Colin Lee Opticians is a family-run business, which has been serving patients across the West Midlands and Staffordshire for more than 40 years.

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Using the most advanced technology lenses can now be made thinner lighter and more comfortable to wear than ever before. In our own lab we are able to glaze lenses for you which are scratch resistant, reflection free, water resistant and most importantly UV absorbing. Research now shows UV light can lead to age related sight loss so absorbing it is more important than ever.

Always wanted to try a varifocal but worried you won’t get on with them? Don’t worry, modern varifocals when correctly dispensed by our professional staff are 98% successful. They also come with a 30 day trial period for your piece of mind. Varifocals arnt just for near and distance, if your issue is just looking from computer to desk we can supply you lifestyle or occupational lenses, making working so much easier.

As an independent opticians we are not tied down to one particular manufacturer of lenses so we can truly make a Tailor made prescription to suit your needs.


These days many people choose to wear spectacles as a fashion item, and with our huge choice of frames, including the latest designer names and bespoke engineering, we can help you find the frame which is just right for you. We offer a full range of spectacles, with prices to suit all pockets – please see our promotions for full details. Also see your local branches page for branch specific events and offers.

Being independent, we can supply an extensive range, without being restricted to certain brands and designs. This means a greater selection for our patients. Whatever the design, style/colour or shape, you can find just what you need. Our friendly and professional Dispensing Opticians and Optical Assistants are able to advise you on what styles and colours suit you best, and ensure the fit is perfect. Whatever your budget we have a range to suit you; complete glasses and lenses starting from £38.95, 2 pairs from £79.95 (single vision) or free with NHS vouchers. Bifocals start at £65.95 and varifocals from £100 both including frame. We have offers on second pairs (to help make buying multiple pairs a lot more affordable) to create a different look or simply a spare set for the car.

We stock specialist glasses for sports or safety in the workplace all which meet British Safety Standards.


It is not just a good idea, but vital, to protect your eyes in bright sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can cause serious problems for your eyes, including cataracts, and lead to reduced vision in later life. We carry an extensive range of sunglasses, including prescription lenses, Polarised lenses, designer frames, and specialised sports pairs, suitable for different activities, such as sailing and cycling. You can even choose to have photochromic lenses (transitions) in your prescription, which are light sensitive, and will only darken outside, so they can be worn at all times.

Prescription sunglasses start from £49.95


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Contact Lens

Todays contact lenses have been designed to suit all manner of different climates, lifestyles and vision needs. If you have never tried before, but fancy making a bid for freedom from your frames, get in touch today and find out which lenses would suit you best. You won’t regret it.

Have you been told you cant wear lenses? Think again. We supply lenses for all types of eyes including Astigmatism/Toric, Multifocal, High prescriptions, Keratoconus and Dry eyes.

What We Offer

Daily disposables from only £1.00 per wear and monthly disposables from £6.50 per month. (super breathable £10.00 per month)

We have two really easy to follow systems of payment for our contact lenses, which are much the same as you’d use for your mobile phone. You can have a monthly contract, which you pay for by direct debit and have everything included, or on a pay as you go basis, whereby you decide what you need and when.

Your Options

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Eye Tests & Examinations

An eye examination takes at least 20 minutes and is free for children, over-60s and people who are eligible to funding under NHS. Our private sight test fee is £32.95.

You qualify for a free NHS-funded sight test if:

• you're aged under 16
• you're aged 16, 17 or 18 and are in full-time education
• you're aged 60 or over
• you're registered as partially sighted (sight impaired) or blind (severely sight impaired)
• you've been diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
• you're 40 or over, and your mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter has been diagnosed with glaucoma
• you've been advised by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you're at risk of glaucoma
• you're a prisoner on leave from prison
• you're eligible for an NHS complex lens voucher – your optometrist (optician) can advise you about your entitlement

You're also entitled to a free NHS sight test if you:

• receive Income Support
• receive Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (not Contribution-based)
• receive Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
• receive Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
• are awarded Universal Credit
• are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
• you are named on a valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2)

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

The health of your eyes is checked to ensure there is no disease present, and sometimes, these checks can mean a follow-up visit to assess changes. If you need spectacles, your current prescription and standard of vision are checked. Routine examinations are also vital as the health of your eyes can also help to indicate other health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

We offer fundus photography, which records the condition of the back of the eye, and is an essential part of the examination of a person with diabetes. Any visual needs relating to your occupation are discussed, and any recommendations are passed to our dispensing optician, who can then advise you on the most suitable lenses and frames.

