Was it always your wish to take over the company?
More or less, even as a small child I was often in the business. As a private entrepreneur, it was difficult to get a kindergarten place in GDR times. As soon as I grew up, I picked up the tools and it interested me from childhood. I practically grew up here and grew into the business and the work. So the question of another profession didn’t even arise for me.
What products and services do you offer?
We offer glasses for all ages and budgets. We also offer contact lenses. We measure eyes ourselves, we also do eye tests for driving schools and we make home visits for customers who can’t reach the store. For them, I measure the eyes directly at home and also take a small selection of glasses. This way, customers who are no longer mobile can still benefit from our services.
In the future, I would also like to offer visits to nursing homes and care facilities.
What is special about your job?
It’s very varied and there are two areas. One is the work with people. It’s very individual.
The other side is that my job is a skilled trade. It’s basically miniature repairs. It’s a fantastic profession. Because technology is constantly evolving, there’s always new information to pick up. I’m constantly reading technical papers; there’s no other way. Also, the devices used to measure the eyes are becoming more sophisticated. They are now small computers. After all, each eye is individual. Nevertheless, both eyes have to be re-measured sensitively. The Internet can’t do that.