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Once again, it is national AMD Awareness Week – September 10th to 16th.
As members of the Association of Optometrists, we will be offering AMD (Age related Macular Degeneration) screening free of charge in practice next week. AMD used to be called ARMD, which given its actual meaning still makes more sense to me!
Please call us to book a slot if you wish to avail, but please be aware that this is not a free eye examination, it is a free AMD screening. Also please remember that we are fitting these checks into our already busy diary, so you might not get the exact time that you would like. If you just arrive, please don’t be annoyed if we ask you to come back later – we are doing this as part of a national awareness campaign, which is more for your benefit than ours!
If you are entitled to a government funded full eye examination, either due to Medical Card or PRSI entitlement, you would be much better to get the full test done, rather than this “freebie”. By all means have this freebie too, but this is not a substitute for a full test, but given what I said here, even a full test is perhaps not enough, due to the speed of onset of the most devastating type of AMD?
Every year we have callers who have no particular interest in Age Related Macular Degeneration, but a very strong interest in getting something for nothing. We will happily accommodate them, but everyone, please understand that the staff will advise you to have a full test rather than the very reduced screening offered – if the full exam is still not going to cost you, why not avail of that instead?
If you have had a recent eye examination and everything was OK, and you have no issues now, you likely will not benefit from this screening, but do ensure that each eye is distortion free and seeing as well as you are used to – you should do this on a weekly or fortnightly basis. If not, you should get your eyes checked as soon as possible, ideally in the establishment you normally attend – they best know your eyes after all!
(And you do trust them, don’t you?)
AMD Awareness Week 2018 10 September 2018 – 16 September 2018
AMD Awareness Week 2018 ‘SightSee With Me’ will take place from the 10th-16th September. This year marks the beginning of a new decade for the awareness campaign, as we mark the 11th anniversary of the multi eye care stakeholder group initiative, supported by the Irish College of Ophthalmologists.
The aim of the awareness week is to create greater public awareness and understanding of AMD, and encourage those aged 50 and over to get their eyes tested regularly.
Further information on AMD Awareness Week 2018 activities and testing locations will feature shortly on the ICO website www.eyedoctors.ie and www.amd.ie.
Hey folks – there were only two people who were good with “The” Facebook, Vicky was one, but Victoria has retired and she doesn’t check in so much at the moment, which left Neasa, who is not here right now!
As you all know, I expect – Neasa is off for the next few months, minding Cian, her new BABY BOY!
I am aware that Neasa would often pick up orders for contact lenses at “unusual times”, and she still will try to, but it would be easier for her if you were to order them here, for the moment at least!
She is still forwarding orders to us, but it would be better to give her a break—?
Sandra and I do try to login to Facebook to see the messages, but it used to show on Neasa’s feed, and not mine, which I have not tried to fix, as I “do not do The Facebook”, at least not willingly – a child of mine was disgusted that I had 92 unseen messages. I thought that they all came from my “personal” friends, rather than friends of the “site”??. Maybe not? I am fairly technical, but not when it comes to the Facebook. I would rather, and did delete the messenger app on my phone – it was difficult to get rid of that number, of whatever that number was – “Likes” “Messages” “Pokes” (what????) IDC (meaning I Don’t Care).
Or just drop us an e-mail – that works too, any time of day! Please give us your name, and address, or DOB, and an up to date contact telephone number, along with what you want obviously! (And do you need solutions, or lenses only?)
I tried to get to the main road this morning, but got stuck twice within 40 feet. Bit of digging of snow and I managed to make it (home). Stuck here for the day, but there does seem to be some melting happening.
Hoping to be there tomorrow, very bored.
Apologies for the inconvenience.
I have just been out for a look around the lane. It is a strange situation – I can see tarmac in front of my car – and there is hardly any snow at that corner of the house, but down the driveway there is at least six inches. The lane to the main road is 6+ inches deep. I gave up after 50 metres, as I would probably have had a heart attack before being able to clear that much snow – no point to check much further (around the steepest part of the lane, on a tight corner).
I got new tyres on the car on Monday, but it is only a FWD car, so I do not think that I will be able to make it in tomorrow.
I will have a go in the morning, (I have a healthy and fit 16 year old lad stuck here!) but given the extension of the red status warning for Cavan and Monaghan, I doubt that I will make it.?
Serious apologies for anyone needing to collect spectacles, and the 10.00am appointment – a young 8 year old who was off school anyway – many local schools were going to be having a training day tomorrow.
Who knows! Maybe the wind will blow the snow away, like at the house, but I doubt it.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but at this stage I do reckon that the week is a complete write off?
Perhaps I should post a note if I AM there on Saturday?
If either of the Driving Sight Test appointments did manage to arrive Thursday evening, I am sorry we were not there – but it was a Status Red!
Apologies – no way I could make it.
In addition to not opening tomorrow, we are closing early today, Wednesday.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Please take care in the bad weather.