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  • Glaucoma: The silent thief of sight

    Thursday 1st July 2021

    Glaucoma: The silent thief of sight   EXPERTS are urging people to have regular eye checks to help protect them from glaucoma – one of the leading causes of blindness in the world[.   Research shows that by 2035 the number of people living with glaucoma in the UK is expected to increase by 44%. However, due to its gradual onset, many people don’t realise they have the condition before it is too late. That is why this Glaucoma Awareness Week (June 28 &ndas…

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  • Opticians warning over ‘silent thief of sight’

    Saturday 13th March 2021

    Opticians warning over ‘silent thief of sight’   World Glaucoma Week March 7-13   EXPERTS are urging people to make their eye health a priority so they don’t succumb to one of the leading causes of blindness in the world – glaucoma. Often called the ‘silent thief of sight’ due to its gradual onset, more than 700,000 people in the UK are estimated to have the condition - and this is predicted to increase by 44% by 2035. Yet, bec…

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    Opticians warning over ‘silent thief of sight’
  • World Hearing Day – 3 March 2021

    Wednesday 3rd March 2021

    Protect your hearing urges musician KT Tunstall Star speaks out on the importance of good ear health World Hearing Day – 3 March 2021   BRIT AND IVOR NOVELLO AWARD-WINNING musician KT Tunstall is encouraging people to protect their ears from damage and have regular hearing checks so that they can continue to enjoy the sounds they love for years to come, after opening up about her own battle with hearing loss.   Hearing a sound that we like puts 91% of u…

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    World Hearing Day – 3 March 2021
  • ‘I thought my glasses simply needed a good clean – but it was something much more serious’

    Friday 29th January 2021

    ‘I thought my glasses simply needed a good clean – but it was something much more serious’ Dungannon grandmother, Gemma Killen, tells how her blurry vision revealed an underlying health issue. Last September Gemma Killen got up as usual, ready to head off to an early church service.  Putting on her glasses she thought one of the lenses was just a little dirty, but even with her specs cleaned and pristine she still couldn’t see properly through her right ey…

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  • Support local businesses in 2020

    Friday 20th November 2020

    My 7 reasons why we all need to support local businesses this Christmas. You may not know that shopping at a local business, rather than a large chain, is better for your community. Research shows that £10 spent with a local independent shop means up to an additional £50 goes back into the local economy. This is simply because the nearby shop owners, who you are spending your money with, will then put that money back into your local community. The fantastic thing about i…

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    Support local businesses in 2020
  • Masks won't keep us from smiling

    Thursday 5th November 2020

    Masks won't keep us from smiling says new research   People in NI are the most likely in UK to strike up conversation with or smile at strangers Almost half think we smile more than the average UK citizen We’re still smiling despite wearing face masks – and using our eyes to help us   IT’S the simple things in life that are keeping us smiling, according to new research by Specsavers, with the sound of children laughing or hearing a glass…

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    Masks won't keep us from smiling
  • Do your eyes feel dry and strained? You could be suffering from ‘coronavision’

    Wednesday 2nd September 2020

    WITH the number of people working from home in the future expected to double, the likelihood that we will be spending more time than usual looking at screens is bad news for our eyes.   Dry eyes and eye strain Increased laptop use, constantly checking our mobiles and unwinding in front of the TV in the evening adds up to a lot of screen time in a 24-period. But our eyes are not meant to work in this way.   Natalie Bradley, optometry director at Specsavers in Cook…

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    Do your eyes feel dry and strained? You could be suffering from ‘coronavision’
  • Some guidance about your car, tests and the MOT

    Friday 3rd July 2020

    Some guidance about your car, tests and the MOT  Driver testing services resuming for some categories Following the Government’s decision to introduce measures to delay the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the DVA suspended all practical driving tests and module 4 DCPC tests. This has recently been reviewed in line with existing guidance and a decision has been made to extend the suspension until further notice, with some very limited exceptions. From 6 July the DV…

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    Some guidance about your car, tests and the MOT