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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!!


Christmas Bauble

Please order your Contact Lenses sooner, rather that too late(r)!

As one particular client (let’s call him Jerry) has found out (more than once), Santa cannot deliver contact lenses – he too busy to stop by our suppliers on Christmas Eve! So – please do not try to order lenses on Christmas Eve for Christmas delivery!

All the other “couriers” are also very busy at this time of year, and the suppliers are often closed until the new year, even before Santa’s trip around the world. No other couriers seem to deliver on Christmas day, so to order on Christmas Eve is a little too late, even for Santa!

This is not the “last call” to order contacts for the holidays, but if you might need some, please order them – they can sit until 2018 no worries, if you don’t need them. We do not want to see you stuck!

We have not yet been advised of our last order times from the various suppliers, but we all by now know that Christmas is coming?

(I have got absolutely nothing bought, planned or done as yet – who am I to talk!?)

Use your PRSI entitlement in 2017??

If you do not avail of the new PRSI treatment benefit scheme in 2017, you have lost out?

There has been a significant change to the rules of entitlement to the PRSI scheme – it has been changed from “once every 24 months” to “every second calendar year”. This made no difference in my mind, at all – but Sandra pointed out that if you were to claim in 2017, you would be re-entitled in 2019. If you do not use your entitlement until 2018, you will then need to wait until 2020. Sandra is quite correct that if you need something – glasses or contact lenses, you should arrange to get them before the end of the year, otherwise your 2017 entitlement is gone! It is all about this new rule arriving so late in a calendar year.

Remember that most self employed people are now also entitled to eye tests and help towards glasses or contact lenses, for the first time.

The difference between 24 months and every second calendar year will make little difference in the longer term, but in the short term, you could use your entitlement in December 2017 and January 2019 – that is a claim in the second calendar year. Wait till January (18), and you will need to wait until January 2020.

You can use your entitlement once every second calendar year, but not necessarily at the same time – you can use the glasses/contacts claim in 2017, and still have an eye test in 2018, if you wish, or need one, but you would have no help towards spectacles, or contact lenses at that visit, which is fair I reckon?

This post would probably be of most interest to people who have recently damaged their glasses, or need to reorder their contact lenses for the Holiday Season.

But! We need to know that you want to use it in 2017 – if you call in 2018 to say you should have/ wished you had used it – it will be too late – claims cannot be submitted before the authorisation date! If you do not use the facility in 2017, your next but one claim will be 2020 at the earliest..

Clients who have a Medical Card, but also PRSI entitlement – “Dual Qualification”, can chose to use either entitlement – we would recommend the PRSI route as it is faster – no need to wait 8 weeks for a HSE authorisation. But you are not entitled to use BOTH, apparently – I have asked the Department about the client who used their Medical Card last year, and now wants to use their PRSI, but as yet I have had no response. We are not, never were allowed to “dual claim”, so it is “either or” as we understand, unless or unless that is clarified.

Call us for more information or to book an appointment.

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