Our Story

R. Doig Optometrists ‘Looking after the eyecare needs of the Western Isles since 1993’

1993: R Doig Optometrist Ltd was established by Robert Doig after 10 years working with Cyril Harper Opticians on Keith Street. His own business venture was set up on the site of his maternal grandmother’s shop, I M Kennedy, 36 Kenneth Street, Stornoway. At the time of opening, the team started with Robert and 2 optical assistants. Lewis, Harris and Berneray covered.

1993 : First computerised Eyecare Practice Management system introduced to Western Isles.

1994 : First Home Visiting Optometry service introduced to Lewis.

2002 : Second testroom added to the Kenneth Street Practice. A rolling programme of training pre-registration optometrists commenced. 4 optometrists attained registration ; 3 of whom practise as optometrists in the Western Isles to this day.

2006 : Balivanich practice on the Isle of Benbecula established. 1 week/month. 1 optometrist, 1 pre-registration optometrist and 5 optical assistants. Services provided from Lewis to Eriskay. Domiciliary optometry services provided from Lewis to Eriskay.

2006 : Retinal Photography introduced to Stornoway and Balivanich. A rolling programme of Diabetic Retinal Screener training commenced.

2006 : Diabetic Retinopathy Screening undertaken for the whole of the Western Isles on behalf of the Western Isles Health Board.

2009 : Fully computerised record-keeping introduced.

2013 : 3D OCT retinal scanning introduced to Stornoway

2013 : Ian Rough joins as a Company Director, bringing the total of practising optometrists to four. Company renamed R Doig Optometrists. A rolling programme of Optical Assistant Qualification training commenced.

2015 : R Doig Optometrists relocated to Rosebank, 52 Church Street, Stornoway. The former site of BBC Alba/Radio nan Gaidheal. 4 optometrists and 8 optical assistants ; 1 being resident in South Uist. A rolling programme of Dispensing Optician training commenced.

2015 : Balivanich on-going 2 weeks/month provided.

2018 : 3D OCT scanning introduced to Balivanich.

2020 : OptoMAP wide scanning introduced to Stornoway

2020 : Balivanich 2 resident optical assistants.

We are an independent optometry practice serving the population of Lewis and Harris in our larger Stornoway branch and the Southern Isles in our smaller Balivanich branch.

We are proud to be local and truly independent. We firmly believe that as an established large independent practice we can offer one off the widest range of services. Currently we have a team of 5 professional qualified staff with a further 13 support staff all employed in the Western Isles.