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From the moment you walk into our warm and friendly practice you will see that we are not like other opticians.

As a practice we try to distance ourselves from the normal run of the mill experience you get from visiting an Opticians. One of the first things you will notice, is that unlike conventional opticians that from the outset bombard you with racks and racks of spectacle frames, we like to do things a little differently.

Primarily its a statement that we are not here to simply sell spectacles, our primary focus is on the health of your eyes. As a practice we invest heavily in the latest cutting edge technology to deliver the most advanced eye examination possible. All of our air conditioned consulting rooms are equipped with the latest digital infrared biomicroscopes that allow us to capture and record detail of your eyes that was previously not possible with conventional technology.

Although our focus is clinical, it's not to say we don't have a fabulous range of unique and different eyewear, we do, in fact we travel the globe in search of unique and individual eyewear that you won't find in the average high street opticians.

Our belief is that our eyewear choice should not only be about meeting our unique visual demands, but must also say something about our individuality. Between our eye examination and individual styling consultations, we take the time to get to know exactly what you need from your eyewear. We all do different things in life, from work to play, and there is no one solutions that fits all. Our approach is to get to know our patients as individuals, and to establish their day to day demands on their eyes and spectacles. In this way we are able to offer a carefully tailored optical solution that needn't cost the earth.

We set the benchmark for clinical care

Specialist Optometrists with additional qualifications in;

  • Glaucoma detection and management
  • Paediatric eye care
  • Independent prescribing
  • Specialist contact lens fitting including kerataconic and scleral contact lenses
  • All our Optometrists are currently working, or have previously worked in specialist hospital clinics, bringing a much broader clinical experience to the eye examination.

Niche Eyewear

We specialise in unique and different eyewear that says something about you as an individual. If you are tired of the mass market style of spectacle choice, then look no further. Our individual styling consultation with a trained lens consultant will help you find the right eyewear and lens choice that not only meets your visual needs, but expresses your individuality.

Yukon Arctic Ultra

In February 2019 Gareth Hardcastle will be taking part in a 300 mile nonstop foot race through the Yukon to raise money for a very worthy charity called CLIMBING OUT;

This is a charity particularly close to heart as sadly Jenny and Gareth's nephew passed away in January of this year, and Gareth will be running the race in Aaron’s memory.

Climbing out runs 5 day outdoor activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self esteem in young people aged 16-30yrs who’ve been through a life changing injury, illness or trauma.

The race- Yukon Arctic Ultra – takes place in Northern Canada and is a nonstop event pulling a snow sled from Whitehorse and finishing at Pelly Crossing. The route follows the Yukon quest and is billed as the toughest ultramarathon in the world where the temperatures can drop to -50 degrees plus wind chill.

Shrewsbury Optometry will be donating £5.00 for every pair of spectacles supplied between now and February 2019 and raising further funds with various fundraising events.

If you would like to support this worthy charity you can do so through the just giving website and anything you can give will be greatly appreciated;

Specialist Eyecare

We offer a range of specialists eyecare services

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Disabled Access Friendly

Our premises are fully accessible; there is a custom-fitted lift for wheelchair access in our foyer, just to the left of the door as you enter.


I was diagnosed as having a corneal disease called kerataconus some five years ago. In that time I tried a number of different opticians who didn't seem to understand my condition, and I ended up with spectacles that simply didn't give me the vision I needed.

It wasn't until I got referred to Gareth Hardcastle by my consultant Ophthalmologist that I found someone who finally understood my eye condition.

Now some five years later, I am happily wearing specialist contact lenses which give me fantastic vision from morning to night.

Simon C

I wouldn't go anywhere else for my optical appointments!

My sight is too important to not use the best!

The staff are all very supportive and will ALWAYS go the extra mile to ensure that you are totally happy with your prescription and frames. When there has been a problem, they rectify it as fast as they are able. I have never been disappointed with the service I have received!

Thank you!

Graham Farmer

Wonderful service from very nice people who genuinely care! Nothing like the high street chains at all! Attention to detail and customer care second to none. I can honestly say I have never had a better eye test! I can honestly say I have never had such wonderful help in choosing glasses and lenses! I will never go back to the high street multiples. I discovered today that the glasses I'd had from a now obsolete high street chain about three years ago were far too strong! I hardly wore them at all because they made me feel sick! Now I know why! If you need an eye test and new glasses go to these people! Danielle on the eye tests and Jess on the glasses choice and fitting - both of them are just wonderful in my opinion!

Jeremy Higgins

Having been to several different opticians over the years I became disillusioned with the quality of service and care I received. I never seemed to see the same optician twice, and always felt like their main priority was to sell me a pair of glasses.

My first examination at Shrewsbury Optometry was like a breath of fresh air. I immediately felt like I was in the hands of a professional team, and the level of examination I received was far beyond anything I had received before.

In the ten years since that first examination I have always seen Jenny Hardcastle, and I never ceased to be amazed at the new equipment used during the examinations, which seems to get more sophisticated every year.

Mrs Catrina B

Having previously tried varifocals and not got on with them I was extremely reluctant to try them again, but was becoming increasingly frustrated at constantly swapping between different pairs of spectacles.

Perhaps somewhat naively, I thought all varifocals were the same.

It wasn't until I had an eye examination at Shrewsbury Optometry that I actually had it explained to me that there was a type of varifocal that could give me the extra reading and computer distance focus that I needed.

I was impressed with the digital lens measuring, and the bespoke lens service that I was provided with.

I now happily wear my varifocals for all my day to day office work, and gone are the days of swapping spectacles.

On our Lenses

I hadn't been to see an Optician in about 10 years. I went today and was pleasantly surprised. I was welcomed the moment I walked through the door. All the staff were very helpful and friendly. Mrs Hardcastle was brilliant and explained everything in detail. Nice to know I can still be a fighter pilot! Would recommend this Optometry to anyone.Thank you everyone.

Lorraine Pryce

Our daughter Erin has Down's syndrome, and has a number of healthy issues including problems with her visual development.

I first came to hear about Shrewsbury Optometry though the hospital eye service, and was recommended to them, having had trouble finding spectaclesthat fit properly.

We saw Elizabeth who took her time to find the right frame for Erin with a specially adapted bridge that meant she no longer peered over the top of her glasses all the time.

We noticed an almost immediate difference in Erin's behaviour, and she began to take interest in objects around her, that we realised she simply wasn't seeing with standard spectacle frames.

We can't thank you enough for the time and care you took for our beautiful daughter.

On our Children's Glasses

I hate eye tests, but staff here made me feel so at ease from the moment I walked through the door. I left knowing I made the right choice for change. Thank you.

Carole Markham