AN independent opticians in Kingswinford has a new director at the helm.

Pinder & Moore Opticians, in Market Street, has been looking after the eye health of the local community since the early 1950s.

Current directors at the practice, Amit Sharma and Mark Tuffin, of more than four and 25 years respectively, however, are set to hand over the reins as of May 1, making way for a new era under the direction of Nilesh Patel.

Mark Tuffin, who has been in the optical industry for more than 40 years, said: “We’ve worked closely with Nilesh over the past few years and so we know that he shares the same values that we carry at Pinder & Moore Opticians, alongside a strong passion for patient centred care.

“Nilesh has brought a wealth of knowledge to the team and I’m really looking forward to seeing the practice thrive under his leadership.”

Following the change of hands, Mark plans to remain at the practice as a dispensing optician for two days a week to ensure a smooth transition for patients.

In his newfound spare time, Mark plans to travel across the far East and hopes to learn how to ride a motorbike.

Fellow director and optometrist, Amit, will also be leaving the practice as of May 1 with plans to further his career in the optical industry.

Optometrist Nilesh Patel said of his new appointment: “My priority right now remains to continue to deliver the high standard of care and clinical excellence that Pinder & Moore already provide and if there is anything that I can do to further elevate that service then I absolutely will.

“As a local Kingswinford resident, it’s incredibly important to me that our patients are able to receive the best eyecare possible and to ensure that their needs are met.”