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Test for Glaucoma and Save your Sight!

World Glaucoma Week March 11-17, 2018

It’s our aim is to spread the word to as many people as possible, that glaucoma blindness can be eliminated if we all have regular eye checks, including optic nerve checks.

Called the ‘silent thief of sight’, because you don’t feel any symptoms until you start having vision problems and then they keep deteriorating. Around 50% of all glaucoma cases are undiagnosed, people are unaware that they have the condition.

Glaucoma can cause irreversible damage to your vision. It’s therefore hugely important, to have regular eye checks, to detect glaucoma in the early stages and save your sight. Book an eye exam today!

Happy 30th Anniversary to us!

30 Years Strong

30 years ago, we opened our doors for the first time, not knowing what to expect. Starting out on our own was exciting and nerve racking at the same time. Here we are 30 years later, proud to be part of this great community, caring for you and your families eyes.

Whether it’s examining your child’s eyes for the first time, to making sure you have the right contact lenses to meet your lifestyle, and everything in between, we are passionate about caring for your eyes. Eyecare is continually advancing and it‘s our job to keep abreast of new techniques and technologies.

Our promise to you 30 years ago remains the same today.  We promise to provide you with the best possible eyecare, by a qualified, experienced and caring team. We will also offer you the most technological advanced lenses and contact lenses on the market to give you clear, comfortable vision, while looking great in the latest trends and designs in eyewear.

We looking forward to caring for your eyes for many years to come.

New optometrist joins our team

We are delighted to announce a new team member, Siobhan Dolan, Optometrist. Siobhan has joined our team and splits her time between our Inverurie and Banchory practice.

Siobhan first became interested in optometry as a career when she did work experience in her final year at school.  Siobhan wanted to do something that had a basis in science and picked pharmacy and optometry. She did her optical work experience in a local independent opticians similar to HMD and enjoyed it so much she applied for a university optometry course and continued in the independent practice as a Saturday girl.

Siobhan is originally from Northern Ireland and obtained a degree in Optometry from University of Ulster, qualifying in 2009.  She completed her pre-reg year in Specsavers Dunfermline in 2010.  Siobhan then moved to Aberdeen in 2013 and couldn’t be happier with the move. She has since settled in Kintore with her soon to be husband and their dog.

Siobhan joined the HMD team in December 2017. This year Siobhan has applied for an Independent Prescribing course to enable her to offer enhanced services for patients in practice.

Siobhan said

“My only eye care advice is to get your eyes tested regularly even if you don’t need glasses!”


And the winner is…..

And the winner of our Christmas prize draws are:

Congratulation to Beryl Willox from our Peterhead practice who won the £100 HMD voucher.

Congratulations also to William Mitchell from our Banchory practice who won a pair of designer sunglasses.




Festive Opening Hours

HMD Christmas Raffle – Designer Sunglasses to be won!

HMD Christmas Raffle – Designer Sunglasses to be won!

Every purchase made during 13th to the 21st December will be entered into the prize draw for a pair of Designer Sunglasses.  T&Cs Apply

Christmas Raffle – £100 HMD Voucher to be won!

Every purchase made during 1st to the 12th December will be entered into the prize draw for a £100 HMD Voucher.  T&Cs Apply

Don’t swerve a sight test

Road safety and your eyes

Poor vision causes an estimated 2900 road casualties a year. So, we all need to be able to see clearly when in charge of a vehicle. In the wrong hands, a vehicle can be dangerous. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure they have their eyes checked and have an up to date prescription. We can also influence family and friends to have their eyes checked too, helping to make the roads we drive on safer.

Driving Eyesight Rules 

You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1st September 2001 from 20 metres.

You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) using both eyes together or, if you have sight in one eye only, in that eye.

You must also have an adequate field of vision – your optician can tell you about this and do a test.

Book an appointment today

Do you struggle to see when driving at night?

Essilor have just released new lenses specifically designed to reduce the glare and make driving at night more comfortable.

Speak to us about Varilux Road Pilot and Essilor Road Pilot (single vision) lenses.

Say #EyeQuit for #Stoptober

Did you know the link between smoking and sight loss is as strong as the link between smoking and lung cancer? To encourage people to say #EyeQuit for #Stoptober here are twenty ways smoking can affect your vision and eye health.


#1 Tobacco smoke causes biological changes in your eyes that can lead to vision loss

#2 Cigarettes contain toxins that enter your eyes & increase your risk of sight loss by up to four times

#3 Tobacco chemicals damage blood vessels inside your eyes

#4 Tobacco chemicals interfere with the production of your tears

#5 Smoking causes oxidative stress and damages your retina

#6 Tobacco reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your macula

#7 Smoking is a key risk factor for #AMD, the UK’s leading cause of blindness

#8 Research published in @bmj suggests 1 in 5 cases of #AMD are caused by tobacco consumption

#9 On average smokers develop #AMD 5 years earlier than non-smokers

#10 Smoking is a major risk factor in the development of cataracts

#11 The risk of nuclear cataracts is 3 times greater in smokers

#12 Smoking is a significant risk factor for developing diabetic retinopathy

#13 Smoking increases your risk of dry eye syndrome – the leading cause of eye irritation in over 65s

#14 Smoking is associated with the development of thyroid eye disease

#15 Smokers have increased prevalence of colour vision deficiency

#16 Nicotine poisoning can make it difficult to clearly distinguish colours with a red or green hue

#17 Smokers are twice as likely to suffer Uveitis than non-smokers.

#18 Smoking increases the risk of contact lens wearers suffering corneal ulcers

#19 Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of your child having a squint

#20 Smoking around loved ones increases their risk of suffering sight loss

Say #EyeQuit today. For help to stop smoking visit