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Meet the Team

Vicki Macken MCOptom BSc (Hons)

Vicki purchased the practice in Hassocks in May 2012 but had been working here part time prior to taking over. She qualified as an optometrist in 1993 having spent a year at Exeter Eye Hospital. She then worked in independent practice in Sussex and Back in Exeter before settling at Eyesite Optometrists in Brighton in 1995. For over 16 years Vicki held several positions within the local NHS and optician community including chair of the East Sussex Local Optical Committee. In April 2015 Vicki started working in the Ophthalmology department's retinal clinic at Princess Royal Hospital.

Paul Watts MCOptom BSc (Hons)

Paul became a partner in the practice with Vicki in March 2015. He qualified in 1990 and has worked mainly in independent practice including 12 years at Eyesite in Brighton. He has also ventured into Contact Lens Research working for two contact lens research companies and has also run several clinical trials in practice.  Paul is currently also working at The Sussex Eye Hospital one day a week in their specialist contact lens clinic.

Laura Crowther BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Laura qualified as an optometrist in 2007 and has worked as an independent optometrist in Sussex since then. She has gained an excellent reputation clinically and we are very pleased to have her working with us as a regular locum on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Chris Mallinson FBDO SMC (Tech) 

Chris Mallinson joined us in July 2016 working full-time as a Dispensing Optician and using his skills and knowledge of glazing spectacles to enable us to provide onsite assembly. He is a talented long-distance runner with musical talents which were on display when he joined the Ukes of Hassocks playing his ukelele at the Light up Hassocks Christmas evening. 

Anne Sales FBDO Hons

Anne Sales has a wealth of experience having worked as a dispensing optician since 1975 and is well known to patients locally having been the manager and principal dispensing optician in Weston and Grave Optometrists in Burgess Hill for almost all of that time. She is available in the practice on Thursdays.

Kelly Butler FBDO CL

Kelly is a qualified dispensing optician and contact lens practitioner although her real passion is for dispensing spectacles. Kelly joined us in June 2015 and with a young family is working part time Mondays, Saturdays and alternate Wednesdays. Kelly has recently put together a detailed information pack on services and facilities available to people who have lost their sight and has an interest in helping people with low vision.

Gill Bickle FBDO CL

Gill is a huge help to us at Hassocks Eyecare Centre working flexibly around her commitments to her other role for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians College where she examines trainees. She is a qualified dispensing optician and contact lens practitioner and is mainly in practice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

All of our professional staff are registered with the General Optical Council.  Continuous further education is a requirement of registration and Hassocks Eyecare Centre not only supports our own staff but we also host education events for opticians in the local area.

Your Front of House Team

Helen, Lizzi, Jessica and Sally are our valued receptionists who will greet you on the phone or when you call in. Together they work hard to ensure you get the appointments you need at the times you want.


17 Keymer Road
West Sussex
01273 843946


Monday -Saturday 9.00-5.30pm


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