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Norfolk's Essilor Ambassador Varilux Specialist Opticians

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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 and has been in operation for over 20 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 continued to run both practices.

On my 70th birthday I started to think it was about time to retire from contact lens fitting, so from January 2022 I now concentrate on the financial 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 an enthusiastic participant in overseas charity work, keen life-long sportsman, he loves to run and cycle in his spare time.

Francis Donaghy


Hello, I'm Francis. I've been a resident eye care practitioner with Eyecare Norfolk since October 2017 . I enjoy working in both our practices and outside of Optics, I'm still a huge fan of rugby. I continue to look forward to helping those who come under our 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 2017 as an Optical Assistant. Since then I have achieved the level 2 certificate in Optical Support. My varied role includes time on reception, in the lab,accounts and doing Retinal screening. Born and bred in Hunstanton I love being part of the local community. In my spare time I am a Girl Guiding helper and love spending time with family and friends.


Optical Assistant

I joined Hunstanton Eyecare in May 2018 and passed my optical assistants course in 2020. 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


Locum Optometrist

Neel has been providing locum services for Hunstanton Eyecare since 2022, with his wife, Ghazwa. He has over 12 years of experience as an Optometrist, having worked in both Multiple and Independent practice across Norfolk. He has a special interest in Blepharitis and owns a treatment clinic in Norwich. He has an avid interest in sport and music.


Locum Optometrist

Ghazwa has been providing locum services for Hunstanton Eyecare since 2022 with over 12 years experience as an Optometrist, having worked in both Multiple and Independent settings across Norfolk. She has a special interest in Blepharitis and owns a treatment clinic in Norwich with her husband, Neel. She is a keen student of language, and has most recently started to learn Japanese.


Locum Optometrist

I joined Hunstanton eyecare in October 2023. Previously I lived in East Sussex before moving to Norfolk in 2021. My career has been mainly in retail and I have run my own cake baking business. I enjoy yoga, sea swimming and walking my dog.

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Opening Hours By Appointment Only

Monday - Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Closed for lunch 1pm -2pm


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