Meet the team

Meet the team

Our Practice boasts a friendly and professional team who all contribute to the continued success of Susan Bowers Optometrists.

Carolann Flanagan

Specialist Optometrist email:

Carolann joined the practice as a pre-registration student 2004, qualifying in 2007. She has the Independent Prescribing qualification (drug prescribing).  She always takes her time to ensure that you have the very best experience in eye care. Her Glaucoma training at Moorfields eye hospital in London starts in October 2022. Carolann is especially good with children and our older patients who might need more time, kindness and understanding.

Clare Whyman

Senior Dispensing Optician

Clare qualified in 2003 and has been here since 2005. She has trained several DO’s at this practice and specialises in Varifocals, Myopia Management spectacle lenses and high prescriptions. Please feel free to discuss your spectacle frame requirements with Clare

Emma Bristow

Specialist Optometrist

Emma qualified in 1990. She joined the practice in 2019. She also works at Milton Keynes Hospital. Emma has the Independent Prescribing qualification, the certificate in Glaucoma from Moorfields Eye Hospital and she is about to sit her Higher Certificate in Glaucoma at Moorfields. She is a very experienced in childrens, pathology, complex cases and glaucoma.

Laura Collins

Optometric Assistant

Laura joined the practice in 2020, when Paula retired. She is your first point of contact when you telephone us on 02476 466661. She was a former legal secretary and medical receptionist. Laura has done lots of training courses since she started here so that she can fully understand Optometry and the wide range of services that we offer to our patients.

Susan Bowers

Consultant Optometrist

Susan qualified in 1975 and bought the practice in 1984 (originally at number  267 Tile Hill Lane). Susan studied for an MSc from City University in children’s reading and eye tracking. She is an Independent Prescriber (one of the first 30 in Great Britain 2009) and she has the Diploma in Glaucoma from Moorfields 2019. She is very interested in dry eye and complex cases. Susan has seen over 90,000 patients in the last 47 years.

Zachary Smith

Pre-registration Optometrist

Zak obtained a first class degree from Aston University. He started here in 2019 and has passed nearly all his clinical exams with just two more sets to go. At the moment he is offering the OCT retinal examination (normally £39) for free as part of his training. Zac has excellent communication skills and really enjoys seeing patients. He would like to start his Independent Prescribing training as soon as he qualifies in 2022.

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