Heather Bailey Optometrist established 1983

About Heather Bailey Optometrists

Our practice was established roughly 70 years ago when a chemist named Mr Wyle, who used to test eyes from within his pharmacy, decided to separate the businesses. He built an extension on the side of his building so that he had a pharmacy and an optometry practice next door to one another.  

Around 1975 Christopher Gordon bought the optometry practice from Mr Wyle, before beginning to work tirelessly to establish it as the optometry practice to visit in the Croydon area. He spent countless hours testing eyes and surrounded himself with like-minded individuals who were passionate about optics, and dedicated to providing excellent eye care. One of those people was Heather Bailey.   

At the time that she began working for Mr Gordon, Heather was fresh out of university and practicing as a pre-registration optician. It wasn’t long before she had qualified and soon became a valued member of the team at the practice.   

In 1983 Mr Gordon sold the practice to Heather. She changed the name above the door to ‘Heather Bailey Optometrists’ and embarked upon her journey to turn it into the highly dependable family friendly optical practice it is today.   

Due to the recommendations we were receiving at the practice it soon became clear to Heather that she needed to expand the business. We were fast becoming extremely popular in the local area, and to date still receive requests from medical professionals and GPs to see our highly recommended team of experts.   

When the pharmacy next door to the practice went up for sale in 1998, Heather jumped at the opportunity to acquire the space. By 1999 she had turned the two buildings into one large, open plan area ready to welcome the residents, both old and new, of Croydon and the surrounding areas.   

In 2012 Heather joined forces with Linda and made her a director of the company. They have invested in new equipment such as an OCT scanner and an Optomap. The practice has just been refitted giving it a new modern look for 2018.

Heather Bailey


Heather graduated from City University in 1976 and became fully qualified after taking her professional exams the following year. She is on the Local Optical Committee and is a Member of Soroptimist International in Croydon and District.

Linda Gilbert

Director/Dispensing Optician

Linda is a Director of Heather Bailey Optometrists having qualified in 1996 as a Dispensing Optician following some of her pre-registration training at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Linda regularly attends continuing education programmes and has given talks at local schools to help develop eye care awareness.

Dr Priya Patel


Dr Priya Patel graduated from city university in 2001. Priya then relocated to America and completed post-graduate study at The New England College of Optometry, Boston and obtained a doctorate in Optometry with honours. Priya returned to London in 2012 to continue her specialised clinical skills within Glaucoma at Kings College Hospital. Priya is also a registered COS practitioner.

Funke Deniran


Funke qualified as an Optometrist in 1986 and further obtained a Masters of Science in Health Promotion in 1994. She currently works for the company on a regular locum basis and carries out a domiciliary service for us.

Mrs Anjali Pattani


Anjali has joined our team She is a qualified Optometrist and is a registered COS practitioner. Anjali is also on the paediatric eye screening list.

Ian Cope

Dispensing Optician

Ian qualified over 30 years ago as a Dispensing Optician and has now come to work at Heather Bailey Optometrists. Ian brings with him a comprehensive amount of knowledge and dispensing skills gained from many areas of the industry.

Hannah Arnold

Trainee Dispensing Optician

Hannah started as Saturday staff and having left school is now with us full time. She is currently studying to become a Dispensing Optician at the ABDO college in Godmersham.

Christine Popejoy


Chris has been with Heather Bailey for the last 23 years. She’s a keen gardener and an auxillary member of the RSPCA. Chris also enjoys line dancing and swimming.

Angela Goldstein


Angela joined the team in 2014 as a part time receptionist. She has many hobbies including baking and reading.

Book your appointment

To book an appointment at the practice that doctors trust with their eyesight, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us by calling 0208 657 3525 or by sending us an email at info@heatherbailey.co.uk