Meet the Team

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Photo of Lucy Blown, Owner and Optometrist at Eye Folk

Lucy Blown

Principal Optometrist and Owner

MSc BSc (hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc

Lucy graduated from City University in 2006 with BSc (hons). Lucy has a MSc in Clinical Optometry and Professional Certificate in Glaucoma, as well as being accredited to carry out Minor Eye Care Services and Emergency appointments. Lucy runs our Community Glaucoma Clinics at Eye Folk. Lucy has a wealth of experience in different areas of Optometry, and currently holds several professional roles.

Lucy grew up locally and is from a family of Optometrists. Owning her own independent practice has always been the aim, as she is passionate about providing a high level of eye care, putting the patients first, with no restrictions on time or service.

Lucy lives in nearby Deal with her Husband and Son. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time out and about with her son and looking after all their pets.

Donna Thompson

Senior Optometrist

BSc (hons) MCOptom

Donna graduated from Ulster University in 2015 with BSc (hons). Since graduating she has gained a variety of experience in different areas of Optometry.

She is accredited to carry out Minor Eye Care Services/Emergency appointments and also runs our Community Glaucoma Clinics.

Donna enjoys working in independent practice where she can always put the needs of the individual patient first.

Donna lives locally with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys baking gluten free cakes and treats, and spending time outdoors by the sea. 

Sheema Ravat


BSc MCOptom

Sheema qualified in 1991 and since then has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. Sheema is accredited to carry out our Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS), along with our detailed Eye Examinations and Contact Lens appointments.

She is also an Assessor for the College of Optometrists’, a visiting clinical tutor at City University and has volunteered for Vision Aid Overseas – most recently on a project to Ethiopia.

Josh Bowron

Dispensing Optician


Josh has worked in Optics since leaving school. He likes meeting lots of different people at Eye Folk and helping them find spectacle frames that they love. He is knowledgeable in lens designs and benefits, especially Varifocals, having worn them himself since childhood.

Josh’s role as a Dispensing Optician in our team at Eye Folk means he is responsible for interpreting your prescriptions, taking facial measurements, advising you on frame and lens choices, spectacle repair and aftercare. 

Josh has recently moved to Folkestone and is enjoying getting to know the area. In his spare time, Josh likes to collect music and listen to vinyl, explore new places and socialise with friends.


Senior Optical Assistant

Lucy joined us at Eye Folk in early 2022, having already worked in Optics for 18 years.

Lucy has excellent knowledge in lens designs and frame suitability, having had previous experience in spectacle glazing labs. She can give our patients excellent recommendations for their spectacles.

Lucy is extremely organised and keeps the practice running smoothly for us.

When she isn’t at work she is kept busy by her 2 dogs Luna and Bailey


Senior Optical Assistant

Abbey joined Eye Folk in 2021, with 14 years experience in Optics. 

Abbey is an expert at choosing frames and always knows what styles and shapes will suit patients, while also providing the best comfort and optimum vision.  Abbey is very personable and always provides exceptional customer service, going out her way to make sure our patients are happy.

When Abbey isn’t at work, she has a young family that keep her busy and she also runs her own small business. 

Photo of Melanie, an Optical Assistant at Eye Folk


Optical Assistant

Melanie has worked in Optics for more years than she is willing to say! Melanie is very knowledgeable on lens designs and is always very honest in her recommendations, many coming from experience.

Melanie has lived in Folkestone for many years, having raised her 3 children here and she is now loving having Grandchildren. In her spare time, Melanie loves crafts, and makes some lovely greetings cards.

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01303 252345

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20 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1DZ

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 08.30 - 17.00 Sat 09.00 - 17:00