Specsavers unveiled its first ever store in Bellshill with help from a Lanarkshire singing star.

Former X Factor contestant Ryan Lawrie performed at the official opening of the store on 31 March. Ryan, who is originally from Bellshill, performed a selection of songs and also popped in for a hearing test to make sure his ears are in tip-top condition. 

The new store, which has created 10 new jobs, marks a £370,000 investment in the area. 

A word from the store director

Store director Kirsteen Newman says: ‘We would like to say a big thank you to Ryan for helping us celebrate on the day. He was great with the customers and everyone was really excited about having an X Factor star in the store.

‘We’re really looking forward to working with the people of Bellshill to build our business.’

Top team

Directors Kirsteen Newman and Douglas Waugh have assembled a team of staff which includes three optometry students alongside 17-year-old Courtney Dunlop who joins the store through North Lanarkshire Council’s Routes to Work scheme.

Director Douglas is an independent prescribing optometrist and Kirsteen is part of the General Optical Council education committee. Both Kirsteen and Douglas have worked with Specsavers in a professional training capacity for many years.

The state-of-the-art store has two test rooms and features the latest optical and audiology technology and equipment.

State-of-the-art equipment

The Bellshill store is also only the seventh in Scotland to be equipped with an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine: a cutting-edge piece of equipment, usually found in hospital eye departments, which is used in the screening and management of conditions including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

The store will not charge for an OCT test if it is part of a standard eye test.

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