Following Government guidelines we must insist all people coming into the shop wear a suitable (properly fitted) facemask. We must also restrict how many people are in the shop at any one time. We can only allow in the following:
We are unlikely to be able to accomodate any children or adults who do not fall into the above categories and request they wait outside.
Purchases can still be made by anyone without an appointment, but please wait outside until called in.
The staff at John Hamer Opticians have been caring for the eyes of people in the community for over 20 years. Our optometrist and contact lens practitioner both have extensive experience of working in local hospitals and are used to helping out people with complex eye problems.
We can help you with many minor eye conditions without you having to visit your doctor or local eye hospital.
You will receive personal service tailored to your individual needs - you will not be rushed nor made to feel like you are on a conveyor belt.
The NHS suggests adults have an eye test every 2 years (some conditions require checks more often) and under-16 year olds every 12 months. Contact lens wearers should have a checkup every 12 months.
The eyes have often been said to be 'windows into the soul'. They are beyond doubt a window into your state of health and wellbeing, where signs of some health issues can be detected before you notice the symptoms.
We provide fitting and aftercare services for many types of contact lens. We are one of the only local opticians that have specialist knowledge for fitting gas permiable (G.P.) and keratoconus lenses (as well as fitting other types of corneal dystrophies, pre and post surgery).
With diagnostic tests and expert knowledge, our opticians can make sure you get the care you need
With up-to-date product knowledge we will ensure you leave with the correct spectacles or sunglasses to suit your individual needs
We constantly update our stock of frames to cater for all ages, styles and budgets. We also stock Miraflex frames, as recommended by our local paediatric ophthalmologist
Whether SCUBA diving or playing squash, we can provide the eyewear you need
We can assess children diagnosed with visual dyslexia or Meres-Irlam Syndrome and provide a suitable coloured overlay which can improve reading fluency and confidence at school
For a modest fee, patients can have an advanced eye test which includes scanning the front and rear surface of the eye using an OCT (Optical coherence tomography) Camera.
Detailed high-resolution images from the rear and front surfaces of the eye
Cross sectional images of the rear of the eye to show the various layers, even in patients with cataracts
2D and 3D images for assessing critical parts of the eye, such as the optic nerve and the macula
The ability to detect early stages of serious sight threatening conditions far more easily such as macula degeneration and glaucoma. Early diagnosis is key to successful treatment
Results from previous scans can easily be compared between tests to identify any subtle changes that have occured
We are a member of the CUES scheme. This means you can gain prompt access via a telephone triage call to a consultation with one of our specialist optometrists (including remotely, using either photographs or a video conferencing call, as necessary) to be provided with a care plan to either self-manage or be referred to an appropriate ophthalmology service.
Many GP surgeries are now directing people with eye problems straight to an Opticians rather than seeing a GP as they do not have the specialist knowledge.
During normal opening hours, if you have any of the following symptoms please telephone the practice on (01384) 401-201:
For any emergency outside of our opening hours please call
With open hours covering lunchtimes, Saturday mornings and late nights on Wednesdays, it is easier to find an appointment time that suits your busy schedule.