The 5 Best Opticians in Dublin
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The 5 Best Opticians in Dublin

Eyes are the window to the soul, but they’re so much more than that. Most of us rely on them for everything: for work, for play, and everything in between.

Thus, eye health care should be a top priority. To keep your vision in top form, we made a list of the top opticians in Dublin.

Optician Costs in Dublin

Opticians offer a wide range of products and services, and oftentimes stores do not display their prices, so all we can provide are estimates for the most common service: the eye exam.

However, according to our research, the minimum for a standard eye examination should be €20. That said, prices in Dublin can go as high as €50.

Top Opticians

We assessed these opticians according to the following criteria:

Convenience
This metric includes location, delivery options, website stores, and efficiency. No one wants to book an exam at an inconvenient, inefficient place!
Pricing
This refers to both the price ranges available for services and products, as well as available discounts. Costs in the capital can be quite high, so we want to make sure you get the best bang for your buck.
Service
This refers to the services the store offers and its customer service reputation as well. We want to make sure you’re well taken care of in all ways!
Customer Satisfaction
Lastly, we checked in with clients for their impression of the opticians and whether or not they would return as customers! Your eye care deserves only the most trusted service.

1. Mac Nally Opticians

Mac Nally Opticians Homepage
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SERVICESComprehensive eye exam, eye health test, PRSI optical benefit
WEBSITEhttps://www.macnallyopticians.com/
ADDRESSMac Nally Opticians on the Green,

Huguenot House, 35-38 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.

D02NY63

CONTACT INFORMATIONhttps://www.macnallyopticians.com/contact-us/#find-us /, +353 1 676 9452
OPERATING HOURSTuesday-Sat, 9:30 AM-5.30 PM (closed Sundays & Mondays)
Convenience★★★★☆ (4/5)
Pricing★★★★☆ (4/5)
Service★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★★ (5/5)

Mac Nally Opticians is right in the heart of Dublin on Stephen’s Green, making it quite convenient to get to for all your eyewear needs.

Adding to this is the fact that the service is available on their sleek and simple website, where you can buy eyewear, request an appointment, book an exam, and even consult with specialists.

According to their team, they have something for everyone whether you’re after fashion or functionality. In fact, they are the exclusive Irish provider of some of the world’s best designer brands like Caroline Abram.

One thing about Mac Nally is it’s all top-shelf stuff, so you can expect the price range to be quite high. We would personally prefer a bit wider of a range of options to accommodate more people.

We do also wish there was a bit more variety offered for accessories such as lid wipes, eye masks, and eye drops. There is currently only one brand offered, Scope.

That being said, however, they are well stocked for frames, sunglasses, and contact lenses from a number of high quality brands. 

Their team of seven lab technicians, specialists, and stylists is also well-trained and attentive, which we believe is a must. Clients from our surveys have praised them for their professionalism and expertise.

Pros

  • Convenient location
  • Useful and accessible website
  • Wide range of frames and glasses

Cons

  • Only carries high-end brands
  • No range for accessories

Customer Reviews

3 eye tests and 3 pairs of glasses from the team at Mac Nally’s over the last 6 years, I always receive outstanding customer service from start to finish, their professionalism guarantees a flawless experience and I wouldn’t consider anywhere else for my eye test or glasses. A great range of frames too. I always look forward to visiting! -Andrew Conion

5 star service, we had driving license eyesight report done at MacNally Opticians. Polite and professional team, thank you for Saturday appointment ☘️It took  15 min from start to finish. -Yana Dzyubinska

2. Gilna Opticians

Gilna Opticians Homepage
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SERVICESGeneral eye exam, OCT scan, contact lens fitting, repair service
WEBSITEhttps://gilnaopticians.ie/
ADDRESS

Thomas St. - 31 Thomas St, The Liberties, Dublin 8, D08 RC78, Ireland


IFSC - Mayor Street Lower, International Financial Services Centre, Dublin 1, Ireland


Clontarf - 2 Vernon Ave, Clontarf, Dublin 3, D03 R248, Ireland

CONTACT INFORMATION

Thomas St. - 01454 2852 / [email protected]


IFSC - 01791 8891 / [email protected]


Clontarf - 01833 7836 / [email protected]

OPERATING HOURS

Thomas St. - Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30 & Saturdays 9:30-5:00


IFSC - Monday-Friday 10:00 – 5:30


Clontarf - Monday – Saturday 8:30-5:30

Convenience★★★★☆ (4/5)
Pricing★★★★☆ (4/5)
Service★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★★ (5/5)

Gilna Opticians has been serving Dublin on Thomas St. since 1951. They have since expanded to two more locations in the IFSC and the coastal suburb of Clontarf.

Having three locations makes it a lot easier for clients to reach them from wherever they may be in Dublin. 

Having a location in the city’s financial district also means they have packages for corporate eyewear for medium to large companies. We recommend checking with your employer to see if you have any discounts to claim, actually.

