The Team

Sue Merrick

Sue Merrick our optometrist
Sue Merrick our optometrist

Has been qualified over 28 years. She has worked in a number of environments from Hospitals, to Multiple’s and Independent practice.
“I enjoy Independent practice where I have professional freedom and I have the opportunity to give patients the extra time they may need”.






Rachel Margieson

Rachel Margieson our optometrist
Rachel Margieson our optometrist

Has been qualified for 22 years, she has worked in Independent practice for the last 15 years. Previously she has taught Optometry at the University of Manchester.
“Having time with my patients and full professional freedom is important to me, this helps me make the right decisions for each individual”

Our Optometrists believe in the traditional values of welcoming and spending time with our patients, whilst incorporating modern standards that Pilgrim Optical offer, such as the latest 3D OCT Retinal scanner. The OCT can pick up conditions such as Age Related Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma at an early stage, enabling the appropriate monitoring and referral decision to be advised

They also have a lot of experience fitting all types of Contact lenses, Soft and Rigid, for all ages. This includes the over 40s where multi-focals are one of the options used to allow people to see in the distance and up close without the need for spectacles. 
We are also happy to examine children’s eyes from any age especially if there are concerns about vision or eye health or history of problems in the family.

Jo Holmes, FBDO – Dispensing Optician

Jo Holmes our dispensing optician
Jo Holmes our dispensing optician

Our practice manager Jo qualified as a dispensing optician in 1991 and has been with the practice since then. She has a wealth of experience dealing with both patients and suppliers, and has a comprehensive understanding of the industry. Her duties include interpreting the prescription from the optometrist to organise the best lenses and helping patients to choose their frames. From 2001 Jo has helped supply training for her fellow dispensing opticians through her involvement with ABDO (Association of British Dispensing Opticians). She is currently a board member for the south west.

Liz – Optical Assistant

Liz joined the practice in November 1999 as a full-time optical receptionist with admin duties. As well as being the first person the customer speaks to and sees, she also does background admin work. Optical duties including checking the prescription on the glasses when they arrive from Hoya our lens specialists to make sure everything is 100% for the customer. She has also been trained to do in house repairs for example replacing screws and nose pads.

Liz says “I like the way we can make the time to give one to one care in a small practice like this and it’s nice to greet the customers by name as they come in the door because I’ve genuinely got to know them over the years.”