McPherson Optometry... a family run business proudly serving Aberdeen since 1960.

McPherson Optometry... a family run business proudly serving Aberdeen since 1960.

McPherson Optometry is one of Scotland's flagship practices with the ability to deal with all aspects of eye care

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With a practice team that works to provide you with the highest levels of service...

With a practice team that works to provide you with the highest levels of service...

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Welcome to McPherson Optometry. We are a family run business, founded in 1960 by Charles McPherson. Sons Stephen and Malcolm now run the practice. In 2003 their sister, Fiona Florence joined the practice looking after the accounts and now also works in the office.

Following extensive refurbishment in 2011, the practice boasts the latest technology to maintain and improve eye health. Including high-tech equipment, collectively dealing with ultra-thin lightweight spectacles through to complex contact lenses and treatments for eye problems.

We believe that an independent practice has a responsibility for each and every one of the patients we see and that we treat everyone as we would like to be treated ourselves; this comes from the practice beginnings. We are proud to be a family business with our history going back 60 years and two generations of opticians.

Our Technology

Since 1996, McPherson Optometry has used digital technology to photograph the back of the eye to enable a more comprehensive examination and detection of abnormal eye conditions. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) takes this examination a step further by taking a CT scan of the retina. This technique gives a series of cross section images of the retina and is particularly useful to diagnose Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Our Technology

A Brief History

1958 1958

Charlie and Vera get married

A happy day for all concerned!  The practice and the children were just a glint in young Charlie's eye...

1960 1960

C I McPherson Optician

Charles McPherson started in practice in 1960, in a small consulting room within Simpsons Pharmacy at the present site in King Street. At first the entrance was through the pharmacy premises, but in due course Charles bought a section of the building and created his own entrance through the tenement corridor of 21 King Street.

1986 1986

...and Sons

The next major phase was in 1986 when Charles was joined by the current partners, his sons Stephen (1985) and Malcolm (1986) after they both qualified with Honours degrees from the University of Aston in Birmingham.

1987 1987

23 King Street

The Practice evolves to encompass the whole of the ground floor. A spacious new reception and dedicated dispensing area are added along with a  pre-screening room.    

2011 2011

Clinical Suite

In November 2011 we added a purpose built clinical suite on the first floor, installed a lift and refurbished the whole of the Practice.  This was officially opened by Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health.

1986 - 2016 1986 - 2016

Then and Now

By 1986 Stephen and Malcolm had both qualified and joined the Practice which had itself had a major refurbishment.  This image appeared in the Press and Journal at the time. 

2016 2016


The image was re-created 30 years later in 2016.  Both the Practice and the family have aged well.

Contact Lenses

There has never been a better time to consider ‘are contact lenses for me?’ The range of contact lenses fitted by McPherson Optometry is huge; as an independent optometry practice we can source lenses from any laboratory worldwide.


With our extensive range of over 850 frames, there's something for every budget. The frame styles range from the classics to current leading edge designer, ultra-light rimless and titanium frames. We are confident you will find something to your liking with the help of our fully qualified dispensing opticians.

There are currently a wider range of lens types available than ever before. Thinner and lighter, anti reflection coated, degressive, progressive and many more. Our dispensing opticians are here to help and advise, ensuring the best possible lens solution for you.

Contact Lenses

Come find us

To visit McPherson Optometry...

By Car:

Frederick Street Pay & Display Car Park AB24 5HY

Shiprow NCP Car Park  AB11 5BY


  • McPherson Optometry Ltd, 23 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AA
  • 01224 633400
    • Open by appointment only.
    • Monday to Thursday: 08:00-18:00
    • Friday: 08:00-17:00 
    • Closed Monday 8th May for the King's Coronation
    • Closed 12:00 - 13:30 for Staff Training 25th May & 27th July 2023