About Pople and Broad Opticians
At Pople and Broad Opticians we have developed a highly professional team dedicated to providing our patients with a seamless journey through our practice. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome when you first step into our practice. Our optical advisors will make you feel comfortable and relaxed before your examination and our optometrists are trained to thoroughly examine your eyes and provide you with honest, appropriate advice for your individual visual requirements. If you do require spectacles you will then meet one of our dispensing opticians who will talk you through all the available options.
We are able to source lenses and frames from a wide range of suppliers and can therefore provide spectacles and contact lenses to suit most budgets- from simple frames and lenses to bespoke designer frames and lenses.
We have a glazing lab on the premises which is a fantastic bonus for us as a practice and a rarity in this day and age; our lab technician James is highly experienced and skilled; more on our lab later!
Anthony Bahadur BSc(Hons) MCOptom Dip Tp (IP) Prof Cert Glauc
Senior Specialist Optometrist
Anthony is one of the owners of Pople & Broad Opticians and an Independent prescribing Specialist Optometrist. He has been in practice since 1999 after graduating from Aston University. He showed flare in professional training and became a College of Optometrists Supervisor and practice owner by the age of 28. He also worked for East Sussex NHS trust as a Glaucoma and Macula Degeneration specialist. Anthony enjoys all aspects of Optometry particularly helping patients with eye conditions that need medical prescribing.
Lizzie Thompson BSc(Hons)MCOptom
“I trained as an Optometrist at City University and qualified in 1994. I worked in Surrey and Hampshire for 18 years before relocating with my family to Rotherfield.
After a career break, during which I renovated our 16th Century cottage, I joined the practice, in 2017. I am enjoying getting to know the patients here and I am delighted to be a part of this team.”
Jacqui is a very experienced Optical Assistant and has worked in Optics since 2013. She is always helpful and friendly and outside of work she enjoys playing netball.
Amanda Bahadur BSc (Hons) MCOptom Dip Tp (IP) Prof Cert Glauc SVUK
Senior Specialist Optometrist
Amanda Bahadur is one of the practice owners at Pople & Broad Opticians and a Senior Specialist Optometrist. She has been in practice since 2002 after graduating from Bradford University. Amanda enjoys all aspects of Optometry and specialises in helping children with more complex eye problems and is a qualified School Vision Practitioner. Amanda gained her professional certificate in Glaucoma in 2019 and her Independent Prescribing Qualification in 2022. She is actively involved in professional training and development and is known for her friendly caring nature.
James Smith SMC tech
Lab Technician and Dispenser
My thirty year optical career started with spectacle frame design and manufacture in 1985, where I gathered vital experience in adjustments and knowledge on repairs. Laboratory and Dispensing work followed completing the SMC tech qualification in London city university. I have worked mainly in high end London opticians achieving a very precise skill to my work and pride myself on this today.
I joined Pople and Broad in 2007 and immensely enjoy working as part of the team.
Fiona has worked at Pople & Broad since 2016 as an Optical Assistant. She takes a keen interest in how the business runs and enjoys all aspects of her work particularly working with people and helping them fulfill their needs. She is also responsible for our fabulous window displays.
Joanne Broad BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Optometrist with over 30 years experience in eye care. Joanne offers a wealth of experience; she is one of our Senior optometrists , trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
“I would like to think that I offer a calm relaxed approach to my patients and put them at ease with sensible advice regarding their vision care and eye health. Thirty years on and I am still very much enjoying and developing my career- I love the freedom I have working within an independent practice, utilising the very latest equipment that I know will benefit my patients and the fact that although I am busy I have time to chat a little too- or maybe even a lot!”
Senior Dispensing Advisor
Miranda offers a wealth of knowledge having worked in the Optical Industry since 2008. She excels at frame selection and enjoys encouraging her patients into a new style and building their confidence. She has a friendly and caring nature and in her spare time used to volunteer in a day centre for vulnerable, elderly people, spreading her cheer!