The Essex-based independent practice run by Professor Bruce Evans, Cole Martin Tregaskis, has celebrated 70 years in business.
The optometrist, alongside colleagues and patients, gathered at the Brentwood practice to mark the milestone with an evening attended by Deputy Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Will Russell.
The Brentwood practice was established by optometrist Philip Cole, founding president of the College of Optometrists. Succeeded by partners, Tony Martin and Tony Tregaskis, Professor Evans joined the practice in 1988, taking over in 1996.
Today, the practice is one of the largest in the area, with over 32,000 patients, growing at around 100 patients a month. The practice team comprises of a practice manager, five optometrists, three opticians, four dispensing assistants and five support staff.
In addition to NHS and private primary care work, the practice offers specialist clinical services in eight areas, including dry eye, specific learning difficulties, myopia control and enhanced NHS services.
Speaking on the evening, Professor Evans thanked loyal patients and staff members, labelling them “an outstanding team.”