Eyecare specialist Ahmed Sivardeen has devoted his adult life to the study of optometry.
The 46-year-old has held the position of store director at Specsavers in New Malden for the past 11 years, and has worked for the High Street opticians for two decades.
Ahmed was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Stoke on Trent, where he studied optometry at Aston University. He moved to Kingston 15 years ago and is currently in the final stages of completing a PhD in the study of multifocal contact lenses.
Ahmed said: ‘I’m passionate about optics and always have an appetite to learn more, but it’s the customers who really make the job what it is. I like interacting with the community and learning more about people’s optical needs and their lives.’
Outside the testing room, father-of-three, Ahmed is an ambassador for many charities, including roles as Chairperson of the British Sri Lankan Association and clinical advisor to Al-Mustafa Welfare Trust, Al- Ihsan Trust and the Sri Lankan Eye Donation Society.
He recently addressed the House of Lords in his role with the British Sri Lankan Association.