Martin O'Neill, optometrist director at Specsavers Kilmarnock, features alongside fellow colleagues and some customers in a new national TV campaign.

Throughout lockdown Specsavers has been open for essential and emergency care and Martin has been one of the key workers delivering prescription frames and helping local residents with eye health concerns via phone and video calls.

The 90-second film titled We Were There, tells the real-life stories of store colleagues, like Martin, and customers experiences with Specsavers during lockdown when its doors were closed apart from offering urgent and essential care.

Martin, says: ‘It’s been a very unique time in my career to change the way we operate but still being able to provide this vital service. It has been imperative during this time for us to remain open to reduce the strain on the NHS workers at local hospitals, pharmacies and GP practices.

‘I am proud to have performed video consultations for elderly patients who are self-isolating which allowed me to resolve their eye care problems remotely and safely. I’ve also been able to care for other key workers including providing new glasses to a local paramedic who had lost her glasses.


‘Amid lockdown we continued to receive hospital referrals which in some cases included young children who were sent to Specsavers where we safely supplied first-time glasses without which their vision may not develop fully.

‘We hope to soon welcome visitors back to Specsavers Kilmarnock to provide wider care, including basic adjustments and routine sight tests, when the COVID-19 situation improves for Scotland.’

The Specsavers We Were There advert debuted on ITV1 on Saturday 13 June and will be shown across Specsavers social pages and online here:  

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