They have a number of services listed on their website: a general eye exam, an OCT scan, contact lens fittings, repair services, VDU reports for driver’s licenses, colour vision tests, and ocular prosthesis.

Gilna Opticians offers a standard variety of brands, which we find to be just fine. These brands do, however, offer a wide range of prices, which we love because it means more budgets are accommodated.

They also have customer service that is known to be super-efficient, which is perfect for people on the go with busy schedules. That’s certainly what we found for ourselves on a visit.

Their website is a little awkward to use, however, which we find a little frustrating. After all, it’s a lot more tempting to request an appointment on a website that is friendlier to its users.

Pros

  • Three locations across Dublin
  • Efficient customer service
  • Packages for medium to large companies
  • Good price range for frames and sunglasses

Cons

  • Awkward website

Customer Reviews

Perfect place excellent service. I went to get eye report for driving license. Got appointment by phone and they didn’t make me wait at all. Prices are good. Got the license with no problem. Their website is a bit awkward but service is good -Benjamin Marsh

Superior service from this opticians. I needed a quick eye test for my drivers license, I popped in to book and they saw me straight away and were really lovely to deal with. -Shane Horkin

3. Dixon Hempenstall

Dixon Hempenstall Homepage
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SERVICESEye examination, myopia control, contact lenses, retinal imaging, prosthetic eyes
WEBSITEhttps://www.dublinopticians.ie/
ADDRESS14 Suffolk St, Dublin 2, D02 HN83, Ireland
CONTACT INFORMATION

[email protected]


Suffolk: 01 677 1334

Tallaght: 01 4598117

OPERATING HOURSMonday-Friday 9:30AM-6PM
Convenience★★★★★ (5/5)
Pricing★★★★☆ (4/5)
Service★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)

Dixon Hempenstall is a family-run Irish-owned company that dates all the way back to 1908, which means they have a wealth of experience serving Dublin.

The opticians and optometrists at their store are all specialists when it comes to contact lenses, in particular. If you have any qualms about switching to contacts, they’re more than qualified to answer any questions.

They also have a very informative website that details certain eye health-related issues, their causes, and their suggested remedies. We like this because you can come in well-informed about your possible condition even before your eye exam.

They have a general eye exam for every patient that they tailor for your specific needs. They perform OCT scans, binocular assessments, peripheral visual field analyses, and intraocular pressure measurement.

Dixon Hempenstall offers a variety of fashionable brands for frames as well. While it isn’t as large a range as what you’ll find at a few others, we’re still fans of the variety offered, with both classic and trendier brands represented.

We should note, however, that an eye test is required to have your basics logged in their database – even if you’re only coming in to get new frames or sports goggles.

We find this a little inconvenient, because it means paying for the eye test regardless of whether or not you want or need it.

Pros

  • Contact lens specialists
  • Informative website
  • Very experienced

Cons

  • Eye test required before purchase

Customer Reviews

Flawless prescription, frustrating service. My glasses arrived damaged partially caused by not being packaged adequately, got into them today and they did fix them but they still feel flimsy, they should be flawless.

There’s no real incentive for repeat custom especially when the competition is so plentiful and offer better value to the customers.

Sales tactics and aftercare are inadequate, its annoying because my vision has never been better but there approach can be improved. -Caominh O’Canabhain

Can’t recommend these guys highly enough.   Really great to deal with, they even suggested a new type of lense than I was used to.   Result is perfect.  I can see properly.  Thank you Pete and the team. -Philip Ryan

4. Vision Express Opticians

Vision Express Opticians Homepage
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SERVICESEye tests, OCT scan, repair services
WEBSITEhttps://www.visionexpress.ie/
ADDRESS24 Henry Street Dublin 1, County Dublin

D01 P642


Malahide Road, Clarehall Shopping Center

Dublin 17

D17 N971


Fonthill Road, Clondalkin Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

Dublin

D22 E302


Navan Road, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, 118/119

Dublin

D15 X304


Belgard Square East, Blessington Road 204

Dublin

D24 P8DW

CONTACT INFORMATIONHenry Street - 01 8732477

Clarehall Shopping Centre - 01 9203 083

Liffey Valley Shopping Centre - 01 6239 222

Blanchardstown Shopping Centre - 01 8222 066 Tallaght - 01 4598 722

OPERATING HOURSMonday 09:00 - 18:00

Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00

Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00

Thursday 09:00 - 18:00

Friday 09:00 - 18:00

Saturday 09:00 - 18:00

Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Convenience★★★★☆ (4/5)
Pricing★★★★☆ (4/5)
Service★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)

Vision Express Opticians is another store with a few different locations in Dublin: Henry St, Clarehall Shopping Centre, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, and Tallaght.

We like that this means it is easier to get to a branch from wherever you are, particularly if you are out shopping for other items in any of these shopping centres.

