Teahan Optometrists provide eye examination services from their base in Naas, Kildare, Ireland

By: Teahan Optometrists  05/12/2011
Keywords: Prescription, lenses, contact lenses

Standard Eye Examination

A full eye examination is recommended for anyone who:

  • has never had their eyes examined before
  • regularly uses a computer
  • experiences blurred vision or double vision
  • has unexplained headaches
  • suffers from pain, strain, redness, pressure or discomfort in or around the eyes
  • experiences flashing lights or floating objects in their view
  • requires visual reports for job applications or driving etc
  • has a family member with eye problems

A standard examination involves establishing a person’s prescription and visual performance, as well as a full health screening of the eye.

When a prescription is required various vision correction options will be discussed based on a patient’s needs e.g. varifocals, bifocals, single vision specs, contact lenses, sports eyewear, prescription sunspecs, safety specs and other optical appliances.

A health screening of the eye is necessary in order to detect eye conditions such as:

  • cataracts glaucoma
  • retinal disease
  • diabetic eye disease
  • squints and other eye muscle problems
  • microbial infections
  • inflammations
  • eye tumours and many other conditions…………

Drivers Eyesight Reports

Due to an E.U. directive, new driving vision standards became effective on 1st February 2011. We can assess for both Group 1 and Group 2 driving eyesight reports.

Contact Lens Fitting

During the contact lens fitting the front surface of the eye is thoroughly examined and the tear quality is assessed. A measurement of the contours of the eye surface is taken and then a suitable trial contact lens is selected from our trial bank or ordered from our suppliers based on the patient’s details and visual requirements. If the trial lens is successful then the patient can order a full supply of contact lenses from us

Glaucoma Screening

Glaucoma is common eye disease that can lead to blindness if undetected. There are several different forms of the disease but the most common form of this disease is symptom-less. It is routinely checked for in patients over the age of 35 and in patients who have family members with the disease. A screening facility is also available where the eye pressures, optic nerve heads, and visual fields are checked for signs of the disease.

Colour Vision Assessment

Colour vision is assessed using a variety of colour vision testing equipment. The Ishihara plates, the City University test, and the Farnsworth-Munsell 100 Hue test are the main tests used.

Dyslexia-Migraine-Epilepsy-Light Sensitivity-Visual Stress
(Meares-Irlen Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome)

Visual stress, which affects 5% of the population, is a condition that often leads to reading difficulties. Visual stress can arise from light sensitivity disorders such as migraine and epilepsy, but is also a problem for people with dyslexia. Scientific research shows that visual stress from reading can be reduced by using special coloured filters that are specific to each individual. Coloured overlays are often used in the initial stages of assessment, and if found to be helpful then precision tints are prescribed for spectacles or contact lenses using our specialised instrument called the Intuitive Colorimeter. These tints can permit a more fluent, efficient and comfortable reading and are commonly prescribed to help those with dyslexia

Retinal photography

This is carried out in the routine eye examination. Retinal photography allows a large field of view photograph of the interior eye to be stored on computer so that any changes to the appearance or any abnormalities can be monitored at each visit. Diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure and other vascular abnormalities can often be detected using this technique

Anterior eye photography

Any unusual features of the front surface of the eye can be captured and stored using this technique. It is a vital tool in monitoring progression of certain eye problems.

Keratoconus and corneal topography

Keratoconus is a condition whereby the cornea (the front surface of the eye) thins and warps into a "cone" shape leading to visual distortion. Using a specialised corneal topographer we can map out and monitor the progression of this eye dystrophy and use the parameters it provides to design a specialised contact lens that will help to minimise the visual distortions the patient perceives.


OrthoKeratology (ortho-k) has often been labelled the safe alternative to laser surgery. It is a procedure in which the patient sleeps in specially designed lenses, removing them in the morning and having clear vision without having to wear contact lenses or glasses for one or two days. Unlike laser surgery it is completely reversible.

Optical Benefit

For Medical Card Holders:

Those who hold a medical card can apply for benefit to cover the cost of the eye examination and to contribute towards the cost of their spectacles. The cost of the spectacles is completely covered if the person chooses from a selected range of frames.

For persons paying social insurance (P.R.S.I.):

Applications can be made for benefit to cover the cost of the eye examination only. Since Budget 2010 no optical benefit is available for spectacles.

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With so many lens designs and lens coatings available nowadays you can be reassured that our knowledgeable optical staff will skillfully guide you towards the best lens choices to suit your lifestyle. At Teahan's we have an experienced team of frame stylists who will make the process easy and enjoyable for you. We stock Adidas and Norville sports prescription and non-prescription eyewear.