About Us

Sustainable quality eye care delivered for the community, by the community.

What we do

We co-ordinate, channel and negotiate, on their behalf, the collective views and interests of all primary care optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical bodies corporate as providers of eye care in NI.

Our primary objective

To raise public and professional awareness about proactive eye care.

How we do it

Proactive PR, lobbying and continuous engagement with all key stakeholders.

Why we do it

To save people’s sight.

Our Mission

Sustainable, scalable and equitable community eye care

Our mission is to work on behalf of the profession, with the Department of Health, and Health and Social Care Board, to deliver a first rate community eye care service, which is sustainable, scalable and equitable to all the profession.

Our Values


Continuous improvement

People focused


Evidence informed

We want to raise awareness about proactive eye care by engaging with all stakeholders to reduce avoidable blindness.

Optometry Northern Ireland was established over 20 years ago from the Negotiating Committee for Northern Ireland to present a united voice to the Northern Ireland Department of Health, politicians, media and others.

ONI has representation from the main associations for optometrists and dispensing opticians in N.I.

The council is made up of 16 members who give up their time to promote optometry.

Meet the team

Our Council.

Jill Campbell


Brian McKeown

Vice Chair
Association of Optometrists member

Karen Breslin

University of Ulster

Katie Curran

College of Optometrists

Rachel Scott


Steven Harding

Association of British Dispensing Opticians

Lucy Rundle


Graeme Black


Sara Ball


Eavan Kennedy


Deirdre McAree


ONI Council - Grainne

Grainne Carmichael Lynn

ONI Council - Len

Len Telford


ONI Council - Alan

Alan Rundle

Retired Optometrist