Each of these stores offers the following services: eye test and screening, contact lens check up and free trial, OCT 3D eye scan, children’s eye tests, repair services, and lens add-ons like blue light filter and polarised glasses.

Visions Express also has the biggest range of brands of frames, sunglasses, and accessories on this list. They’re all well-known and fashionable brands, so we love the range they have to offer.

The price range they offer is also quite wide, with glasses from as low as €30 and sunglasses from €20. Plus, we love that you can save on frames with vouchers on their website – and who doesn’t love a good discount?

They also offer a free 100-day returns guarantee, free delivery on all orders, and free lifetime services. Their eye test, however, will run you about €30, which we do find a bit steep for an eye test.

We should note, however, that prices in Dublin can go quite high.

The eye test is also reserved for those who buy frames from them, which we don’t love. That means that whether or not you need new frames, to get your test results you need to buy a pair.

Visions Express is also available all over the world, which makes it accessible even when you’re out of the country. Just note that because of this, they do tend to have a lot of clients, making the stores quite busy at peak hours.

Pros

  • Many locations all over Dublin and the world
  • Wide price range for frames and sunglasses
  • Discounts online
  • 100-days return guarantee
  • Free delivery on all orders

Cons

  • Eye tests only available to those buying frames
  • Can get quite busy

Customer Reviews

I’ve been going to the Henry St. Branch for a number of years now and I can’t fault them. The Optometrists are excellent (Deirdre O’Donnell picked up an issue with my optic nerves and referred me on to A&E a year or so back and am very thankful for that). The Sales Staff are equally as good and offer great customer service, nothing is too much trouble. Very professional but all in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere. Special mention goes to Ann Prendergast & Mark for their assistance this time around. – Christina Noctor

I had an excellent experience with everyone I dealt with at Vision Express in Henry Street.  The shop staff were incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and patient whilst I was choosing my new glasses.  The optometrist who saw me was brilliant as she took her time to explain in some detail, some of the observations she had made during the examination and it was simply on a different level to anything I had previously experienced at an opticians.  With a great range of glasses and such excellent service, I cannot recommend it highly enough. -Thomas Schmid

5. Mairead O’Leary Opticians

Mairead O'Leary Opticians Homepage
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SERVICESEye tests, OCT scan, repair services
WEBSITEhttps://maireadoleary.ie/
ADDRESS

Blanchardstown - Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15 Yellow Mall, Level 2


Rathmines - Swan Centre, Rathmines, Dublin D06 TP90 Between McDonalds and Dunnes

CONTACT INFORMATION

Blanchardstown - 01 820 2900


Rathmines - 01 497 0516

OPERATING HOURSBlanchardstown

Monday-Tuesday, Friday-Saturday 9:30AM-6PM

Wednesday-Thursday 9:30AM-9PM


Rathmines

Monday-Saturday 9:30AM-6PM

Convenience★★★★☆ (4/5)
Pricing★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Service★★★★★ (5/5)
Customer Satisfaction★★★★☆ (4/5)

Mairead O’Leary has been providing eye care in Dublin for over 33 years. They have two locations: Blanchardstown and Rathmines.

They offer standard and enhanced eye examinations. The latter includes an OCT scan, digital fundus photography, visual field screening, and a wider range of glaucoma testing.

They also offer corporate-services for colour vision, driver sight testing, and safety spectacles. 

We find this to be pretty standard for most opticians, so nothing to either gush over or complain about here.

One thing we found noteworthy is that you and your family may claim a 10% discount on all purchases if your firm nominates Mairead O’Leary as the preferred supplier for VDU screening, though.

They have a smaller range of brands to choose from, and we wish there was more variety offered. We’re also not fans of the online shop, where you have to request more information to even view the price of a frame.

We find this to be quite inconvenient. It’s a lot more efficient to browse the store with a general price range in mind when you can actually see the item’s prices.

Customer service, however, is top-notch, with our surveys and research turning up happy clients who say they feel quite cared for.

Pros

  • 10% corporate discount for you and your family
  • Two locations

Cons

  • Inconvenient online store
  • Small variety of brands for frames and sunglasses

Customer Reviews

Mairead O Leary is easily the best Opticians I’ve experienced in my life. I’ve had eyesight issues my entire life and I turned 60 so been to quite a few in my day. Mairead herself is completely professional and particularly empathetic as I recently lost vision in one eye and she takes great care of her clients. Staff on the front desk are very helpful too. A shout out to Sandra.

So good I send my family & friends there. Couldn’t recommend this spot highly enough. -Breda Eiffe

I have been with Mairead O’Leary Opticians for decades and appreciate the personal, professional service they always offer.  The staff are top class – always willing to find the right glasses within my price bracket – and especially helpful to my daughter who requires special assistance. I appreciate their annual reminders to have an eye test and their help in claiming VHI and Social Welfare benefits. I can recommend them unreservedly. -Dublin Evelyn

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