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Varifocal Lenses Explained by Optician Helen Ferguson at McBride and McCreesh Opticians

Varifocals can be described as reading and distance optical prescriptions combined in to one lens. The lenses have a measured change in strength from the top to the bottom, facilitating clear vision at all distances with the added convenience of only needing one pair of glasses.

Because the focal range is varied, wearers will need to use them differently depending on what they are doing.

· The upper part of the lens corrects distance vision which wearers will use when watching TV or looking at scenery for example.

· The change between the distance and the reading prescription is in the middle of the lens. Wearers will use this part of the lens for viewing things at mid-range, for example when using the computer or cooking.

· The lower part of the lens corrects near vision, which wearers will use to do close work such as reading, sewing, arts and crafts etc.

Free reading glasses Mcbride and McCreesh Opticians EnniskillenFor a limited time only, you can now get free reading glasses when you purchase a new frame with premium varifocal lenses (Essilor Varilux Comfort or Hoya Summit PRO Trueform and ID Lifestyle) at McBride and McCreesh Opticians.  Alternatively, if you prefer to have two pairs of varifocals, the second pair of varifocal lenses can be purchased at half price. Terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.

Our premium varifocal lenses offer clear comfortable vision in all directions and at all distances. The various correction areas smoothly transfer in to one another, eliminating any discomfort from sudden transition between optical prescriptions.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We could never leave any of our customers with a pair of glasses that they cannot adapt to. Therefore, all our varifocal lenses carry a 90-day non-tolerance guarantee. This means that if the wearer cannot adjust to their new varifocal lenses, we will replace them with bifocals or two separate pairs of glasses, i.e. one for distance and the other for reading, up to the same value, free of charge.

Click here to find out more about our range of lenses or call 028 66 322 524 to make an appointment with an optician for individual advice.

Another Good Reason to Say Cheers! Drinking Red Wine Could Be Beneficial for Your Eyesight!


red-wine-beneficial-for-sight-mcbride-mccreesh-opticiansResearch by the University of Wisconsin has indicated that those who consumed alcohol, but had less than one drink per week, were 49% less likely to develop vision problems within a 20-year period, compared to those who never drank.

Studies of nearly 5,000 adults aged between 43 and 84 years of age have shown that red wine intake can lower risks of many common eye health issues, including age-related macular degeneration  which is expected to affect 700,000 people by 2020.

Dr Brendan McCreesh of McBride and McCreesh Opticians believes that “its resveratrol content makes red wine so beneficial.  The substance is found in the skin of grapes and is thought to stop the age-related deterioration of the muscles in the eyes, which can lead to vision problems.  Resveratrol also halts the growth of blood vessels in the eye, which if continue to grow can cause macular degeneration.”

It is however important to bear in mind that whilst light alcohol consumption has been linked to health benefits for the eyes, excess drinking is associated with liver problems, high blood pressure, and many more health issues.  People on certain medications including blood thinners and some types of antibiotics and pain relievers may need to abstain, in addition to those with liver or pancreatic disease.  If in doubt, please consult with your GP.

If you are concerned about macular degeneration or deterioration of your eyesight please contact McBride and McCreesh Opticians on 028 66 322524 or click here to book an eye examination.  Uniquely we also have state of the art OCT eye scan facilities at the practice, which provides a 3D view of all the major structures in the eye allowing us to detect any possible eye abnormalities.  Read more about our highly advanced and non-invasive OCT technology here.

Back to School – Get Educated about Your Child’s Sight with McBride and McCreesh Opticians

Good eyesight is crucial to ensuring that a child develops at school and socially to the best of their ability.  Yet one in five children have an undetected vision problem, which could inhibit their progress both inside and outside of school.


As August is officially Children’s Eye Health and Safety month, and as parents are busying themselves with their back to school preparation, Optician Helen Ferguson answers a number of frequently asked questions regarding children’s eye health.

How Do I Know If My Child Has a Problem with Their Sight?

There can be a number of signs to look out for:

  • Does your child sit too close to the TV?
  • Does he or she have trouble maintaining concentration whilst doing homework?
  • Does he or she have difficulty copying things from the board at school?
  • Does he or she complain of blurred vision, headaches, or sore eyes?

