Arbroath’s Abbey gains new qualification

Abbey celebrates her success with some of her colleagues. They are from left, - Elaine Moore, Lauren Petrie, Catriona Black, Amy Granger, Kim Robertson, Clair Cargill, Melissa Edwards, Donna Munro and Alison McKeand.
Abbey celebrates her success with some of her colleagues. They are from left, - Elaine Moore, Lauren Petrie, Catriona Black, Amy Granger, Kim Robertson, Clair Cargill, Melissa Edwards, Donna Munro and Alison McKeand.

AN ARBROATH employee is celebrating after passing a demanding set of exams to become the latest highly qualified dispensing optician.

Abbey Webb (FdSc FBDO), who has worked for Specsavers in Arbroath for six years, has completed her degree in ophthalmic dispensing from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Her course involved three gruelling years of study along with 12 residential stays in Cambridge when she travelled down for numerous exams.

Abbey also sat professional examinations and studied in Birmingham through the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

As a dispensing optician Abbey will personally deliver an ophthalmic dispensing service to customers using her detailed knowledge of lenses, the physics involved in eyecare, and an in-depth understanding of the biology of the eye.

Abbey’s success means that the 33 members of staff at Specsavers Arbroath now share over 230 years of eye care experience between them.

Another 11 of Abbey’s colleagues are also currently studying for professional qualifications.

Kenny Johnston, store director of Specsavers in Arbroath, said: “We are very proud of the expertise we have on the staff here and as part of the senior team in store Abbey is able to pass on her knowledge to her colleagues so we can really deliver exceptional customer service day in, day out.

“We invest a huge amount of time and money into staff training so that staff members can develop their careers and customers can benefit from their experience and skills.

“It means that the eyecare provided to local people is of the highest possible standard while also creating quality local jobs.”