Our history over the last 47 years - Edinburgh independent optometrists Cameron Optometry | Cameron Optometry

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


Donald Cameron receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AOP.


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


Ian Cameron is named Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year at the Optician Awards.


Claire Keith graduates with a Diploma in Independent Prescribing, meaning Cameron Optometry now has three prescribing optometrists.


UK Practice of the Year finalists


Practice Growth Award winners


Donald Cameron receives an OBE for services to eye care in the New Year’s Honours List.

Gillian Bruce passes her Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Primary Care Ophthalmology with distinction and is awarded with the David Brewster Medal for the top performing student in the year.

Lesley Kerry and Heather Grandon celebrate 25 years with the practice.

Rebecca Daly joins as the fifth optometrist.

The practice opens its fourth consulting room.


Celebrated 50 years of award-winning eye care.

Heather Grandon graduates with a Diploma in Independent Prescribing, meaning Cameron Optometry now has five prescribing optometrists, more than any other practice in Scotland.


Alexandra Young joins the practice as the sixth optometrist and only practice in Scotland, possibly the UK, with six prescribing optometrists.