Sight Tests

Whatever age you are it is important to have regular eye checks to ensure your sight remains the same and to detect any health problems, but at certain ages your eyes are more prone to change, making regular eye examinations more essential than ever. This is why the NHS offers free sight tests to those over 60 and under 16.

Age and Vision

Children are constantly changing and growing, and their eyesight can change quickly too. Research has shown that up to one in five children have a problem with their eyesight which goes undetected, leading to difficulties with their learning, and enjoyment of everyday activities. Most importantly, a child’s visual system only develops until 7 years of age so if left undetected some conditions will be too late to treat.

Our opticians can detect problems at an early age, there is no need for them to know their letters and any child’s sight should be checked at least once a year. Sight tests are free for all children under 16. We offer a fashionable range of frames with lightweight safety lenses free of charge with NHS vouchers with spare pairs from £15.00. Our practices stock a wide and attractive range of frames including designer names, character designs, specialist frames for the very young (and accident prone) and sports options.


Have you found yourself struggling to read with poorer lighting or having to hold thing further away to read? Many people over 40 will find they need reading glasses and almost everyone will need spectacles of some form by the age of 65, this is a normal process and sadly cant be avoided but, as we get older we are prone to more eye health problems such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration which can be avoided with the correct detection, we should therefore make sure we attend regular 1-2 year eye checks.

40 Years Plus

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Myopia Management

‘Short-sightedness’ or myopia is a common eye condition which makes things in the distance appear blurred. It usually begins in childhood and is the result of the eye growing beyond normal and becoming too long so spectacles or contact lenses are needed to see clearly.

More children are developing myopia and at a younger age than in previous generations and it is now predicted that by 2050 over half the world’s population will be myopic. This is due to a rise in indoor lifestyles and an increasing time spent on near activities. The younger the child develops myopia the more it progresses and the worse it becomes.
Studies show that high myopia may lead to severe vision impairment that can no longer be corrected through standard lenses and increases the risk of serious eye conditions later in life.

Lifestyle changes can be made to reduce the chances of becoming myopic and myopia increasing. These include spending more time outdoors and limiting time looking at screens but are difficult to achieve in the modern world children are being educated and brought up in.

There are now specially designed spectacle and contact lenses which slow the progression of myopia by over 60% on average, leaving a child less myopic than if left treated with standard lenses and so reducing their risk of sight complications when older.

Myopia and Myopia Management

To find out more information please downlaod the leaflet here


Normal spectacle lenses only focus a clear image onto the centre of the retina. Specialist myopia management lenses maintain a clear image across the whole retina by having a centre for distance viewing surrounded by hundreds of tiny lenslets which also keep the image clear on the outer part of the retina. Having the whole image in focus across the retina has been shown to remove the driver for excessive eye growth.

Only a registered optician can supply these lenses to children. Cosmetically the lenses appear normal and accurate fitting will ensure the child is always looking through the correct part of the lens. These lenses have been shown to slow myopia progression by over 60% but they are not currently funded by the NHS.

These treatments are often ongoing throughout a child's development so we offer a direct debit scheme to spread the cost and includes the costs of changes to prescription/replacing lenses, certain frames, all assessments including measuring the length of the eye and plotting eye health risk as well as accidental breakage and loss cover.

At Colin Lee and Jenks opticians we are approved distributors of Essilor Stellest and Hoya Miosmart lenses. Both options have shown to reduce the progression of myopia by over 60%.

Myopia Management Spectacle Lenses

To find out more about Stellest Lens click this link here. 

Myopia management contact lenses work on the same basis as the myopia management spectacle lenses, by having a centre for distance viewing surrounded by bands of different power zones which also keep the image clear on the outer part of the retina. Having the whole image in focus across the retina has been shown to remove the driver for excessive eye growth. Research has also shown these to slow myopia progression by over 60%.

