used to getting nothing, but this has changed now – even the self employed, and their dependant spouses may now be entitled to “Free” Eye Examinations, if you, or they are paying the necessary Class “S” stamp. You don’t need to know, or ask the accountant – we can check with your date of birth and PPSN number, with your consent…. Well if is YOU who is paying it – dependent spouses will need to send off a form, as they require their partner’s consent to seek eligibility. That is Data Protection gone slightly mad for you?

It takes a moment or two to check eligibility, but the number of folks we have had who were surprised that they were qualified – “No I won’t get that” – “Let us try”, and then it does qualify… You have nothing to lose in trying it! And no thanks for not using it…

We would charge more for a private eye test than the government pays us – it really would be in our interest to not try to save you money. But regular eye tests are important. If you qualify for Optical benefit, the eye test is funded, and you will also get a contribution towards specs, should you need or want them – distance and reading if required, or bifocals / varifocals if preferred.

But only once every second calendar year.

Today we also had a lady who was working, but also recently had a medical card, but that was under review, and she had heard nothing. We tried her PRSI, and it qualified, so as far as Optical benefit goes, PRSI gives the same entitlement, and authorisation in less than 60 seconds in her case – why send a form to the HSE and wait weeks, unless you have to?

I am sure the medical card will be useful to her, if she is re approved, but at the opticians, not so much any more.

Everyone, spectacles wearers or not, should get their eyes checked every 2 years. Eye tests are especially important for the over 40’s, and particularly those with Glaucoma in the family, but is true for everyone.

Call us or call in for more information!

 

I might be late to work tomorrow?

It is looking like it may be a slight “snow day” tomorrow?

Vicky and I were down in Beaumont hospital today and the roads were fairly white at the end of the dual carriageway to Virginia. That was at 6.00pm, but it has snowed a fair bit more in Killinkere? Traffic from the N3 to Bailieborough is very slow at the moment, but it is “early days”….

Just an FYI – If you intend to call to us tomorrow, please don’t call in at 10.00 am. It may, or may not cause me to be later than normal. If the snow is that bad – if I cannot get out of our lane, I’ll update in the morning. If that is the case I will also let you know when I do get there!

I’m on my own on Wednesdays, but as Sandra lives close by, on a bad day that is of little relevance to getting to work – if I can’t get there, neither will she.

Just in case……?

The forecast doesn’t seem too bad, but forecasting is predicting the¬†future, which is difficult.

I will update if there are any problems – need some winter tyres!

I’ll update if there are issues….

Change of plans…..

The plan before the Christmas break was to move hosting providers, but because the “new” host messed me about for an entire month, there had to be a change of plan!

The new host was actually the host we had always had, though the web site was being served elsewhere. This meant that they were being paid for virtually nothing…..

A support request raised on December 4th was not answered sensibly until the 3rd of January.

This delay meant a different plan, not least the loss of custom for the host I was planning to return to, but as I am already paying them, and they left me hanging for nearly a month, “we” are taking up new roots, on a different server.¬† That was not the plan, and it was still sad to tell my current paid host that they had let me down so much that we were going elsewhere, but there was little choice.

This means that I had to “port” the site to the live version, without so many ways, ideally to check for errors that I would have hoped to have been able to.

If you see any glitches, mistakes or problems, please let us know at bailieborough@mcleishoptometrists.com

I hope there will be few, if any, but the way this had to be done was not ideal, so there may be a few issues – let us know, and apologies for any inconvenience.

Ian

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It is that time of year, again!

We have closed for the past few years between Christmas and the New Year – mainly because, although we are able to order contact and spectacle lenses, we are unable to get to the delivery, which arrived at a local solicitor’s premises, which was closed until the New Year.

This year will be the same.

Often, during my “off work” time, I need to do a variety of things – one for this year will be to sort out the website. It is not broken, but there are many features which are now presenting problems with the site’s (NOT YOUR!) security.

If you notice any breakages on the site until 2018, please check back later – there are a good few things to be changed and adjusted, not least a hosting change, which could take a few hours to fully complete. Nothing should be a big deal – I will attempt to do most of the maintenance when you are asleep, but for those other insomniacs, who happen to arrive, my apologies!

Baubles

Christmas Hours

A Christmas TreeThere are no Christmas and New Year opening hours – we will be closed until the New Year – reopening on January 3rd 2018!

 

Saturday 23rd December
Christmas Eve (Sunday 24th December)
Christmas Day
St Stephen’s Day
Wednesday 27th Dec
Thursday 28th December
Friday 29th December
Saturday 30th December
New Year’s Eve (31st December)
Monday 1st January
Tuesday 2nd January
Wednesday 3rd January
Rest of the Year

Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
Closed
10.00am – 5.30pm
Business as usual!

Most often when we did open we would be doing repairs – “someone sat on my glasses”, “knocked off and stood on at the party”, etc. Or sitting around with nobody coming to see us at all! Very often those who did visit, we were unable to help as we were unable to source parts for the frames they purchased elsewhere.

Even if we could order parts, we could order them, but not get them much sooner than if they were ordered in the New Year – that is the way solicitors work, and though our courier service is mainly aimed at serving solicitors, if they are closed, we cannot access our deliveries.

But that is only a (reasonable) excuse?

The Christmas to New Year shutdown is the only time off I have been able to take in the past 6 years, so whilst I do apologise for the inconvenience, everyone needs a break? It IS good to be busy, but….

This time of year is the best time to have it – it is the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” after all!?

In case of a significant emergency, please see this post…

Have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year – we hope to see you then!

Remember that many more folks are entitled to funded eye examinations under the PPS/ PRSI / Treatment Benefit scheme than ever before – including the self employed!

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