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Principal Optometrist

Our principal optometrist and proprietor is Richard Stokes. He graduated from The City University in 1973 and became a fully qualified Optometrist in 1974. Since then he has gained the Diploma in Contact Lens Practice, the highest qualification in this field, and was elected a fellow of The College of Optometrists in 1980. Mr Stokes is also Head of Optometry at QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City where he runs the contact lens clinic and is in charge of a small team of optometrists. He was an examiner for the College of Optometrists for over 15 years.

Practice Manager

Lorna Braddon joined the practice as a receptionist in 1986. She first became senior receptionist before being promoted to Practice Manager in 1997. Lorna takes responsibility over the day to day running of the practice.


Karen Webster joined our team in 2011. She is usually the first member that our patients encounter and works hard to present a friendly and efficient atmosphere. Karen brings a calming influence to the practice and is one of our most valued assets.

Post Graduate Training

In order to practice as an optometrist, students must complete a three year degree course and then spend a year working in practice as a pre-registered optometrist, or "pre-reg", under supervision. Mr Stokes is a supervisor, having satisfied the College of his suitability.
If you are seen by our pre-reg there will always be a qualified optometrist present and they will have overall responsibility for your examination.



38 London Road, St. Albans, Herts  AL1 1NG  | Telephone: 01727 866830  | Email