Spectacles on a Snellen eyetest chart

Eye Examinations

Your sight is too important to be left to chance. Ensure you and your's have regular eye testing to ensure everything is normal.

Essilor UV Protective Coatings

Protect your Eyes

Every Crizal Antireflective lens in now available as standard with UV back surface protection. Give your eyes maximum UV radiation protection!

Contact Lenses

Contact Lens fitting and aftercare reviews. Ensure that your contacts are as clear and comfortable as they should be, all day long.

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A picture of Safety Spectacles

Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Corporate Eyecare- we carry out eye testing for VDU users and for health and safety reasons, available onsite or in our premises. We also supply goggles and spectacles specifically designed for sports.

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An optometrist tests the eyes of a young child

Children's Eyecare

Children's Eyecare is incredibly overlooked in Ireland, every child should be checked from 3 onwards. Many preventable problems are discovered too late- aged 7 is usually too late!

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Coffee and steamy spectacles

OptiFog - Clear lenses, all the time.

Optifog "anti steam" coated lenses now available at McLeish Optometrists.

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Medical Card

Medical Cards & PRSI

We are pleased to accept HSE Medical Card and PRSI patients- Medical Card applications need to be authorised before you can be seen- please call us or call in for an application. PRSI is simpler, just call us with your RSI Number.


COVID-19 information

Coronavirus information

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Local Eyecare for Everyone - Call us today for an appointment!

Eye Examinations

EyeSight is precious, have your vision and eyes examined regularly- it isn’t only for spectacle wearers!

Contact Lenses

CLsContact Lens fitting and reviews- are you wearing the best lenses for YOUR eyes?

Childrens Eyecare

3+Undetected childhood vision problems can have lifelong consquences. Every Child should be checked aged approximately 3, sooner if problems are suspected.

Corporate Eyecare

DSECorporate Eyecare- from safety spectacles to VDU eye checks, we can arrange onsite or in our office.

Floaters Video

An interesting video explaining floaters, and how they may be more visible on certain days than others.

We would always advise that if the floaters have been there a while, and do not change, then they are not a worry, though they are annoying.

New floaters, particularly when associated with flashes or shadows in the vision should be investigated promptly- they are probably nothing to worry about but could be symptomatic of a retinal tear or detachment.

If you have any concerns you can contact us here.

An eye with a cataract

Eyedrops for Cataracts?

An eye with a cataractIn the future, doctors might be able to treat or prevent cataracts with eyedrops – all because of an unexpected discovery, revealed during a genetics study, about a molecule that helps make cholesterol in human cells. Most of us will live long enough to develop cataracts – rare in the under 50’s but very common in 70+ year olds. At the moment the only approved treatment for cataract is surgical removal and (usually) replacement of the cloudy lens with a new clear plastic one.

Researchers found that when studying the genetics of two families who all had congenital cataract (they were born with them) that they had an inability to produce a chemical called lanosterol, which is required in the chemical cycle of cholesterol production. The researchers found that lanosterol significantly reduced the protein aggregation in the lens of the eye which in turn reduced the production of incorrect proteins in the lens. The lens is made of fibres composed of proteins called crystallines, and cataract will occur if these become damaged or changed, or begin to be made incorrectly.

Adding lanosterol to crystalline lenses which had been surgically removed significantly reduced that amount of cataract, and they have found similar success in treating the lenses inside the eyes of (so far) rabbits and dogs.

The results so far look good, and because lanosterol is produced naturally in the body, they are hopeful that human clinical trial may only be a few years away. There may still be issues to overcome – the lens is behind the iris – fairly deep into the eye, and surrounded by the lens capsule, which could be a barrier to getting enough active ingredient into the lens itself. If it worked, but needed 10 drops per eye per day….

If the drops were safe, even if they did not completely fix the cataracts, if it allowed postponement of surgery for a while longer, that in itself would be a success – no surgery is risk free, though cataract surgery is among the most successful and commonly performed operation in the western world – perhaps the world over. They may also be cheaper than surgical intervention, but there can be issues with patients having difficulty putting in eye drops, either because they can’t do it, or can’t be bothered, or forget.

There are already eye drops available which  ARE CLAIMED to be able to reduce and repair cataracts – these drops contain N-acetylcarnosine (NAC), which is not approved by the FDA as a cataract treatment. These drops might work, but if they do, why have they not been submitted to the relevant regulator authorities in the US and Europe to prove their safety and success? As you could read here, it is apparently all because of the corrupt FDA, Ophthalmologists and Optometrists! Or perhaps it is because they don’t work?

(If you did read that article, Optometrists in Ireland get paid nothing extra to refer a patient with cataracts – there are no “Kick-backs” or co-management fees in Ireland)

These new lanosterol drops are only at the research stage for the moment, but the scientists are confident that they have, by chance, found an effective medical treatment for cataracts.

You could read the article published in the journal Nature here, but it will cost you £22, and I would suggest it is best left to genetics researchers to read!



Bank Holiday Closure

As usual for a bank holiday weekend, we will be closed on the Saturday as well – our practices will close on Friday evening at 5.30pm, and reopen on Tuesday.

Have a good weekend!

Contact Lenses Changed Ma Life

Not safe for children, but a brilliant scene from a classic Scottish movie.

Contact lenses can change your life – to book an appointment call us here.

Contact lenses, saft wans need not be expensive! Does your Optician does know his arse fae his elbow?

Photo of lock screen

Found- Phone and handbag

Photo of lock screenWe found a phone in a handbag behind our practice in Kingscourt.  Both were soaking- found Tuesday lunchtime and we assume it was there since the weekend. After drying it, the phone turns on, but a pattern lock prevents us finding the owner.

Someone in the area must recognise the ladies in this photo. Click the image or here for a larger view.

If you know who they are please ask them if any are missing a phone and bag.

If you can describe the bag and unlock the phone, please contact us to collect them.

Please share this with locals, especially Kingscourt folks.




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