About Us

Founded in 1990, Larbalestier Opticians is one of the island’s leading opticians offering great service coupled with the best in eyecare & eyewear

Afshan Ansari

Afshan Ansari

Ophthalmic Optician (Optometrist)

Afshan qualified with a BSc Hons in Optometry from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2000. She went on to work as a freelance ophthalmic optician for 8 years, in a wide variety of Opticians across the North East of England. Finally she settled back in her home town of Durham where in 2008 she managed her own practice till deciding to move to Guernsey in 2013 her long-time partner Amar. After marrying they moved to start a new life, taking over from Simon in his retirement. 

Amar Bahra

Amar Bahra

Dispensing Optician

Amar qualified from Bradford University in 2001. He started work with a multiple optician quickly working his way up through the ranks, to become manager of the flagship store in 2004. Amar then went on to open and manage two of his own practices in the Yorkshire area. Amar and his wife Afshan decided to move to Guernsey in 2013 after falling in love with the island way of life. Out of work you will often find Amar racing his Kart!

Helen Wright

Helen Wright

Ophthalmic Optician (Optometrist)

Helen qualified with a BSc Hons in Optometry, also from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2013. After working for a year in Glasgow, she moved to join the Larbalestier team in Guernsey with her partner, who works in finance. Helen brings the advantage of being more recently qualified and so more up to date with recent advances in investigative technologies, complementing the experienced team she works in. Helen is a keen sports woman and enjoys boating. She and her partner were pleased to bring their boat with them all the way from Scotland.

Deb Christopher

Deb Christopher

Dispensing Optician

Deb qualified in Bradford sometime in the last century. Over the years she has worked at Trouteauds with Simon Larbalestier and also for Webster Opticians. During that time she has built up a loyal following of patients who value her honest opinions, straight talking manner and expert dispensing advice. Deb lives in Guernsey with her husband and has three children and two dogs.

  

Catherine Loveridge

Catherine Loveridge

Office Manager

Cath first came to work with Simon Larbalestier over 10 years ago, her background is in financial management and she brought with her the essential ability to organise and take care of all our admin and back office matters. A large part of Cath’s job involves looking after our contact lens orders, but most importantly makes us cups of tea to keep us going! Though Cath was born in England, she moved to Guernsey as a young girl with her family. Cath is married and has a daughter, she is also proud ‘mummy’ to two beautiful cats. 

Mel Brown

Mel Brown

Front of House