Wednesday, October 13, 2010

House Calls

We have found that many doctors are finding it difficult to arrange for their house-bound patients and those patients living in Retirement Homes to have their eyes tested in hospitals. We offer a call-out service to all housebound patients.

We are the longest established visiting opticians in Ireland. Since 1983, we have carried our impeccable service to house bound patients throughout the counties of Kildare, Dublin, Meath and Wicklow.

All those who find it difficult to call to their optician, can rely on Dominic Mulvey Mobile Optical Service to provide them with superb eye care in the comfort of their own homes. We provide a full testing and frame dispensing service and our visiting opticians always carry a full range of frames from the very basic to the latest top designer models. Some people qualify for this service completely free of charge through their state benefits (Medical Card). Claimants for state optical benefit must have their application for a house call approved in advance by the relevant authority before making an appointment.
For more details, contact us at 0868532931.


When we did an examination recently for one patient, the house manager in the home explained to me that if she had not been able to call us out, it would have been necessary to send him in to the Eye Department by ambulance. In this man’s case, a special wheelchair-accessible ambulance would have been needed and these are very rare. In addition to that, she would have been obliged to send two members of staff with him, taking them away from other duties.

Dominic Mulvey is registered with the Health Services Executive. We offer a full testing and dispensing service and complete aftercare. As most if not all such residents are Medical Card Holders, this service is FREE OF CHARGE to both the patient and the nursing home when the patient picks the standard frame. If frames from our private range are chosen, the patient pays the difference in price.

We do not charge a call out fee to patients who are medical card holders as we see this as an extension of our normal service. The call out fee for private patients is €50 including the eye examination fee.

We currently look after the eye care needs of 25 Nursing Homes along the Eastern seaboard from Malahide to Wexford. If you wish to know more about our Domiciliary Service please contact us for details.

Why not take advantage of FREE Eye Examinations by a professional, fully qualified Optician, in the comfort of your own home or workplace?

The practice will come to you offering a full service, which includes:

Comprehensive Eye Examination

Complete range of frames available

FREE through your Medical Card

Professional Spectacle Dispensing & Fitting

Personal Delivery

Warranty included

This mobile Optician Service is available throughout the country

So for a professional and caring home visit, contact us at 086 8532931.

We aim to be responsive to the optical health needs of those clients who are unable to access high street optical services.

Aims :

Identify & establish HSE eligibility

Arrange appointments within acceptable time frames and at the request and recommendation of Healthcare professionals, carers and relatives

Provide equity, quality and value in all aspects of its visiting service

To communicate its services to this optically neglected and vulnerable group

We achieve this by :

Using skilled mature professionals who are experienced and empathetic to the needs of this vulnerable group

Provision of equipment, documentation and information to enable the professional to carry out their job to a high level

Provide General Ophthalmic Services as required by the Opticians act and Dept of Health Terms of Service

Gain feedback from all parties to monitor, evaluate and improve service

Working as closely as possible with community care, social services and relatives

Community Eyecare from an independent home visiting optician

Caring for clients, carers and staff

Communicating its services in a professional manner through appropriate media and by word of mouth.

We aim to be professional but flexible and versatile.


Regardless of your age or physical health, it is important for everyone to have regular eye exams. Everyone over the age of 60 should be encouraged to have their eyes examined every 2 years; this is available under the Medical Card. If you are not able to leave home unaccompanied then the HSE will fund the sight test in your own home.

When an optician examines your eyes, he or she is doing more than checking to see if you need glasses. During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Here are some of the conditions that we will check for:

* Refractive Error: This refers to your prescription, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

* Strabismus: Strabismus is defined as crossed or turned eyes. We check your eyes' alignment to be sure that they are working together. Strabismus causes problems with depth perception and can lead to amblyopia.

* Amblyopia: This occurs when the eyes are turned or when one eye has a much different prescription than the other. The brain will "shut off" the image from the turned or blurry eye. When left untreated, amblyopia can stunt the visual development of the affected eye, resulting in permanent vision impairment.

* Eye Diseases: Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, have no symptoms in their early stages. We will check the health of your eyes for signs of early problems. In most cases, early detection and treatment of eye diseases can help reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.

* Other Diseases: We can detect early signs of some other conditions and diseases by looking at your eye's blood vessels and retina. For example, we may be able to tell you if you are developing high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol.

* Dominic Mulvey Opticians… all your optical needs at your doorstep.


Your eyes will be examined both externally and internally. This will enable an assessment to be made of the health of your eyes and may identify any other underlying medical problems. The interior of your eye will be examined using an ophthalmoscope, a special torch that shines a light through the pupil allowing a detailed study of the internal structures. Your pupil reflexes will also be tested.

Other tests that may be carried out, if necessary, include those for colour vision deficiency.


We will then measure your vision both with and without any spectacles or lenses you already use to check for any problems with your eyesight. We will assess your distance vision (for watching television and driving), your near vision (for reading and close work) and your intermediate vision (for computer use). We will then carry out a series of tests to measure the type and extent of any problem with your vision and, if necessary, you will then be asked to choose between different lenses to see which ones help the quality and clarity of your vision.

Eye movements/Co-ordination

We will also test your eye movements and eye co-ordination to ensure that both of your eyes are working together, and that undue stress is not being placed on the eye muscles.

After the Examination

After your examination we will have a detailed knowledge of the health of your eyes, the standard of your vision and any special requirements that you may have. This information will be explained to you and we will then discuss the best form of vision correction to suit your lifestyle and visual needs.

We will then advise on the appropriate interval until your next examination and either prepare a prescription for spectacles or give you a statement which confirms that your eyes don't need correction. Where necessary, we will refer you for further checks/assistance using our links with the HSE services in your area.

If you do need assistance with your vision then we will give you help in choosing spectacles from the comfort of your home – our range starts with ‘cheap and cheerful’ frames and goes through to the latest designer fashions. We will also provide advice on the type of frames that will suit your face shape, suitable lens types and the different types of coatings that are available. If you can’t afford glasses we will assess your situation to see whether we can offer you a FREE pair. Once your glasses arrive, we will deliver them to your doorstep and fit them and check your vision through them.

We will also send you a reminder when your next appointment is due, although if you have a problem with your vision or your eyes before your next examination is due then there is no need to wait – contact us and we will bring forward your check-up.

For more information on the eye examination itself, please contact us at 0858532931.

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