Nicola Wilkinson is store director at Specsavers Tonbridge.
How did you end up working for Specsavers?
I started out as a Saturday girl 22 years ago. I worked hard and showed my commitment to the company, and had my own store here in Tonbridge within about 6 years.
So I have been here 16 years this year, and I am still really enjoying it. I really would not want to do anything else.
What is the best bit of your job?
The best bit of my role is seeing my staff progress and do well. Specsavers is really big on training and development, and on helping talented people build their career.
We are really lucky to have a number of people on our team in Tonbridge who have been with us for many years, which I think proves that we must be doing something right.
If you could have anyone at all, living or dead, come into your store for an eye test, who would it be?
James Blunt. Make it happen, please.
We will see what we can do. Why is it so important for all of us (not just James Blunt) to have an eye test?
A regular eye test is crucial. It can detect changes in your vision over time which might mean glasses or contact lenses for the first time, or a new prescription to help you see more clearly.
But it can also detect a number of medical conditions which are quite tricky to spot without a detailed examination of your eye. Most people go to their doctor when they need a check-up, and a visit to an optician really should not be viewed any differently.
What does an eye test involve?
You will have a short pre-test, typically, and then one of our experienced optometrists will check the health of your eyes in detail. That is where the eye chart comes in, amongst other things.
After your test, they will explain what they have found. Then, if you need glasses or lenses, our friendly store team will help you pick out the perfect solution for you.
How can people book an eye test with you?
You can pop in and see us in the store seven days a week or you can give us a call or book online.