Lesley has been a registered optometrist for over 20 years and developed a diverse range of knowledge and expertise. Her pre-registration year was spent in a hospital eye service department after graduating from Cardiff University in 1996.
Since 2005 Lesley has run the community Low Vision Clinic in Sutton, working with the visually impaired to improve quality of life. This involves the issuing of not only low vision aids or magnifiers but also advice on day-to-day management and daily living aids. She gained her specialist Low Vision qualification with Cardiff University in 2015.
As a Case Examiner with the General Optical Council (the UK regulator of the optical profession), Lesley assesses complaints made against optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses in fitness to practise cases. She determines referrals to the Fitness to Practise Committee for public hearings, issues formal warnings or may close cases down.
She is currently also working as a technical writer for the College of Optometrists, developing and writing post-graduate continuing education and training (CET) courses.
Lesley has previously worked in a refractive laser clinic and has had experience as a locum optometrist for high street multiples, independent and private practices.
Having worked at The Institute of Optometry in the Primary Eye Care Clinics for 13 years, she joined Haig-Brown Optometrists in 2018 where she offers customers a personal, individually tailored eye examination service and uses the latest technology to provide the best possible care to patients.
Outside of work, Lesley enjoys a busy life with her husband, two children and Elliot the hamster. She enjoys running, skiing and exploring new places.