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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
  • 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
  • Cookstown Specsavers launches video consultation service open to all

    Tuesday 5th May 2020

    Cookstown Specsavers launches video consultation service open to all   Specsavers has launched a free sight and hearing consultation service offering access to vital advice and care from optometrists and audiologists, via video and telephone link. The service is designed to cover concerns ranging from eye health and changes in the quality of sight, to contact lens aftercare and audiology health and aftercare.Developed in line with NHS recommendations on remote consultation, the n…

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    Cookstown Specsavers launches video consultation service open to all
  • Cookstown Continental Market 2019

    Thursday 23rd May 2019

    Cookstown Continental Market 2019.     Cookstown will go continental on the 1st and 2nd June 2019 when the food, flavours, sights and sounds of Europe and beyond return to Cookstown's town centre for a two day spring festival!   The Continental Market takes place along William Street in Cookstown from Saturday 1 June (9am – 9pm) and Sunday 2 June (11am - 6pm).   Organised by Mid Ulster District Council, in partnership with Cookstown To…

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    Cookstown Continental Market 2019