43 years’ service is rewarded

Colin Black pictured with colleague Graham Freeman.
Colin Black pictured with colleague Graham Freeman.

An optometrist with an amazing 43-year career of looking after peoples eye health has decided the time is right to retire.

Colin Black, principal optometrist of Black & Lizars, one of Scotland’s largest independently-owned optometrists, is retiring from his clinical role.

He will be succeeded at the group’s southside Fenwick Road practice by his optometry colleagues Graham Freeman, Brenda Quirk and Angela Gosine. Mr Black will remain with the company in an advisory basis.

Colin Black, who commenced his professional career in a small practice in Albert Drive, has seen Black & Lizars develop into a major Scottish employer with 24 practices in Scotland and one in Belfast.

He has also recently helped Black & Lizars celebrate its 185th anniversary, marking a period which saw the company transition from the early days of optics to the technologically advanced service it offers today.

Mr Black initiated the introduction of the Black Card, an innovative programme for patients delivering comprehensive eyecare benefits - and of which he says he intends to personally access as a patient of the Fenwick Road practice.

Mr Black said: “I have been very fortunate over the course of my career to have had such dedicated and able staff, without whom the development of clinical excellence would not have been possible.

“I am immensely grateful to my original Black & Lizars co-directors, optometrists, ophthalmology colleagues and GPs who have been so incredibly supportive over the years. I am also grateful to have had the most incredible, loyal, varied, interesting and appreciative patients.”

Michelle Le Prevost, managing director of Black & Lizars said: “Colin has always been in the vanguard of the quest for excellence in eye care services and his professionalism and dedication to his patients will be sorely missed. I am very pleased that we will still have the benefit of retaining his expertise within the company.”

Mr Black’s retirement will be marked by a party at Fenwick Road on Tuesday, August 30, which will be attended by friends and colleagues, as well as a significant number of his former patients.

He has extensive charitable interests, and is the co chairman of local charity Cosgrove Care.