J L McAteer’s is an independent optician’s practice situated close to the de Courcy Centre, in the centre of Carrickfergus.
In April 2018, we celebrated 35 years in business. Lynne McAteer, who qualified as an ophthalmic optician from Manchester University, started trading in Carrickfergus on 6th April 1983. She has over 40 years experience working as an optometrist.
At McAteer’s, we offer a caring and professional service for all the family, including a complete range of quality products at affordable prices.
We provide comprehensive eye examinations using modern equipment and advanced computerised techniques. Employees working with computer screens and those requiring industrial safety spectacles are also catered for.
At McAteer’s, an eye examination carried out by one of our friendly, fully qualified Optometrists, takes about 30 minutes.
The examination is a lot more than just measuring your eyes for glasses. Your eyes can reveal important signs about your general health, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and even multiple sclerosis. Often health problems and some serious eye diseases do not show any symptoms, yet they can be detected through an eye test. This is why regular eye tests are very important, even for those who don’t wear glasses.
NO MORE PUFF! We used to test the pressure in your eyes by blowing a puff of air at your eye. Now we have a new machine which is much simpler and doesn’t puff!
Spectacles are glazed in our on-site optical laboratory. Emergency repairs can often be made while you wait.
Our trained staff are friendly, helpful and are only too glad to assist with any queries you may have about your eye care.
Why we collect and process your personal data
We collect and process patients’ personal data for the purposes of healthcare and marketing.
Our legal bases for processing personal data for healthcare purposes, including appointment reminders, include public task or legitimate interests.
Our condition for processing special category data is the provision of health or social care.
We process our patients’ personal data for marketing purposes with their consent or to meet a legitimate interest. This means we can tell you about eye care products and services that may be relevant to you. If you do not want us to process your personal data for marketing purposes, please let us know and we will stop.
The data we may collect and process
The personal data of patients that we may collect and process includes:
How we hold and share your personal data
We process your personal data in strict confidence. We keep your personal data securely in our filing and electronic systems. Patient records are only accessible to the healthcare professionals working at the practice and those under their supervision.
We will usually keep any personal data we hold about you for ten years after our last contact with you before we delete it. This is the period recommended as good practice by the College of Optometrists. If we collected the data when you were aged under 18 we will keep it until your 25th birthday, in line with NHS requirements. In exceptional cases we may need to retain personal data for a longer period, and will explain our reasons for doing so on request.
In the course of processing your personal data we may share it with:
You have legal rights in respect of the personal data we hold about you. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance on the full range of rights. The rights that are most relevant to the way in which we use your personal data include:
Contacting us and the ICO about your personal data
Please speak to us first if you have any questions or concerns about the way in which we process personal data. You can contact our Data Protection Officer on 028 93363553 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You have the right to complain to the ICO if you have a concern about our handling of your personal data which you do not think we can resolve. You can contact the ICO here.