Jennie Ferdinand is a director and optometrist at Specsavers in Saltcoats. Read on to find out more about Jennie and your local opticians.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am married to the store’s retail director, Alistair. I enjoy golf and gardening in the summer and curling and skiing in the winter.
How did you come to run a Specsavers store?
I qualified as an optometrist in 1983 and worked in several independent opticians over the years but I was interested in running my own business, which is why I moved to Specsavers.
Do you wear specs, and if so, what is your favourite style?
Yes, I wear half eye specs for reading.
What does your job at Specsavers involve?
As an optometrist I examine eyes and am responsible for the clinical standards set in the store. As a director, I run the business jointly with the retail director.
How long have you been with the company?
I’ve been with the company for 11 years.
What is the best part of your role?
The best part is helping staff develop and learn, as well as setting and achieving the highest standards of customer care.
Yes, but I always aim to see the opportunity in the challenge.
What does an eye test involve?
The excellent Specsavers magazine is available in store and details all that’s involved in an eye examination. Basically, it involves looking after the health of the eyes and providing spectacles or contact lenses appropriate to the customers’ needs.
Why is it so important to get your eyes checked regularly?
A routine eye examination may detect general or ocular health problems or potential problems.
How can customers book an eye test?
Customers can book an eye or hearing test by calling into the store, by phone or by email request.