Specsavers in Morningside has been shortlisted for Technology Practice of the Year in the Optician Awards 2018, beating stiff competition from optical practices across the country, while store director Michael O’Kane has been shortlisted for Optometrist of the Year.

Delighted to be shortlisted

Michael will face only three other candidates for the Optometrist of the Year award and is the only optician in Scotland in the running for the award. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 14 April at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Store director, Michael O’Kane says: ‘We are delighted to be shortlisted for these prestigious awards, ahead of many other optical practices across the UK.

‘The team here in Morningside are committed to providing our customers with the best optical service.

‘Our store has invested heavily in innovative technology and training to deliver the best clinical and retail experience for customers, and it is great to be recognised for our commitment.’

Top technology

The Morningside store boasts top of the range optical and audio technology - following a £250,000 investment in 2017 - to provide the best level of care to customers, including an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner, Specialist Dry Eye Clinic and Ortho Keratology, a reversible process of correcting your vision without the need for wearing spectacles or contact lenses during the day.

The OCT 3D eye scanning technology, usually found only in hospital eye departments, produces a structural scan of the back of the eye, including layers of the eye that would not normally be visible using traditional eye testing techniques. The results are similar to an ultrasound or MRI scan.

It is used for a variety of functions, including screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Further education

Michael recently passed an exam on Ocular Therapeutics at Glasgow Caledonian University, and is currently working towards a higher qualification in Paediatric eye care with the University of Ulster.

He is also working towards his Independent Prescribing qualification, seeing patients in the Eye Hospital under the supervision of an Ophthalmologist.

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