Many people may have heard of astigmatism, but there is often a lot of confusion about what exactly it is. Although it is quite common, a lot of people don’t know what it is or the effects it has on someone. I’m here to talk you through exactly what astigmatism is to give you a better understanding of the condition.

The past year has seen the majority of the population spending substantially more time at home. And whether you’ve been working from home, trying to keep occupied whilst furloughed or you have children being home-schooled, your eyecare needs your attention. This is particularly important now that we are into our third national lockdown.


At Vision Centre, Gloucester, we value our planet and our people, which is why we are happy to announce that we are further reducing our carbon footprint. Our waste will be 100% eco-friendly and green meaning it can be recycled or is biodegradable.


Opticians across the U.K have been working tirelessly throughout the coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the globe. At Vision Centre, we have been doing our bit to keep the community safe.

 I read recently of Chinese researchers who have developed a smart contact lens that changes colour as it reacts to changes in pressure and moisture.

The Journal of Materials Chemistry B described the technology allows the lenses to provide a suitable point of care diagnosis of eye diseases.

We are now open and ready to see you once again … 


Many thanks for bearing with us while we had to temporarily suspend some of our usual services.

We hope that you and your family are well following the Coronavirus crisis.


We’ve made some changes …

In order to keep you safe and ensure your visit to us is a comfortable and convenient as possible, we have made some changes to the practice.

Full details are listed below but one thing that will never change, is our determination to deliver you fantastic eyecare in a warm and friendly environment.

Please be assured that the health, safety and well being of you, our wonderful patients and our fantastic staff, are paramount.

Please take a few minutes to read the following changes that we have made for your safely, comfort and convenience.


Before you arrive …

✓ Please book your appointment online or by phone

✓ Bring a mask (we have supplies if you don’t have one)

✓ Bring your own pen

✓ Arrive on time (not too early)

✓ Come alone (or you can come with 1 other person)

✓ The optician may call you to discuss any individual needs

✓ Bring a complete list of medication and your most recent prescription if you have it 


When you arrive ….

✓ The door will be locked – don’t worry we will let you in

✓ Your temperature will be taken

✓ You will need to sanitise your hands

✓ You will need to put on your mask

✓ You may need to put on gloves

✓ We will ensure you have social distancing

✓ We have placed some dividing screens in various areas

✓ Our practice staff will be wearing PPE

✓ All spectacle frames are fully sanitised between use


After Care …

✓ We will book an appointment for you

✓ We can post your spectacles to you

✓ We can arrange a home visit if preferred


Our new extra cleaning regime includes …

✓ Deep cleaning of practice daily

✓ All equipment sanitised between patients

✓ All spectacle frames triple sanitised

✓ Controlled process throughout


Any questions, please just call us and we’d be happy to explain.

01452 410494