Local people joined staff and store directors Emma Finn and Donna Harbison to mark Specsavers first year.

The store hosted a special party with Britain’s Got Talent star and balloon modeller Ryan Duff as well as face painting, competitions and lots of eats and treats to celebrate the optical and audiology outlet’s special birthday.

Reflecting on the year

Last year Strabane marked their official opening with special guests Ireland and Ulster rugby star Jacob Stockdale and Dr McKenna Cup winning coach of Tyrone, Mickey Harte.

Local cricket support

Since opening the store has also supported local cricket by partnering with North West Cricket Union’s Junior League programmes which extended across Under 11, 13 and Under 15 participation levels. Specsavers also backed a series of Kids Blitz Days held at Bready Cricket grounds last August.

Store investment

Strabane’s state of the art store also includes Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machinery which is used for a variety of functions including screening and managing conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Strabane optometry director Donna Harbison said, ‘This investment gives our team the ability to enhance the services to the local community by identifying and helping to detect or manage conditions with a level of diagnostic capability which previously would have needed a hospital visit.’

Ongoing clinical training

Store optometry director Donna Harbison also recently completed the Professional Certificate in Medical Retina. Accredited by the UK College of Optometrists and delivered by Ulster University’s Department of Optometry the qualification is part of the store’s continued drive to upgrade enhanced optical services skills to provide the very best care for local customers.

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