The Team

Nick Askham Bsc MCOptom — Optometrist

Nick Askham our optometrist
Nick Askham our optometrist

Nick has experienced all aspects of Optical Practice in over 35 years of working in the Optical sector. Starting as a Lab Technician, moving onto training as a Dispensing Optician, Contact Lens Optician and Optometrist by achieving a BSc Honours degree in Optometry.
Virtually all of his career has been spent in Independent practices, enabling him to provide a thorough Eye Examination, and personal service.
Nick believes 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.
He also has a lot of experience fitting all types of Contact lenses, Soft and Rigid, for all ages. This includes the over 40s where multifocals are one of the options used to allow people to see in the distance and up close without the need for spectacles. 
He is 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.”

Taniah – Optical Assistant

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