This week marks 40 years since Helen opened the practice on the 15th of January 1981. First in Cathedral Buildings and then moving across the road to our permanent home on Middle Street a few years later.
Helen would like to thank all her staff, family, friends, suppliers and most importantly all of our loyal customers who have supported the practice for the last 40 years. Here’s to the next 40 years!
Pictured here is Helen and her husband and business partner Patrick Keating at the opening of the practice in Middle Street in June 1987. The second picture shows Patrick and Helen’s brother-in-law Martin O’Dea putting the finishing touches to the sign above the door which is still there 40 years on (albeit under a few layers of paint at this stage).
Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!
From all at Helen Walsh Opticians
Thank you to our local Town Crier, Mr. Liam Silke, who recently announced that we are back up and running. We are reopen and taking appointments. If you would like to book in for an appointment, please give our office a call on 091 569569.
Helen Walsh Opticians is one of just 12 optician practices in the country who currently offer OCT scanning. We have used the OCT technology for over 18 months, during which our professional staff has attended training seminars both in house and with Topcon University.
What is OCT?
OCT, or ocular coherence tomography, is a detailed scan similar to an ultrasound, which is used to illustrate the different layers that make up the eye. OCT is an instant scan that provides detail at a near microscopic resolution. No preparation is required before the safe, pain-free test can be conducted. Images are saved digitally to allow for easy storage and sending forward if necessary to the patient’s GP or Ophthalmologist.
Who should have an OCT?
We hope to establish a baseline scan for all patients to help identify the smallest changes.We live in an ageing population and it is expected there will be a 50% increase in visual impairment in the next 20 years. Early detection is key to reducing the risk of loss of vision. That is why regular eye examinations with OCT scanning are so important.
What conditions can an OCT help monitor or identify?
- Age related macular degeneration (ARMD)
- Macular holes and vitreous detachments
Helen Walsh Opticians is located in Middle Street Court, Galway. To make a booking for an OCT scan, drop into the store or phone 091-569569.
Transitions are perfect for those outdoor people. They darken in the sun and help protect the eyes from UV damage so you don’t have to swap and change between your regular glasses and your shades. Choose your frame and ask us about having new iconic green transition lenses fitted into them. Until now, customers have enjoyed their transitions in grey and brown, Graphite green uses patented technology to give you more natural vision and enhance your colour perception. Whatever your look, Graphite green perfectly complements many styles from classic to cutting-edge. Avail of our Love ’em or leave ’em guarantee where if you are not 100% happy with your Transition lenses we will replace them with the equivalent clear lenses within 60 days of purchase.
The sun is shining and although it is beautiful and warm, we need to protect our eyes from those UV rays! UV rays are what tan our skin in the sun, but they also affect the cornea, lens, iris, retina and related epithelial and conjunctival tissues. UVR damage is cumulative and permanent. Wearing a good pair of polaroid sunglasses can help protect your eyes from the damage caused by these rays while you’re enjoying the sunshine. Children can be at particular risk as they have larger pupils, have clearer lenses and they tend to spend more time outdoors without protection. Don’t worry, this is easily avoidable as we carry a range of kids and adult sunglasses in store.