Hing Opticians started life in 1979 in the front room of Stephen & Jackie’s family home. Many of our long standing patients may remember the Hing children toddling around on a Saturday morning whilst their Mum & Dad worked. The three children are still involved within the practice; Ben is an Optometrist, Sarah owns the footcare clinic on site and Emma is one of our Dispensing Opticians.
In 1985 Stephen bought Sydney A Smith Opticians in St Mary’s Street, Bedford. This practice closed in 2002 when we moved the business solely to Shefford.
Our current practice in Clifton Road, Shefford was transformed from an empty residential property into the purpose built clinic that we are today. We have two ground floor testing rooms with disabled access, a fully equipped pre-screening area, reception and waiting area plus an on site spectacle manufacturing laboratory.
Along with the free on site parking we feel there is excellent accessibility facilities for all, but if you feel that you may need any specific assistance when attending our practice, please advise our reception staff when booking your appointment and we will try and accommodate your needs.
Benjamin Hing BOptom (Hons) MCOptom
Prof Cert Glauc
Ben began working holidays and weekends for the family practice from the age of 14 and after he completed his A-levels in 1999 he decided to have a year working full time for a large optical chain before going to Anglia Polytechnic University in 2000 to study Optometry. This experience gave him the opportunity to continue working weekends alongside his course and also stay with the company for his pre-registration year in Mansfield. He qualified as an Ophthalmic Optician in 2004, when he then started as a full time optometrist at Stephen Hing Opticians.
Ben also has the freedom of the City of London and became a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers in 2010. He has a specialist interest in contact lens fitting & design and is a member of the British Contact Lens Association.
In 2016, following further post graduate training he obtained the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Glaucoma.
Laura Hing FBDO
Laura completed work experience for a small independent opticians in Nottinghamshire in 1999, from here she got a Saturday position at a large optical chain working as a clinical assistant. She continued working for them whilst training, working in two of the largest practises in Cambridge and Nottingham, finally working her way up to team leader.
Laura started studying Optical Management and Dispensing at APU in 2001, joined us in 2005 and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2008. In the summer of 2012 Laura joined the London 2012 Olympic Gamesmakers as a dispensing optician, where they dispensed over 1500 pairs of spectacles to athletes, team leaders and other dignitaries. Laura became a freeman of the company of Spectacle Makers in 2015.
In 2015, both Laura and Ben became the owners of Hing Opticians after purchasing the practice from Stephen Hing. Laura is now in charge of running the practice.
Sergio Bordajandi Tur BSc MCOptom DipTp(IP)
Sergio completed his degree in Optics and Optometry at the University of Alicante in 2010 and a Masters in Clinical Optometry at the Universidad Europeade Madrid in 2012. After gaining some experience as a optometrist in different parts of Spain, he decided to move to England in 2014, where optometrists have a broader scope of practice.
After completing a conversion course and getting GOC registration, Sergio worked in London until he joined Moorfields at Bedford in 2016, and the Hing Opticians in 2017.
Sergio has continued to do further training in England, qualifing as an Independant Prescribing optometrist after finishing the course at Aston University. He is currently doing a Post-graduate diploma at University College London in Advanced Clinical Optometry and Ophthalmology, specialising in glaucoma and medical contact lenses.
Asha Flora BOptom (Hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Paed Eye Care
Asha graduated with a degree in Optometry from Anglia Ruskin University in 2013. After completing her pre-registration period, she continued to work for a large optical chain in Bedford.
After a couple of years, she wanted to gain more clinical exposure and joined Milton Keynes University Hospital as a part-time optometrist. Here she continues to work in a range of clinics, including paediatrics and Low Vision. In 2018 she joined Moorfields Eye Hospital (Bedford) where she continues to work in community clinics for the Bedfordshire Diabetic Eye Screening programme. Over the years she has worked in a variety of different opticians and joined Hing Opticians in late 2020.
Asha has completed post-graduate study and completed the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care after passing the course at City University, London. Additionally, she has completed the Health Screening diploma in Diabetic Eye Screening. She is due to start the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Medical Retina in February 2021.
Miriam Garcia Verdu MCOptom Prof Cert Med Ret
Miriam studied for her degree in in Optics and Optometry at the University of Alicante, Spain and finished in 2010. She then decided that she wanted to work in a more clinical environment and enrolled in a Masters in Clinical Optometry in Madrid in 2011.
After a couple of years working in Spain, Miriam moved to London in 2014, where she worked for a large optical chain and Moorfields at Bedford until she moved to Bedford in 2017. Miriam currently works part time for Moorfields at Bedford, and joined Hing Opticians in March 2020.
Miriam has also gained additional post-graduate training in the UK, where she obtained the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Medical Retina after passing her course at Ulster University in Northern Ireland.
BSc (Hons) FBDO
Clair decided at 12 that she wanted to work within the field of optics and began working at a large optical chain on Saturdays and holidays from the age of 15.
After her A-levels she went to Anglia Polytechnic University in 1997 to study Optical Management and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2001.
Securing a job in management after completeing her degree, she worked for several years, managing optical practices in various towns and cities around the country.
To diversify her knowledge and specialise in lenses, Clair join Zeiss Optical in 2003, working there for 5 years before returning to practice.
Clair joined the Hing Opticians team in January 2020.
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