Do – Take Spare Lenses with You.  It is so easy to get carried away when you are enjoying yourself.  We’ve all done it.  Next thing you know you have missed the last bus or train and you are looking at crashing on the couch.  Do make sure you have a spare pair of lenses with you or your cleaning solution.

Don’t – Wash Your Lenses in Water.  The problem here is bacteria.  Whether it is tap water or from the shower, there is a good chance the water will contain bacteria.  Get bacteria on your lenses and you could be heading for a severe eye infection.

Do – Change Your Lenses if they Feel Dry.  In the same vein, be prepared for running repairs if your eyes start to feel dry and your lenses feel uncomfortable.  Have spare lenses with you or even take a pair of glasses.

Don’t – Lick Your Lenses Clean.  It happens!  I’ve heard of people who licked their lenses ‘clean’ or licked a finger and rubbed them with it.  It won’t necessarily get the dirt off them and you run the risk of introducing bacteria.

Do – Take out Your Lenses Before Sleeping.  I know, you are very tired and possibly a little tipsy.  Sleeping with your lenses in is not a good idea, however.  The lenses prevent oxygen from reaching the surface of your eyes and this deprivation can lead to problems.

So, enjoy your festive season by all means but do think about your lenses.

As a Kodak Lens Centre, The Vision Centre in Gloucester can provide expert advice about contact lenses.  Call into 114 Northgate Street or ring us on 01452 410494 to make an appointment.

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