Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2017’

Christmas Bauble

Merry Christmas!

To all our clients and friends – Merry Christmas!

We hope you have a great festive season – some good rest, good cheer and satisfying relaxation.

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

From the staff at McLeish Optometrists- Ian, Neasa, Sandra and Victoria.

(alphabetical order there, by the way!)

Have a Very Merry Christmas!

And let us all hope we have a fabulous 2018!

Ho Ho Ho!

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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!


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

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!

Christmas Card

Last chance…..

Our delivery mechanism, DX is now closed to us until the new year – we will not be able to get any more deliveries.

As far as we are aware, anyone that has anything outstanding awaiting collection has been told that as of 5.30pm Friday, we are gone for the Holidays, not back until the 3rd of January –


(I’m Scottish, and Scottish folks never work on the 2nd of  January it is the law ).

So please, please collect anything that you need before 5.30pm on Friday – Seeing as Monday is a “Bank Holiday” and we never open on the Saturday preceding one of those, Friday it is!


Have a great holiday, watch your eyes with those Champagne corks, and do not overwear your contact lenses!!


Sligo Cataract Scheme Can Save 20,000 Hospital Appointments And Reduce Waiting Times

(The Association of ) Optometrists say Cataract Waiting Times Highlighted in RTE Investigates can be solved!

Optometrists have today said that lengthy waiting times for cataract treatment, as highlighted on RTE Investigates last night, can be reduced by making greater use of Optometrists.

Just to be clear, this news is NOT from last night!!

The Association of Optometrists Ireland said that a scheme has been developed and is successfully being applied in the North West called the ‘Sligo Post-Cataract Scheme’. It has proven highly successful in reducing waiting times for patients and in reducing costs in that region.

Under the scheme cataracts patients are co-managed by Optometrists in the community and Ophthalmologists in Hospital. The scheme simplifies the patient pathway and speeds up access.

AOI Chief Executive Sean McCrave called for the Sligo Scheme to be applied nationwide. “AOI together with the HSE has successfully trialled the ‘Post-Cataract Scheme’ in Sligo / the North West and it has proven clinically effective and brought cost savings.

“In the award winning scheme, Optometrists are provided with access to the hospital IT infrastructure and electronic patient records; and provided with training on the specific protocol to follow.

“Instead of two separate follow up appointments, one in the hospital and one with the community Optometrist, patients are given the option of a single appointment with their local Optometrist. This can be made at the patients’ convenience, in a local practice.

“This combined appointment facilitates the Optometrist to examine the eye and carry out a refraction in one appointment and then enter the details on the electronic patient record held in the hospital. “With over 20,000 procedures a year, rolling out the Sligo protocol nationally would reduce out-patient cataract appointments by approximately 20,000 at reduced cost with no capital expenditure,” Mr. McCrave said.

There are 8,500 people currently awaiting cataract surgery and waiting times of up to four years in some parts of the country.

A repost of a press release from the Association of Optometrists Ireland, but the RTE details are here.


Sadly, and perhaps a little cynically, I feel that some eye doctors must have a vested interest in longer waiting times – longer waiting times are better for private work after all?

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