Treat yourself to a bit of ‘me time’ in the run-up to a busy Christmas
It’s a busy time of year in town but it can be the ideal opportunity to take a moment out for yourself and have your free eye test with the expert team at Specsavers in Ashbourne
LOTS OF people are hitting the streets in town, shopping for festive essentials and gifts in the lead-up to Christmas. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself to an eye test at Specsavers in Victoria Square, away from frantic shoppers, and choose some new frames or contact lenses.
Store director, Andrew Wells, says: “Routine eye examinations are an important health check. They don’t just look at the quality of your vision, but the overall health of your eyes too. At Specsavers, we recommend having your eyes checked every two years, or sooner if you notice any changes.”
MAKE IT A DATE
“If you’re out of the habit of having your eyes tested regularly, it helps to pick a significant date to remember it by,” Andrew adds. “Some people pick an annual event they won’t forget – like Christmas. That way, you only have to remember whether you visited us on last year’s Christmas shopping dash.”
During a sight test, optometrists at Specsavers use the latest technology to look at your eyes – inside and out - helping to identify and monitor a range of issues. The conditions they look out for include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. The earlier these are identified, the better the outlook for retaining useful sight.
“We have the benefit of an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, which is usually found in hospital eye departments. It’s an excellent piece of equipment which means we can study a structural scan of your eye and pick up any changes that could otherwise go unnoticed,” says Andrew.
GIVE YOURSELF A NEW LOOK
An eye test can be a welcome break from the rush of Christmas preparations and a chance to take some time to choose a new look for yourself.
Specsavers in Ashbourne has hundreds of frame designs and friendly staff will help find something that really suits you. Ranges include the stylish Balmain frames, adding an extra touch of class to the collection.
The fashion house is known for its chic, modern silhouettes and these are echoed in their range for Specsavers. The structured, colourful designs span round-eye and angular frames, each pair stamped with the brand’s signature B motif.
The store will give you a gift too, with 2 for 1 on many glasses in the £69 to £169 ranges and free eye tests, including an OCT scan, until the end of the year.
Some people worry about braving Christmas parties without their glasses and might not realise they could choose contact lenses if they prefer.
Technology in contact lenses has moved on in leaps and bounds, with more people than ever before able to choose them. Lenses are now more comfortable and available in a wider variety of prescriptions.
From monthly lenses to varifocals, there is a range of lenses to suit different occasions, prescriptions, preferences and budgets - there’s even an option to have coloured lenses. But before you buy anything, one of the qualified contact lens specialists in store will carry out an assessment to understand more about you and how you’ll use them.
It’s Ashbourne Specsavers’ first Christmas in the town. Andrew says: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to our customers and community. We’re delighted to be celebrating our first Christmas in Ashbourne and wish everyone a very happy Christmas.”
Children from Hulland preschool with staff Roz Crowley and Julie Sears with high-vis donated by Ashbourne Specsavers. New technology means you can brave contact lenses for your Christmas parties.
Specsavers Ashbourne store director Andrew Wells wishes his customers a happy Christmas.
Stylish Balmain frames