Optician hoping the eyes have it for his practice at awards bash

Colin Tonner of Leyland Opticians
Colin Tonner of Leyland Opticians

A Leyland optician is preparing for an award ceremony in London – after being shortlisted for a coveted national award.

Leyland Opticians, owned by senior optometrist Colin Tonner, is one of four practices vying for success in the Technology Practice of the Year category at the Annual Opticians’ Awards, run by The Optician magazine.

Eye specialists from all over the UK will attend the prize-giving ceremony at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on April 12.

Mr Tonner said: “It came as both a surprise and a delight to find that firstly we had been nominated for these professionally recognised awards and then shortlisted for consideration by the judges.

“We are up against opticians from Newcastle, York and Devon and it is now a case of keeping our fingers crossed.

“Even so, to have made the shortlist is something to be immensely proud of and vindicates our investment, which runs to almost £100,000, since taking over the business just over 10 years ago.”

The Glasgow-born businessman said the extensive range of technologies in his practice allows himself and his staff to assess eyes in greater depth than is possible at most opticians.

The state-of-the-art equipment also lets staff screen for early signs of glaucoma and macular degeneration.

And thanks to further study and gaining a diploma in Ocular Therapeutics, Mr Tonner is a speciality registered optometrist with the General Optical Council, which means he can independently prescribe for a range of eye conditions that would see patients normally referred by GPs direct to hospitals.