About us

By choosing Optomeyes Eyecare you are choosing superior care for your eyes
provided by experienced professionals. Meet some of the team.

Sue Wassall

  • BSc Hons Ophthalmic Optics (Aston University)
  • Membership of the British College of Optometrists (MCOptom)
  • Registered with the General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Member of Association of Optometrists (AOP)
Sue qualified in 1983 and remains as passionate as ever about caring for your eyes. During her career, Sue has worked for both high street chains and independent opticians, and quickly realised the benefits to customers of the independent approach. As the owner and lead optometrist of Optomeyes Eyecare, Sue focuses on what’s best for each individual customer without any distracting targets or time pressures. Sue has been running both practices since February 1999 and has been helping people all over Hampshire since.

Sue is an active member of the local communities of Wickham and Lee-on-the-Solent. When she’s not looking after your eyes, Sue enjoys walking in the countryside, watching rugby, cycling and spending quality time with family and friends.

Penny Bowen-Thomas


  • BSc Hons Optometry
    (City University)
  • Registered with the General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Member of Association of Optometrists (AOP)
  • BSc Hons Biology
    (University of London)

During her 20 years in the profession, Penny has worked for both high street chains and independent opticians, including supervising Pre-registration students and practice management.

Penny is married to Oliver, an optometrist at a private Ophthalmic hospital, and mum to two very active boys and can often be found on the side of a sports pitch. Penny enjoys walking and tries to run and keep fit.

If Penny gets a chance to relax she enjoys reading and jigsaws!

Helen Johnson


  • BSc Hons Ophthalmic Optics 1995
    (Aston University)
  • Registered with the General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Member of Association of Optometrists (AOP)
  • Member of the College of Optometrists

In the early stages of her career, Helen worked for multiples. After 10 years she moved into working with independent practices as she preferred the variety of work along with the opportunity to build long term relationships with both patients and practice staff. As an ex nurse/ midwife Helen is interested in pathology and took this further by specialising in dry eye disease.

In her spare time Helen volunteers with local conservation groups and helped neighbours shielding locally during the pandemic.

Helen loves gardening and getting outdoors, as well as getting to the beach with her board. She also enjoys a good game of rugby, especially if Ireland is playing!

Mohammed Asghar


  • BSc Hons MCOptom
  • Registered with the General Optical Council (GOC)
  • Member of the College of Optometrists
  • Member of the Association of Optometrists (AOP)

Mohammed has been working in and around the southern counties for the last 7 years and has experience working in independents, multiples and has also worked in the corneal clinic at Salisbury Hospital.

Passionate about giving the best and thorough eye care to all of his patients, Mohammed has further enhanced his knowledge in the field and is accredited to perform Post cataract op checks, minor eye condition services, fit specialist contact lenses.

Mohammed enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 kids, enjoys eating out, travelling and growing his own veg!

Dispensing Team

Faye Auckland
Frame and Lens Consultant

Faye has been part of the team at Optomeyes since 2009. Before joining the team, Faye, who started her career in optics in 1992, had managed both multiple and independent practices bringing a wealth of experience with her.

Faye is a superb frame and lens consultant who enjoys helping our patients select the perfect blend of great looking frames and fabulous lenses that will correct their vision and suit their lifestyle.

Outside of work, Faye enjoys reading, swimming and spending time with her family.

Natalie Rogers
Frame and Lens Consultant

Natalie has been working in optics since 2013, starting with 5 years working for a big chain before joining the Optomeyes team in 2018. Before this, Natalie worked other customer service roles.

Natalie enjoys being part of the close-knit team and enjoys the benefits of working in an independent opticians, including being able to spend more time helping patients choose the perfect frames and lenses following their eye examination. She enjoys being able to take the time to match the best product specific to the patient’s prescription and lifestyle. Natalie is passionate about providing the best care for our patients and gets great satisfaction seeing the customer delighted with the end product.

When she’s not looking after our patients she is kept busy, loving life with two little ones. When time allows Natalie enjoys swimming in the sea all through the year, running with friends and singing.

Tracey Taylor
Frame and Lens Consultant
Tracey has over 30 years experience as a Dispensing Optician having qualified in 1986.

Throughout her career she’s worked predominantly in independent practices, with a short period in a high street chain prior to lockdown. Tracey is keen to provide the best possible service and outcomes for all her customers, ensuring that all lens and frame options are explored.

Having retrained as a Dog Groomer, Tracey now works 2 days a week at Optomeyes and the rest of the week grooming. Her other interests include dog walking, Racket Ball and Yoga.
Client Care Team


Sue has been part of the team since 2015, having taken early retirement from Hampshire Social Services after 15 years service. Sue saw our advert and, not feeling ready to retire completely, applied and joined the team.

In the early days, Sue’s biggest challenge was meeting patients ‘face to face’ and these days is one of the parts of her job she enjoys the most.

In 2020, Sue became a grandmother for the first time. In addition to spending time with her family she enjoys looking after and riding her horses with her daughter.


Lynn joined the team in 2018. After 25 years working for NatWest, and 13 years as joint owner of local haberdashery business, coming to work in Optics was a complete change of direction.

Lynn enjoys getting to know our clients and offering the friendly service we are known for, which sees clients return year after year.

In her spare time, Lynn enjoys doing anything crafty, particularly quilting and even the odd woodwork creation with her husband.  She also loves spending time with her family.


Hayley started work as a receptionist in an independent opticians where she remained for 6 years. She then took a break from optics, but continued to work in customer facing roles in travel, tourism and hospitality. Over the years Hayley has lived in Dubai,  Aberdeen & Plymouth before settling in the local area.

Hayley joined the team in April 2016 and enjoys the small community feel of Lee-on-the-Solent and getting to know many of our regular patients, who sometimes just call in for a chat.

Outside of work, Hayley enjoys time with family and friends, holidays and long walks with her Cocker Spaniel. She describes herself as a book lover with a passion for chocolate!


Alison has joined the team in 2016 bringing with her a wealth of administrative experience including working in the MoD and for the NHS as a GP receptionist. Alison has a passion for maintaining the excellent service standards and customer experience that we are famous for, ensuring patients come back year after year.

When she’s not working, Alison is often spotted walking her dog, socialising with friends and spending time with her family. Our very own Imelda Marcos, Alison’s other favourite pastime is adding to her growing collection of shoes and handbags.


Paula joined the team in Jan 2022 after a variety of administrative and secretarial posts in the UK and abroad. After two years as a civil servant working from home she is relishing the opportunity to work face to face again with colleagues and patients. Paula’s children are now grown up and away at university, leaving her more time for socialising, travel, and walking her dog on the beach.
Book your appointment with us today:

Lee-On-The-Solent 02392 550723

Wickham 01329 832706

I have been a regular customer with Sue Wassall for about 30 years ever since they were in Lee-on-the-Solent the service has always been first class and personally would highly recommend them.

Paul Loftus