Optician Awards 2018: Lens Product of the Year

Being an independent lab means competing with global companies on service and speed. Caledonian Optical has done this and was rewarded with the Lens Product of the Year prize at the Optician Awards. Sean Rai-Roche reports

The granite city is famous for its history, culture and links to North Sea oil but one lab in the heart of Aberdeen has maed a name for itself by manufacturing and glazing ophthalmic lenses. Independent lab Caledonian Optical was established in 1976 and has been making its own lenses for almost a decade. In June last year, it launched its now flagship brand, ARC Steady.

‘We’ve been manufacturing our own lenses for almost 10 years now,’ says Mark Robertson, head of manufacturing at Caledonian Optical. ‘During that time there was nothing particularly special about what we were doing. I mean we were creating good quality lenses, but it certainly wasn’t worth applying for Lens Product of the Year.’

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