Vision Express, one of Ireland’s most trusted opticians, brought its mobile Vision Van to Dublin for Healthy Eyes Awareness Week. Promoting the importance of eye health and offering free eye tests to members of the public, the Vision Van visited Henry Street, Tallaght and Blanchardstown.
A recent survey commissioned by Vision Express in Ireland revealed that a third of respondents hadn’t had an eye test in four years or more, with a worrying 6% never having had an eye exam, and a further 41% not having had an eye test in the past two years. These statistics unfortunately rang true on-board the Vision Van too, as this was the first eye test for a quarter of visitors, and many were unaware that having an eye test every two years is recommended.
The Vision Express on-board optometrist, Sarah Fitzpatrick, met one such lady on Henry Street, Bibi Carriy from Dublin 7. At age 31, this was Bibi’s first eye test. Bibi’s colleagues and friends noticed that she was squinting a lot and she often experienced headaches while watching TV. Sarah prescribed Bibi glasses for detailed and concentrated work, and Bibi has promised to also get her daughter’s eyes tested in the coming weeks.
34 year old Martin Keoghan from Blanchardstown visited the Vision Van to avail of a free eye test too, as he was suffering from regular headaches. Martin, who drives for a living, had never completed an eye test before, but after his eye exam, he was prescribed distant lenses, which will correct his vision and in turn, address his ongoing headaches.
Following his visit to the Vision Van, Martin said: “It is not a legal requirement for me to get my eyes tested for work, so I never thought of completing a test. I recently started to get headaches and felt that my eyes just weren’t right, so when I saw the Vision Van was in Blanchardstown, I decided to make a visit. The staff members were extremely helpful and the test was so short, only 15 minutes, so I am delighted I dropped by.”
For a number of Vision Van visitors, this was the first time they had an eye test in five years – one man for 10 years and another in over 15 years! Regular eye tests can pick up the early signs of many underlying eye health problems such as diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts, among others. Sometimes change in vision can be gradual and may not be noticed on a day to day basis, which is why, following the recommendation of an eye test every two years, is vital.
During the three day tour of Dublin, Vision Express optometrists referred three members of the public to their local eye specialists for nystagmus, which is a shaking of the eye, routine pigmentation, and indistinct optic nerve margins.
Commenting, Omar Hassan, Head of Professional Services at Vision Express said: ‘We know that sight loss is one of the most feared health conditions, yet our optometrists on board the Vision Van meet lots of people across Dublin who don’t look after their eyes regularly. Crucially, safeguarding your sight involves an eye test at least every two years for adults and children. It is not only the best way to detect vision problems, but it can also indicate potentially serious health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and an increased risk of stroke.”
 1,500 respondents across Ireland surveyed by Vision Express as part of its survey commissioned especially for Healthy Eyes Awareness Week
About Vision Express
Vision Express is the third largest optical retailer in the UK and part of GrandVision, the global leader in optical retail, operating across 44 countries and spanning 6,100 stores and online. GrandVision is committed to delivering superior, high quality and affordable eye care to more and more people around the world.
With almost 390 stores nationwide, Vision Express first opened its doors in Newcastle in 1988. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best personalised optical care, style and quality. Customers can select from a wide range of frames and lenses for glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses, allowing everybody to reflect their individual personalities and lifestyles.
With prices starting from £39, the Exclusive Brands in-house collection of eyewear makes the choice at Vision Express both unique and affordable. For frames and sunglasses the styles range from iconic, retro designs to the latest in ultra-modern chic. High-quality brands to suit every style and every budget.
With over 4,000 employees, Vision Express makes a difference to the communities it operates within, and as part of its commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring retailer, it is proud to partner with a range of healthcare charities, which have touched the lives of customers and teams. These companies provide vital support to people affected by vision-related conditions. They are part of the Vision Express Charitable Partnerships and include: