Fares Hatoum is the new store director and optometrist at Specsavers Ely and is committed to providing the highest level of professional eye care to local residents.
Fares says: ‘Sight is the most precious sense we have, so helping people to see better and reserve their sight is the most satisfying and rewarding thing about my job. Eyes are mirrors to our bodies and a sight test can provide lots of vital information about the general health that can sometimes become a life-saving discovery for the patient.’
Fares started his career with Specsavers while studying at university in 2005, working as a Saturday boy filing and performing admin tasks at the Norwich branch.
He later transferred to Cambridge and began ‘climbing up the ladder’, moving from in-store trainer to assistant manager and then qualifying as a dispensing optician.
Fares said: ‘At this point I had two options – either stay in Cambridge and accept the new role as a store manager or move to Bradford to pursue further training in optometry.
‘I continued working with Specsavers in different stores up north while I was doing my degree in optometry. I then moved back south to Ipswich to finish my pre-reg and started further management training.
‘Due to changes in family circumstances, I had to move once again and left Specsavers to work as clinical development manager for an independent opticians for a couple of years, where I experienced the independent side of the optical industry and worked closely with a private eye hospital. In the meantime I started my master degree in advanced clinical optometry in Cardiff.
‘I then moved back to Specsavers Ely in a more leading role as a director, where I will be bringing my academic experience and practical clinical skills into practice.'
Putting patients first
In his new role, Fares splits his time between performing eye exams and overseeing the clinical side of the business, as well ensuring staff are kept up to date with the latest developments in optical care.
He continues: ‘I’m doing what I love to do – looking after people’s eyes health and helping them to see better with glasses and contact lenses if they require prescription. I also make sure that all our optoms continue to provide the best clinical service and advice to our customers.
‘We have invested heavily in the latest technology and we encourage our staff to continue their development and update their knowledge by attending various courses, seminars and webinars throughout the year.’