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Nolke Opticians Lazy EyeLocal optometrist Kjell Nölke, owner of Nolke Opticians, stresses the importance of early vision screening in children starting school.

The recently completed national study, published in BMJ Open journal, highlighting children’s vision development in Ireland shows that children in the republic are four times more likely to suffer from lazy eye beyond the traditional treatment period compared to children in Northern Ireland. Vision screening among children entering school in the Republic is less comprehensive than in the North, free eye care in optician practices is not as accessible and there are long health board waiting lists.

Nölke explained that school vision screening by a community health visitor in Waterford takes place in junior infants. The study concludes that “While most children in the Republic with visible eye defects such as strabismus [turn in one eye] were treated, children without obvious visible eye defects were less likely to access eye care, resulting in missed opportunities for intervention where necessary,” according to co-author Siofra Harrington of Technological University Dublin.

Amblyopia (lazy eye) is a relatively common, treatable vision deficit that affects up to 5 per cent of the population. Treatment needs to be completed before the age of eight as after this the eyes and brain become too mature to change. If not treated in time, it can lead to a lifelong visual impairment.

Nölke Opticians has had a number of instances of children reporting poor vision in an eye when doing sport or even just when putting on an eye patch for a fancy dress outfit when the child noted that the could not see when the patch was placed on their good eye.

Children often do not report vision loss as they have little understanding of normal / comparative levels of vision. They could miss school the day of the screening or even pass the screening test by compensating enough to cover up for an underlying condition.

The take home message from Nölke Opticians is that school vision screening is a one-time assessment with quite some scope for children to fall through the cracks. Parents should not rely solely on the school screening for their child’s vision health.

Deise Beauty Permanent Makeup Offer

Déise Beauty are delighted to share with you our Permanent Makeup Offer.

When booking two permanent makeup procedures with us we have a current offer where the services are Buy One Get One Half Price! The offer is for a full procedure of Eyeliner (upper and lower), Eyebrows (multiple styles) and Lips (full lip or liner)! Combine any two of these services and get the lesser appointment 50% off!

There are many reasons people would book permanent makeup procedures.

  • It saves time! Many people with busy lifestyles do not always have time to focus on makeup each morning, with permanent makeup you are ready to start your day without looking in the mirror!
  • More definition! You can help shape your face with permanent eyebrows, changing your appearance of the face slightly. With permanent lips, it helps give the appearance of a fuller lip, creating more definition for your lips.
  • If you have hyperpigmentation or discolouring, minor imbalances, or symmetry issues on your lips, people use permanent makeup as a form of correcting this issue, and bringing more confidence to your appearance.

If you are considering a permanent makeup procedure, look no further than Tanya at Déise Beauty. Tanya has over 9 years of experience, constantly updating her knowledge with courses on new methods and techniques. This dedication towards keeping her work knowledge up to date, paired with a strong passion for the work she does helps clients feel more confident and comfortable towards their appointments, making the process easy going, and clients leaving happy!

For more information visit our website

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JOB TITLE: General Operatives

Location: Carroll’s Cross

Contract: Full-Time/Permanent

The successful candidate will be based at our production plant and will:

  • Work as part of a team in the factory, packing meat cuts and trims to customer specification on a paced production line to fulfil production targets on a daily and weekly basis
  • Assist in the production area & provide support to the production team
  • Work in all areas of the factory
  • Keep good housekeeping standers in all areas
  • Keep up to date knowledge of all products
  • Keep up to date with all training to ensure you are trained to complete your day to day role
  • Follow work instructions in all areas
  • Ensure you comply with Health & Safety regulations
  • Ensure all data to be recorded is accurate and up to date
  • Ensure quality guidelines are followed for all areas
  • Undertake flexible working hours to meet deadline

The ideal Candidate will have or demonstrate:

  • Entry level, semi-skilled & advanced positions available
  • An ability to work to deadlines
  • An ability to work on own initiative
  • Interested in future development & progression

Successful candidates will need to be able to work a shift pattern of days and evenings on a bi-weekly rotation.

Interested? Send a copy of your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dawn Meats is an equal opportunity employer.

LCE Office Ergonomics

Ita Leyden was in Shannon, Co. Clare recently to deliver the Certificate in Practical Ergonomics training to delegates. This five-day course gave the attendees the knowledge and skill needed to have a better understanding of ergonomics and how to apply these in the workplace.

The course looks at topics such as human capabilities, ergonomic assessment tools and design interventions. Upon completion attendees will be able to conduct ergonomic assessments with confidence, understand how to identify & manage risks and be able to carry out VDU assessments in the work environment.

LCE will run the Certificate in Practical Ergonomics again in November, beginning Monday 4th. If this is something of interest to you more detail can be found on the LCE website or alternatively you can call 051 364 344 and speak to Karen who will be more than happy to go through any queries with you.

Tower Hotel Druids Glen Hotel

The Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre has a new sister hotel as the The Neville Hotel Group has now acquired Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort.

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort is the fourth hotel for the Neville Group, who also own and operate The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire and The Kilkenny River Court Hotel.

Commenting on the sale, Director of The Neville Hotel Group, Therese Neville, said “We are delighted to add the 5 Star Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort to our portfolio of hotels. This acquisition marks our fourth hotel and first golf course for the group. We are looking forward to investing in the property in the future to ensure its status as one of Ireland’s most iconic resorts.”

You can contact Sinead Corcoran at the Tower Hotel with any enquiries for Druids Glen on 051 862300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bank of Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office are hosting a Monthly Friday Morning Breakfast Club on Friday, 6th September at Bank of Ireland Workbench, The Quay, Waterford from 8.00–9.00am.

Bank of Ireland's Friday Breakfast Club is a business community event which combines networking with a fireside chat. At these monthly events a local business owner shares the story of the financial milestones of their business journey. Guest speaker is Yvonne Dillon, Owner/Founder of Nutrilicious.

A complimentary light breakfast will served.

Colm Morrissey Hair Studio

We are delighted to announce two new members for our team.

Johann Crowe is an icon on the Waterford Hairdressing scene, having trained under the watchful eye of Karl Casey, Johann brought Zen to the city & for last number of years worked as a Senior Stylist for Peter Mark. Johann is a master of her craft & a Loreal Colour Specialist.

Karen Hearne brings a wealth of experience having run her own hugely successful salon in Waterford for over 20 years. Karen is a native of Tramore & looks forward to looking after her clients old & new at her new base.


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