NI PEARS- Emergency Eye Care Service

New urgent Eye Care Service

Waveney Eye Care NI now have two Optometrists who are fully trained and accredited to provide the new emergency eye care service available to patients. The service allows your local Optometrist to be your first port of call if you have red or sore eyes or if you think you have got something in your eye.

What is NI PEARS?

NI Pears is a service provided by accredited optometry practices for patients who develop a sudden eye problem.

Over 100,000 patients in Northern Ireland attend hospital annually with eye problems, but many could be dealt with close to home by a local optometrist, freeing up hospital eye service appointments for more serious cases.

The NI PEARS service is for patients who develop a sudden eye condition such as:

  • Red eye (s)
  • Pain and/or discomfort in the eyes, or around the eye area
  • Sudden reduction in vision in one or both eyes
  • Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes and/or floaters in one or both eyes
  • Suspected foreign body in the eye

Appointments are available during normal working hours and you will be seen within 48 hours.

 What happens at an NI PEARS assessment?

The optometrist will discuss your eye problem including the symptoms you may have, any history of eye problems and related medical history. You will be given an eye assessment to enable the optometrist to investigate your condition. The optometrist will explain your condition and may:

  • Give advice and treatment if required. If the optometrist recommends an eye medication they will either direct you to your pharmacist to purchase the medication or give you a form to take to your GP to have a prescription issued. The optometrist may also recommend a follow up appointment.
  • Refer you to your GP if your eye condition is related to your general health
  • Refer you directly to the hospital eye service if the condition is more serious.

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Kids & Teen Glasses – Buy one get one FREE

Buy any Kids or Teen frame and get a FREE spare pair of glasses from our range!

We offer a FREE spare pair from our range when you buy any pair of glasses for kids or teens. It is so important that kids and students have a spare pair of glasses in order for them to see well at school. With our offer you can make sure that they always have a back up pair of glasses.

For teens we have a great offer which means they can use their NHS voucher and only pay an upgrade of £79 for a Ted Baker frame which are usually £139.

We have a great selection of frames to choose from and we also stock frame accessories to help encourage children to wear their glasses. Call in and have a look for yourself.

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New Designer frames in stock -LuLu Guiness

LuLu Guiness frames for women

Dare to be Different!

From the designer handbag and accessories fashion brand Lulu Guinness comes the new Lulu Guinness eyewear collection.

The collection is targeted at women with a fierce sense of humour and an even fiercer sense of their own femininity Women who dare to venture outside the parameters set by a predominantly trend led fashion industry.

Lulu Guinness’ individual style and irresistible glamour is reflected in the eyewear collection. Featuring interplays of colour, exclusive patterned material, dramatic retro shapes and a hint of mischief. Like all of Lulu’s designs, the eyewear is sophisticated yet daring, commercial but collectable, luxurious and affordable. Look out for the signature Lulu Guinness red lips and ‘Dare to be different!’ Check out the new frames in stock now!


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Is your vision good enough to drive?

Driving & Vision

To meet the legal vision standard to drive you must be able to read a car number plate from 20 metres away. Have you checked that you can do this since you passed your driving test? Your vision changes all throughout your life and it is important that you ensure that your vision remains good enough to drive. Having a routine eye test allows your Optometrist to check your level of vision and eye health to make sure that you still meet the driving standards.

Currently, drivers are tested on their sight before their driving test by being asked to read a car number plate, at a distance of 20 metres. If they need glasses or contact lenses to pass this test, they are required to wear them for driving. A driver must also notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if they have certain eye or general medical conditions, or if they are advised by an optometrist or a medical practitioner that they should no longer drive. Once a driver reaches the age of 70, the DVLA requires them to declare whether they are fit to drive every three years.

Wearing the right glasses to help your vision in poor lighting whilst night driving and having anti-glare coatings put on your glasses can all help to optimise your driving vision. Call in to book an eye test or get a leaflet on “Driving & Vision.”

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Christmas accessories for your glasses

Blinx Accessories @ Waveney Eye Care NI Opticians, Ballymena

Blinx Christmas charms make a great stocking filler for your kids glasses.

Blinx are collectable soft rubber charms, primarily for use on the arms of spectacles.  They simply slide on and off children’s glasses, allowing you to change the colour and style of your glasses as often as you wish! It’s a great value way of updating their frames and helping to encourage your child to wear their glasses.

Easy to slip on and off, Blinx can be mixed and matched, swapped and changed to suit your mood or clothing.  All Blinx also fit onto Blinx Bands –  soft adjustable bracelets that can be accessorised with Blinx to match your glasses.  At just £1.99 per charm, Blinx offer a cost effective way of creating a new look…as often as you like!

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75% OFF Sale

75% off designer frame sale

We are continuing on with our 75% off frame sale. Frames in the sale include Crosshatch, William Morris, Guess & Dario Martini frames with Swarovski Crystals.

Guess frame was £119 now £29.75!

Call in and grab a bargain at Waveney Eye Care NI Opticians, Ballymena.

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Ballymena Discount Day – Offers

75% Off Frame Sale

Join us tomorrow, Thursday 1st November 9.30-7pm for Ballymena Discount Day. We are launching our 75% off Designer frame sale which includes Ted Baker sunglasses!!

We are giving away FREE goodie bags and FREE cupcakes!

Call in and have a browse.

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Ballymena Discount Day Offers

75% Off Designer frame Sale!!

Join us on Thursday 1st November 9.30am-7pm for Ballymena Discount Day. At Waveney Eye Care NI we are launching our 75% off sale! We have a selection of adult and children’s’ frames at 75% off. The kids frames start at just £9 original price which means you can grab a frame for just £2.25. We have brands including Guess, William Morris, Crosshatch and many more in the sale section.

On Thursday we also have FREE cupcakes to give away and FREE goodie bags with every purchase which include a 25ml cleaning spray.

Call down and have a browse at our sale and try a cupcake!

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New Land Rover Frames for Men- Waveney Eye Care NI Opticians

New in stock- Land Rover for men

New in store are our Land Rover frames for men. They offer a fantastic range of on trend, larger sized frames with optimum comfort. Land Rover Eyewear centres around style, innovation and quality. For those who live for the outdoors, Land Rover sunglasses offer maximum comfort with superior lenses, developed with 100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection.

Call in and try a pair on for size!

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Cath Kidson Frames – Now in stock

Cath Kidson Frames, New in!

Cath Kidston eyewear takes inspiration from quirky vintage finds to design pretty, colourful prints for their modern, fresh and fun glasses. This design philosophy has resulted in a collection of unique frames – wearing them is sure to brighten up your day!

The Cath Kidston optical eyewear collection is full of bright, modern frames sure to brighten up any look.

The collection includes timeless classics that are perfect for everyday wear as well as confident shapes for occasional flair.

Prints are carefully chosen to suit each frame, utilising the brands vast and vibrant design archive.

Signatures of the optical collection include discreet branding on the temple and a single rose – a Cath Kidston icon – adorning the inside of each end tip.

Special Offer…

If you buy one of our new Cath Kidson frames before the end of November you will receive a fabulous 50ml  Cath Kidson hand cream.

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