Experts in Eye Care for over 100 years.

Bethell and Clark have been providing ophthalmic services to the people of Colchester and the wider area for over 100 years. A family-run independent opticians, we always put patient care first.

Combining traditional personal service with the very latest in optometric equipment and technology – we are the best equipped practice in the area. This enables us to offer a comprehensive range of eye examinations including: Premium, O.C.T and Standard eye examinations as well as soft and rigid gas permeable contact lens fittings.

Our spectacle lens dispensing uses Essilor’s exclusive Visioffice lens measuring equipment and Essilor’s Eyecode A.I. spectacle lens technology to provide the very best in personalised single vision and varifocal lens designs to help people of all ages see more clearly and more comfortably at all distances. No other practice in the area offers this cutting-edge spectacle lens technology.

Unlike other opticians every step of our eye care is performed by qualified optometrists and dispensing opticians (lens experts) so we are able to provide expert care and complete, high quality eye care solutions for every patient.

Designer frames – A wide range of quality spectacle frames to suit most tastes: LINDBERG, Saint Laurent, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Silhouette, Gucci, Prada, Paul Smith, Tom Ford, MaxMara, Tiffany, Dolce & Gabbana, Mulberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Walter & Herbert, William Morris.

Complete contact lens service – We provide contact lens fitting and aftercare of all soft, silicone hydrogel, rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses and Myopia Control contact lenses and Stellest myopia control spectacle lenses for children.

Sight testing – upgrade your standard eye exam to include optical coherence tomography (OCT) and Optos wide field retinal imaging. We keep the latest in eyecare technology and are clinically the best equipped practice in Colchester. We want to ensure our patients have the best possible eyecare.

Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) – for people registered with a GP practice within the North East Essex or Mid Essex NHS CCG; if you have eye pain, sudden loss of vision, foreign bodies, lid problems or flashes and floaters we can see you for a NHS funded examination. If your GP is in Suffolk you may have to pay privately for this service.

You can self-refer by speaking to our receptionists about your symptoms or you may be directed to us by your GP, pharmacist or another optometrist for an examination. Our receptionists will ask you a few short triage questions to gauge the urgency of your symptoms, where necessary we could offer you an appointment within 24hrs.


Sight Tests

Premium Optos wide field, OCT, standard and paediatric sight testing


Cutting edge spectacle lens designs and a wide range of frames to suit all


A complete range of sunglasses with prescription sunglasses available

Contact Lenses

Complete contact lens service, including the latest in CL technology

Minor Eye Conditions Service

You may be directed to us by your GP, pharmacist or another optometrist for an examination.

Re-use your own frame

If you have an old pair of glasses and your prescription needs updating bring them to us to be reglazed in our on-site lab. We are the only practice in Colchester with our own spectacle lens lab

VDU sight testing

Corporate rates available for local businesses and their employees to comply with health and safety regulations

Myopia Control

Safe comfortable daily disposable soft contact lenses and Stellest spectacle lenses slow myopia progression in children by 60-70%

Designer Glasses

At Bethell & Clark we are free to choose from a wide selection of quality spectacle lens manufacturers including Essilor, Zeiss, Rodenstock and Hoya. We are an Essilor Specialist and offer innovative, high quality products such as Varilux X Series, Digitime, Road Pilot and Eyezen.

Designer Sunglasses

A complete range of sunglasses with prescription sunglasses available from: Ray Ban, Marco O’Polo and Ocean Blue