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Zeiss Special Offer. Until the end of June 2017 in conjunction with Zeiss we are offering a free upgrade from clear lenses to the wonderful Zeiss PhotoFusion lenses that change colour. Contact us now to make sure you do not miss out.

Sponsored Bike Ride. Tim's Challenge this year is to complete the prestigious Prudential Ride London 100. This is a closed road event from the Olympic Centre in East London, through London and then out through Richmond Park circling back through the Surrey Hills, including Box Hill before ending along the Mall. This all takes place on Sunday 30th July. His goal is to raise £1000 for Vision Aid overseas, a charity aiming to provide eyewear and eyecare to some of the many millions around the world classified as blind simply because they have no eyewear. Please sponsor him by going to or calling in at the practice to help him get over all those hills. We recently had a break-in at the practice and the only thing stolen was the Vision Aid Overseas Charity box!

Rainham Community Orchard We are now stockists for the rather super English Russet apple juice produced from apples from this local orchard. Bottles are £3.00 each with all profits going to Kent Wildlife Trust.

Practice History We can now confirm that, at 83, we are the longest established optical practice in Gillingham, if not the whole of the Medway Towns! This parade was built in 1934, on the site of Star Farm, and the first occupant here was Kenneth Beveridge an ophthalmic optician. He died in 1939 but the practice was carried on by Richard Barker, Oliver Campbell-Leith, Jas Plaha and now us as the 5th incarnation; a bit like Dr Who! We are now compiling a brief history of the practice so any photos or remembrances of the place would be much appreciated.

BBX. We are pleased to advise that we are members of BBX and would be happy to complete various parts of our supply and service through BBX.

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01634 851783

Opticians and Contact Lens specialists

With a combined experience of over 80 years, and as conscientious independent opticians, we like to take time to listen to your concerns and requirements before making any recommendations for your eye care and if necessary, your eye wear. Utilising the latest technology and by providing a level of care to match, our aim is for your total satisfaction.

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Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday: 09:00 - 17:30
Friday: 09:00 - 18:30
Saturday: 09:00 - 16:00

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117 Watling Street, Chatham, Gillingham ME7 2YX
01634 851783