Look local: English Riviera eye care

Torquay is a popular tourist destination for families and water sport enthusiasts, with opticians in the town keen to have something to meet visitors needs as well as residents. Sean Rai-Roche reports

Despite the sardonic comments of everyone’s favourite hotel owner, Basil Fawlty, the English Riviera remains a popular destination. The climate is agreeable and the bustling towns along its coast offer a plethora of activities. And none more so than Torquay.

‘Torquay is a gorgeous place to live,’ says Lynda Hayes, practice manager and co-owner of Hayes Optician. ‘It’s got a beautiful coastline, Dartmoor is down the road and there are some amazing beaches, restaurants and bars close by. It’s a great family destination and tourist spot.’

The practice opened around 10 years ago and has one testing room, OCT and a retinal camera. ‘As an independent service is so important,’ says Hayes. ‘We try to tailor our service and cater to individual needs. We also have an added focus on the clinical side of things.

‘Our patient base is fairly representative of the town’s demographic with lots of over 70s as well as some younger walk-ins,’ she says. ‘That is why we provide domiciliary visits as there are a lot of retired people in the area who need them.’

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