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Norfolk's Essilor Signature Varilux Specialist Opticians

44 Church Street, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5HD |

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About Us Hunstanton EyeCare Norfolk Opticians

Combining traditional customer service with modern technology and optical care

Hunstanton EyeCare is a family-owned opticians which has been providing specialist eye care to patients in and around Hunstanton since the 1970's.

We are part of EyeCare Norfolk Limited which is one of the longest established independent registered opticians in the region. Our sister-outlet in Cromer, just along the coast, has been in operation for over 15 years.

Our founder and director Ian Leach, together with his wife Beverley, have been instrumental in developing the best quality eye care services for people throughout Norfolk.

In keeping with our values, we combine good old traditional customer service with the most up-to-date technology and skills. Together these ensure our patients receive a caring experience with the right solutions for their optical needs.

Quality service is present during each stage of the process, from our initial meeting and eye examinations through to the selection of the right eyewear and dedicated aftercare.

We’re situated in Church Street in the seaside town of Hunstanton with convenient parking and wheel chair access.

Meet the Team Hunstanton Opticians Norfolk

Ian Leach

FBDO CL (Director)

After qualifying as a Dispensing Optician at the City and East London College, I came to Norfolk in 1974 to become a Partner of McCaghrey & Associates Opticians. 6 years later I took over the practice and was then joined by Mr. Parker. We remained in partnership for 20 years until his retirement. At the same time my wife and I opened Cromer EyeCare and we joined the two practices together under the name of EyeCare (Norfolk) Ltd. Beverley retired in 2002 and I have continued to run both practices ever since.

I now concentrate on fitting contact lenses, finance matters and IT issues.

My Hobbies are golf, coarse fishing and photography.

Julien Nelson

FBDO General Manager

Julien joined Cromer EyeCare in 2007 having already enjoyed 25 years of dispensing experience.

He’s long had an interest in Optics and followed his father into the profession. After qualifying from the City and East London College in 1986, Julien went on to work for a number of independent practices.

Further experience as a frame representative as well as management in one of the major chains provided extra depth and scope to his skillset.

Julien is a member of Vision Aid Overseas and is an enthusiastic participant in overseas charity work. A keen life-long sportsman, he loves to run and cycle in his spare time.

Francis Donaghy


Hi there, my name is Francis Donaghy. I’m new to Eyecare Norfolk, but definitely not new to Norfolk or Optics, having qualified in 1994. I’m delighted to be joining the company, especially as both practices are so close to the sea. I hope I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the business.

Outside of Optics, I’m a huge rugby fan, especially all things Irish Rugby. I look forward to helping those who come into my care.

Annette Ball

FBDO (Hons) LVA. Practice Manager. Dispensing Optician / Low Vision Practitioner

Annette joined Eyecare Norfolk in July 2015 and became Practice Manager at Hunstanton in June 2016.

Qualifying in 1981 from the City and East London College, Annette’s dispensing career has covered both multiple and independent practices. She is a practical and theoretical examiner for our professional body ABDO, both in the UK and abroad in Malaysia and India.

Annette specialises in the field of “Low Vision” and runs low vision clinics at the Queen Elizabeth NHS hospital and the BMI Sandringham hospital in King’s Lynn.

Annette enjoys music, and is a pianist and organist at her local church.


Optical Assistant

I joined the team at Hunstanton Eyecare in December 2017 as an Optical Assistant. I have never worked in the optical world before, and I am finding my new role exciting and interesting. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog and spending time with my family.


Branch Receptionist and Administration

I joined Hunstanton EyeCare in May 2010 and really enjoy working as part of the friendly efficient Reception team.

Whilst my children were growing up  I worked as a one to one learning support assistant and volunteered as Clerk to School Governors but then was delighted to return to my clerical roots in Reception/Admin.  Away from work I love walking, both locally and further afield, travel, cooking and a busy family life.

I see my role at work as one of support; to both professional staff and customers alike, so that everyone’s experience at Hunstanton EyeCare runs smoothly.


Optical Assistant

I joined Hunstanton Eyecare in May 2018 and I am enjoying being part of the "family" here.

Most of my working life has been spent within the NHS and I am happiest when working amongst a team.

I enjoy ceramics, the cinema, and walking my energetic Jack Russell.

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Closed for lunch 1pm -2pm

Saturday 8.00 am – 1.00 pm by appointment

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