All eyes are on a new opticians set to open in Midsomer Norton later this month. Specsavers is due to be opening on 30 November in the former library (119 High Street), operating as a sister store to the existing neighbouring Bath practice. 

Familiar faces

The business will be run by three directors, Phil Lodge, Masumi Jethwa and Matthew Watt who have more than 58 optical years’ experience between them. They are also familiar faces to Specsavers, as Phil and Masumi head up the Bath store, while Matthew has been working at Specsavers in Bristol.  And, as part of the opening, the store has already recruited eight local staff to join the team.

‘We’re really excited to be launching the new store and welcoming customers through the doors,’ commented Phil.  ‘It’ll be great to have two stores, both offering the same excellent standards in optical and audiology care – making a trip to the opticians as accessible as possible for our customers.’

Latest high-tech equipment

The brand-new store has three optical consulting rooms, a contact lens area and a dedicated sound-proof room for audiology.  It boasts all the latest high-tech optical equipment, including an advanced eye scanning system that helps to detect several eye conditions, such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. The Heidelberg 3D Optical Coherence Tomography machine (OCT) is similar to an ultrasound but uses light instead of sound waves to create a picture from the reflections – in this case, the back of the eye. 

OCT scans are additional to the normal eye test and can be requested when the appointment is booked or when the customer arrives in store. The cost of this scan (£10) is not covered by the NHS examination.

The Midsomer Norton store will be open seven days a week, with hearing appointments available two days a week. You can make an appointment now via the Bath store.

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