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Eyecare Tips
May 25, 2020

Caring For Your Glasses

Alistair shares how best to care for your glasses.

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Eyecare Tips
May 17, 2020

How To Clean Contact Lenses

Here's a reminder of how best to clean your contact lenses.

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General
May 06, 2020

Remember, We're Still Here For You.

Watch Alistair's new video update

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General
April 29, 2020

Why I Chose Optometry...

Hear from our team member Holly , who's in her third year at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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General
April 22, 2020

COVID-19 And Contact Lenses

Our latest update for our Contact Lens wearers...

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General
April 21, 2020

How We Can Help Now...

Just a reminder that we're still here for you during this time.

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Fashionable Frames
April 09, 2020

Need a pair of glasses during COVID-19 crisis?

We won't leave you without glasses during this time...

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General
March 24, 2020

A message from Clinical Director...

Our latest COVID-19 update

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General
March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Latest Update

Our Clinical Director Alistair's update about eyecare in Scotland

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General
March 20, 2020

An update on your Contact Lenses - COVID 19

An update on your Contact Lenses - COVID 19

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General
March 17, 2020

COVID - 19 Update

A message from our Clinical Director...

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General
March 17, 2020

Business Excellence Award 2020

Urquhart Opticians win South West Scotland’s most prestigious business award.

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Fashionable Frames
March 17, 2020

G is for Gucci

Exclusive to Urquharts in Ayrshire, we're proud to have to have this luxury Italian brand.

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General
March 16, 2020

Meet the Team - Lauren Gerrard

Why did you get into Optics?

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Fashionable Frames
March 05, 2020

F is for Face A Face

We’ve made it our mission at Urquharts to bring Independent Eyewear...

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General
February 04, 2020

D is for Different

What makes Urquharts different?

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General
January 28, 2020

C is for Community

Find out what Community means to us!

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General
January 21, 2020

Diabetes and Your Vision

Learn how Diabetes can affect the eyes and how our Premium Eye Exam helps with early detection.

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General
January 15, 2020

B is for Blue Zero

Learn all about Shamir Blue Zero lenses...

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Fashionable Frames
January 08, 2020

A is for Andy Wolf

Find out more about our exclusive handmade collection, Andy Wolf...

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General
January 07, 2020

What is Age-related Macular Degeneration?

Find out more about AMD - what is it, what types there are, and what can be done.

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Promotions
December 07, 2019

Optomap Free Trial at Kilmarnock

Complimentary imaging using Optomap for 2 days only...

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General
November 08, 2019

Scotland's Health Secretary Visits Kilmarnock Optician

All Eyes on Community Opticians as Health Secretary Visits Kilmarnock.

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Fashionable Frames
October 26, 2019

Introducing Gucci Eyewear

We are delighted to have Gucci eyewear at our Prestwick branch, learn more about the iconic collection...

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General
September 30, 2019

Linda's Trip to Austria

Optometrist Linda tell us all about her trip to the Silhouette Eyewear factory in Linz, Austria.

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General
September 22, 2019

Meet the Team - Neil Gray

Our Optometrist Neil joined us at the beginning of the year and is a keen golfer and hill walker.

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Fashionable Frames
September 11, 2019

New collection - Oga

Introducing Oga eyewear for men.

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General
August 09, 2019

Meet the Team - Lynn Atkinson

Meet Lynn who works in our Prestwick practice, she loves her Oakley sunnies and walking her little dog Tino!

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General
July 29, 2019

Join our Award Winning Team...

Urquharts is an Opticians and Hearing Care Specialist. Our mission is to make a difference to people’s life by improving their vision and hearing.

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General
July 23, 2019

Tailored To You...

Why choose Urquharts? Our eyecare is tailored to you...

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Promotions
July 16, 2019

0% Interest Free Credit

Choose the perfect pair and spread the cost!

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General
July 02, 2019

Meet the Team - Carol Semple

Our newest member of Urquharts, Optometrist Carol leads our team in Ayr and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

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General
May 30, 2019

Lens Focus for World Environment Day

A new contact lens recycling service is being launched in Ayrshire to mark World Environment Day (5 June 2019).

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Fashionable Frames
May 23, 2019

Choosing spectacles - made easy!

Once you’ve had your eyes tested, we know that it can feel quite overwhelming at times when choosing new spectacles. At Urquharts, we’re here to help. There are a lot of decisions that need to be made and so we’ve broken the steps down into 4 points that need to be considered.

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General
April 05, 2019

Now in Ayr...

We are delighted to announce the opening of our new practice, with Optometrist Carol Semple heading the team in Ayr.

