Our Team

Introducing our team

The quality of our team has a direct impact upon the quality of the services and care that we provide. We ensure that our Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians are fully qualified and registered with the General Optical Council so that you can rest assured that you are being looked after by highly trained professionals.

Unlike many high street optical chains, we do not employ optical assistants to carry out pre-screening tests for the Optometrist.  Our examinations are totally Optometrist led and you will be looked after solely by them during your examination.

Our staff have a wealth of experience and a genuine commitment to helping our clients get the best possible service and care to ensure they find the ideal solution for their visual requirements or concerns.

Ross Turner


I qualified as an Optometrist in 1983 having studied Optometry and Visual Science at City University in London.

With over 40 years’ experience in Optometry my interest in the profession started from a young age as my father was an Optometrist running his own independent practice, in fact this very practice. He was always an inspiration and I learnt a huge amount from him in the provision of care of patients and their visual needs.

I enjoy all aspects of Optometry with a keen interest in complex clinical cases.  The sense of sight is fascinating but also very complex. As the world of optometry is constantly developing with new technology, I continually invest in the latest diagnostic equipment so as to be able to provide detailed clinical information about your eyes and their health. My experience in clinical investigations and assessments for ocular diseases, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and myopia control ranges over many years.

I also have a particular interest in taking referrals for patients requiring specialist contact lenses including Keratoconus and Orthokeratology. The satisfaction of being able to help clients see so much more clearly is enormous. Over the years I have been invited by leading contact lens companies to participate in discussion groups and to take part in new product trials before the lenses are introduced to the British market.

Outside of the practice, I have previously been Chairman of the Surrey Optical Society and Secretary of the Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Local Optical Committee as well as having spoken on our local radio station on eye health care.

­­Suki Bains

Resident Optometrist

I qualified as an Optometrist at Bradford University, graduating in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) in Optometry and Vision Science.  With over 15 years’ experience in Optometry, I have worked both in hospital and private practice and participated in mentoring students during their studies.

I very much enjoy the clinical side of Optometry and have further developed my specialist interests by achieving a higher qualification in Medical Retina from City University, in particular focusing on the investigation and management of medical retina conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other vascular/retinal disorders.

Currently I am embarking on a postgraduate training, Diploma in Therapeutics and Independent Prescribing (IP) from the College of Optometrists, to further enhance the care I give to my patients.  Once qualified in IP I will be able to manage and prescribe medicines for eye conditions.

Working at Gordon Turner Optometrists I continue to develop my professional interests in a variety of areas particular in contact lenses, dry eye management and myopia management.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son.  We all love travelling and visiting different parts of the world.  Kayaking in the Amazon rainforest, trekking along the Inca trail and jumping out of an aeroplane in Queenstown are some of my most memorable experiences.  On a normal regular day, tennis and swimming are also enjoyable!

Farah Aleem

Resident Optometrist

I graduated from City University, London with a BSc (Hons) in Optometry in 2010 however my interest in optometry first started when I was working in an optical practice part-time as an Optical Assistant whilst studying for my A Levels.

Having over 14 years of experience as an Optometrist, I have had the privilege of working both in community opticians as a Resident Optometrist and in specialist hospital optometry.  I have worked with consultant eye surgeons as a Senior Refractive Optometrist carrying out assessments for refractive laser and IOL treatments and as a Paediatric Optometrist in hospital clinics working alongside Orthoptists and Ophthalmologists.

Taking time to examine my patients’ eyes carefully and being able to listen to their concerns is integral to the quality of care I place on helping find the best and most appropriate vision solution to suit their needs in spectacles and contact lenses and in looking after their eye health.

I enjoy all aspects of clinical optometry particularly ocular disease, myopia management and contact lenses and I am always keen to continually develop my professional skills to provide the very best eye care to my patients.  I am currently working towards the Independent Prescribing Diploma which will enable me to prescribe licensed medication for a variety of anterior eye conditions once qualified.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family, travelling and keeping fit.