Our practice opened in September, 2012. Prior to this, we had both worked in large multiples for our entire careers. We wanted very much to own a small, independent practice that would allow us more time to give to every patient and the environment where we could really offer continuity of care as our patients could see the same people on every visit.
We started the practice from nothing and it has been a very busy two and a half years. We have registered well over 2000 patients, conducted almost 3000 eye examinations and dispensed almost 2000 pairs of spectacles! We have also managed to give the practice a substantial refurbishment, establish a Low Vision clinic and start specialising in children’s eye care. Clare has even found the time to have twin girls!
I moved down to Cardiff from North Yorkshire in 2001 to start my degree in Optometry and Vision Science. After graduating three years later I completed my pre-registration year and my professional exams at Specsavers in Bridgend. It was brilliant to begin my career in such a busy practice as the experience I gained was extremely valuable as a newly qualified optometrist.
After working for Specsavers for over nine years I left to set up this practice. It was a huge learning curve and as I am not someone who does things by halves, the day we opened the practice to the public I found out I was pregnant! I then began my maternity leave in March 2013 and had twin girls at the end of April.
I returned to work in February 2014 and have loved being back into optometry and also coming home to my family at the end of the day. I currently work Tuesdays and Fridays but as my girls go to school I will be in the practice more. My family mean the world to me and becoming a mother has been the hardest yet best thing I’ve ever done.
Outside of work I love anything crafty and always have a sewing, knitting or crochet project on the go! You will be able to see the odd touch of craftiness in the practice from me including the speccy bunting that first made an appearance for our two year anniversary.
I started my career in 2001 with Specsavers and I later worked for Boots Opticians before buying into the practice and putting my name on the door in 2013. Generally, if the practice is open, then I’m in it. Becoming a business woman and really putting my stamp on this practice has been a very challenging, but wonderful journey for me.
I obviously have many business-related responsibilities here but my main day-to-day focus is the dispensing of spectacles to our patients following their sight tests. Sometimes all the choices in lenses and frames for certain prescriptions can seem really daunting. I provide advice on all the lens options and frame choices available, including what will suit this prescription best for this patient with this budget, this lifestyle and these hobbies. There are many pros and cons for every option and I’m here to help patients select the right one for them.
I have a passion for technology and gadgets. I enjoy keeping up to date with the latest developments in optical equipment, spectacle lenses and frames. Partly because of this (for research purposes – honest!) I actually own so many pairs of spectacles that if you visited us every day for a month, you may not see me in the same pair twice!
I am proud to say that I am a Mum to two lovely children and that I have studied up to level two in British Sign Language. I enjoy being active – I spend as much time as possible in the gym, or doing yoga and pilates. Skating is also a very important part of my life now and I have recently joined a Roller Derby team in Bridgend.