Specsavers Ballina has expanded its team and welcomes a new ophthalmic director to help deliver expert eye care to the local community.
Speaking about his role, Johnpaul Odigbo, says: "I am delighted to have joined the team at Specsavers Ballina. Having relocated here in March, it has been a delight to be welcomed into the town by my colleague, Kelley McGrath, and the wider Specsavers team.
"I was previously based in Nigeria where I received my qualification at Abia State University. I have since worked in Saudi Arabia, before relocating to Ireland where I worked in Dublin and now Ballina. I already feel so at home in the Ballina community, it has been great to experience a new way of life. I’m really looking forward to meeting the rest of our customers in the coming months and bringing my expertise to the town of Ballina."
Johnpaul will be working together with the retail director, Kelley McGrath, who has a wealth of experience behind her. Together with a qualified team of fully vaccinated optometrists, audiologists and highly-trained staff, Specsavers Ballina provides customers with top value for money and expertise in eye health and audiology.
Kelley says: "We are thrilled to welcome Johnpaul to the team here in Ballina to bolster our professional offering and cater to the wider community. Johnpaul has extensive ophthalmic knowledge and over 13 years industry experience. This addition illustrates the consistent growth and commitment of the team at Specsavers Ballina."
Johnpaul adds: "I would like to use this opportunity to encourage the parents and guardians of Ballina to make a special effort to be proactive with their children’s eye health. While we slowly emerge from a series of national lockdowns, we know that our children have spent prolonged periods of time looking at screens for the purpose of online learning. Our recommendation is for children to undergo regular eye tests, which is why, at Specsavers Ballina, we offer free eye tests to children under the age of 12. Now that the schools are on summer term break, we urge parents and guardians to use this time to call into store, go to our website, or ring up to make an appointment. We would be delighted to welcome you and your child into store."
In addition to investing in expert staff, Specsavers Ballina invests in the best quality testing equipment and technology on the high street. Using the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT ) machine, a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments, Specsavers provides the highest quality of optical care. An OCT scan can help detect treatable eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration sooner. It can also help detect glaucoma up to four years in advance. This means conditions can be managed before they get worse and can help prevent potential sight loss. An OCT scan only takes a few seconds and allows your optician to look deeper into your eyes than ever before.
At Specsavers, you can see and hear for free, through the PRSI scheme. Anyone who has been employed or self-employed in Ireland for two years, is entitled to a free eye test as well as a free pair of glasses or contribution to specs. Those with eligible contributions can also now avail of a pair of hearing aids up to the value of €1,000 or put their PRSI contribution towards the cost of a more expensive pair of hearing aids at Specsavers.
At Specsavers Ballina, customers are always guaranteed expert eye care and hearing services, exceptional choice and outstanding value for money. To book an optical or audiology appointment at Specsavers Ballina, call (096 ) 75446 or book online at www.specsavers.ie/stores/ballina