Neil Drain is the store director and optometrist at the newly opened Specsavers store in Bishopbriggs.

Neil has worked with Specsavers for seven years and is also the store director in the Kirkintilloch Specsavers store.

As well as his Optometry degree, Neil holds an Independent Prescriber qualification. This means he is qualified to prescribe medicines for minor eye conditions which can save patients a trip to their GP.

In his spare time, you can find Neil playing or watching football or also out mountain biking, which he has recently taken up with his son. His favourite glasses are his aviator sunglasses and he also loves his multifocal contact lenses.

What made Neil chose optometry

Neil said: ‘Optometry had been an interest of mine since I was a young boy as I am actually the third in a line of optometrists in my family. My grandfather, Eric Drain, was an optometrist and before him his cousin, David Drain, so you could say it runs in the family.

‘The main thing that I love about my job is that it simply revolves around resolving customers’ ocular and general health problems. I always liked the idea of learning a specific skill which could then be used to benefit and help people.

‘It is amazing what we, as optometrists, can detect just by examining someone’s eye. People presume that it is only their sight we test for but we are able to spot other health issues too such a strokes, brain tumours, and diabetes to name a few.'

Importance of eye tests

On eye tests, Neil explaied: ‘Eye tests consist of a very thorough examination of a person’s eyes. This is to ensure than there are no risks to their ocular and general health as well as checking to see if they need glasses or contact lenses to aid their vision.

‘Eye tests are painless and there are no wrong answers within the test itself. I always stress to our customers that regular eye tests prevent serious eye and general health problems, as well as ensuring that they can see to their maximum potential.’

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