At the same time, it is important to bear in mind that many eye conditions do not display any symptoms, and children are often unaware that their vision is not perfect, because they think they see in the same manner as everyone else.  They learn to compensate with their vision problems without fixing them, which can lead to more problems in school and later in life.  Unfortunately, some students are misdiagnosed as having a learning disability or behavioural problems when they may simply have a vision impairment.  Therefore, it is vital to have regular eye tests.

At What Age Should My Child Have Their Eyes Examined?

The Association of Optometrists recommends that full screening by an optician should begin at age four to five years.  After the first test it is advisable to return every two years or as recommended by your optician.  It is particularly important if Mum or Dad wear glasses.

Can My Child Have an Eye Test Even When They Can’t Read Yet?

Yes.  At  McBride and McCreesh Opticians, we use a range of child specific examination techniques, using child friendly objects, cards and games, so even very young children who do not know letters or are not old enough to respond to certain questions can still be examined accurately.

My Child Wants Contact Lenses.  At What Age Can They Have Them?

There is no age limit to children wearing contact lenses.  I recently fitted a child of eight years old with contact lenses.  It all really depends on how responsible your child is.  At McBride and McCreesh Opticians, we show the child how to put the contact lenses in and take them out by themselves.  It is vital that the child fully understands the need to look after their lenses properly. Read more about children and contact lenses here.

Before school starts this year, make sure your child takes the test that may help them pass all the rest!

Contact McBride and McCreesh Opticians on 028 66 322524 to make an appointment for your child’s eye examination.  Alternatively, please click here to complete our online appointment booking form.

Google Smart Contact Lenses Could Help Thousands of Diabetics and Glasses Wearers

In January 2014, Google announced that it was testing a smart contact lens prototype that could help measure glucose levels.


Fast forward six months to July, and smart contact lenses for diabetes have now gone in to production alongside smart lenses for those with vision loss due to the ageing process.

Google Smart Contact Lenses McBride and McCreesh Opticians

Google Smart Contact Lenses

The lenses look a lot like traditional contact lenses however the smart lens technology comprises non-invasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturised electronics, which are embedded within the contact lenses.

Google Smart Contact Lenses McBride and McCreesh Opticians

The first product will help diabetic patients manage their disease by providing a continuous, minimally invasive measurement of the body’s glucose, which will remove the need to perform regular, painful blood tests.  The smart contact lenses have been designed to measure tear fluid in the eye and connect wirelessly with a mobile device.  When the lenses detect that glucose levels are dangerously low the wearer will be alerted.

The second product will help those suffering from vision loss that occurs with age.  According to Google and it’s production partner Novartis For people living with presbyopia who can no longer read without glasses, the “smart lens” has the potential to provide accommodative vision correction to help restore the eye’s natural autofocus on near objects in the form of an accommodative contact lens or intraocular lens as part of the refractive cataract treatment.”

Currently, however it should be pointed out that other contact lens manufacturers have contact lenses on the market which allow people to read small print without blurring their distance vision. These are called multifocal contact lenses and are routinely fitted at McBride and McCreesh Opticians. Novartis is hoping to improve the optical clarity of these lenses with their new designs. All very exciting advancements for both diabetic patients and people who do not want to wear reading glasses.

Sunglasses to Suit Your Face Shape at McBride and McCreesh Opticians

McBride and McCreesh Helen FergusonChoosing an ideal pair of sunglasses for your face shape isn’t as easy as you might think. There are frames that work to set off your killer features, and there are frames that simply don’t. So how do you know which ones are right for you? Helen Ferguson, Optician at McBride and McCreesh Opticians, offers her top tips on how to find the perfect pair of sunglasses for your face shape.

Firstly, you will need to figure out whether your face is round, heart, oval, square or oblong.


katy Perry McBride and McCreesh OpticiansA round face has noticeable curves and less defined angles. It has an equal length and width. The ideal eyewear should lack curved features while emphasising sharp angular lines that will help elongate your face and make it look thinner and sharper.

Sunglasses that will suit you: High-on-the-temple, colourful frames. Rectangle, square, wrap and shield are the keys to round-faced sunglass success.



Miley Cyrus McBride and McCreesh OpticiansYou’ve got a heart-shaped face if you’ve got a wide forehead, narrower jaw line, high cheekbones, and a narrow chin. Sunglasses that feature wide lower edges with no straight lines along the top work especially well for this facial group, because they shift attention downward and elongate the face.

