• John Burnside: BSc (Hons) MCOptom. Dip.Tp (IP).
  • Allan S McPhee: BSc FCOptom. Dip.Tp (IP). Prof Cert. Glauc.
  • Victoria McCartney: BSc (Hons) MCOptom. Dip.Tp (IP)
  • David McPhee BSc (hons)

Since December 2012 John, Allan and Victoria have been registered with the GOC (General Optical Council) as Independent Prescribers. This means that we are able to diagnose, manage and treat anterior eye problems, prescribing as required.

We are one of the very few UK practices where all Optometrists are IP qualified.

About us

Burnside McPhee Opticians was established in Battlefield in May 1987. This was followed by the opening of our Clarkston branch in December 1988.

From the outset, we decided to put quality first in all aspects of the business. This is the reason we invested in the most advanced eye testing equipment available. We have continually upgraded ever since, and will always do so.

The question we always ask ourselves when faced with the range of options available for our patients is “What would I do for myself, given all the possibilities?” This allows us to be completly honest about the best solution(s) available.

Burnside McPhee was founded by partners John Burnside and Allan McPhee. Although we are quite different personalities, we have managed to create and develop a successful business and still remain friends after more than a quarter of a century; better than some marriages!

In 2005, optometrist Victoria McCartney joined our practice, and is now a very important part of the organisation. All three practicioners bring the same committment to excellence and genuine interest in all of our clients.

We now have nine optical assistants between the practices, all of whom are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about spectacle frame and lens selection. They will most certainly ensure that you make the right choice.