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About Us

Established in Hexham in 1946 when George Steven was demobbed after the war.  We have been caring for the eyes of the people of Hexham and the Tyne Valley for over 75 years.  We are currently run by George's Grandsons Chris and Mark Steven following the retirement of their father, Geoff, in 2014.  They are the 4th generation of Optometrists in the Steven family, with their Great-Grandfather having founded what is now Advanced Vision in Tynemouth (although this passed from the Steven family ownership prior to the 2nd World War).  We now have 3 practices at Hexham, Haltwhistle and Ponteland. 


Our aim is to stock the most exciting frame ranges available on the High Street sourced from Paris, Denmark and Austria.  We use Carl Zeiss precision lenses which offer outstanding optical clarity.  It is our mission to offer the best optical products in Hexham and beyond. We strive for the highest quality in everything we do.

We use the latest technology to ensure our eye test is amongst the most advanced available on the high street.  As well as the technology, we give our optometrists the time to use it properly with 45 minute appointments meaning neither you, nor them, are rushed and can be confident your eyes have been well cared for.

Our Practice manager, Louise, has over 30 years experience in optics and is a fully qualified dispensing optician with an unrivaled knowledge of modern frames and lenses.

Our longstanding optometrists, Mark and Christopher Steven, have both taken the extra time and expense to qualify as independent prescribers meaning they can prescribe ocular drugs if necessary. 


Another of our optometrists, Mark Tomlinson, has previously worked as a trainer for Alcon, one of the largest contact lens manufacturers in the world, and now works for us bringing invaluable knowledge in all things optometry.


Our newest optometrist is Asim Iqbal has impressed all of us with his outstanding optical knowledge and his love of musical theatre.

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