Sarah Edwards is the dispensing manager at Specsavers Hove, in George Street.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I have worked for Specsavers for 13 years – definitely not an unlucky number for me – and I qualified as a dispensing optician in 2010. I love my job because I love working with people and helping them find the right visual solution. I also love the variety – no two days are ever the same.
Outside work, I enjoy running and going to the gym, reading, socialising and generally staying active – I even took part in a charity hike earlier this year which was exhausting but really rewarding.
Do you wear glasses yourself? If so, which style do you like best?
I wear small RX glasses for driving. I have French Connection frames and some polarising sunglasses. My eye test is due in December, I might even be tempted by some of our new designer frames which are due in store shortly.
If you could have anyone, living or dead, come into your store for an eye test, who would it be and why?
Will Smith - I think he is a very talented actor, and it does not hurt that he's not bad to look at either.
What does your role involve? What are the challenges?
I work with all ages, from young children to people over 100 years old. Some of our patients have very low vision, so we have to manage their expectations as to how much we can improve their sight. Regular eye tests really matter to keep your eyes healthy, so local people should definitely pop in and see us.
Specsavers is not just about eye care. We also do hearing tests which are massively important. They are free in store and only take a few minutes.
I really know the value of these because I have worn hearing aids myself for the last five years. So I would urge anyone, whether they think they have a problem with their hearing or not, to come and have a free 3-minute hearing screening.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I see a lot of parents who bring in their children in for eye tests on a regular basis, and have built up a great rapport with both generations. We had a visit from some local Brownies earlier in the year, and I am looking forward to getting out and about to take high visibility vests to local schools in the near future for Road Safety Week.
Hove is a really family friendly store to work in – and we have some great frames for kids such as a terrific My Little Pony range that I would have loved when I was that age.