Shortlisted for the Retail Fitout of 2017

It was nice to see that our Blanchardstown Store was shortlisted for the Retail Fitout awards of 2017.  We had some pretty good company. What is really nice is all the feedback you, our patients have given us regarding the new look store.

Mairead O'Leary Opticians New Look Store 2017
Blanchardstown New Look Mairead O Leary Opticians

Fit Out Project of the Year – Retail (sponsored by Castlerock)

  • Avoca, Dunboyne
  • Brown Thomas, Dublin
  • Carrolls Irish Gifts, Ballast House
  • Dollard & Co.
  • Dunnes Stores, Forestside Shopping Centre
  • Jaguar & Land Rover Showroom, Waterford
  • Life Style Sports, Capitol Cork
  • Mairead O’Leary Opticians, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre
  • McCabes Pharmacy, Dundrum
  • Urbana, Dublin

Coolest Brands 2017

Kate Spade born Katherine Noel Brosnahan; December 24, 1962. What an Irish name indeed! Kate inspired the brand which started in 1992 with her desire to design the perfect handbag.  Crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of kate spade new york. One of our top choices for 2017.


Life is for living, no matter what your age.

Patient aged 90 treats herself to new Versace spectacles, you can too!

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Only last week one of our regular patients decided to make a fashion statement and treat herself to a beautiful Versace frame. Without knowing the brand before she made her final decision – she chose it on the basis of comfort, fit & quality.  So age does not matter when it comes to style and taste.  Discerning clients develop a lifetime of making good choices and feel good about their decisions.

Reserve or buy glasses from your phone

Book, Browse, Buy or Reserve Online for spectacles – Mairead O’Leary Opticians launch Ireland’s first full line optical e-commerce mobile enabled website.

Dublin, Ireland – Mairead O’Leary announced today the launch of Ireland’s first online store where you can buy online or place on hold spectacle frames of your choice at  Your frame will be reserved for 48 hours before being made available for sale. Speaking about the launch Mairead O’Leary said “Convenience, choice and client assurance that we have the product available for viewing or purchase are the cornerstones of our web offering”. Read More »

Top 5 Threats to your eyes – Diabetic Retinopathy


  • Diabetes is a condition where the body doesn’t have enough insulin, or doesn’t use insulin effectively.
  • Type 1 diabetes
    • Usually in people under 40
    • Body produces no insulin
    • Must use insulin injections to compensate


  • Type 2 diabetes
    • Usually people over 45
    • Body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or can’t use the insulin properly
    • Can sometimes be controlled by exercise and diet, or may also need medication
    • More common in obese people


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Top 5 threats to your eyes 4 of 5

Retinal Detachment

We continue this series of top threats to your eyes by Mary Browne F.A.O.I. who is based at our Rathmines branch. Retinal detachments are something that we tend to associate with the outdoor life and the traumas we put ourselves through when enjoying sports, adventure and sheer mishaps. However age also has a role to play.  Firstly a bit about your retina, what it does and what can happen to it.

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Top 5 threats to your eyes 3 of 5

We continue this series of top threats to your eyes by Mary Browne F.A.O.I. who is based at our Rathmines branch.  Cataracts are something we can look forward to see much more of as we all live longer.  Perhaps some day we can look forward to a less invasive solution to curing the problem.


There’s a lens inside the eye like a clear lump of jelly.  When we’re younger, it changes shape to help you focus up close.  Over time, this lens can become cloudy, causing blurred vision.

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Top 5 eyesight threats: 2 of 5


In this series, Mary Browne FAOI continues to let us know about  the top five threats to your eyesight. The blog is a bit longer than our unusual ones as we “deep dive” into these top five threats  to your eyesight.  Today we look at Macular degeneration. Macular degeneration can have a devastating impact on your independence.  One of my colleagues died a few years ago, and then his widow developed macular degeneration. Her independence was completely gone and her social life changed dramatically. By our nature we are more optimistic than realistic. We over estimate how long we will live, how much money we will earn etc. However with a few sensible precautions, we can help our optimism become more realistic and live that quality of live we desire.

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Top 5 eyesight threats : 1 of 5

What comes before death and taxes ?

There are so many things out there to “get you” and one day, one of them will succeed. But you hope it will be very old age. It may feel like there is not a lot you can do about it. However if you take some sensible precautions, it can make a big difference to ensuring you extend the quality of your life.

