The philosophy of Clifden Opticians is to provide a first class comprehensive service – that means you the customer always comes first. We pride ourselves on providing excellent visual correction and thorough care of the eyes.

Using state of the art technology and high tech imaging equipment our optometrists will give you a comprehensive eye examination and advise you on the options that best suit you. We aim to provide a professional, friendly customer orientated service. Also to assist our patient’s in choosing spectacles, lenses and contact lenses that best suits their needs, environment and budget by providing a comprehensive range of frames and information about all the lens options available to each individual.

We follow through on the above by ensuring all staff are encouraged to attend the most important international conferences to ensure that their knowledge is up to date and our products are the best available for our patients. As an independent opticians we offer a comprehensive choice of products to our patients from budget to leading brands and all types of contact lenses currently available on the market. We particularly specialise in eye examinations, all types of contact lenses for all age groups, vision and learning, advise for those who are partially sighted and high quality fashion eyewear. With over 20 designer collections our practice is a leading.

ni_raighne_sunglasses_clifdenThe Team

Optometrist  Ailbhe ní Ráighne FAOI

Ailbhe is from Indreabhán, Co. na Gaillimhe, she studied optometry in the Dublin Institute of Technology and graduated in 1999. After graduating Ailbhe practiced in both multiple and independent practices in Ireland. Ailbhe established Athenry Opticians in 2002 and followed on to open ní Ráighne Opticians in Clifden in 2004. Ailbhe has continued to further her education in the UK in the past number of years, completing 3 modules in Behavioral Optometry. Most recently she has been accepted on to a masters in clinical optometry programme run by City University/Moorfields Eye Hospital. Her particular areas of interest are diabetic eye care and vision and learning and paediatric eye care.

She is also actively involved in the association of optometry Ireland and has served on the PR comitee in the past as well as being an examiner, examining the newly qualified graduates on behalf of the associaition.

Company Director  Fergus Patten

Fergus opened ní Ráighne Opticians alongside his wife Ailbhe in January 2004, and looks after all the day to day running of the business. Fergus is also responsible for running the state of the art laboratories in both practices.

Athenry Practice Manager  Josephine Bird

Josephine is from Ballyglunin, Tuam, Co. Galway and has managed Athenry Opticians for the past 2 years. Josephine has 15 years experience in optometry and was worked in a number of independent optometry practices before joining Athenry Opticians in 2004.

Clifden Practice Manager  Ann Coyne

Ann is from Cleggan, Co Galway and joined the Clifden Practice as manger in 2008 on returning home . Ann has 15 years experience in optometry and has worked extensively in a number of independent and multiple practices in the UK and Ireland before joining ní Ráighne Opticians.

Athenry Optical Assistant  Aisling Kearney-Burke

Aisling joined Athenry Opticians in November 2006 upon returning home. Aisling has a degree in fine art, and a very good eye for fashion and flair.

Clifden Optical Assistant  Hayley McDonagh

Hayley is the newest member of the team joining us in January 2009. Hayley has a degree in office information systems and has worked for a number of firms in Galway city before joining us.

Bridge Street, Clifden, Co. Galway

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