Sunglasses that will suit you: Cat-eye styles or glasses that feature rounded edges are ideal, giving the wearer a more balanced look. This face shape will be best served with shield, rimless or aviator styled frames.


Jessica Alba McBride and McCreesh OpticansIf you’ve got an oval-shaped face, lucky you! It’s the easiest face shape to find sunglasses for. Oval faces have gently rounded, fairly even features. You could choose from round or rectangular or any of the other more experimental shapes such as cat-eye or butterfly.

Sunglasses that will suit you: Frames with some form of angles will add a little extra definition to your soft features however; rounded frames will also look great.


Angelina Jolie McBride and McCreesh OpticiansA square shaped face is generally the same length and width across the face, characterised by a broad forehead and a strong jaw line. People in this category should choose a frame with round or oval shaped lenses that will help for a more balanced look.

Sunglasses that will suit you: Styles that work well for this face shape are aviators, butterflies or any frame style that favours oval or circular curves.


Adam Levine McBride and McCreesh OpticiansOblong or long faces are long and narrow with few angles. An oblong face works especially well with oversized sunglasses.

Sunglasses that will suit you: Larger wayfarer or rectangular lenses and sunglasses with thick frames add width to a long face. Another option is sunglasses that feature tall or deep lenses and vintage style frames because the sharp angles and bold lines will give oblong faces an edge, sharpening otherwise soft features. Oblong faces should avoid small frames.

Remember no matter what your face shape, it is vital that you choose a pair of sunglasses that will offer both protection and visual clarity in the sun. All sunglasses and sun lenses at McBride and McCreesh Opticians offer 100% UV protection and comply with all EU legal standards, safeguarding your eyes from the elements.

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Seeing the World through Superdry’s Eyes

Inspired by a trip to Toyoko in 2003, Superdry was created by Julian Dunkerton and James Holder fusing design influences from Japanese graphics and vintage Americana.

May 2014, sees the highly anticipated launch of Superdry Optics at McBride and McCreesh Opticians.  The collection encompasses a timeless vintage yet contemporary feel, offering designs such as Onwa, Layla, Mia, Jetstar and Clarke.  No detail has been overlooked; a choice of bamboo temples, unique front trims and matt zinc finishes add to the sharp style, which puts a stamp on their classic status.

Optical assistant at the practice Arlene Donaghey believes “Superdry’s precision craftsmanship and HD branding ensures that the frames enhance the wearer’s style and compliments their image perfectly.”

To view the current range of Superdy Optics at McBride and McCreesh Opticians, please click here or see in store.

McBride and McCreesh Opticians Superdry

Floaters and Flashes

Optician Helen Ferguson answers your concerns on Floaters and Flashes. To book an appointment with Helen please contact McBride and McCreesh Opticians on 028 66 322524.

What Are Floaters?

Floaters appear as black spots or something that looks like a hair or small pieces of a cobweb when you look in the distance. They can be semi-transparent or dark and appear to float in front of your vision. As we age the number of floaters can increase. Occasionally an increase can be a sign of problems inside the eye; therefore, we recommend that you visit our practice for an eye examination where we will check the retina thoroughly. Because they ‘float’ in the jelly of your eye, you will find that if you move your eye to try to look at a floater it will move away in the direction you move your eye in. You might only see the floater if you are staring at a light coloured surface or at the sky during the day. Floaters rarely cause problems with your vision.

Why Do Floaters Occur?

Some people are born with floaters, but others occur as we age, when the vitreous gel in the eye naturally shrinks. The gel separates into a watery fluid and wavy collagen fibrils, which are seen as line-shaped floaters.

Who Is At Risk of Floaters?

Floaters are more common in people who are short sighted. Their occurrence may increase if you have had an eye operation such as cataract surgery or laser treatment after cataract surgery.

What Might Happen if I Have Floaters?

Most of the time floaters are harmless. Sometimes people feel that they are a nuisance, but treatment is not advised. Occasionally a sudden increase in floaters, i.e. either one or more large ones or a shower of tiny ones can be a sign of more serious eye disease such as a retinal detachment. This is when your retina pulls away from the back of your eye. It may lead to a sudden increase in floaters and possibly a blank spot or shadow in your vision, which does not go away. This needs immediate attention. If you notice these symptoms, you should contact your optician at McBride and McCreesh Opticians urgently. If you cannot do this, you should report to South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen, immediately.

