Specsavers Ilford have recently welcomed two newly qualified optometrists to the team at the High Road store.
But both are already familiar faces to customers and staff alike.
That is because Sheema Pirzada and Nusrat Jahan, who both live locally, have both worked at the store since they finished college.
They carried on working there while at university, and then completed their pre-registration period at the store before qualifying last year.
Mohammed Rehmani, ophthalmic director in Ilford, said: ‘I am really proud of Sheema and Nusrat, as are the rest of the team. They have already achieved so much at such a young age, and are really valued by our staff and customers.
‘What makes their success especially sweet is that we have had the chance to watch them grow and develop with the Ilford store. We will continue to support their development as they build their careers as optometrists, and maybe even – one day – ophthalmic directors themselves.’