Tel: 019 1456 1552

Mr Ciaran McClements BOptom (Hons) MCOptom



Ciaran McClements has worked for McGuinness Opticians since 2011 and became principal optometrist & director of the practice in 2016. He qualified from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge in 2005 and has since worked for many large multiple companies & independent opticians all over the North East of England.


Ciaran takes pride in the team he builds around him and enjoys sharing his knowledge & experience with his colleagues. He has invested in market leading eye testing equipment to ensure the practice maintains its position as one of the most reputable & trusted independent opticians in the region.


Ciaran has experience managing a wide range of ocular conditions having specialised as a Refractive Laser Optometrist for 7 years working closely with surgeons. This role also involved pre & post- operative care for lens implant & refractive lens exchange patients (similar to cataract surgery). Dry eye is one of Ciaran’s primary areas of interest.


Away from work Ciaran enjoys spending time with his three children. He enjoys DIY, cycling & running.

Janine McClements

Optical Assistant/Manager


Janine has over 10 years experience in optics and has worked exclusively for independent opticians. She has a very friendly customer focused approach and is great at helping patients find glasses that really suit them.


Janine also works behind-the –scenes helping with administration. The term “family business” is a fitting way to describe McGuinness Opticians as Janine enjoys working alongside her husband Ciaran, to ensure that the business continues to grow & establish itself as a benchmark for optometry in the North-East.


Janine & Ciaran live locally in South Shields and away from work spend much of her time with her 3 children.

Emma Jones FBDO

Dispensing Practice Manager


Emma is a qualified dispensing optician who joined our team in 2018. Although Emma is a recent addition to McGuinness Opticians she has over 18 years of experience in the optical industry. She studied at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians in Kent qualifying in 2004.


It is her job to interpret optical prescriptions written by our optometrists and offer advice to patients on lens types, spectacle frames and styling. Emma takes pride in her work, overseeing the optical assistants and enjoys introducing new frame collections to ensure that we always offer a wide variety of brands to suit our varied patient base. Emma enjoys getting to know her patients, always spending the necessary time with them making sure patients are completely happy with their choice of frames & lenses.


Emma lives locally and enjoys spending time with her family.

Edel Stafford BSc (Hons) MCOptom Dip TP (IP)



Edel joined our highly experienced clinical team in 2018. She qualified from the University of Ulster in 2014 and has since worked in a number of clinical settings, including the eye departments at Newcastle RVI and James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.


Edel also qualified as an Independent Prescribing Optometrist in 2018, an accreditation held by only a small number of optometrists.


Her particular areas of clinical interest are glaucoma & children’s vision, having worked in these hospital eye departments in the past.


In 2016 Edel travelled to Ghana with Vision Aid Overseas to train optometry students & provide eye care to local people in remote villages.

Christine, Eileen, Karen and Jean

Optical Assistants


Christine & Eileen will be familiar faces to most of you having been with the practice since 2000. They are both knowledgeable & friendly and will often be your first point of contact whether that is on the phone or when you come into the practice.


We were pleased to welcome Karen to the McGuinness team in 2018. Karen also has a vast amount of experience in optics having worked for 20 years for both multiple & independent opticians. Jean enjoys helping out with the administration of the practice and oversees the reminders patients receive for their regular eye tests.


All of our optical assistants are very friendly and approachable and are experienced in helping patients find the right frames and lenses to suit their needs. They will ensure that your queries are answered efficiently, whether you are re-ordering contact lenses, booking an appointment or for a specific eye-related question.

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 5.30pm,

Friday 9.35 - 5.30,

Saturday 9.00am - 4.30pm

019 1456 1552


33 Westoe Road, South Shields NE33 4LS

© J.McGuinness Opticians 2019