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Established in 1905, Peter Frampton (owner and Lead Optometrist of Aarons) is proud to have built a strong reputation for providing the highest standard of optical care and services.  Aarons has challenged the conventional optometry business model for over 25 years. Our Credo: ‘to extend the role of community based ocular health care’ and in doing so ‘ improve or enhance a patients quality of life’.   The need to change the way optometry works has been evident for many years and the driving force behind every change made with Aaron’s.   The introduction of our in-house schemes ‘CLARITY’ and ‘INSIGHT’ helps us to build long lasting relationships, retain patient trust and understanding, and enables us to develop optometry for the future.

The traditional role of an optician as a simple technician prescribing and fitting optical correction does not reflect the clinical needs of a struggling health service. The need to evolve this profession is paramount to the success and financial security of the current healthcare system.

Independent Prescribing; Medical Optometrists became a legal reality in 2009. Peter Frampton was one of the first 30 Optometrists in the UK to achieve Independent Prescribing qualifications.  Most Medical Optometrists work in the hospital setting. There are still very few practicing in the community where they are, argubly, needed most.  It remains a very exclusive group but every Optometrist working in Aarons is either a medical Optometrist or completing the qualification.

A timeline of Aarons

  • 2017

    Peter Frampton became a Doctor in Optometry.


    Debbie Liu Tam began her training as a Medical Retinal Specialist


    Andrew Watson began his training for ‘Independent Prescribing’ qualification and will become our next Medical IP Optometrist in 2018.

  • 2015

    Debbie Liu Tam became an ‘Independent Prescribing’ Optometrist.

  • 2013

    Acceptance of the offer from Manchester University to be an affiliate Clinical Practice to help train their Master of Optometry students.  This is a great honour and we work in conjunction with Royal Manchester Hospital.


    Peter Frampton has also been made an Honorary Lecturer at Manchester University.

  • 2012

    Peter Frampton co-authored the ‘Red Eye’ course for Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Institute and regularly travels to their headquarters to co-present this 2-day educational programme.

    Published:

    1.  ‘Tonometry: Does historical precedent and familiarity constrain development’.

    Optometry Today 2012

    2.  Two VRICS (Visual Recognitions and Indentification of Clinical Signs) articles.

  • 2011

    Andrew Watson qualifies with First Class Degree in Optometry.


    Sonia Dixon also gains another degree after qualifying as a Contact Lens Practitioner.


    November

    Peter Frampton awarded a ‘Fellowship of the College of Optometry’ in recognition of his commitment to clinical excellence.

    A Fellowship is the highest honour awarded by the college and the award citation reads ‘In recognition of his commitment to clinical excellence’.

    To be acknowledged by your peers is a great honour.  We certainly do strive to give a clinically excellent service under extremely difficult financial constraints.


    Published: ‘Community Based Independent Prescribing’ CET Article.
    Optometry Today 2011


    October

    Commenced Ophthalmic Doctorate: Aston University

    Working title of research:

    ‘The Investigation of Corneal Shape and Corneal Hysteresis, considered Variables Inter-dependent with Corneal Thickness, as Potential Confounders to the Accurate Estimation of Intra-Ocular Pressure with Conventional Tonometers.  A fundamental reappraisal of tonometry for the 21st century identfying the urgent need for a new reference standard’.

  • 2010

    Published: ‘Arguing the Case for Independent Prescribing’.
    Optometry Today 2010

  • 2009

    November

    Peter Frampton was one of the first 30 optometrists to be awarded Independent Prescriber status; meaning some optometrists can now treat eye disease and prescribe ocular drugs independently of a GP or hospital.

    October

    Published: ‘Are Shared Care Schemes Financially Viable?’
    Optician 2009

    June

    Peter receives his Diplomas in Additional Supply and Supplementary Prescribing.

  • 2007

    Debbie Liu Tam joins the team as a Pre-Registration Optometrist. After qualifying, she stayed with us to further her educational qualifications and clinical experience.


    Karen Henderson also joins us and immediately begins her Optical Assistant course which she passes in 2008.


    Published : ‘Ministry of Transport’.
    Optician, February 2007.
    See under 2003 Innovation in Practice Award.

  • 2006

    Northumberland Care Trust Award.  Joint winner of the ‘Innovation in Practice’ award for recognition for those who have demonstrated excellence in the manner in which they work and the services they provide.

  • 2005

    Peter and Aaron Optometrists wins an Optician Awards for ‘Outstanding Optometrist of the Year’ – the very first individual and practice to be awarded this honour.


    Optician Awards ‘Technology Practice of the Year’ – reflecting our commitment to ensuring the highest quality of clinical care.


    Peter graduated Bradford University – Masters Degree with Distinction in Ocular Therapeutics.

    Dissertation: ‘Sleep Induced Spikes in Intraocular Pressure and Possible implications with the use of Prostaglandin Analogue Drugs for the Treatment of Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma’


    Andrea joins the team as Strategic Manager – initially only for one year. So far its been 12!

     

  • 2004

    We extended to cover two floors in 2004, meaning more technology, which included;

    1 .  Retinal Nerve laser mapper for earliest detection of Glaucoma, for 10 years the only one in Northumberland.

    2 . Computerised HESS Plot for assessing Binocular Vision anomalies.

    3 . An upgrade of our original Corneal Topographer for earliest detection of Keratoconus, which remains the only one in Northumberland.

  • 2003

    Andrew passes his Contact Lens qualification first time.


    Northumberland Care Trust Award – ‘Innovation in Practice – Pushing the Boundaries’ – for our Patient Transport service for less mobile patients.

  • 2002

    Introduced our first ‘Patient Transport’ vehicle to allow less mobile patients to access a fully equipped optometry practice.

  • 1997

    Andrew Watson joins Aarons as a trainee Dispensing Optician.

  • 1996

    Aaron Optometrists moved from Unit 5 to Unit 1 Bellway House.


    Purchased the Corneal Topographer which aids the detection of Keratoconus and fitting of complex contact lenses. It still remains the only one in Northumberland.

    Brought automated computer controlled perimetry to the practice.

  • 1994

    Our first camera, the Digital Fundus Camera – with Polaroid Film! 20 years before it became mainstream.

  • 1993

    Peter Frampton takes ownership of S Aaron (Opticians).

  • 1980

    Sidney Aaron sold to a small Optometry Chain. The hayday of controlled optometry was over and Aarons looked dated.

  • 1948

    Advertisments by Aarons in the Ashington and District Advertiser.

  • 1940

    Sometime in the 1940’s, Saul’s son Sidney takes over S. Aaron Opticians.

  • 1905

    Circa 1905, Saul Aaron opens ‘S. Aaron Ophthalmic Opticians’ on Station Road, Ashington.

 

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