The future is hybrid

Specialist clinical optometrist Elion Hyseni describes his setting up of the Headcorn Eye Centre in Kent

In the wake of the pandemic and first UK lockdown, as hospital clinics were being cancelled and community services inundated with acute appointments, I was busy building a new practice.

Unbeknown to me at the time, this was to become the first independent practice in the UK to offer a combination of high end optical retail, specialist optometry services, community ophthalmology delivered by independent prescribing optometrists, private ophthalmology services delivered by consultant ophthalmologists, ophthalmic procedures and hearing care.

When I opened my first practice five years ago, starting from scratch, I aimed to build a premium practice with specialist optometry services and high end optical retail. That said, I had not really thought much beyond opening and surviving the dreaded first two years. I certainly had not envisaged that year five would see us trading as Kent Ophthalmology and offering multi-specialty clinical and surgical procedures.

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