Our history

The practice was established in 1970 and has grown steadily over the years, retaining a strong focus on specialist expertise, delivering the highest standard in eye care available in the area.

1970

One of the early pioneers of Edinburgh’s optics scene, W M McGrath, started a business on Edinburgh’s Queensferry Street, less than a mile from where the practice is located now. The son of the business, J A Murray McGrath, began to dispense the new modern contact lenses from the business’s basement. Popularity grew and in time, business was too great to sustain in one premises.

1975


During the mid seventies, Murray moved the contact lens practice into the family home at Randolph Cliff. There it continued to blend with the main business so lenses and glasses were kept relatively separate.

1976


Having achieved his degree in optometry in Glasgow, Donald Cameron joined the W M McGrath Senior’s business. During his first few years, Donald’s interest in contact lens work grew.

1981


Murray and Donald agreed terms of a new partnership and McGrath and Cameron was established. Always keen to expand his clinical horizons, Donald took up a session each week in the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh. Over time the doctors there increasingly referred hospital patients, who required contact lenses for medical reasons, to McGrath and Cameron.

1994

The partnership grew in strength and activity with Heather Grandon, joining in 1994, bringing new skills and new patients to the practice until eventually it became too large for the space available in Randolph Cliff.

2004

Murray retired and continued business growth meant this was the ideal time to recruit new premises in the current location, 5 St Vincent Street. This has allowed the business to develop for many years to come.

2005


Now managing director, Ian Cameron, Donald’s son joined the practice, after qualifying from the University of Manchester, Ian had spent some years working in contact lens research, an area of particular interest to him.

2010

Gillian Bruce is recruited as an additional optometrist, an excellent fit with the practice’s culture, values and abilities.

2011


Donald retires having been actively involved in ongoing hospital work to focus on his new role as Director of Education for NES – focusing on continuing professional development for optometrists in Scotland. Ian takes over as managing director.

Lorna Cameron joins the practice as a Director.

2013

Cameron Optometry is awarded UK Practice of the Year by the Association of Optometrists (AOP).

2014

Donald Cameron receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AOP.

2014

Claire Keith makes it four optometrist as a new consulting room is opened to accommodate the expanding number of patients.

2015

Ian Cameron is named Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year by Optician Magazine.

2016

Claire Keith graduates with a Diploma in Independent Prescribing, meaning Cameron Optometry now has three prescribing optometrists, more than any other practice in Scotland.