Specsavers Morningside has won a duo won of prestigious industry awards at the UK Optician Awards.
The store scooped Technology Practice of the Year at the UK Optician Awards, while store director Michael O’Kane won the highly coveted Optometrist of the Year title, beating stiff competition from optical practices across the country at the glittering ceremony at Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
Michael - the only optician in Scotland to be shortlisted for the award – walked away with the top award of the night in recognition of his patient care, hard work, dedication and passion for optometry.
Michael O’Kane said: ‘We are thrilled to be recognised by the Optician Awards. Having been involved in optometry for more than 18 years, I am very proud and honoured to have my efforts recognised and to have been awarded Optometrist of the Year by the judges over 14,000 optometrists in the UK, is just overwhelming.
‘Moreover, I am extremely proud of the dedicated team I have here in Morningside who are committed to providing our customers with the best optical service and retail experience to the people of Edinburgh and beyond.
‘Thanks to the expert management provided by my operations manager, Joe Alubaid, our store has been able to invest heavily in innovative technology and in training to deliver the best clinical experience for our customers, and it is great to be recognised for our commitment.’
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) 3D scanner, a suite of Specialist Dry Eye Clinic and Ortho Keratology as well as myopia control; the latest development in optometry.
The OCT 3D eye scanning technology, also found in hospital eye departments, produces a structural scan 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 early detection, screening and management of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
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.