Specsavers in Morningside won 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 a ceremony at the Birmingham’s Hilton 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. He says: ‘We are thrilled to be given this accolade vote for by our industry peers at the Optician Awards. Having been involved in optometry for over 18 years, I am very proud and honoured to have my efforts recognised and to have been awarded Optometrist of the Year out of 14,000 optometrists, is just overwhelming.
‘Moreover, I am extremely proud of the dedicated team I have here in Morningside who are committed to providing our patients and customers with the best optical service and retail experience to the people of Edinburgh and beyond.
‘Thanks to the expert management provided by 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 for a Specialist Dry Eye Clinic and Ortho Keratology lenses.
The OCT is used for a variety of functions, including screening and management of 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.
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