Galway City opticians keeping an eye on the community despite the lockdown

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The Galway City opticians Colette Kelly Optometry are still keeping an eye on the community’s eye health despite the lockdown, finding new ways to work with their patients.

Although closed for routine examinations, the independent opticians at Buttermilk Lane are still supporting customers through a new tele-health service.

People who are experiencing eye problems, or who have concerns about their eye health, can have telephone consultations with an optometrist at the practice.

And in the event that a face-to-face appointment is required, all staff have the necessary PPE to provide a safe environment for your visit.

Fiona O’Dell, Optometrist at Colette Kelly Optometry, said: “Our patients and their eye health are at the heart of everything we do.

“We want to ensure your vision is still properly cared for during these uncertain times, so we’ve created our tele-health service to help achieve this.”

“We hope by extending our services beyond our normal capacity will allow our patients to follow government guidelines of staying at home, whilst retaining peace of mind in their eye health.”

To make things easier for customers who wish to avoid unnecessary journeys, the regular delivery service for contact lenses is still running, as is the glasses repair service.

Any patient who sends in their glasses to be fixed can expect them to be delivered back to their home as soon as possible.

And in order to help out their colleagues in the health service on the frontline of the Covid-19 health crisis, Colette Kelly opticians are donating 10% of all purchases to the HSE to assist them in delivering vital care.

“Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected by Covid-19, and those working courageously through it. Stay home and stay safe,” Fiona O’Dell said.