Corry & Christie is an award winning independent optical practice situated in the city centre of Aberdeen. Our aim to to provide an expert eyecare along with an excellent range of eyewear.
In recent years the practice has been awarded the ‘Independent Fightback Award’ by Optician Magazine for being judged the Independent Practice within the UK to have competed most effectively against increasing competition in the Optical Industry.
The practice has also been shortlisted on two occasions at the UK wide ‘Optician Awards’ for the title of ‘Independent Practice of the Year’, and Principal Optometrist David Corry has been shortlisted for the title of ‘Optometrist of the Year’.
In addition to being members of Grampian Eye Health Network, our practice provides eye care for four hospitals within NHS Grampian (Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Royal Cornhill Hospital and Aboyne Hospital), with the latter two Hospitals served almost exclusively by the practice.
Founded in 1933, the practice traded for 71 years as ‘Eddie & Drummond’ before being re-branded ‘Corry & Christie’ in April 2005.
Ongoing investment in eyewear collections, and close relationships with suppliers has resulted in a growing contact lens patient base and an ever changing stock of over 1200 frames which includes many fashion, contemporary and designer brands.
With a dedicated experienced team, the aim of the practice is to offer patients and customers an excellent standard of eye care and an excellent selection of eyewear at competitive prices, and to be at the forefront of Optometry within Grampian and Scotland in the years ahead.
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David grew up in Northern Ireland and studied in London qualifying as an Optometrist in 1992. After working in London, the South of England and Edinburgh, he moved to Aberdeen in 1998 joining the practice in 2003, before becoming a Partner in 2004.
David is a former chair of Grampian Area Optometric Committee and is currently one of only two optometrists in Grampian accredited to provide Glaucoma Referral Assessments for the Eye Clinic at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
On two occasions, David has made it to the final shortlist in the ‘Optometrist of the Year’ category at the national Optician Awards.
Gillian grew up in Aberdeen and studied at Glasgow Caledonian University qualifying as an Optometrist in 1993.
Having spent all her working life in her home city, she has built up a large and loyal patient base, many of whom have recommended her to their friends and families over the years.
Gillian joined her husband David and her father Leslie at Corry & Christie in 2005 following the birth of her younger daughter, and enjoys day to day interaction with the wide variety of patients the practice serves, listing Contact Lens work among her main areas of clinical interest.
Contact Lens Manager /
Jodie qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1997, and has since gained further specialist qualifications in Contact Lens Practice.
She joined Corry & Christie in 2009 as Contact Lens Manager, and her dual qualifications and versatility have made her a valuable addition to the practice team.
In addition to running the contact lens side of the business, Jodie provides Dry Eye Assessments for patients, and she also maintains a keen interest in spectacle dispensing.
Low Vision Manager /
Having started her career as an Optical Technician, Anita brings a wide range of skills to her dispensing role.
A desire to have more interaction with patients and customers led her to re-train and qualify as a Dispensing Optician, a role at which she now has considerable experience.
She joined Corry & Christie in May 2007, and now has principal responsibility for frame buying, stock control and resolving technical dispensing issues. Anita also runs the practice’s Low Vision Service.
Dispensing / Clinical Assistant
Suzan is the practice’s longest serving staff member, having originally joined in 1978 when it was still based in Exchange St.
Her experience and versatility make her a valuable asset to the practice and while she enjoys having a variety of roles she lists frame buying, and spectacle dispensing, as among her favourite.
Suzan has also been responsible for advising the majority of the practice’s new contact lens patients on the handling of their lenses - a job at which she has an extremely high success rate.
Receptionist / Clinical Assistant
Fiona started her career in Optical Reception at the age of sixteen, and joined Corry & Christie in 2005. Her easy going, and efficient personality ensure patients and customers are made to feel welcome in the practice, and as a spectacle wearer, she is always happy to give her opinion on a choice of frame or sunglasses when asked.
In addition to helping manage a busy reception, Fiona is also known to organise a very efficient family home(!) for her two teenage daughters and husband Alan.
Receptionist / Clinical Assistant
With many years’ experience in both Optical and Dental reception, Shirley soon became a valuable addition to our team after she joined the practice in July 2014. Her expertise, efficiency and excellent organisational skills help the smooth running of the practice.
Away from work, Shirley enjoys helping to look after her two young granddaughters, and spending time with her daughters. She also enjoys holidaying with her husband Ernie (especially when it involves cruising on the med!)
Clinical & Dispensing Assistant
Sammie joined the practice team in July 2021 after relocating back to Aberdeen from London where worked for around 15 years in a variety of roles for several large Optical stores. Her versatility, efficiency and easy going nature have ensured that she fitted in seamlessly from the beginning, and she has now become a valued member of the team
Away from work, Sammie’s passion is musical theatre. She has worked in a number of West End productions, including Thriller, Tina Turner the Musical, and Magic Mike and she keeps in regular contact with many of the friends she has made in the industry.