Colours: C C
Text size: A A A

Specialist Eyecare

Optomap Ultra-widefield retinal imaging

Protect your vision 

Bringing the most advanced technology to our patients we recommend optomap® as part of your comprehensive eye examination.

optomap-scanThe unique optomap ultra-widefield digital retinal imaging system captures more than 80% of your retina in one panoramic image.

Traditional imaging methods only reveal 10-15% of your retina.

Without Optomap 

field-of-view-without-optomap - Copy

With Optomap ultra-widefield scan


This advanced technology allows the Optometrist to detect even the earliest signs of diseases that appear on your retina.

Colorimetry and Visual Stress

Visual Stress can contribute to reading difficulties in both children and adults. Visual stress is due to overstimulation of the visual cortex (the visual processing part of our brains) by certain visual patterns such as lines of black text on a white background.


OCT Screening (3D Imaging)

Shrewsbury Optometry was one of the first practices in Shrewsbury to offer OCT technology utilising state-of-the-art 3D retinal imaging. This is the next generation in imaging internal structures of the eye.

The OCT is a special scanner that can be imagined as an ‘optical ultrasound’ producing incredible 3D images of the inside of your eye.


Dry Eye Management

To have Dry Eye means that you may not be making enough tears, or that the tears produced are of a poor quality. The primary function of tears is to keep the surface of your eye moist and lubricated.

Any reduction in their quantity or quality, can leave the cornea exposed to air and drying occurs. Symptoms of drying can be a gritty burning sensation, profuse watering of the eyes and very often disturbances in vision.


Digital Biomicroscopy Eye Imaging

Our consulting rooms are fully equipped with the very latest ultra- high definition digital biomicroscopes that allow us to capture unparalleled images of the front structures of your eye including the tear film and complex glands that contribute to its production.


Children's Eye Examination

Our practice has a reputation for working with children, with all three Optometrists undertaking specialist paediatric clinics at both Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospital.

All children should have their eyes examined at least once before they start school, and they do not need to be able to read for this!


VDU Examination

In our modern world, and ever increasing number of us spend our working days staring at computer screens or Visual Display Units (VDUs).

Employers have a legal responsibility to their employees to ensure the workplace does not place undue strain on their eyes.



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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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