Hing Opticians started life in 1979 in the front room of Stephen & Jackie’s family home. Many of our long standing patients may remember the Hing children toddling around on a Saturday morning whilst their Mum & Dad worked. The three children are still involved within the practice; Ben is an Optometrist, Sarah owns the footcare clinic on site and Emma is one of our Dispensing Opticians.
In 1985 Stephen bought Sydney A Smith Opticians in St Mary’s Street, Bedford. This practice closed in 2002 when we moved the business solely to Shefford.
Our current practice in Clifton Road, Shefford was transformed from an empty residential property into the purpose built clinic that we are today. We have two ground floor testing rooms with disabled access, a fully equipped pre-screening area, reception and waiting area plus an on site spectacle manufacturing laboratory.
Along with the free on site parking we feel there is excellent accessibility facilities for all, but if you feel that you may need any specific assistance when attending our practice, please advise our reception staff when booking your appointment and we will try and accommodate your needs.
Emma Hing FBDO
Emma started working for Stephen Hing Opticians in 2002 and quickly developed a keen interest in the dispensing and fitting of spectacles. She began studying Dispensing Optics at APU and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2005.
Emma is now studying towards her Low Visual Aid qualification and can dispense magnifiers and other visual aids for patients with visual impairment.
Laura Hing FBDO
Laura completed work experience for a small independent opticians in Nottinghamshire in 1999, from here she got a Saturday position at a large optical chain working as a clinical assistant. She continued working for them whilst training, working in two of the largest practises in Cambridge and Nottingham, finally working her way up to team leader.
Laura started studying Optical Management and Dispensing at APU in 2001, joined us in 2005 and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2008. In the summer of 2012 Laura joined the London 2012 Olympic Gamesmakers as a dispensing optician, where they dispensed over 1500 pairs of spectacles to athletes, team leaders and other dignitaries.
Stephen Hing BSc (Hons) FCOptom
Stephen started his optical career when he went to City University in 1970 to study Ophthalmic Optics and after a pre-registration year in Ipswich he qualified as an Ophthalmic Optician in 1974.
Following registration he travelled to Zambia to take up a post in Kitwee, this provided him with a great experience and upon his return he joined Sydney A Smith Opticians in Bedford. He remained with the practice until 2002 in conjunction his new practice in Shefford opening in September 1979 originally as a house practice “Stephen Hing Opticians”.
Stephen has the freedom of the City of London and became a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers in 2007.
He is a specialist in Rifle sight shooting lenses and has tested and supplied shooting lenses for world champions and the GB Paralympic shooting team.
Benjamin Hing BOptom (Hons) MCOptom
Ben began working holidays and weekends for the family practice from the age of 14 and after he completed his A-levels in 1999 he decided to have a year working full time for a large optical chain before going to Anglia Polytechnic University in 2000 to study Optometry. This experience gave him the opportunity to continue working weekends alongside his course and also stay with the company for his pre-registration year in Mansfield. He qualified as an Ophthalmic Optician in 2004, when he then started as a full time optometrist at Stephen Hing Opticians.
Ben also has the freedom of the City of London and became a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers in 2010. He has a specialist interest in contact lens fitting & design and is a member of the British Contact Lens Association.
In 2011 he became an accredited optometrist for the Moorfields at Bedford eye clinic cataract scheme, which enables patients to have most of their pre and post operative appointments at their local opticians.
providing family eyecare for over 30 years