What Are Flashes?

Some people may see flashes of light in front of one of their eyes, which they describe as small sparkles, lightning or fireworks. These tend to be in the extreme corners of your vision, and come and go, and don’t block any part of your vision. The flashes do not last for a defined length of time, and some people notice them more when they go from a light to dark environment. Flashes can continue for several months.

Why Do Flashes Occur?

Flashes occur when there is a pull on your retina. This may happen due to the vitreous gel inside your eye becoming more liquid and collapsing. You may experience flashes occasionally, on and off over weeks or months. Flashes can also occur if you are hit in the eye.

What Might Happen If I Have Flashes?

Sometimes flashes simply indicate a tug on the retina and nothing more. However, constant flashes may be a sign of a retinal detachment. A retinal tear or retinal detachment may lead to a sudden increase in floaters as well as flashes. You might notice a shadow at the edge of your vision too. This needs immediate attention. If you notice these symptoms, you should contact McBride and McCreesh Opticians immediately. If you cannot do this, you should report to South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen, urgently.

McBride and McCreesh Opticians Introduce William Morris Eyewear

McBride and McCreesh Opticians William Morris London

Very much on trend this season are ‘geek’ glasses or acetate frames as they are referred to in the optical field.  What we’re referring to are large, thick, acetate frames that defined the Iconic looks of decades ago; think Clark Kent in Superman or even Buddy Holly.

As part of the iconic ‘geek chic’ trend Enniskillen based eyewear specialists, McBride and McCreesh Opticians have introduced William Morris to their collection of luxury eyewear brands.

William Morris was established in London, seventeen years ago by Robert Morris who had a very clear mission; to offer designer glasses to every audience, providing superb original designs, which continually evolve.

William Morris are known for their exclusive eyewear collections, featuring the latest hypoallergenic metal and acetate materials combined with great styling and bold vibrant colours, incorporating superb designs with individual shapes.  Its designs are youthful, fresh and just that little bit different using striking interpretations of rectangular, preppy, clubman and cateye shapes.

The brand is incredibly popular among celebrities such as Mario Falconi of TOWIE fame and Mumford and sons.

According to Arlene Donaghey, dispensing optician at the practice; “nowadays acetate frames are far from same old, same old.  There are a number of factors to take in to consideration.  Think lens size, thickness of the acetate, colour and of course frame shape, which will all contribute to a wide variety of diverse and distinct looks.”

Arlene believes the William Morris collection is ideal for “extrovert and expressive patients who wish to create their own look and be individual.”

As a special introductory offer, McBride and McCreesh Opticians are currently offering 10% off William Morris Frames. Offer ends 30th April 2014.

To view the current range of William Morris eyewear at McBride and McCreesh Opticians, please visit our William Morris product gallery or see in-store at 5 Darling Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 7DP.

McBride and McCreesh Optician’s Promotional Video Goes Live

Having welcomed the film crew into our practice in November, we are delighted to announce that our new promotional video is now live!

Special thanks once more to all those who took time out of their busy schedules to come and join us on set. We really appreciate your time, support and of course fantastic feedback!

From Enniskillen to Malawi and Beyond!

Septembernew1Alison Brand worked for McBride and McCreesh Opticians from 2005 to 2007 before moving to London where she now works as a locum optometrist. Alison recently travelled to Malawi in Africa with charity Friends of UK, which included optometrists, doctors and pharmacists. The charity provided second-hand spectacles, and eye medications from the UK, which are simply not available in Malawi. According to the World Health Organisation, uncorrected refractive error, i.e. the need for spectacles to correct blurred vision, is still one of the World’s leading causes of blindness. Alison says it was extremely rewarding providing the people with spectacles, and thus the immediate gift of sight. She recalls an elderly lady who, once given a pair of spectacles to correct her high level of short-sightedness started to cry, and said she would be able to see her grandchildren for the first time. Alison found her experience so worthwhile, that she plans to volunteer her skills again next year when Friends of UK go to South Africa.

Alison would like to take this opportunity to ask people to collect their old spectacles and kindly drop them into McBride and McCreesh Opticians, where they will be placed in safekeeping for use on her next trip.

Alison Brand recently worked in Mali as an optician for two weeks as part of an optometry Charity.


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