It was the year that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast hit our screens, the first Gulf War ended, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was Ireland’s Christmas number one - and Specsavers opened its doors for the first time in Galway.
20 years is a long time in pop, politics, cinema – and eye health. Over that time, Specsavers has launched across Europe, Scandinavia and Australasia and expanded into hearing services.
Specsavers recently earned the coveted title of Ireland's family optician for 20 years¹, based on its continuous commitment to customers of all ages. It has grown into a nationwide network of modern high street stores, owned and run by their Irish business partners.
Two decades of delivering fashionable, affordable eyecare have also been rewarded with the accolade of Ireland’s favourite optician¹.
Specsavers eye examinations are always carried out by optometrists (or ophthalmic opticians), who complete a four year honours degree. They are responsible for the detection of eye diseases such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
At Specsavers you will only ever be examined by a fully qualified optometrist; or an undergraduate in their final year, under supervision (as locally run opticians, we are passionate about bringing on home-grown talent).
Despite the economics ups and downs of the last 20 years, Specsavers’ Irish stores have remained firmly committed to investment. All offer digital retinal photography, enabling them to perform comprehensive health assessments by taking a picture of the back of your eye - the only part of the human body where the microcirculation of the blood can be observed.
This tracks previously undetectable changes, which highlight problems like diabetes, hypertensive retinopathy, macular degeneration, optic nerve disease, eye cancers and retinal thinning.
Retinal photography can also identify life-threatening conditions, such as tumours. It can also help with diagnosis of glaucoma, the world’s second largest cause of unnecessary blindness. The over 40s are particularly at risk but, if diagnosed early, glaucoma can be managed effectively.
If you are over 40 or your optician recommends it, we believe - unlike some of our competitors – that you should receive retinal photography at no additional cost; especially if you have a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, retinal diseases, flashing lights, floaters, headaches or a strong glasses prescription.
This year marks another important milestone in Ireland, when Specsavers will have performed advanced eye tests for one third of Ireland’s over 40s.
With Specsavers celebrating 20 years of testing and dispensing in Ireland, you know who you can trust.
¹ Source: RED C Opticians Research. March 2011