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What are your opening hours?


Monday - Friday: 09:00am to 5:30pm Thursday / Saturday: 08:30am to 5:30pm Sunday: 10:30am to 4:30pm


Monday - Friday: 09:00am to 5:30pm Saturday: 09:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED


Monday - Friday: 09:00am to 5:30pm Saturday: 09:00am to 1:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED


Monday - Saturday: 09:00am to 5:30pm Sunday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Do I need to know my prescription when visiting?

If you're an existing patient, don't worry as all prescription records are kept on file so there is no need for you to be sure of your prescription.

If you're a new patient however, we will have to undergo an eye exam to determine your prescription, unless you have an in-date, valid prescription from a qualified practitioner.

How often should I have my eyes examined?

If you are:

  • Aged 15 or below - once every year
  • Aged 16-69 years - once every 2 years
  • Aged 70 years and over - every year
  • Diabetic and Glaucoma patients - every year
  • Aged 40 years and over with an immediate relative with Glaucoma - every year

The above are general guidelines and more regular eye exams may be required in some cases. Your optician will always advise you of this. Please contact us if you are still unsure.

When should my child have their first eye exam?

Children can be tested at any age but our recommendation for a child's first eye examination is around 2 years old. You can visit sooner if you feel your child may be struggling with an eye problem, our measure is that it's better to be safe than sorry. We always strive to make our exams as fun as possible for the child's benefit.

How long does an eye exam last?

The length of an eye examination varies depending on the patient being examined but a typical test usually lasts between 25-35 minutes.

Do I receive NHS entitlements?

You may be entitled to a free eye examination for a number of reasons. Some of these include: if you are aged 60 or over, suffer from diabetes or glaucoma, you're aged 16 and under or if you are aged 16, 17 or 18 and in full-time education.

For more information on NHS entitlements please check their website here.

Will I be suitable for contact lenses?

Contact lenses can be a great choice for those who want to partake in sports and other activities and also for those want the practicality of seeing clearly without the need for glasses. Fortunately, contact lens technology has improved drastically over the past few years meaning we can fit them according to your requirements.

Contact us for more information.

Do I still need glasses if I wear contact lenses?

We always recommend that our patients keep a pair of up-to-date glasses in case you are temporarily unable to wear your contact lenses.

I've lost my contact lenses, can you help?

Of course! We keep a wide range of contact lenses in stock, if you've lost yours then simply give us a call or come into the practice and we'll look to provide you with a replacement.

I'm very worried about an eye problem, can you see me urgently?

If you feel you are suffering from a serious eye problem then we encourage you to get in touch with the practice as soon as possible so we can discuss the problem and get to the crux of the matter in time.

How do I book an appointment?

We strive to make it as convenient as possible for you to arrange an appointment. If you want to book online then follow through to our MySight portal here.

Alternatively, you can call or email the practice to book your eye exam, follow through to the Contact Us page to view contact information.

Why should I visit Yates & Suddell?

Yates & Suddell has an enviable reputation built over 60 years of providing exceptional eye care. We are not a ‘multiple’, supermarket or franchise- rather a truly independent practitioner. As such we are flexible enough to be able to provide the perfect optical or hearing solution for you. Our highly skilled team of opticians, optical assistants, contact lens practitioners and hearing aid audiologists ensure you enjoy the very best possible service and always at great value for money. All our Yates & Suddell practices provide the same exceptional services.

Do I have to pay for an eye test?

f you are not exempt the current cost of a private eye test at Y&S is £25, including FREE digital retinal photography.

Do you accept prescriptions from other opticians?

Yes, provided it has not expired. Simply bring your prescription into your local Y&S store and one of our experienced dispensing opticians or optical advisors will be pleased to help. No appointment is necessary.

I would like to try contact lenses. How much do they cost?

At Y&S contact lens assessments are completely FREE OF CHARGE. Following the assessment we will be able to advise you as to which lenses are most suitable for you. Contact lenses start at 33p per day including cleaning solutions and aftercare.

I have an unusual prescription. Will contact lenses be suitable for me?

Almost certainly yes! Advancements in technology over the past few years mean that virtually anyone can wear contact lenses, regardless of how unusual their prescription is. This includes people with astigmatism and those who wear bifocals or varifocals.

Can you reglaze my existing spectacle frames?

Yes, provided the frame is in good enough condition. Bring your frame into us and one of our in store Optical Assistants will be able to advise you as to whether this is the case.

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