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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

Job Vacancy – Optical Assistant

We require a full-time Optical Assistant for our busy Inverurie Practice.

Duties to include Reception and Pre-eyetest screening.
Full time training will be provided.

Applicants should be outgoing, friendly and computer literate. They should enjoy meeting people and be able to provide the first class service for which we are known.

Salary commensurate with experience.

CVs should be sent to the Manager, Margaret Bruce by Friday 13th October 2017.


Happy 9th Brithday Banchory

Happy 9th Birthday to our wonderful Banchory team! Doesn’t time fly……….hope the cake was good!



Local Optometrist Opening Eyes at #Sheffield17

Local Optometrist and Company Director, Alan Macdonald of Hughes, Macdonald & Davidson Opticians is lending his expertise at the 2017 Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games.

The Special Olympics are being held in the City of Sheffield between 7-12 August 2017. The Games are the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Around 2,600 athletes will come together from across the country. They will be supported over 4 days of competition by 800 coaches, 750 volunteers, 150 officials and over 5000 family and friends.

Alan is volunteering his time and expertise at the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program. The program educates athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identifies issues that may need additional follow-up.

Opening Eyes is one discipline of the program which is aiming to screen 1000 athletes over four days (7th & 10th August). There will be around 12 stations testing different areas such as distance and near vision, colour vision, pupil response and the health of the back of the eye.

For those athletes that need glasses, replacement glasses, sports goggles or have dubious examination results will be given a full eye examination. They will receive their new eyewear with their new prescription and a special badge for attending our screening.

Alan Macdonald, Optometrist and Company Director at Hughes, Macdonald & Davidson Opticians said “Everyone should have an eye examination; having intellectual disabilities should not contribute to sub-standard care. I am delighted to be able to contribute to such a wonderful event. I use Makaton, a language programme using signs, symbols and speech to communicate with athletes during the screening, which helps provide clues to what I’m saying, enabling the athletes to benefit from the eye care they deserve”.

Big & Tall in stock now..

Gentlemen, if you have a big beautiful head, we now have a wide range of fashionable frames to fit larger heads. Pop in to see the latest range from Big & Tall.  

Special Olympics count down continues..

I’ve been assigned my team, I’ve got training on 6th August and will be ready to go on 7th & 8th August…

Opening Eyes is part of the Healthy Athletes programme, so there will be dentists, podiatrists, audiologists and health promotion people there too. We will be screening in the dining room of Birkdale School, close to Sheffield Hallam University.

The screening will have about twelve stations and we shall be testing:

  • distance and near vision.
  • cover test. To check muscle balances
  • pupil responses.
  • motility. Examining if eyes move together properly
  • near point of convergence.
  • colour vision.
  • stereopsis. 3D test
  • IOP. Eye pressure
  • slit lamp exam. Tocheck health of front of the eye
  • autorefraction. To check for spectacles
  • ophthalmoscopy. To check the health of the back of the eye.

Those athletes that need glasses, replacement glasses, sports goggles or have dubious autorefraction results (!) will have a full eye examinations. Then there will be dispensing and glazing too, and at check out all the athletes will receive a special badge for going for round our screening.

Our volunteers will be Optometrists, dispensing opticians and students and we are aiming to screen 1000 athletes!

I’ll let you know how we get on!



Job Vacancy – Cleaner Required, Peterhead Practice

The successful applicant must be able to work on their own initiative.
Hours are to be arranged, 8-10 hours per week, Mon-Sat.
Pay is above minimum wage.

Applications to Linda Findlay by Wednesday 5th July
Email –

Special Olympics #Sheffield 2017

Our very own Alan Macdonald has signed up to test eyes in the ‘Healthy Athletes’ sessions at this year’s Special Olympics, which are being held in Sheffield on the 7-12th August.

This is the 3rd time Alan has volunteered at the Special Olympics. Alan is a great believer that no matter who you are, you can benefit from having an eye test. Healthy eyes and a healthy body can help everyone enjoy life to the full.

Watch this space for further updates on this year’s Special Olympics adventure..

Job Vacancy for Full-time Optometrist

Enthusiastic Optometrist Needed

We are looking for an enthusiastic Optometrist to work between our Inverurie and Banchory practices. Both practices are very well equipped with full support staff.

Hours would be 9.00-5.00, 5 days a week, which includes Saturdays. The successful candidate will get one Saturday off per month. Annual leave entitlement is 5 weeks plus local and national holidays.

Competitive salary based on experience, plus benefits

Within our successful group of four practices we foresee excellent career prospects for the right candidate.

Training is constant and ongoing and we have our own registered peer review group.

Contact John Hughes or Andrew McLeod on 01467 625177 or submit your CV to

Closing date 4th June 2017