A Larne opticians is celebrating 30 years in business this month.
R.A. Glass opened its doors in 1989 and has since treated more than 75,000 patients. It is owned by optometrists Michael Dorman and Michael Thompson, who is also heavily involved in the local Rotary Club.
Both optometrists have vast experience in contact lenses, laser eye surgery care and are also a part of a NI wide emergency eye care scheme. The branch is one of six across Northern Ireland.
The practice has been heavily involved with the local community and council, recently decorating the exterior with graffiti artwork as part of a renovation scheme to breathe new life into the high street.
The business sits on Larne’s Main Street, which also recently won Highly Commended in the UK wide Great British High Street Awards.
Alderman Gregg McKeen is a patient of the practice and chair of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Economic Growth Committee: “I want to congratulate this local business for its success here in Larne.
“To be a part of the fabric of the local community and bringing trade to the Main Street for more than three decades is a fantastic achievement.
“As a patient myself I know the high level of care they provide daily to the local community, even doing home visits for those who may not be able to make it into the practice.
“Council are committed to supporting well established businesses, like R.A. Glass, as well as new and upcoming businesses through an array of our business support and development programmes we have to offer.
“Our Amplify strategy is all about growing our local economy across Mid and East Antrim, and the whole of Northern Ireland, and the longevity of businesses like this one here is very welcoming to see.
“I want to congratulate the practice for its hard work and hope to see it grow over the next 30 years and beyond.”
Director of R.A. Glass Larne, Michael Dorman said: “We’re really pleased to serve the people of Larne and the surrounding areas. We’ve worked with the local community for years and we are really proud to celebrate this important milestone in our business.
“As one of the area’s most well established businesses, we constantly have to evolve and deliver top quality services.
“To celebrate we are hosting special discount events on 22 and 23 February, which is the perfect opportunity to showcase our new OCT camera scanner which we’ve recently invested in.
“This means we can provide potentially lifesaving scans. This technology is the same that the Belfast hospitals have and we’re excited to keep delivering a high quality service to the people of Larne.”