Ted Arbuthnot BSc (Hons) FCOptom

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Born and brought up in Belfast until he was twenty years old, he moved to Cardiff to study Optometry at the University of Wales from 1966 to 1969, graduating with honours.

He then worked in Cardiff, both in practice and teaching at the University, until he bought Norman Alexander’s practice in Barry 1975.

Since then he has consistently developed the practice to its current status as one of the very best practices in the UK. Always keeping the practice and staff at the cutting edge of optical technology and eyecare, the practice is one of the biggest and best equipped independent practices around.

During that development he served on the Vale Local Health Board for 7 years and developed the award winning PEARS scheme locally, a service which has now been run out all over Wales and many parts of the UK. PEARS allows GPs to use local optometrists to augment the diagnosis of eye disease normally outside the scope of the GP, but without using up valuable hospital resources.

He has had 5 publications in professional journals on the PEARS scheme, run clinical trials and clinical audits in the practice
He covers most areas of optometry with a special interest in eye health and in contact lenses as well as being a business development consultant for the practice. He also gets involved in frame buying and lens choice for the practice.

He skis, golfs, draws, cooks, does yoga, rides a bike, drinks red wine, watches rugby (supports Ireland), football (Liverpool), saw the 3 UK athletics gold medals at the Olympics so any sport will do, into music, art and books. GSOH, willing to meet……(only joking!)
He is married with 5 daughters and 6 grandchildren and so is still working hard!

Mandy Barnes BSc(Hons) MCOptom

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Mandy studied as an optometrist at Cardiff University, graduating in 1987. She then moved here to Arbuthnots to complete her pre registration year with Ted as her supervisor.

She worked at a variety of practices in South Wales before moving to Oxford where she became area manager for a multiple opticians as well as a pre registration supervisor.

Having enjoyed her time at Arbuthnots she returned to work here in 2002 and is now one of the three partner owners of the practice.

Mandy is a member of the British Contact Lens Association and attends their regular conferences keeping up to date with all developments in contact lenses and anterior eye examination. She specialises in Low Vision Assessments and is the practice lead in this field.

James Davies BSc (Hons) MCOptom

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Brought up in Penarth, James spent years playing rugby for local sides Penarth and Old Penarthians as well as football for Cogan. He graduated from Cardiff University in 1999 and embarked on his optometric career working at large multiple opticians becoming senior optometrist at one of the largest South Wales practices.

In 2004, deciding he would prefer the personal approach that an independent optician can offer he joined Arbuthnots and is now a partner in the practice. He enjoys all aspects of optometry and is particularly interested in the early detection of eye disease with latest techniques such as optical coherence tomography.

Away from Arbuthnots James is a member of the Local Optical Committee, and a council member of Optometry Wales which shapes the future of optometry in Wales. He has been a pre-registration supervisor as well as a supervisor at the university student clinics. He has also worked within local hospital eye department glaucoma clinics. He’s recently returned to study at Cardiff University embarking on further professional qualifications, the Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Retina.

Away from eyes James loves watching rugby, cooking, red wine and a Asian food.

Sharron Hopkins FBDO CL

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Sharron moved to Barry from Shropshire to join the practice as a trainee dispensing optician in the early 1980s. Now a partner in the practice she has a major influence on the day to day running and its development and expansion over the years.

Sharron is the main frame buyer and has built up a great relationship with the reps of all high quality frame manufacturers so they seek us out to stock their latest frame ranges. She also makes regular trips to Milan to source new cutting edge ranges.

Sharron’s relaxed, friendly style means she has a loyal list of clients who value her expert fashion advice! As a dispensing optician with a specialist qualification in contact lenses, and a contact lens wearer herself, she enjoys trying to encourage children into contact lenses.

Sharron has played many sports over the years, mainly squash and golf and always enjoys keeping fit.

Geoff Dean BSc(Hons) FCOptom

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Geoff graduated in Ophthalmic Optics from Manchester University in 1979 and went on to work at a variety of independent practices across South Wales. He became a partner in the Evans, Hailes and Dean making him a recognisable face for our Penarth patients having worked in Penarth and Dinas Powys for many years.

He joined Arbuthnots when we took over the Penarth practice in 2012 and now spends time at both our Penarth and Barry practices. He has experience of working within local hospital contact lens and glaucoma clinics and then brings this knowledge into the community.

He enjoys playing tennis, watching rugby and spending time on the surfing beaches of Gower and Pembrokeshire.

He lives in Cardiff with his wife Karen and two sons, Matthew and William.

Mei Ling Ng BSc(Hons) MCOptom

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Mei Ling was born in Portsmouth and then moved to Bournemouth and completed her secondary education there. She came to Cardiff to study optometry at the University of Wales. After three years she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree and started her pre-registration year working for an independent optician in Risca, Gwent. She has continued working in independent practice across South Wales, from Caldicot to Cardiff and now with Arbuthnot Opticians in Barry.
Mei Ling is accredited to provide eye health examinations, assess acute eye problems and prescribe appliances and magnifiers for people with low vision.

Mei Ling is married with two daughters. She loves food and eating and enjoys having family and friends over for a home-cooked ‘Chinese!’

Our dispensing team

Rod is a very experienced dispensing optician with vast knowledge of all sorts of lenses and frames. He offers great advice to our patients on the most suitable eyewear from a cosmetic and comfort point of view.

Katherine and Hannah are also qualified dispensing opticians and are both great at finding your individual visual requirements and suggesting the most suitable lens options. They are also great at offering fashion advice as glasses are not just functional!

All our dispensing opticians have input into our frame buying so we carry a wide range of styles reflecting each of their preferences.

Our reception team

Lesley, Jan, Heidi, Clodette and Sian are our reception team covering both our practices. These are the voices you will hear on the phone or the staff that will greet you when you visit our practices.

They are fantastic at taking care of our admin and keeping the practices running smoothly.

They have a great relationship with our optometrists and dispensing team and will always point you towards the correct member of staff to deal with your query if they can’t help you themselves.