B H McKeague Optician Ballymena | Optometrist

028 25 656395

Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri: 9.00 - 17.30
Thu: 9.00 - 20.30 Sat: 8.30 - 13.30

Meet our core team

Hugh McKeague BSc FCOptom


Hugh acquired the practice in Ballymena in 1982. He has over 40 years of experience in optics and eye health. Hugh is married to Jan and they have three children, one of whom (Claire) is now an Optometrist in the practice.

Claire McKeague MPhil BSc(Hons) MCOptom


Claire joined the family practice 3 years ago. She has particular interests in macular degeneration, examining patients with special needs and children’s eye care. She completed an MPhil in the detection of macular disease, having several papers published in the field. She enjoys waffle cone ice-creams and keeping her son James entertained.

Stephanie Cothier BSc(Hons) MCOptom


We are delighted to welcome our new optometrist Stephanie Cothier. Stephanie has over 10 years experience in both England and Northern Ireland and as the surname implies is our manager Tom’s wife. We believe in keeping it in the family and having Stephanie with us completes our family ethos.

Tom Cothier FBDO


Our dispensing optician Tom is a frames and lenses specialist with over 10 years of experience in optics. Tom can answer pretty much any question you might have about glasses. In his spare time he can be found scaling the heights of the hills and mountains of Northern Ireland.

Jan McKeague


Jan turns her hand to pretty much any task that is required in the practice. She has been working at the practice since she and her husband Hugh acquired it in 1982. As well as being the oil that keeps the practice running she also frequently keeps an eye on her grandson James.

Christina Stephens


Christina, our senior optical assistant, has recently completed the first stage of a dispensing course. She has just had her second child a beautiful little boy and we are glad to have her back. Christina enjoys Zumba classes and day trips with her family.

Amy Fleck


Amy, one of our optical assistants will keep you right with your appointment reminders, frame adjustments and will greet you with a smile as you come through the door. Amy likes to travel and loves helping people choose their frames.

Chloe Backus


Chloe and her family have been coming to us for a long time and now Chloe has joined us as a part time receptionist while she studies for her A levels. Chloe enjoys singing in her church choir and playing the piano.

Katie Wright


Katie has been involved in audiology for 14 years and her kind and warm-hearted nature enables her to provide exceptional client-focused care. Katie enjoys the outdoors and going to shows and concerts.