These lenses are daily disposable so offer the best in eye health, require minimal maintenance and so are suitable for children of all ages.

We have contact lens opticians at all practices who are trained in fitting Misight and Natural view Myopia management licenced lenses. These too are available on direct debit including the costs off all products and aftercare appointments.

Myopia Management Contact Lenses

To find out more about one lens option click here... 

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Hearing Tests

Hearing is vital, but one of our most neglected senses. It is estimated that almost nine million adults in the UK have a hearing difficulty, yet more than a third of them have sought no assistance - that's over three million people who could be enjoying a better quality of life with improved hearing today.

Hearing loss happens gradually and it can take years to even realise and admit to yourself that you have a problem. It's often those around you that notice first, by remarking that the TV is very loud, or noticing you ask them to repeat things. However, the effects of hearing loss will become increasingly difficult to hide. Even in a simple conversation, certain sounds are unclear and words may be misinterpreted.

Help is at hand. Colin Lee and Jenks Opticians are associated with the UK's largest high street hearing care retailer and now provides a service at all of our branches. For a free hearing health check contact us today.

Big and bulky hearing aids are a thing of the past with Invisible hearing aids from £495 a pair.

Hearing Test

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Other Services

Do your eyes often feel dry or irritated? Do certain activities, like reading or working on the computer, make your eyes feel scratchy? Are you wearing your contact lenses less because they feel uncomfortable?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may have what dry eye practitioners call dry eye syndrome. It’s a common problem, but you don’t have to live with it.

So what is dry eye? Dry eye means that you might not be making enough tears, that the tears you produce are of poor quality or the tears you produce are evaporating away faster than they should.
The normal function of the tears is to keep the eye wet and lubricated. Failure to do so can lead to the following symptoms;

• Dryness
• Burning, stinging or itching
• Gritty feeling
• Irritation from wind or smoke
• Blurred or smeared vision
• Tired Eyes
• Red Eyes
• Excessive watering
• Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
• Contact lens discomfort

We run specialist dry eye clinics at all of our branches. With the right advice and products we can often help you to experience a big reduction in in your symptoms.
You may need a full eye examination prior to your dry eye assessment if it has been more than 2 years since your last examination.

A three month tailored treatment plan costs just £40.00 (free for contact lens wearers on our direct debit) and includes; Initial triage and questionnaire, full dry eye assessment, two follow up appointments after one and then three months aswell as help, advice and ongoing support from our trained staff.
The treatment and products needed will vary depending on the type of dry eye you suffer from and your optician will advise you on the best options.

If you would like to book an appointment or have any questions, please don’t hesitate and contact your local branch

OCT or Optical Coherence Tomography is changing the way our Optometrists can examine and help protect eye health. These machines provide much more detailed examinations and provide earlier detection of many eye conditions including glaucoma and macular degeneration as well as providing peace of mind to patients to patients who otherwise would need referring onto long NHS waiting lists when something suspect is found on standard eye testing.

What is OCT and how does it work?

Optical Coherence Tomography is a non-invasive imaging scan. It is the optical equivalent of ultrasound: ultrasound uses sound waves to bounce of layers of tissue of varying reflectivity to build up an image; OCT works in a similar way. We can then see a cross-sectional image of the retina, thickness measurements are taken and maps formed, which are all important in diagnosing and monitoring eye diseases.
The retina is the light sensitive membrane at the back of the eye that detects images and lets us see – a bit like the film in a camera. With OCT your optometrist can see each of the retina’s distinctive layers enabling earlier detection of many eye conditions.

We all love cake and an iced cake is a great way to think about how OCT works. The top layer of the retina is the icing and without OCT, normal viewing of the eye (using a slit lamp microscope or retinal photography) Optometrists can only see the icing without being able to see what sits behind or inside the cake. Are the layers all even? Is there the right amount of jam, or has it leaked into the sponge? Is there anything hiding in the layers of that cake? Without looking inside the cake, only looking at the icing, you just don’t know. Luckily we don’t need to cut into the eye to find out what is going on in the layers under the surface of the retina as the OCT simply shows us on the screen.

