About Us

J L McAteer’s is an independent optician’s practice situated close to the de Courcy Centre, in the centre of Carrickfergus. We are a World Host Recognised Business for Excellence in Customer Service.






In April 2013,  we celebrated 30 years in business.  Lynne McAteer, who qualified as an ophthalmic optician from Manchester University, started trading in Carrickfergus on 6th April 1983. Previously she had worked for opticians in Belfast; firstly for Petticrew’s in Cornmarket and then for David Allison Henderson in Upper North Street. It was Henderson’s practice in Carrickfergus that Lynne bought in 1983. Then it was a small practice in Market Place. Five years later, as the business grew, the practice moved to premises in North Street. Then in 1996 the business moved again to its present location at 7 Lancasterian Street.

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.