• Quality, affordable, eyewear including designer eyewear
• Extended opening hours on Wednesday until 7:00pm
• After school and Saturday appointments
• State-of-the-art technology and modern equipment
• NHS and Private patients welcome
• Corporate Eye care Scheme for local employers
• Home Visits
• Specialists in Sports & Safety Eyewear
• Ground floor access
• Supporting the local community
• A unique and personalised service
• Reassuring clinical expertise using the latest state of the art technology
• A team focused entirely on your eye health and service tailored to meet your individual lifestyle and visual needs
All this means you experience the most thorough eye examination, get the care you need sooner, giving you the best chance for great vision.
That’s the beauty of being an independent optical practice, and why our clients choose us and recommend us again and again. If you are looking for the very best in clinical care, with excellent client service, and affordable quality, then come to Croft and Graves Optometrists and experience the difference.
“Brilliant Service – feel so well looked after! Completely professional, caring and thorough at all times – very good advice on looking after eyes, choice of glasses. Could not have been more pleased!”
“Best glasses I’ve ever had. I put them on and drove in them straight away” (First time Varifocals). Mrs.B.
Nick did his pre-registration training in the Eye Department at Newcastle General Hospital, before qualifying as an optometrist in 1990. He then worked for a number of years at a practice in Gateshead while continuing to work in the Eye Department at Newcastle General Hospital. After this he moved to the Caribbean and practiced in Trinidad for two years. On returning to the United Kingdom he worked in a number of independent practices in the North East of England before opening Croft and Graves Optometrists in 2009. In 2014, following a placement at the Eye Emergency department of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, Nick qualified as an independent prescribing optometrist. This qualification, which is held by only about 300 optometrists in the UK, allows him to clinically assess patients with eye problems, including dry eye and red eye, establish a diagnosis and prescribe medication where necessary. Nick has a particular clinical interest in anterior eye problems, contact lenses and eye care in children. Nick, who lives in Sandhoe, enjoys cycling and spending time with his young family.
Ian Graves qualified as an optometrist in the 1960’s. He originally worked as an employed contact lens fitter, before purchasing a practice in Gateshead. Shortly afterwards he set up Ian Hampton Graves Optometrists in Corbridge. In 1980 Ian passed the further qualification of a diploma in contact lens practice and he continues this interest in contact lenses today. Ian, who lives in Corbridge, is a past chairman of the North East branch of the Association of Optometrists. He is involved with the Tynedale Rotary Club and in the work of the charity, Vision Aid Overseas, travelling to Ethiopia to help those with sight problems.
Kath graduated from Bradford University with a first class honours degree in 1981. She did her pre-registration training at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, before qualifying as an optometrist in 1982. Since qualifying she has worked in independent practice in Manchester and the North East of England. Kath works at Croft and Graves for one day each month. Her clinical interests are eyecare in children, contact lenses and dry/allergic eye problems. Kath lives in Corbridge, her interests include pilates, reading and eating out.
Deborah qualified as a dispensing optician in 1997. Deborah, who lives in Hexham, now works part time within the practice after the birth of her two children. Deborah qualified as a dispensing optician in 1997. She works part-time within the practice and has extensive specialist knowledge in the field of bespoke and made to measure eyewear, and presbyopic dispensing. Deborah lives in Hexham with her husband and 2 young sons. In her spare time she enjoys running and baking!
Liz originally trained as an Orthoptist before qualifying as a Dispensing Optician. She is also an examiner for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and an Ophthalmic Public Health Ambassador for the RNIB. Liz who is originally from Lancashire, has been settled in Wark, Northumberland for the last ten years where she enjoys gardening and walking her dogs.
Nicolle lived and worked in Trinidad and Tobago where she met Nick, before moving to the UK in 1998. She returned to university as a mature student and graduated with a First Class Honours degree from Northumbria University, with an emphasis on change management and organizational behaviour. She has since worked both in local government in Insurance and Risk, and in the NHS within the realms of Risk Management, Patient Safety and Clinical Governance. Nicolle brings this experience to the business having joined the practice in September 2012 and is responsible for developing the business, client services and the smooth running of all operations.
Joanne is one of our new recruits, having joined the practice in February 2015. After the birth of her son, she has joined the practice as a part time Optical Assistant. Joanne is looking forward to building a new career in optics having spent many years in the hotel industry. Joanne is already taking up the challenge of a new career and has begun training as a Dispensing Assistant.
Val is one of our most experienced team members, and Senior Optical Assistant. She has worked in optics since 1977, returning part-time after the birth of her children. She has lived in the village of Corbridge in Northumberland, for most of her life and is married with three grown up children. Her spare time is now taken up looking after her grandson, walking her dog, eating out and enjoying weekends in Scotland.
Susan is the newest recruit and joined the practice in November 2015. She is new to Optics and is enjoying the challenge. Born in Corbridge, she previously worked at the local health centre before moving away. She is delighted to have returned home once more.
Our team is entirely focused on your eye health and individual lifestyle. You can expect to be in style with affordable quality eyewear and premium designer glasses and sunglasses. Wearing high quality frames does make a difference – it makes a statement about you – the way you look and feel, coupled with premium lenses ensures that you get the best possible vision, every time. Our expert dispensing team are trained to style you, giving you the look and image you want.
That’s the beauty of being independent, and why our clients choose us and recommend us again and again, no matter what your needs are or budget.