What happens during an OCT appointment?

During an OCT scan you will sit in front of the OCT equipment and rest your head on a support to keep it as still as possible. The machine will then scan your eye, without touching it. You will simply see a few red lines moving around and you will be asked to looks at a dot. Scanning takes about 5 – 10 minutes in total – but the actual scan itself is just a couple of minutes. If you have an OCT scan immediately preceding your eye examination then the optometrist will be able to show you the fascinating images on the screen in the consulting room. Most people don’t require any drops to have the scan either, but the odd few patients have too small pupils to get a good view so dilating drops allow for a better view and therefore results.

Why should you have an OCT scan?

OCT scans can identify many more conditions than standard examination and conditions before symptoms start to occur. Often the symptoms of eye conditions are when damage has already started occur. More detailed assessment also allows for better referrals and directed to the exact clinic and treatment that person needs meaning potentially much less stress and worry while waiting for an initial appointment at the hospital. It also allows for many patients to avoid needing a referral to hospital all together and just have monitoring at their convenience. Conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy as well as many, many more can all be detected earlier and better managed with OCT technology.
Oct further more allows an individual to know exactly how their eyes were at a point of time and therefore monitor and observe changes over subsequent visits and years again all allowing for much earlier detection and prevention of eye pathology and damage.

Ask your optician about OCT testing when you next have your eyes tested.

Colin Lee opticians are very proud to be able to offer the unique services of an Orthoptist to all of their practices through Ben Marchant BSc(Hons). An Orthoptist is an eye specialist in diagnosing and managing eye co-ordination issues such as Amblyopia (lazy Eye), strabismus (squints) and diplopia (double vision).

Orthoptic services are usually only available in a hospital and have long waiting times for initial appointments following referrals and then subsequent follow up appointments. Not anymore!

Squints in children under 7 don’t often present with symptoms, The eye will appear to point in a different position. Sometimes it can just be a false appearance of this and there is no need to worry, or in other cases if left undetected and untreated it can lead to sight loss.

A lazy eye can, in many cases be reversed if detected and dealt with before the age of 7. Double vision can be a serious sign requiring emergency attention or it could be simply lazy/weakened muscles around the eye which can be exercised, corrected with prisms or require surgery.

Following your routine eye exam we can now offer services to dramatically reduce your waiting time from one off consultations to see if; a squint is indeed present, if you’ve had a squint since childhood we can consult you if surgery is possible, determine the cause of your symptoms and therefore if more urgent attention.

Full management packages available for correcting intermittent double vision through exercises, and patching treatment for lazy eyes.

Initial consultations cost £50 with follow up appointments £28.95 and treatment packages available for multiple visits. Private health insurance credited, Bupa etc.

Any questions or for more information please contact your local branch.

At Colin Lee opticians we are involved with local GP’s in an NHS shared care service where we are now able to see patients with minor eye conditions such as red or painful eyes without the need of paying for an eye test or the need to visit your doctors or local hospital. The service has been known by various names since it was introduced such as MECs or Minor eye conditions service but is now CUES or Community Urgent Eyecare Service.

Conditions that can be seen under the service include;

• Red Eye or eyelids
• Painful/Uncomfortable eyes
• Irritation and inflammation of the eye
• Significant recent sticky discharge from the eye or watering
• Recently occurring flashes or floaters
• In growing eyelashes
• Recent and sudden loss of vision
• Foreign body in the eye

Opticians were previously unable to see such conditions under the NHS and it was considered a private examination and instead had to visit a local hospital or GP. Not anymore. If you are registered with a local GP you can use this new service no matter what your age (under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult).

To make an appointment call your local branch. You will be asked some questions about your symptoms in order to assess how quickly you need to be seen by the service, which will be within 24 hours in urgent cases and a few days for routine appointments.

Please Note this is not a full sight test.
If you have a major eye condition that is being monitored by your optometrist or hospital eye service, this will not be covered by this service e.g. cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
If your condition is more serious you will be referred either urgently or routinely to a hospital eye clinic.

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