Our heritage

Black & Lizars is one of Scotland's largest independently owned optometrists with 187 years' experience in delivering outstanding eye care.

We’re proud of our heritage and the continued dedication to be at the forefront of our industry. From manufacturing and selling one of the world’s first portable cameras in the late 19th century, through to our continued investment in advanced optical equipment, we work tirelessly to give you the best service possible.

Have a scroll through our timeline to find out more about our history.


The Beginning

John Lizars, at the age of 20, opened the first practice in Glasgow's Merchant City. 

1880 - 90s

Expansion of Lizars

This period saw the expansion of Lizars Optometrists into Scotland and Northern Ireland. Practices opened on Victoria St in Belfast, Bridge Street in Aberdeen, Shandwick Place in Edinburgh and Buchanan Street in Glasgow. 


The Challenge Camera

During this period Black & Lizars gained a great reputation as being a leading supplier of photographic equipment. 

This is an advert for Challenge Hand Cameras at J Lizars in Shandwick Place, which appeared in the Transactions of the Edinburgh Photographic Society in May 1913.  

1943 - 46

An important Addition

In 1943, Oscar Black joins Lizars in the Buchanan Street as an optometrist. Just three years later he would open the first OD Black Opticians practice in Shettleston.

1974 - 82

C Jeffrey Black Established

Colin Black, son of Oscar Black, opens his own practice - C Jeffery Black. This photograph is of Colin Black assisting a patient in the Albert Drive Practice. 8 years later the two Black companies would merge and expand even further. 


A new beginning

Just before the new millennium, the two great names in optometry merge to create Black & Lizars Optometrists.

2000 - 17

Black & Lizars continues to evolve thanks to the advanced clinical technology and dedicated, highly-skilled staff. While our unique philosophy towards the care of our patients sets us apart.

Eye care for all

Come in and enjoy the Black & Lizars experience today.

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