Mary Browne – Optometrist will tell us about the top five threats to your eyesight over the next few months.  Normally our blogs are short, but these will go into a little more depth for those interested in the topics.

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Are you getting more short-sighted ? Revolution on the way !

Do you worry that every time you go to the opticians you will find out that you need much stronger glasses?  Read on!

Myopia is when you have trouble seeing things far away.  It happens when light entering your eye is focused before it reaches the back of your eye.  It gets worse if your eye gets longer over time.

Glasses can clear your central vision by bending the light so it focuses perfectly on the back of your eye.

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Your World – Bring it to life

I am just such a fan of Maui Jim sunglasses. Why ? Really comfortable frames, fantastic wraparound features, and lenses that really bring your world alive. Discover how.

Life without glasses, but not in a good way!

optometery-giving-sightOptometry Giving Sight is a charity that helps provide eyecare and glasses to people in developing countries.  Ireland is paired with Mozambique.   Dublin Institute of Technology and University of Ulster have helped set up a college in Nampula to train local people as optometrists.  When qualified, they will be able to test vision and provide glasses to people in the area.

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Blue Tooth for you Ear

The quiet revolution in push-button hearing technology makes a giant leap for users ! 

Do you currently wear hearing aids? If so, do you feel that they could be better?

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The Kiss of Deaf …

According to Reuters, A young woman in southern China has partially lost her hearing after her boyfriend ruptured her eardrum during an excessively passionate kiss, local media reported on Monday.

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Send up three and fourpence, we are going to a dance!

Send up reinforcements, we are going to advance…

The well known tale of doubtful authenticity from world war one is a story that happens every day!   We have all been in situations where we have had some difficulty with hearing what someone has said at some point. However, if you are asking people to repeat themselves more than usual, or you just pretend to have heard what they have said, why not have your hearing checked?

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15 Seconds to Impact ….

Silhouette Style Day


We recently had great event in our Blanchardstown practice. Victoria Graham,
a trained colour-me-beautiful style consultant came to the practice, along with a
representative from Silhouette eyewear. They brought along the complete range of
Silhouette rimless frames in all sizes, shapes and colours available, giving maximum
choice to the patients booked in that day.

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So why Polarised Sunglasses?

Polarised sunglass lenses are far superior at cutting out glare than basic tinted lenses.   Also, they are not overly dark to look through, so you don’t have to constantly take them on and off when the clouds come out.

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Gorgeous Gucci Glamour

Absolutely loving the new range of Gucci frames.


I treated myself to this pair… super-comfy and très chicI love the way they look different colours depending on the way the light catches them.

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Superior Quality progressive lenses

What is the difference between a Superior quality progressive lens and a simple progressive lens?
The difference is often found in the quality of the workmanship or in the age of the progressive lens design. While Superior quality progressive lenses are developed and manufactured with the help of the latest calculation and manufacturing methods, simple progressive lenses often have outdated designs. Read More »

Should I discourage my child getting contact lenses ?


I often see older kids and teenagers for an eye test and there’s sometimes a question at the end-“when am I suitable for contact lenses?” or “Ben plays a lot of sport and his glasses really get in the way, is there any solution?”.

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Something great has become even better !


UV exposure is dangerous not only for our skin, it can also damage the inside of our eyes.  This can contribute to several eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.  Even in cloudy weather, there is still a certain amount of UV radiation.

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Fashionista Flavours in Rathmines



On Tuesday night 27th March, a fundraising fashion show for the Harold’s Cross hospice was held in the Swan Centre.  It was a 1920’s themed night, organised by Rathmines Senior College.

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“Too Old for Contact lenses? Probably Not!

For myopic ( or shortsighted) people the choice is made early in life. If you are 16 and can’t see past the end of your arm, you know you need to wear corrective lenses most or all of the time and for these teenagers, contact lenses are an obvious choice. You can play sports with them, you have good all-round vision and importantly, even for those who love their fashion spectacle frames, contact lenses are a good choice on nights out. The vast majority of our first-time contact lens wearers are in their teens or early twenties and the majority of these are short-sighted.

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Are you always cleaning your glasses ?

Some cheaper anti-glare coatings can make glasses very difficult to keep clean.  These budget coatings get smudged very easily, should anything touch them.  Most glasses wearers know how irritating it can be, constantly cleaning grubby lenses.

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