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General
March 05, 2019

Ayrshire Hospice Ladies Lunch Sponsorship

We are delighted to sponsor the annual Ayrshire Hospice Ladies Lunch for a second year.

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General
February 23, 2019

Microsuction - All you need to know.

We partnered with Castle Hearing in 2017 to provide hearing care, including wax removal by microsuction.

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Fashionable Frames
February 05, 2019

Andy Wolf. Handmade

"Andy Wolf. Handmade The finest collection of handmade frames from Austria, Europe. Stocked Exclusively by Urquharts, this independent eyewear is a stunning and unique collection of over 500 pieces."

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General
January 21, 2019

Local Business Feature - I Love...Gifts

Here at Urquharts we are passionate about our local communities across Ayrshire, so we are featuring other local independent businesses who deliver an expert service with the best products.

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General
January 16, 2019

Introducing our 'Killie' Clinic

The only Eye Care Clinic dedicated to Kilmarnock Football Fans. Make an appointment for any Saturday match day and get your eyes tested while discussing all things Kilmarnock Football Club with our Optician Alistair Duff.

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General
January 15, 2019

Meet the Team - Natalie O'Hanlon

Say Hello to Natalie who works in our Troon practice. Natalie has just completed her Level 5 in Optical Care and loves spending time with her dog Harleigh.

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General
December 05, 2018

Silhouette - Iconic eyewear

Find out more about our Silhouette collection.

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General
September 20, 2018

Mont Blanc Trek for Glasgow Childrens Hospital Charity

Our client Jim Douglas of our Prestwick branch recently completed the Mont Blanc Trek for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. The Trek itself covers 67 miles in 4 days, passing through France, Switzerland and Italy. It includes Mont Blanc’s highest pass, the Grand Col Ferret at 2,490 meters – what an outstanding achievement!

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Eyecare Tips
September 19, 2018

National Eye Health Week 2018

National Eye Health Week is running from 24th - 30th September, 2018. To promote the importance of regular sight tests, we decided to speak to people about why their vision matters.

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Promotions
September 07, 2018

Urquharts & Cove Boutique - Introducing the Tracy and Shirley Range...

At Urquharts, one of our values is 'Care & Community'. We are really passionate about our community and the towns in which we work, this includes the other local businesses. As a bit of fun, we decided to team up with Tracy and Shirley at the Cove Boutique on Bank Street, Kilmarnock and let them choose 10 pieces from the William Morris Collection which we will display in our practice. Lets see what happened...

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General
September 05, 2018

Optometrist - Join Our Award Winning Team...

"At Urquhart Opticians, our vision is to be Scotland’s leading independent Eyecare Specialists. It’s a bold vision but one that our whole team is committed to and we strive every day to achieve it."

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General
August 16, 2018

Five Star Reviews - Read what our Clients think of our service...

Across Facebook and Google, we have 100+ 5* Reviews - something we are very proud of. The very best patient experience is at the heart of everything that we do and we love when people share their experience. Read what some of our clients have said...

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General
August 15, 2018

Did you know that we have a Lab? Find out more...

Did you know that we have a lab at our practice in Kilmarnock? Our Lab Manager Ian Donnelly has been with us for 30 years and we recently installed a new glazing machine. We've named it Lenzi!

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General
August 15, 2018

Get a behind the scenes view of Urquharts...

Over the past 12 months, all our colleagues have done a 'Meet the Team' - available on the blog section of our website. For the owners Alistair and Peter, we decided to do something slightly different. Check out their video...

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Eyecare Tips
August 15, 2018

The importance of Hygiene when wearing Contact Lenses...

The Scotsman recently reported that a Scottish Tourist went blind after swimming in the sea while wearing Contact Lenses. In this short video Alistair gives us a few tips on the importance of Hygiene when wearing Contact Lenses.

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General
July 24, 2018

Are you the one?

Are you the one? We're looking for an Optical Assistant to join our team.

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Eyecare Tips
July 12, 2018

Cataracts - Everything you need to know!

One of the most common conditions that we diagnose at Urquharts is Cataracts. Find out everything you need to know about this condition.

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Eyecare Tips
July 05, 2018

Diabetic Retinopathy - What is it?

Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes complication that affects eyes. This article highlights how NHS Ayrshire & Arran work with community Optometrists to provide Diabetic Retinopathy Screening.

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Fashionable Frames
July 03, 2018

Introducing Style Consultations

Let Us Inspire you...

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Eyecare Tips
April 04, 2018

3 Helpful Tips to choose perfect fitting spectacles

In this video, Heather provides 3 helpful tips for getting perfect fitting spectacles.

