COVID-19 Control

As the current situation with COVID-19 allows, we are able to offer sight testing appointments at our practices. We take our clients’ and staff health and safety very seriously, so naturally we have taken steps to ensure that we can conduct our appointments in as safe a way as possible for all concerned.

Please note that we are working behind locked doors, so it is important to call beforehand to arrange an appointment (including for repairs and collections) or for any query.


If you experience any symptoms such as a fever or cough, please cancel or postpone your visit.

We will be carrying out COVID-19 checks before patients attend the practice. Patient temperatures may be taken on the day.

Caring for You is Protecting You

Discover our hygiene and safety protocol

You may have been wondering how your visit and eye examination will now differ. We have adapted the practices to the new social distancing guidelines.

What will it be like now?

We have developed a comprehensive protocol, following the Government guidelines to guarantee you the same level of service and care as before, while adding additional protection so we can assist you in the safest way!

What we will do…

Wash and sanitise our hands, wear personal protective equipment and respect physical distance where possible to ensure we all remain safe.

What our team will do…

  • Provide you with hand sanitiser at the entrance of the practice.
  • Every contact surface will be sanitised several times per day or more: doorknobs, tables, desks, optometry equipment, payment terminals.
  • We will provide you with a selection of sanitised frames that you can try on and all frames will again be sanitised between patients.
  • We will wear protective gloves and change them after every patient.
  • We may install protective screens between you and us when social distancing is not possible.

What we will kindly ask you to do…

  • Always make an advance appointment and avoid walk-in visits. This is essential so that we can manage the number of people in the practice at any one time. Please visit alone if you are able to or let us know in advance if you need to bring someone.
  • When you arrive at the practice you will be guided by a member of our team. Please do not wander around or touch our frame collection unless you are with a member of our team. We are no longer able to provide magazines in the waiting area but please feel free to bring your own.
  • We would prefer contactless card or chip and pin payments rather than cash if possible.

Our Assurance To You

Our practice team has been trained to respect the Government guidelines. We need to ensure safety in our practice but we are still here to help you and will welcome you with our usual friendly greeting.

We care for your eyes,
we care for you!


3D OCT scanning now available at our Teddington practice

3D OCT scanning available at our Teddington practice

We can now offer 3D OCT scanning at our Teddington practice. This gives us an image similar to an ultrasound and can help our optometrists see beneath the surface of the retina. It can help us pick up even the early stages of Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma and is particularly important if there is any family history of these diseases.
Please ask for an OCT test when booking your eye examination.OCT_scan_image_980

Retirement of Mrs Bagshaw, optometrist

It is with great sadness that we announce the retirement of Mrs Bagshaw from Norman Prince Opticians. She had been an optometrist with us for over 40 years and during that time made a huge impact in every aspect of her work.

The same commitment and dedication shown by Mrs Bagshaw continues with our remaining optometrists: Mr S Abery, Mrs E Entwistle, Mrs Mola-Moheddien and Mrs K Jowhal, all of whom have been with us for a number of years and would be more than happy to take on your eye care.

Miss H Bhatt is the newest addition to our optometry team. She has been working at our Ashford practice for over a year and is as committed in her role as Mrs Bagshaw was.

We all wish Mrs Bagshaw a very happy retirement!

Video: Experience a child’s eye examination

Regular eye examinations are important at every age, including during our formative childhood years. In this video, produced by The College Of Optometrists, you can see what to expect from a children’s eye examination, and the sorts of tests that are involved.

Video: The College of Optometrists


Optical Coherence Tomography

As well as Retinal Photography, at all Norman Prince Opticians practices we now have 3D OCT scanning available. This scans your eye in just a few seconds and gives us a 3D cross-sectional image of the deeper layers of your eyes. This helps us detect the early signs of many eye conditions including Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.

An example scan from OCT, showing a cross-section of the back of the eye

More on OCT here.


Children’s Eye Tests

Eye exams are free under the NHS for those under 16, and for those in full time education until they turn 19.

Most children have excellent sight and do not need to wear glasses. Some children may have vision screening done at primary school.

Children do not always know that their vision is poor. If you have any concerns about your child’s eyes, or if there is a history of Squint or Lazy eye in the family, do not wait for the vision screening at school. Problems that are picked up early are more easily treatable.

Your child does not need to be able to read or talk to have a sight test. We can use a special light (called a Retinoscope) and pictures to assess vision. We understand that having your eyes tested can be scary for a child, so try to keep it fun!

More about Children’s eye tests here.