A West London independent has celebrated its 40th birthday.
Hynes Optometrists has been serving its community in Ealing since 1982.
The practice is owned by husband and wife, Colin and Joy Hynes, and first began in the front room of Colin’s parents’ house, on Carlton Road.
The practice moved to the Hynes’ own home, in Northfield Avenue, Ealing, in 1984, before relocating to its current location at 120 Northfield Avenue in 1993.
The business now consists of 14 members of staff, with the Hynes still at the helm, and has grown into a modern practice that offers busy successful dry eye, visual stress and myopia management clinics.
Linda Menezes, practice manager, has been with the business for 30 years. She told OT: “Colin and Joy have built their business up through sheer dedication and hard work, driven by their passion for optometry. They have created a special practice that lives and breathes care, energy and fun.”
She added: “It is patients’ word of mouth, loyalty and recommendations that have helped the practice expand organically over the years.”
Over the years, Hynes has raised thousands of pounds for charities, including Guide Dogs and Mary’s Meals, and for causes including Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and motor neurone disease.
A celebration to mark 40 years was held on 12 November, with 100 patients and the entire Hynes team in attendance.
The Hynes’ have no plans to retire and “are both still fully immersed and active in the running of the practice while finding time for other pursuits,” Menezes said.
At the celebrations, one patient said: “The first time I visited Hynes I remember being immediately struck by the fact this was not just an optometrist practice, this was a community hub with a true family atmosphere where all were welcome and could contribute.
“Cakes were being sold for charity and folk were popping in just to say hi. This is Hynes and it is down to the leaders of the excellent team.”
Lead image: the Hynes Optometrists team.