About Petticrew Optometrists

Andrew Petticrew and his father Frank Petticrew in Green Park, London, shortly before Frank receives his award of Life Fellowship of the College of Optometrists.

The Petticrew family have been looking after eyes in Northern Ireland since 1887 – one of the longest established family practices in the UK.

Andrew says, “It is something a bit special for me, to have the opportunity to practice the uncompromising way I feel it should be done, in a family business which was started by my great-grandad. I am the luckiest man in the world. I jump out of bed in the morning and look forward to my work! Tragic really, isn’t it.”

Sara (Andrew’s sister) says “Having grown up from no age in a world of eyes, glasses and contact lenses, being back in practice feels a little like “coming home”.  Great to be here, catching up with all our patients, and keeping an eye on my little brother at the same time!”

Over 12,000 people in Northern Ireland have entrusted us with their eye care. We cherish the reputation and loyalty we have built over the past century and pride ourselves in having patients that live all over the world, from Albuquerque to Zimbabwe.

Andrew Petticrew BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Andrew Petticrew is the fourth generation of Petticrew looking after eyes – his father, grandfather and great grandfather have worked with eyes and spectacles. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in optometry from City University London in 2001 and then went on to obtain his diploma in optometry from the College of Optometrists. His training included time in the ophthalmic department of the Lagan Valley Hospital and the orthoptic department at the Lisburn Health Centre as well as observing surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He has worked in many private practices including high street 2-for-1 practices, completely NHS inner city practices, quiet part-time rural practices and top-end designer practices. His work at Petticrew Optometrists has provided unique clinical experience in looking after the most complicated eyes, with patients who often have two or three co-existing eye conditions. He is past president of the Northern Ireland Optometric Society which is responsible for continuing education and training of optometrists in Northern Ireland.

Frank Petticrew FCOptom DipCLP

Frank Petticrew has been practicing optometry since 1957 and is one of the most highly respected optometrists in Northern Ireland. He has had a particular interest in contact lenses, being involved in education all over the world including our very own University of Ulster. He has worked in several private practices as well as at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He is a past president of the Northern Ireland Optometric Society and has sat on various committees for organizations such as the Central Services Agency and the Association of Optometrists. He has been awarded Life Membership of the Association of Optometrists (AOP) for services to optometry, the Herschel Medal in recognition of his outstanding original contributions to contact lens design and fitting and Life Fellowship of the College of Optometrists for his worldwide contribution to complex contact lens fitting.

Our Optical Assistants

Our optical assistants Alison, Diane, Helen, Oliver and Lily are absolutely fantastic – they really know what good customer service is. They are excellently placed with first class knowledge of frame design and manufacturing techniques as well as in-depth understanding of complex ophthalmic lenses.

“We understand that getting the frame choice correct is incredibly important. Your glasses are the first thing people see when they meet you, so the colour, shape and size are vital.”

Alison, Optical Assistant, Petticrew Optometrists

“Our current team are by far the best optical assistants I have ever worked with. They have a greater depth of optical knowlege and provide the highest level of customer care I have come across in any organisation…and I am passionate about good customer service. I am so proud of them.”

Andrew Petticrew.

“Of course, they do torment the life out of me on a daily basis…”