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Optometrists

Photograph of eye examination

All our optometrists are fully qualified and are experts in vision.

They all have the professional freedom that comes with being an independent group. They are not tied in to using or suggesting products that franchised opticians have to use. That means they can truly give you the best and most suitable advice for your eyes and eye-care.

Our independence is your security.




Our Team

Michael B. Taylor, B.Sc., FCOptom

Mike comes from an optical family. Both his uncle and his cousins were optometrists before him.

Qualifying in 1973 following a degree from Cardiff University and further training in Plymouth Mike went on to work for two family firms, Batemans and Leightons where he was principal optician and gained extensive contact lens experience. In 1979 he formed Bill & Taylor with colleagues Peter and Lesley Bill who already had an established practice in Newton Abbot.

For 25 years he has worked on a sessional basis in the West of England Eye Unit in Exeter mainly in conjunction with the orthoptic department seeing children with sight problems. Mike has another specialism in sports vision, particularly in target sports and has patients travelling from all over the UK to see him. He also has an interest in glaucoma control.

Helen Furby BscMCOPTOM FADO (Hons) CL DCLF

Helen Furby

Helen began her career in optics as a Dispensing Optician in the London area, qualifying in 1982. After a period as assistant manager at a central London Clement Clarke branch, she trained further to become an area contact lens fitter, in the South East of England.

Helen then moved to Glasgow and graduated as as Optometrist from Glasgow University in 1990.

Since then she has worked for three different Multiples and an independant Opticians before joining the Bill & Taylor Partnership in 2008. Helen works in all the Bill & Taylor practices, enjoying the varied work and continuing advancement of her skills within a friendly and forward looking Opticians.

Jane Wadsworth B.Sc., M.C. Optom

Jane Wadsworth

Jane Wadsworth trained at City University and Guys Hospital in London, where she developed a keen interest in Ocular Pathology, for which she won two top student prizes at University, and the fitting of specialist contact lenses to Hospital patients with varied eye problems.

She also attended eye operations and outpatient clinics, gaining valuable insights into what happens to our patients who are referred on to the Hospital Eye Service. Six years in specialist contact lens practices in Central London and being a long-term contact lens wearer herself, mean that there is no contact lens problem that she has not seen before.

She has worked at Bill and Taylor for 18 years and gets great satisfaction from giving a highly personalised, friendly service to all her patients, with all explanations in plain English.

Jane lives in a local village and enjoys village life.

Penny Thompson B.Sc., M.C. Optom

Penny Thompson

Penny has broad interests and practises in our Cullompton practice. She also works as a Community Glaucoma Optometrist for the local hospitals.

Peter Tosh, B.Sc., (Hon)

Peter Tosh

Pete graduated from Cardiff University in 1999 with First Class honours.

After qualifying he worked in Exeter for a large multiple group where he had particular involvement in the tutoring and training of student optometrists.

Since joining Bill &Taylor at the start of 2011, Pete has enjoyed being able to provide clinical excellence in a fantastic independent setting where each patient is afforded the time to be assessed and cared for properly.

His particular clinical interests include Children’s eye care and ocular pathology, and he is especially keen on ensuring that patients are fully informed regarding their eye health and vision needs.

Dedicated support team

The thing about BILL & TAYLOR is that usually our staff stay with us for many years. Maybe because they enjoy being there for you. Of course they are all individual in the way they meet and greet you. In fact their individuality is encouraged.

There is no “company policy” to make them say “have a nice day” to every patient. There is no pressure on any of them to “sell” you anything you don‘t want. The team are all encouraged to increase their knowledge base and each have areas of special interest

Our aim is give you the Optical Excellence that we believe is lacking in the corporate eye-care sector and which can only be delivered by being independant.

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