It’s hard to believe 20 years has passed since we first opened the doors of Jonathan Hall Opticians. Tony Blair had just arrived in Downing Street and the world was about to be shocked by the tragic news of Princess Diana’s death. 20 years on and we have seen the birth and rise of the internet, mobile phones, Google and Amazon. What an exciting time to have been running an optician’s practice!
The idea was simple; to create a practice where people loved to visit, and people loved to come to work. It just seemed the right way to do things.
We have performed around 50,000 eye exams in Kings Square on over 10,000 different people, and supplied around 30,000 pairs of glasses. Sounds a lot doesn’t it? But we have had a fantastically devoted team over the years who just love to serve people and make them happy. In 2011 we expanded from one unit to two in Kings Square to allow us to continue to serve people for many more years to come!
Meanwhile, in the world of eyecare we have witnessed an unbelievable change in the technologies we now have available to look after people’s eyes:
We wouldn’t have dreamt of being able to photograph, never mind scan, the back of the eye in 1997. (We took stock of our very own scanning machine in 2016).
Who knew that cataract surgery would be reduced to a mere fifteen minute procedure? Previously it was a six week stay in hospital with two sandbags either side of the head!
Who would have believed that lasers could be used to permanently correct people’s eyesight?
So what does the future hold? Well, technology will continue to advance and glasses styles will continue to change with the fashion, of that we can be pretty certain. However, we have never seen ourselves in the glasses business, serving people. We have seen ourselves as being in the people business, serving glasses. And no matter what changes in fashion and technology the world brings, we believe that putting people first will remain the differentiating factor for a long time to come.
Thank you to all our our patients for the pleasure they bring to our practice. We look forward to keeping your eyesight clear and healthy for many more years.
Our very best wishes
Jonathan Hall Opticians Eyecare Team
Jonathan (20yrs), Carole (19 yrs), Helen 10 (yrs), Neil (4 yrs), Lynn (3 yrs), Chloe (1 yr), and Rebecca