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Eyecare Tips
March 19, 2018

Short Sightedness - How can it be controlled at an early age?

Short sightedness can be it your genetic make up, so what actions can be taken to reduce it at a young age. There are some new contact lenses, MiSight which have been released to control the onset of Short Sightedness.

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General
March 19, 2018

Meet the Team - Janis Cole

We're delighted to introduce Janis, one of our most experienced team members. Janis joined us from Optical Express in Kilmarnock where she was branch manager for almost 20 years. Janis works in our Kilmarnock practice and she loves walking - doing the West Highland Way in 5 days!

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General
March 14, 2018

Shortlist Honour for Urquhart Opticians

An Ayrshire optometry group is celebrating after being shortlisted for the Scottish Independent Retail Awards.

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Eyecare Tips
January 18, 2018

What is short sightedness?

So what is short sightedness? One of our Optometrists Alistair tells us.

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General
December 20, 2017

Meet the Team - Ashley McConnell

Ashley is the newest member of our team and works in Prestwick and Kilmarnock. She is going to be studying for her Level 5 in Optical Care next year, in between watching all of her favourite TV programmes on Serial Killers...

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General
November 17, 2017

Meet The Team - Mary Ann MacDonald

Mary Ann is one of our longest serving team members. From the Western Isles, Mary Ann has a nursing degree, volunteers at the local hospice and likes to avoid the heat!

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General
October 31, 2017

Make a difference to people's life by improving their vision...join our team!

Join our award winning team as a part-time Optometrist. Help us to deliver on our mission of making a difference to people's lives by improving their vision.

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General
October 09, 2017

Independent Opticians Bring World Leading Assisted Vision Tech to Ayrshire

Urquhart Opticians have signed an exclusive agreement with one of the world’s leading tech innovators, bringing their devices to Ayrshire.

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General
September 27, 2017

Sound Idea: New Partnership Launched Between Ayrshire and Dumfries Services

An award-winning Kilmarnock-based optical group is partnering with audiology specialists Castle Hearing to bring their expertise to Ayrshire.

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Eyecare Tips
September 05, 2017

Keeping Your Distance

An Ayrshire-based optometry group will be urging patients to ‘keep their distance’ during National Eye Health Week (18-24 September 2017).

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General
September 05, 2017

Meet The Team - Joan Reid

Meet Joan Reid, one of our Dispensers in our Kilmarnock Practice. Joan has been with us for 18 months and her favourite brand of eyewear is Michael Kors.

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General
July 17, 2017

Meet The Team - Sandra Porter

We are delighted to introduce Sandra, one of our longest serving team members at our practice in Kilmarnock. Sandra is a Level 7 Qualified Optical Assistant and outside of work she loves nothing more than some time to read.

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Eyecare Tips
July 14, 2017

Newly Qualified Independent Prescriber

At Urquhart Opticians, we are delighted that one of our Optometrists Lisa Haldane has qualified as an Independent Prescriber. Find out more about what this means for you!

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General
July 04, 2017

Join our Award Winning Team...

At Urquhart Opticians, our mission is to make a difference to people’s life by improving their vision. We want to create meaningful relationships with our clients, to remain proudly independent and to show responsibility towards our team, clients and community.

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Eyecare Tips
June 26, 2017

Ground Breaking New Eye Care Service for Kilmarnock Patients

Patients at Kilmarnock’s Urquhart Opticians can now opt for a significantly enhanced eye examination thanks to a major investment in new ground-breaking technology.

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General
June 16, 2017

Meet the Team - Pamela Cox

Meet Pamela, a member of our team in Kilmarnock. She is currently studying for her Level 5 in Optical Care and loves the outdoors.

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General
May 30, 2017

3D Vision for Kilmarnock Businesses

Imagine a future where you could design your own spectacles - the colour, the shape, the size! It might not be as far away as you think....

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General
May 15, 2017

Meet the Team - Lisa Haldane

Lisa has been with Urquhart Opticians for over two years and recently qualified as an IP Optometrist. She plays basketball and used to play the bassoon.

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Eyecare Tips
May 09, 2017

Bucket, Spade....Don't Forget Your Shades!

Ayrshire Opticians Highlight Eye Protection for Sun Awareness Week

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General
April 20, 2017

Meet the Team - Holly Leitch

Holly is the youngest member of our team and has recently been given an unconditional offer to study Optometry at Glasgow Caledonian University, starting in September. She loves playing the Violin and is a big fan of Harry Potter.

