Heritage

Black & Lizars is one of Scotland's largest independently owned optometrists with 185 years' experience in delivering outstanding eye care.

We are proud of our heritage and the continued dedication we make to be at the forefront of advances in the optical industry, from the development of Challenge Cameras in the late 19th century through to the investment in technologically advanced optical equipment in use throughout our network of practices today.

Half of Black & Lizars was established back in 1830 when John Lizars, at the age of 20, opened the first practice in Glasgow's Merchant City. Have a scroll through the timeline and find out more about our history.

  • 1810

    1810: John Lizars was born
  • 1830

    1830: Old Lizars Practice
  • 1880s

    1880s: Belfast
  • 1892

    1892: Buchanan Street practice opens
  • 1913

    1913: Challenge Camera ad
  • 1929

    1929: Prescription
  • 1940

    1940: A receipt from Buchanan Street
  • 1943

    1943: Glasses and case
  • 1946

    oscar black in shop
  • 1974

    colin black in shop
  • 1970s

    1970s: C Jeffrey Black testing
  • 1982

    1982: Milngavie
  • 1999

    1999: Black & Lizars branding
  • 2015

    Black & Lizars 2015
  • Present

    Black & Lizars 2014

 

 

  • 1810

    John Lizars Born

  • 1830

    The first J Lizars practice opens

  • 1880s

    Expansion of Lizars

  • 1892

    Buchanan Street practice opens

  • 1913

    Challenge Cameras advert from 1913

  • 1929

    J Lizars Prescription

  • 1940

    Letter from J Lizars

  • 1943

    Oscar Black joins Lizars as an optometrist

  • 1946

    Oscar Black opens first OD Black Opticians practice in Shettleston

  • 1974

    C Jeffrey Black Established

  • 1970s

    C Jeffrey Black expands

  • 1982

    C Jeffrey Black and OD Black merge

  • 1999

    Merger of Black & Lizars

  • 2015

    2015 marked the 185th anniversary of Black & Lizars.

  • Present

    Present day Black & Lizars

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B&L 185 Years

185 years of Black & Lizars

 

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