News & Reviews

2.5 million covered by PRSI entitled to free pair of glasses

If they want to upgrade to a more expensive pair, they will get a subsidy of €42.37 or €84.19, depending on whether they are single, bifocal or varifocal lenses.The move marks the partial restoration of benefits under the PRSI scheme that were cut from 2010. It meant that PRSI holders were only entitled to a free eye exam.The restoration will coincide with the partial return of subsidised dental care under the PRSI scheme.A spokeswoman for the Department of Social Protection confirmed to the...

Bifocals slow progression of myopia in children, study shows

Research finds that treating nearsightedness early with bifocal lenses instead of single-vision lenses may reduce the severity of the condition.For children diagnosed with worsening myopia, bifocals might be a better choice than standard lenses for nearsightedness; researchers have found that the condition doesn't seem to progress as rapidly among bifocal-wearing children. Those findings, released Monday, raise the intriguing question of whether there is a better way to treat myopia early in...

Variable Vision: Latest bifocal technology uses layer of liquid crystals

Bifocal glasses have come a long way since Benjamin Franklin first invented them more than 200 years ago.Line, no line (progressive) and contact lens options have been available for years, but the latest innovation offers even more for bifocal wearers.“It’s pretty neat,” said Dr. Jill Pownell, an optometrist at Korthals & Associates, Mason City.The new eyewear, under the brand of emPower!, uses an invisible layer of liquid crystals to sense when its wearer is looking down.Pownell compared...