Faheem Ayub is store director at Specsavers Swanley, in Swanley Shopping Centre.
Tell us a bit about you
I currently live in East London. I enjoy travelling, and like to keep active by going to the gym regularly and going climbing.
Are you a spectacle wearer yourself? If so, which frames do you like best?
I am a firm believer in having different spectacles for different environments and outfits. Currently I wear my John Lennon inspired Gant frames for work.
Outside of work I usually wear my new Diesel geek chic frames, and if I am having a lazy day at home I wear my Specsavers O'Sullivan frames. We always have a great range of frames in store, so it is sometimes hard to choose a new pair – but it is a nice problem to have.
How did you come to run Swanley store?
I started my career with Specsavers as a graduate optometrist in 2008, qualifying in 2009, and shortly after that began the process of gaining the necessary experience to run my own store.
In 2013 I became a self-employed optometrist for Specsavers, as well as working in community based programmes. These included diabetic retinal screening and glaucoma clinics within the hospital eye service.
In late 2016 I was offered an opportunity to open my own store in Swanley with the help of the partners in Tunbridge Wells and the rest is history.
What does your job involve?
My job involves carrying out eye examinations to test people’s vision, and screen for general health and eye abnormalities. I am also involved in the fitting and management of contact lenses.
Specsavers Swanley is also part of the minor eye conditions scheme, which provides a health check for specific eye health problems.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
My favourite part of my job at the moment is dealing with minor eye conditions for patients in the local community.
This service has helped bring optometry firmly into the medical field, where it belongs. There is much personal and professional satisfaction from solving issues ranging from conjunctivitis to someone having an ingrowing eyelash.
What does getting an eye test involve?
Typically you will have a pre-test including having a puff of air blown onto your eye (it is entirely painless, I promise) amongst other things. Then we might take a picture of the back of your eye to look for any changes in eye health.
After that, our qualified optometrist will check the health of your eyes – and the quality of your vision – in detail. Then, if you need glasses, our friendly store team will help you pick out the perfect frames for you. And if you prefer to go for contact lenses, we can help you out with those too.