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It’s been 30 years and Elsie’s still first in line

Elsie used to work for Bookless fruit shop in Kingston Park in 1981, where she worked for 9 years when the shops were first built.It’s been 30 years and Elsie’s still first in line

Michael Offord Optometrists have opened the doors to their brand new premises, celebrating 30 years in business.

Michael Offord Optometrists are an established independent practice dedicated to giving over 8,000 loyal patients outstanding eyecare in a friendly and relaxed environment.

We offer Private and NHS eye examinations provided by qualified professionals using some of the most up to date equipment available, enabling them to offer patients the best in personal eyecare. In addition to clinical services, they have a large range of frames to choose from to suit all budgets, as well as the very latest in Contact Lenses.

To mark this celebration, Michael Offord collected his first ever patient, Elsie Wearn, aged 70 from her home in Westerhope and brought her to their new premises to be the first through the doors once more. This time for a guided tour and her routine eye test. Once there she was greeted by Michael’s friendly team and presented with flowers and champagne. Elsie was then told to choose whichever spectacles she wanted “on the house”.

Elsie tells her story “Michael popped in for his lunch one day, while he was busy getting the new practice ready for the opening. I said I need to have my eyes tested so Michael said to pop in the following morning. So I nipped in on my tea break and was his first ever customer”.

Elsie added “I’ve had my eyes tested by Michael every 2 years since. The staff are lovely and welcoming and I always feel like I am getting good value for money and not being sold something for the sake of it. Michael is a lovely man.”

Michael says “We take pride in treating each and every one of our patients like we would do our own family and over the last 30 years we have treated generations of families in the local surrounding communities. New technology has enabled us to provide more thorough examinations for patients with medical conditions. Some of the equipment you see today you might have only seen in the hospitals 30 years ago.”

As well as sponsoring local community sports clubs and teams, Michael is also very passionate about the work he does with Vision Aid Overseas. He is off on his travels to Burkina Faso in January 2011 to continue examining patients and dispense recycled spectacles for those who do not have access to such services.

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