The sheer number of different types of frames available can prove daunting for some people.  Here are some simple guidelines to help you choose the correct frame for you based on the shape of your face.

Facial Shapes

It is generally accepted that there are five general facial shapes; round, square, oval, oblong and triangular.  Each of these shapes has positive and negative aspects.  Choosing the right frames can accentuate the former or minimise the latter.

•    Round.  A round face will usually benefit from a rectangular frame.  This makes the face appear longer and slimmer.

I have recently read about research into glaucoma carried out by City University of London that found men are 16% more likely to lose their sight through this condition than women.  The reason is that men are less likely than women to seek medical treatment.

Glaucoma puts pressure on the optic nerve causing damage which can lead to blindness if not treated.  Once eyesight is lost it cannot be recovered.  A routine eye test can spot signs of the condition and the earlier it is detected the more likely treatment is to be successful.

Throughout January, I am pleased to say we are offering selected lenses from just £5:00 a pair.

Choose from:

•    Contact lenses
•    Varifocal lenses
•    Thin and lite reflection free lenses

Call into The Vision Centre in Gloucester, your Kodak Lens Centre, at 114 Northgate Street or ring us on 01452 410494 and we’ll give you full details together with the relevant terms and conditions.

I am aware that not everyone is able to get to our premises in Gloucester.  Regular eye examinations are important, however, so we can arrange for one of our fully trained staff to visit you in your home at your convenience.

There we will carry out a full examination, recommend the right lenses for you and help you choose your frames.  When the glasses are ready we will call again to ensure the fitting is correct.

I often hear contact lens wearers bemoaning the festive round of parties.  Rather than having a good time and enjoying themselves, they feel fretful.

If you wear the lenses too long your eyes can feel dry.  If you are planning to stop overnight at the venue you will need to remember to pack a spare pair of lenses.  And woe betide should you forget the cleaning solution or storage case.

Here are some simple do’s and don’t’s to help contact lens wearers survive the Xmas parties.

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