5 Head Street, Colchester, Essex. CO1 1NX
Telephone 01206 573892
Monday to Friday 8.45am to 5pm,
Saturday 8.45am to 4pm

About us


We have been offering Ophthalmic services to the people Colchester and wider communities for over 100 years. As an Independent opticians, we always place the patient at the fore-front of our service. Our opticians provide a full range of eye care services including: eye examinations, contact lens fittings, a comprehensive selection of contemporary and traditional frames, lenses, sunglasses.

By only using qualified optometrists for the eye examinations and contact lens fitting, and qualified dispensing opticians for the fitting of frames and lenses, (all of whom are registered with the general Optical Council), we are able to provide complete, high quality eye care solutions.

As part of our traditional approach to providing high standards of eye care, we offer a full adjustment service for all of our spectacles.  We have a highly skilled and expert optical technician on site, working in our laboratory 5 days a week to ensure continuity of service for our patients.

Simply call in to our practice and our staff will always be pleased to help you.


NHS & Private eye examinations
VDU sight testing at corporate rates
Complete contact lens service
Large frame display including designer frames
Retinal photography
See yourself as others see you with our new i-pad App
Our own workshop – Reglaze your frames

‘At Bethell & Clark, we are committed to providing a quality of eye care you can depend on’

  • Joules

    Original prints and bold, bright colours are the main ingredients of the very first Joules eyewear collection. With careful attention to detail there is so much to discover; the Joules signature hare can be found hopping around on tips and inside nose pads and prints run through onto lens cloths.

  • Hackett

    Handcrafted from the finest acetates and meticulously tailored for fit, our bespoke ophthalmic collection fully embraces the classic aesthetic. Style concedes to timelessness, trends are not acknowledged. Here time slows down to collect, not recollect.

  • Ted Baker now available!

    Come in and view our brilliant range of Ted Baker eyewear. Quirky distinctive styling meets handcrafted quality, for an ocular spectacular that mixes and matches bold colours and patterns to create unparalleled, individual eyewear.

  • Book your sight test online

    You can now submit a sight test request online. From the sight test menu above, select “Book appointment” and complete the requested information. On receipt of your request a member of staff will contact you with the closest appointment to your request.    

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