An Edinburgh optometrist who holds the title of Scotland’s Optometrist of the Year has been awarded a further eye care qualification.
Michael O’Kane, director at Specsavers in Morningside, has completed further study in the field of Therapeutics Independent Prescribing, qualifying him to clinically assess patients and treat and prescribe ocular medications under the NHS for a number of eye conditions.
He is one of only a few optometrists in the UK to hold both this qualification and a Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care, having completed further study in this area last year.
Michael was appointed by Specsavers as one of the Heads of Enhanced Optical Services to help train its professional staff. He also works as a Paediatric Optometrist at Edinburgh’s Princess Alexandra Eye Pavillion.
Reaction from the man himself
Michael said: ‘Specsavers has long been a champion not only of the importance of regular eye tests but of eye health in general. And now, people suffering from eye conditions that would normally have required a GP or hospital appointment such as infections, uveitis, red or painful eyes, dry eyes and blepharitis can be supported and treated in our Morningside store.
‘I’m really proud to take my clinical expertise further and enhance the level of care I can offer the people of Edinburgh now I am able to offer NHS prescriptions for medicines to treat eye conditions, with the added benefit of helping to reduce the pressure on our local GP surgeries and other NHS services.’
Michael was awarded Optometrist of the Year at the Scottish Health Awards in 2018 by the Scottish Health Secretary and UK Optometrist of the Year at The Opticians Awards in the same year. Michael continues to further his expertise and is currently studying towards a Professional Certificate in Medical Retina with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.