Dispensing Optician - FBDO
Born an Everton supporter, I’m on the wrong side of the Pennines but I’ve now lived in Yorkshire longer than my hometown of Liverpool. Study brought me to Bradford over 25 years ago and a years training as a student Dispensing Optician at, what was then David Kenyon Opticians, was enough for me to stick around.
Little did I know then that I’d make a home, marry and raise two children in Bingley, though I’ve managed to “brainwash” them both in to supporting the Toffees.
Working in the same community Opticians over the years has given me great satisfaction. I’ve seen people I met as children become adults and bring their children for appointments.
Initially I wanted to know what the real name for my wonky eyes was and why I needed to wear glasses.
Once I’d got these answers and many more besides. I realised that the world of Optics was a rare place that fulfilled both my interests in science and fashion.
Which is your favourite eyewear brand?
I love “Mad in Italy” Eyewear at the moment. Their use of materials and quirky styling makes for some amazing frames.
Mirror patterned Nylon fronts, carbon fibre detail and sides made out of granite that has been ground down and blasted on to a stainless steel skeleton appeals to the inner geek in me.
Tea, coffee, gin or beer?
Not usually in that order but yes all of those. Wine is most probably my favourite tipple. I’m no connoisseur so I rely on our local wine merchant who seems to know what I like.
What is your favourite song?
I’m a bit of a new music magpie, always looking for the next great song rather than treasuring an old classic. At the moment my shiny tune is Wages by Bad Sounds.
What do you see 20 years in the future for Optometry?
I see a greater involvement in the management of Glaucoma/Diabetics and Age-related Macula Degeneration in the community. The equipment that is common place in hospitals will become standard in most Opticians.
The pressure on Hospital Eye departments that we are already seeing today can only be relieved by greater involvement from the local Optometrists.
A penguin walks into the Opticians right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say?
I put the wrong pole code in my Sat Nav and ended up here. Please can I book an Eye Test.