Interview: Roger Pope, Founder of Roger Pope & Partners Opticians

Royal Warrant holder and dispensing optician Roger Pope wants to see regulators shake up education for dispensing opticians to bring it closer to the realities of practice life. Joe Ayling reports

In terms of professional prestige, it would be difficult to top the accolade of being the Queen of England’s optician of choice.

But asked for his wider view on the world of optics, Royal Warrant holder Roger Pope does not get caught up in pageantry.

His message is a clear one –the fitting of spectacles has more to do with patients and products than the maths behind dispensing. Moreover, young dispensing opticians and optometrists should be aspiring to open their own independent practices with this simple philosophy in mind.

University courses and CET providers, he argues, must wise up to the value of frame and lens product knowledge, communication and customer service.

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