Meet the Optom – Marta Mcintyre
Marta is an optometrist at Specsavers in Musselburgh and speaks English and Polish. Read on to find out more about Marta and your local opticians.
How did you come to be working at Specsavers?
'I started working in Specsavers Coleraine as an optical assistant whilst studying Optometry at the University of Ulster. Upon graduating, I was aided in my journey towards qualification by the wonderful staff in the Musselburgh branch. I am currently working towards my independent prescribing qualifications.'
Do you wear glasses and if so what is your favourite style?
'I have a small prescription and wear glasses occasionally.'
What does your job at Specsavers involve?
'My job includes listening to patients' needs and helping them with their worries. Whether it’s improving their vision with an optical aid, advice on their eye health or a general chat.'
Why it is important to get your eyes checked?
'Some eye conditions don't have symptoms until the issue is advanced, so it's important to have regular checks. If you are a driver, it is important to make sure you have the best possible vision to be safe on the road. Eye tests not only aids in prescribing glasses but can also pick up early onset of more serious eye or systemic diseases.
'Certain jobs and regulations also require regular eye tests.'
Does your store offer hearing clinics?
'Yes, clinics run on a Monday. Hearing and eye tests can be carried out on the same day if booked together.'
What does an eye test include?
'There are various stages to an eye test that are carried out by qualified staff. It begins with general questions regarding your lifestyle, health and concerns. We then look at current level of vision and whether glasses are required. We also check the health of the eyes which may include photographs being taken.
'Finally we discuss the results and any recommendations. If you require glasses, you will be handed over to a dispensing optician who will aid you in finding the right pair, or contact lenses if suitable.'
How can patients book eye tests? Eye tests can be booked online, over the phone or in store. Hearing tests can be booked in store or over the phone.