About Pople and Broad Opticians
The Practice was opened in 1934 by Percival Robert Gray, along with branches at Seaford, Newhaven and Uckfield. James Pople (Robert’s father) became a partner in the early 50’s, and Robert joined the firm in 1968 after qualifying from the City University London. These were great days when the part time business developed into a busy full time one.
Interestingly, spectacle fashions have just about turned full circle, with today’s retro styles being identical to those that were being dispensed in 1968! In 1982 on my James Pople’s retirement the remaining Partners opted to go their own way, and Robert Pople took over Heathfield trading under his own name.
So, Pople and Broad has been operating in Heathfield for over 80 years, offering a friendly service to residents of Heathfield, Horam, Cross-in-Hand, Uckfield, Hailsham, Broad Oak and surrounding areas.
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 and dispensing manager James is highly experienced and skilled; more on our lab later!
Joanne Broad BSc MCOptom
Optometrist with 30 years experience in eye care. Joanne has run the practice for 12 years with her husband James. Together they offer a wealth of experience; Joanne is our principle optometrist , 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 had running my own practice to invest in 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!”
James Smith SMC tech
Dispensing Manager / Lab Technician
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 now my wife Joanne and I are moving the practice forward with our experience, patience and care to our patients – we are extremely proud of our practice and enjoy our work immensely.
Alan Stone BA(hons) FBDO
“I started working in Optics in 2002 at a small independent practice after completing my A levels, and immediately started training as a Dispensing Optician in London. In 2010, I decided to further my career by branching out into Audiology, learning how to test hearing and fit hearing aids, completing my Foundation degree in 2012. I now enjoy working in both Optics and Audiology and can offer a full service including Micro suction ear wax removal.“