ABOUT US


“What’s the first thing you do when you wake in the morning? And the last thing you do before going to sleep at night? And what bombards your brain with sensory information for every second of every minute of every hour between waking and sleeping? It’s so easy to take your eyes for granted. But sight, for the majority of us, is the sense we value most. So it makes good sense to look after your eyes, to do everything you can to make sure they provide the standard of vision you need, whenever and wherever you need it. And that’s where we come in. It’s our job to help you to achieve this. It’s what we’ve spent years training to do, and many more years putting into practice. We can help you to see to your full potential and we can provide the quality glasses and lenses you may need to achieve it in style. It’s what we do! Try us!”


We are an independent, sole practice optometrists offering a friendly, professional service for all the family. We first opened our doors in May 1997 and have now been serving the good people of Cranbrook and beyond for over 20 years.

We are able to perform thorough eye examinations – including glaucoma screening, fundus (retinal) photography and OCT 3D retinal scans – because we strictly limit the number of patients we book in per day.

So whether you are a private or NHS patient, you receive the same level of care and attention from our qualified Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians. Remember, here you are our PATIENT, not our customer.

From spectacles to sunglasses, from contact lenses to solutions, from budget to designer – we have them all… and at prices to suit your pocket.

Bookmark this site now, and when you receive your sight test reminder from your previous optician, contact us  to make an appointment…..and see for yourself why over 14,000 local people entrust their eyecare needs to The Hammond Optical Practice.

The Practice

The Hammond Optical Practice was set up independently in May 1997 by husband and wife team Mark and Eimer Hammond BSc(Hons) MCOptom. Mark and Eimer both graduated from City University, London after attaining Honours degrees in Optometry and Visual Science in 1989. After working for a few independent opticians and at the Kent County Ophthalmic and Aural Hospital in Maidstone, they decided that it was time to set up their own independent practice.

Mark and Eimer are supported by receptionists Mrs Elewys Colley and Ms Jennifer Hall, and by Dispensing Opticians Derek Griffiths FBDO and Theresa Sweet FBDO.

Practice Opening Hours

Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday – 8.30am to 1.30pm

We sometimes close for lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, so please telephone to check on 01580 715008. We occasionally close early for staff training.

If you would like to visit us in person, you can find our address and a map to our premises here.

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