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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”.

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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!



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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

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