Black & Lizars, one of Scotland's largest independent optical groups, has completed an asset deal with fellow independent Jack Brown Ltd, which will see the 185 year old business take on the Ortho-K lenses patient book of Jack Brown's Glasgow practice.
The transition is Black & Lizars' first under managing director Michelle Le Prevost who says it creates an opportunity for the firm to be the leading location for Ortho-K lenses in the west of Scotland.
She said: "This won't by any means be the largest deal of our acquisition trail, but it gives us instant volume in Ortho-K lenses and strategically it puts us in a great position at at time when our industry is really ramping up the effort to treat short-sightedness.
Ortho-K lenses are great for anyone who can't or doesn't want to wear glasses or lenses during the day - such as sports people - but it's with kids that they become a long term game changer. As a business we have a heritage in leading edge eye care technology and a big part of our strategy going forward is using the latest available tech to combat mytopia.
This is the first time we've been able to treat a patient's eyesight issues as well as correcting it so it's an exciting time for us.
We already have the clinical expertise to fit these lenses with three qualified optometrists in our Gordon Street practice, and we look forward to welcoming Jack Brown's customer base and growing awareness of this important service throughout the market."