• If you prefer dealing with local shops and local people, Richard Morwood Optometrist is the right choice for you. These are the people at your local optometrist who you know and trust, who will look after you and your eyes and make sure quality is never compromised by time constraints or orders from higher up. We love our jobs and take pride in providing a friendly and professional service.

    If you have an acute problem with your eyes or you need your glasses adjusted, please come and see us straight away.

  • Richard Morwood

    Optometrist & owner

    Richard was schooled at The Wallace High School in Lisburn and continued to study optometry at UMIST in Manchester. He worked in private practices in Thames Valley and Zimbabwe. After a year of travelling the globe he worked at the optometry department of Hogeschool Midden Nederland in Utrecht, The Netherlands. A move to Glasgow saw him working for a busy private practice in the centre of the city and becoming manager for several years. In 2000 he took over the 3 practices business in Northern Ireland which he still runs.
    Richard is a very skilled photographer of nature and wildlife. He also enjoys baking and spending time at the hockey pitch with his teenage girls.

  • Timothy Young


    Timothy took his B.Sc.(Hons) Optometry in 1999 and gained membership of the College of Optometrists in 2000. Since then he has been active in the provision and development of continuing education and training for optometrists and dispensing opticians. He was president of the Northern Ireland Optometric Society from 2010 -2012 and in that capacity represented the NI optometric profession at both local and national levels.
    In his role as an optometrist, Timothy provides every patient with a personal and friendly service, in a relaxed and professional environment, ensuring the most appropriate optical outcome is achieved.
    Outside of work he enjoys off-road cycling and the outdoors with his wife and young family.

  • Lisa Lundy

    Optical Assistant

    Lisa is our longest serving member of staff and has 17 years experience as an Optical Assistant, of which 14 years in our practice. She is married and lives in Portadown. She enjoys travelling and has an interest in walking and running.

  • Sarah Irwin

    Optical Assistant

    Sarah joined us in the summer of 2014 and is our newest member of staff. She brings 20 years experience as an Optical Assistant and has mostly worked in independent practices in Northern Ireland. Sarah is married and lives in Dromore. She has an interest in photography, likes walking and keeps fit with racket sports.

  • History

    Originally owned by Rod McDowell, Richard Morwood took over the shop in Banbridge in 2000, together with the two practices in Belfast which still trade under the name McDowell Opticians. In 2003 he moved premises, from a tiny shop at the bottom of Bridge Street to a beautiful corner shop. The shop's interior has always been kept up to date, but most of the investments have been in optical equipment.