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General
April 05, 2017

Meet the Team - Yvette Brown

Please meet Yvette who joined us last summer. Yvette, recognised as our Fashion Queen, loves unique and stylish eyewear, has a diploma in medical administration and enjoys a bit of reality TV to relax.

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Highlands & Islands
March 24, 2017

May Test Dates and Locations...

Urquhart Opticians (Known as Devine & Niven Opticians for the past 20 Years) are visiting the Western Isles in May 2017 to carry out eye tests for residents.

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Eyecare Tips
March 07, 2017

Why cheap 'Ready Readers' could be harming your vision

At Urquhart Opticians, the health of your eyes is the single most important aspect of our service. Sight is the sense that people fear losing the most and so we want to share with you the reasons why we would not recommend wearing ‘ready readers’.

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Eyecare Tips
March 07, 2017

National Glaucoma Week - What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which result in damage to the optic nerve and vision loss. Risk factors for glaucoma include increased pressure in the eye, a family history of the condition, migraines, high blood pressure, and obesity.

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Eyecare Tips
March 07, 2017

Now Stocking EyeBags

Urquhart Opticians are now stocking 'EyeBags' - offering effective eyelid warming for the treatment of Dry Eye, Blepharitis and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.

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General
March 02, 2017

Meet The Team - Ian Donnelly

Ian is our Lab Technician and has been with us for 33 years. He has cut more than 250,000 lenses during this time and if you hear a cheer or a groan from our lab on a Saturday afternoon you will know that it is for Kilmarnock FC.

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General
March 02, 2017

Opticians Say Eye to new Troon Practice

Urquhart Opticians has this week confirmed its commitment to Troon town centre by opening new larger premises as part of a £100,000+ investment.

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Eyecare Tips
February 07, 2017

Eyecare Ayrshire

Eyecare Ayrshire’ is aimed at promoting Optometry services as the first port of call for eye problems within Ayrshire and Arran.

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General
January 20, 2017

Meet the Team - Linda McColgan

Time to meet one of our Optometrists, Linda McColgan. Linda joined us last summer and works in both Kilmarnock and Prestwick. She is an outdoors person and loves to go on holiday in Scotland.

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General
January 19, 2017

Double Vision: Troon Move In Sight For Award Winning Opticians

Urquhart Opticians is set to double its size in Troon with a move to new premises.

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General
December 21, 2016

Meet the Team - Lynn Docherty

Meet Lynn, one of our team members in Troon. Lynn has always wanted to work in an Opticians and she leads all of our frame buying. If you want to see us stock a certain frame, Lynn is the person to speak to.

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Eyecare Tips
November 23, 2016

Eyes Sharp for Road Safety Week

Urquhart Opticians Back National Road Safety Week’s #brakepledge

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General
November 21, 2016

Join our award winning team.....

Urquhart Opticians was named 'Outstanding Performing Business (less than 50 employees)' at the Ayrshire Business Awards and to support our continued growth, we are recruiting two Optical Assistants. If you want to work for an aspirational organisation where customers are at the very heart of everything we do....then we want to hear from you.

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General
November 15, 2016

Meet The Team - Lindsay Kerr

This week we are delighted to introduce one of the newest members to our team, Lindsay Kerr. Lindsay works predominantly in our practice in Glasgow and joined us having worked with Boots and Visioncare.

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Eyecare Tips
November 02, 2016

Top tips for protection against Fireworks

As fun as fireworks are, they also present dangers such as serious eye injuries from watching or handling fireworks. Risks include corneal abrasions, ruptures of the globe of the eye, retinal detachment, and chemical and thermal burns.

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General
October 28, 2016

Meet The Team - Heather Hargreaves

Over the next few months, we are going to be introducing you all to our fantastic team here at Urquhart Opticians. Personal service is our mantra and all of our team take great pride in delivering the highest standards. But here is a bit more about one of them...

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General
October 10, 2016

A Winning Vision: Independent Opticians win Ayrshire Business Award

Urquhart Opticians has been recognised as one of Ayrshire’s best performing businesses after winning a prestigious Ayrshire Business Award.

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General
September 23, 2016

Join our team....

We're hiring an Optical Assistant to support the continued expansion of our Glasgow practice. We're looking for someone with optics experience, who takes pride in delivering the highest levels of patient care and who wants to be part of an aspirational business.

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Promotions
September 16, 2016

Feast Your Eyes at Ayrshire Opticians

Ayrshire’s Urquhart Opticians are highlighting the links between healthy eating and good vision for National Eye Health Week (19-25 September 2016).

