The practice has been established for more than 60 years, it has been based at the present location for 40 years, and run by Ivar Mcleish for the last 31 years. As the town of Musselburgh grew over the years and with Mr McLeish priding himself on keeping up to date with equipment and advances in technology the practice has grown and become one of the longest serving opticians in the local community. Only optometrist in East Lothian to offer Ocular Coherence Tomography Examinations 3D Scans of the Retina. He has saved two peoples lives with this technology in the last year.

Serviced Areas

  • Edinburgh

Contact Details

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  City Musselburgh
  Postcode EH21 6AA
  Address 15 Bridge St
  Phone Number 013 1665 2876

Customer Testimonials

Eye test and scan. Done
Excellent opticians. I was treated like an individual and received information and discussed the scan results .
Also thanks to Helen who is very professional and knowledgeable
If you are concerned about your vision or problems with it please get the scan done . It’s truly amazing and worth it
Absolute brilliant opticians can not recommend highly enough


Been with this amazing bunch for 30 years! I sadly cannot get all the surgeries/procedures or even contact lenses because of my bespoke situation. However Mr McLeish along with Gwen and Helen have made my life easier with great frames, superb rates and even more importantly the best service you could genuinely want as a customer. On a patient side of things - they have the most advanced ocular scanner ever made that can detect any internal eye issues and it can even detect illness and potential future problems that could arise. They literally scanned my Mum the other week because her eye was just giving her a bit of discomfort...2 camera clicks later it was confirmed my Mum had a detached retina. From that she was sent to the Edinburgh Eye Pavilion in 2 days and then had emergency laser eye surgery. She is completely fine and was back to work in a day. Thanks to Mr McLeish and that amazing machine!
Massive review I know but I cannot give them enough praise. Honestly check them out, get your eyes checked up as you only have 1 set


My family and I have been satisfied customers of Mr Mcleish for 15 years.
I've always found him a very professional man with a keen knowledge of his craft.
The OCT scan that he offers has, literally, been a life saver. During such a scan, he discovered a cancerous tumour on my wife's retina and referred her for further treatment.
This is a friendly and welcoming place and I would recommend everyone use this local optician.


Mr McLeish and his team have been caring for my eyes for over 20 years and the service has been nothing but exceptional. Their attention to detail, their warm friendliness and of course, their professionalism is a reminder that excellent service is indeed possible.


I have gone to I J McLeish Opticians for many years, as have my husband,son and two grandsons, The service I receive is first class.Mr McLeish has up to the minute technology and his staff are always ready to help. 5 Star treatment always.


Delighted and very happy with all aspects of this establishment. From making my first appointment to collecting my new glasses everything was made relaxing and simple. Mr McLeish and his staff Gwen and Helen are both friendly and professional putting me at ease throughout. The level of treatment on offer is exceptional, making me feel reassured that I am now getting the best treatment available for my eyes. Many thanks.


Best place for your eyes. Only OCT scanner in East Lothian. Has already saved numerous lives with this scanner. Other organs only offer retinal pictures, this scanner goes deeper. Just like getting a picture taken. No pain, all gain! Highly refined this opticians


Have been a customer at Mr McLeish for about the past 5 Year’s now as was my late father, so happy with the service that I receive from himself and Helen and Gwen. Very friendly and professional service and couldn’t be happier.


I have been attending for a number of years now and my daughter also comes here. Staff are always welcoming polite and professional. Mr Mcleish is excellent at his job and makes you feel at ease. They have a great selection of glasses and give great advice on what suits you. I would definetly recommend


Have attend Mcleish's Opticians for some time and always receive full examination re my contacts and glasses and the technology that he has for eye care is excellent. Always come away satisfied that everything has been covered and reassured.

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From Our Website

Ocular Coherence Tomography(OCT) is an advanced eye scan for people of all ages, it is similar to an ultrasound but uses light rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of your eye. It also captures a digital photograph of the surface of your eye to cross-reference areas of concern. Macular degeneration causes the gradual breakdown of the macular (the central portion of the eye). OCT cannot only identify this condition and its type (there are two types, wet and dry) but also monitor its progress, for example if you are undergoing treatment for such a condition.


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