Warrenpoint Practice wins Best Kept Award for Sixth Time

posted 31 Oct 2013, 05:07 by Kevin McCartan

Lee Opticians Warrenpoint has won the award for Best Kept Healthcare facility in the Southern Region. This is the sixth time we have won this award, something we are very proud of. Well done to all our staff.

Press Release for Lectures

posted 21 May 2013, 08:17 by Kevin McCartan

Local Optician to Lecture at Major UK Conferences


Michael Gilsenan of Lee Opticians (Warrenpoint & Crossmaglen), a recognised expert in the field of School Vision, has been invited to speak at three major UK and Scottish conferences this summer on the topic of children’s vision.


Michael has been invited by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians to deliver two lectures to an audience of 100 Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians in London at the end of May on the ‘Role Dispensing Opticians can play in children’s vision care’.


Michael has also been invited to lecture at the NHS Education for Scotland training conferences in Edinburgh and Glasgow (26/27th May) on the role of Dispensing Opticians in School Vision Screening.

Michael says: “I’m delighted to be invited to speak to professionals in my sector and share my research with them. I hope that through these lectures, we as professionals can lobby government and Education Departments across Ireland, Scotland and the rest of the UK, for improvements in the way children’s vision is screened in schools.”


Michael was the first optician in Northern Ireland to gain a School Vision Diploma and establish a School Vision Clinic in his Warrenpoint practice. He is also a specialist in treating visual dyslexia and has gathered a significant body of research in the field of children's eye care. He is currently involved in a number of research projects including a study with Kingston University. For more information contact Lee Opticians, tel 028 4175 3030 or www.leeopticians.com


Managing Director to speak at conferences

posted 13 May 2013, 06:18 by Kevin McCartan

Lee Opticians Managing Director Michael Gilsenan will speak at three conferences at the end of May. Two are in Scotland; Edinburgh on Sunday 26th May and Glasgow on Monday 27th May. The third is in Stanstead, London on Thursday 30th May. Michael's talks are titled, "The role of dispensing opticians in school vision screening." He hopes to provide more information to dispensing opticians on the importance of school vision training and what can be done to help children in day to day practice.

Photos from our recent photo shoot

posted 13 May 2013, 05:53 by Kevin McCartan   [ updated 13 May 2013, 05:59 ]

A selection of photos from our recent photo shoot which took place in the Whistledown Hotel in Warrenpoint.

Photo Shoot for new stock

posted 21 Mar 2013, 06:43 by Kevin McCartan

Lee Opticians took part in a photo shoot last night with some of our new frames for 2013! Taken in the Whistledown Hotel Warrenpoint, the photos should look great! Photos to follow. 

Rayban competition running on facebook

posted 19 Feb 2013, 08:14 by Kevin McCartan

Lee Opticians are giving away a pair of Rayban sunglasses! More details on our facebook page, like us to find out more!

New Stock Arrives

posted 14 Feb 2013, 04:08 by Kevin McCartan

New stock has arrived at Lee Opticians. Fames from designers including Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Rayban, Diesel and Prodesign are all in store now. More frames to follow soon from Prada and William Morris.

Lee Opticians support Tanzania trip

posted 29 Jan 2013, 05:55 by Kevin McCartan

A group of students from Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry are travelling with the "Friends of Africa" group to Tanzania. They go in March for two weeks with the aim of providing books for children. To help this cause, Lee Opticians will donate £1 for every sight test carried out in January and February.

Irish News reports on eye problems for school kids

posted 29 Jan 2013, 05:43 by Kevin McCartan

Following the talk given by Michael Gilsenan, Lee Opticians Managing Director in Stormont on Monday 10th December, the Irish News reported on the eye problems that can cause children to under perform in school and the work that Michael is doing to try and raise awareness of this. Follow the link below to view the article.

Warrenpoint Optician Addresses MLA'S at Stormont

posted 19 Dec 2012, 06:28 by Kevin McCartan

On Monday 10th December, award winning optician Michael Gilsenan addressed MLAs and education professionals at an event in Stormont to highlight the link between children’s vision and underperformance in school. The event was hosted by Sean Rogers MLA, SDLP Education Spokesman.


The presentation was part of a series of work Michael Gilsenan (Lee Opticians) has undertaken to highlight the key role vision plays in education and lobby to improve screening in schools.


Michael said: “Vision screening is carried out in school when children are in P1 age four and subsequently 53% of children never attend their free annual eye check. An estimated 50% of children have visual dysfunctions which will cause underperformance in school – issues that should be picked up easily during a free visit to an optometrist. I see children on a daily basis in my practice which supports this fact.


“In many cases, a number of years will have passed while parents and educationalists will focus on tuition or other interventions before they consider having the child’s eyes tested. I believe vision should be the first thing assessed and that is one issue I wish to highlight today,” Michael said.


During the event South Down MLA Sean Rogers offered his continued commitment to ensure the issue of screening in schools is properly addressed. He said;

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to sponsor this important event.  The information presented by Michael Gilsenan certainly warrants further investigation and could potentially lead to significant changes in the way we monitor school children’s eyesight". 

Michael, the first optician in NI to gain a School Vision Diploma, is also a specialist in treating visual dyslexia and has gathered a significant body of research in the field of children’s eye care.


He is currently involved in a number of research projects including a study with Kingston University linking prescribed tinted lenses to coordination and sporting performance.


Speaking at the event, St Clare’s Convent Primary School (Newry) Principal Michelle Monaghan said: “Having worked with Michael before, I have witnessed at first-hand the dramatic number of children trying to access the curriculum with an undiagnosed visual issue and the detrimental effect that has had.


“We asked Michael to work with a group of children in primary 5 who despite ability, a number of interventions and excellent teaching, continued to struggle in class. Following testing, we discovered a high number were long sighted and others required visual support and eye exercises – a significant number have shown dramatic improvements in scores attained since these visual issues were identified and treated appropriately.”


In his concluding remarks Michael asked for full party support in raising awareness of the importance of annual eye checks and better screening in schools.  “I am also asking MLAs to support a pilot study so I can demonstrate to them the real cost of undiagnosed vision issues for a child who can’t reach their full potential which can form the basis of future policy making in relation to eye screening for school age children.”


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