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Highlands & Islands
September 13, 2016

November Test Dates & Locations

Urquhart Opticians (Known as Devine & Niven Opticians for the past 20 Years) are visiting the Western Isles in November 2016 to carry out eye tests for residents.

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General
August 03, 2016

Ayrshire Business Awards 2016

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories at the Ayrshire Business Awards - Independent Retailer of the Year and Outstanding Performing Business.

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General
August 03, 2016

Kilmarnock Football Club

Over the past few weeks, we have been delighted to look after all of the players and management of Kilmarnock Football Club.

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Promotions
June 02, 2016

Win Tickets to see Rod Stewart

We're celebrating our 100 year anniversary and we're in a generous mood as we're giving one lucky winner two tickets to see Rod Stewart at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock on Friday 17th June.

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General
May 19, 2016

Open Afternoon

Urquhart Opticians are celebrating their 100 year anniversary with an Open Afternoon on Saturday 6th August between 12pm - 4pm.

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Promotions
May 06, 2016

Celebrating 100 years of seeing things differently...

Independent Optometrists Urquhart Opticians are celebrating their centenary this summer.

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General
May 05, 2016

Optometrist Wanted

Established in 1916, Urquhart Opticians is in its centenary year and due to the continued growth in its patient base, is looking to add an Optometrist to its team.

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Highlands & Islands
April 06, 2016

June Test Dates & Locations

Urquhart Opticians (Previously known as Devine & Niven for the past 20 Years) are visiting the Western Isles in June 2016 to carry out eye tests for residents.

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Highlands & Islands
January 07, 2016

March Test Dates & Locations

Devine and Niven Opticians (Owned by Urquhart Opticians for the past 20 Years) are visiting the Highlands and Islands in March to carry out eye tests for the residents of Skye and the Western Isles.

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General
December 15, 2015

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Please note our Kilmarnock, Prestwick, Troon and Glasgow opening times during the Festive Period

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Promotions
November 02, 2015

I think you're spectacular because...

At Urquhart Opticians, we look after spectacular people every day - and we love it! So as a thank you, we wanted to give you the opportunity to tell a friend or family member why you think they are spectacular and be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets to see the Proclaimers at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock on 17th December.

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General
August 25, 2015

We're hiring....

Join our winning team! At Urquhart Opticians, we take great pride in our personal and expert approach. We build meaningful relationships with our patients and empower our staff to provide the very highest levels of care. We are looking to add a team member that will help to take this service to the next level. Check out our role profile if you think it could be you....

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Eyecare Tips
August 13, 2015

Can you swim while wearing Contact Lenses?

At Urquhart Opticians, we often get asked by patients as to whether they can wear Contact Lenses while swimming. Our advice would be to avoid this whenever possible.

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General
June 25, 2015

New Team Members

Urquhart Opticians are delighted to welcome three new team members - Lisa Haldane, Laura King and Lynn Docherty.

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General
June 25, 2015

Prestwick Open Afternoon

On Saturday 20th June we held an Open Afternoon in Prestwick to celebrate the refurbishment of our practice and the launch of a new range of Frozen frames.

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Highlands & Islands
June 25, 2015

September Test Dates & Locations

Devine and Niven Opticians (Owned by Urquhart Opticians for the past 20 Years) are visiting the Highlands and Islands in mid September to carry out eye tests for the residents of Skye and the Western Isles.

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Eyecare Tips
June 15, 2015

Diabetic Retinopathy - The Causes and Prevention

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the cells at the back of the eye (known as the retina). If it isn't treated, it can cause blindness.

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General
May 14, 2015

Throwing Open the Doors...

Urquhart Opticians are throwing open the doors to their newly refurbished practice in Prestwick on the afternoon of Saturday 20th June.

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Highlands & Islands
April 28, 2015

June Test Dates & Locations

Urquhart Opticians (Also known as Devine & Niven Opticians) will be testing in the Highlands and Islands between 4th - 12th June, 2015.

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General
April 09, 2015

Join our team...

Due to the continued growth of Urquhart Opticians, we are looking for a new Team Member. Closing Date 19th April.

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Fashionable Frames
March 31, 2015

William Morris is in town...

Urquhart Opticians are proud to introduce William Morris, a collection of vibrant and unique frames that are easy on the eye.

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General
March 18, 2015

How To Enjoy The Solar Eclipse Safely

Read our top tips on viewing the solar eclipse safely without damaging your eyes

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General
February 19, 2015

Welcome To Our New Website

We are proud to announce the launch of the new Urquhart Opticians brand refresh and mobile friendly website for all of our patients

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