The practice was established roughly 70 years ago when a chemist named Mr Wyle, who used to test eyes from within his pharmacy, decided to separate the businesses. He built an extension on the side of his building so that he had a pharmacy and an optometry practice next door to one another.
Around 1975 Christopher Gordon bought the optometry practice from Mr Wyle, before beginning to work tirelessly to establish it as the optometry practice to visit in the Croydon area. He spent countless hours testing eyes and surrounded himself with like-minded individuals who were passionate about optics, and dedicated to providing excellent eye care. Heather Bailey at that time began working for Mr Gordon, Heather was fresh out of university and practicing as a pre-registration optician. It wasn’t long before she had qualified and soon became a valued member of the team at the practice.
In 1983 Mr Gordon sold the practice to Heather. She changed the name above the door to ‘Heather Bailey Optometrists’ and embarked upon her journey to turn it into the highly dependable family friendly optical practice it is today.
When the pharmacy next door to the practice went up for sale in 1998, Heather jumped at the opportunity to acquire the space. By 1999 she had turned the two buildings into one large, open plan area ready to welcome the residents, both old and new, of Croydon and the surrounding areas.
Heather retired in 2020 but the practice has carried on with a strong team who continue to give high quality service.