About us

Our founders still work in the practice today

Our practice founders – Chris and Heather Marcou – first met at college in 1976,  while studying for their Dispensing Optician qualifications. They both shared the dream of one day opening their own practice.

After qualifying Chris and Heather worked at various opticians’ practices in the South of England, before deciding to pursue their ambition. Their practice opened in 1987, and they named it Alexander Opticians after their son, who was five years old at the time.

Alex joined the practice nine years ago, and is now a partner in the business – along with his parents and Dispensing Optician Helen Woods.

Since the practice opened, Chris and Heather have surrounded themselves with a team of like-minded, proactive and helpful individuals, who all share their ambition of providing outstanding eye care. Many of our current team have now been with the practice for over 20 years, and contribute to our excellent longstanding reputation and relationships with our patients.

When you first step into our practice, you will most likely be greeted by a member of our reception team – Donna Pearce, Donna Burden or Sue Edgar. When it is time for your appointment, you’ll be professionally cared for by one of our three fully qualified and highly experienced Optometrists: Christine Greenway, Jane de Courcy or Pat Jackson.

Should you require new eyewear following your eye exam, you will be handed over to the care of Chris, Heather, Helen, Alex or Anne, who all comprise our Dispensing team, and are perfectly positioned to help you select the new eyewear that will be best for you. If you’d like contact lenses in addition to glasses either Chris or Anne, our qualified Contact Lens Opticians, will advise you and offer you a free trial.

Once you leave our practice with your new eyewear, our service doesn’t stop there. If your new specs ever need adjusting, call in any time. If a repair is necessary we can see to that for you on-site in our own laboratory where Alex and Mark, our technicians, will work their magic.