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INTRODUCTION

From our family to yours, we care for your sight.

Haig-Brown Optometrists has been a family-centred practice since 1989. Our core values are based on meeting the needs of your whole family, providing excellent eyecare for life, regardless of age.

Our caring, thorough approach means that we pride ourselves on creating lasting relationships with our patients, so that you can be confident and comfortable in our services. We understand that some people may feel anxious about having their eyes examined, so we are happy to take the time to ensure that you are relaxed and calm. This is especially important for young children, where such a new experience can be intimidating. We endeavour to make their first eye examination experience as pleasant as possible.

Teenagers can be self-conscious of their appearance in glasses so we specialise in contact lens fitting to this age group. Adults with a family history of eye disease will appreciate our thorough diagnostic screening process, which allows us to detect any changes to eye health as early as possible. As we age people can require more specialised care, at Haig-Brown Optometrists we allow time for this in our appointment schedules.

We can also advise on sports or hobby specific glasses or contact lenses, if you are a keen cyclist or golfer then we have the experience to help you with the best options.

One of our core beliefs is that continuity of care is important, therefore we have always invested in the latest technology for assessing and monitoring the eyes.

·      We have had retinal photography in the practice for the last 25 years.  This allows us to store a permanent photographic record of your retinas for future reference and monitoring.

·      We also invested in OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) technology in its infancy, back in 2004.

·      We were the first optometric practice in the UK to have the Topcon OCT and have continually upgraded this technology to keep up with its rapid advancements.

·      We now have a Topcon Triton OCT in each consulting room, this not only allows us to photograph the retina but also takes detailed scans of the front surface of the eye and the deeper layers of the retina. This aids the effective diagnosis and management of more complex eye conditions such as Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.

A LONG HISTORY

Shortly after the end of the Second World War in 1945, Hugh Powell-Cullingford bought a house called Fairoak in Esher and started a dental practice.

Hugh, his wife and three children, Mary, Gill and Andrew, lived in the flat above the practice. Mary and Andrew went on to follow in their father’s footsteps and trained as dentists at Guy’s Hospital in London. When Hugh retired in 1985, Andrew took over the dental practice.

Gill trained as an optometrist, graduating from City University in 1973. After working in London, Gill moved back to Esher in 1989 to start Haig-Brown Optometrists in Fairoak, where the practice remains today, alongside the dental practice.

Gill’s daughter Nicola joined the practice in December 2003, having completed her training in Cardiff, she has further postgraduate qualifications in Ophthalmology and is currently completing her Independent Prescribing examinations.

In May 2012 Jayne Comyn joined us as our third Optometrist, she like Gill is an alumni of City University.  Jayne has previously worked in London in a general and contact lens practice.

Gill retired in February 2017 and now enjoys tending to her farm and working hard at her new job as chair of Ripley Village Hall Development Committee.  Gill continues to act as a business consultant and sounding board for the team on a regular basis. 

Following Gill’s retirement, Melissa McErlane joined us. Melissa is an alumni of Manchester University and alongside her work in general practice is a Johnson and Johnson Professional Services Consultant, in her role she educates other Optometrists about soft contact lenses.

All three of our Optometrists are experienced in paediatric eye care.

Haig-Brown truly is a family business and we look forward to looking after your family for many generations to come.

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