Specialists in Digital FreeForm lenses
Specialists in Digital FreeForm lenses





MONDAY                                                          9:00 - 12:30    CLOSED

TUESDAY                                                         CLOSED        2:00 - 3:15
WEDNESDAY                                                  CLOSED        CLOSED

THURSDAY                                                      CLOSED        2:00 - 5:00
FRIDAY                                                             CLOSED        CLOSED
SATURDAY                                                      9:00 - 12:30


MONDAY                                                           CLOSED          2:00 - 5:00

TUESDAY                                                          9:00 - 12:15      CLOSED
WEDNESDAY                                                    CLOSED          CLOSED

THURSDAY                                                       9:00 - 12:30      CLOSED
FRIDAY                                                              CLOSED          2:00 - 5:00
SATURDAY                                                        CLOSED



Although the Government has put England into a national lockdown, on the guidance of the College of Optometrists routine sight tests and the provision of GOS (General Ophthalmic Services) are still available as normal.
However, we do still have to assess the needs of each patient individually over the phone first:
Any patients who are showing signs or symptoms of Covid-19, or have a family member showing the symptoms, should self-isolate and will not be seen for a sight test until the isolation period has ended;
Patients in high-risk groups will only be given an appointment if they are experiencing problems such as headaches, blurred vision, etc;
Patients who are not in any of the above groups can have appointments as normal.
All patients entering the branches are requested to wear face-coverings as per Government advice.
In-practice we will be following the standard operating procedures as proscribed by NHS England, regarding the wiping down of equipment, chairs and door handles, the use of full PPE, social distancing and the limitation of the number of people in the practice at any one time.
To book an appointment or for further advice, please ring either the Cottingham branch on 01482 841359, or the Anlaby Road branch on 01482 566451. We will be operating with a skeleton staff, so please be patient and leave a message if the phone is not answered.
If we receive any further guidance from the Government, NHS England or the College of Optometrists we will update the advice accordingly on this website. In March we were advised to close and all routine GOS (General Ophthalmic Services) were suspended.
Regrettably at the moment we are not able to provide a home visit service.
Please note, sight tests will not include a trip to Barnard Castle to assess vision for driving.


The CORRS scheme (Community Optometry Referral Refinement Scheme) was originally set up to enable patients to see an accredited optometrist if they suddenly started to experience any eye problems - red eye, dry eye, flashes and floaters, etc.  With the Covid pandemic the system was changed so that all patients who experienced such symtpoms could be triaged over the phone first.  The "0800 number" was introduced at the start of the first lockdown in March 2020, merging the COORS schemes from Hull and the East Riding CCG's.


If you experience any sudden symptoms such as flashes, floaters, red eye, dry eye or any eye discomfort, please ring 0800 368 5152 and you will be referred to a CORRS-accredited optometrist. 


Buckingham Opticians was founded in July 2011, taking over the Spectacle Warehouse on Anlaby Road in Hull, and Edwards Opticians (formely jason@guyphilips) in Cottingham.  We offer a  friendly, personal and professional service tailored to the individual visual requirements of our patients.


We are able to examine patients from birth onwards, and can also examine patients who are hearing-impaired or for whom Engish is not their first language.  We are also able to examine patients with physical or learning disabilities, and are even able to visit patients in their own home if they are unable to leave home unaccompanied.

We offer comprehensive private and NHS eye examinations with thirty-minute appointments, screening for visual stress, quality spectacle frames to suit any budget, and top quality lenses, including the latest in FreeForm technology and Transitions Signature, the latest and most advance generation of plastic photochromic.


With over thirty years' experience in optometry, we are able to guide you through the bewildering range of choices of spectacle lens designs, materials, tints and coatings, and can find the right one to suit your needs.  


We also offer a full contact lens service, including daily and monthly disposables, torics and multifocals.  We are also able to fit and supply Duette hybrid lenses, a highly specialised lens type which offer the visual clarity of rigid lenses with the comfort and stability of soft lenses.


If you would like to know more, just send us an email or give us a ring.  If you are passing, pop in to one of the practices - we'll be pleased to see you. 


In a recent survey into customer service by Which?, the UK’s leading consumer body, independent opticians like us came top, with a customer satisfaction rating of 88%. The detailed report was based on a survey by over 5400 members of Which?, who rated their experiences of eye examinations and purchases of spectacles and contact lenses over a period of three years.

In a recent online survey, nine out of ten respondents rated the service they received at Buckingham Opticians as 'good' or 'very good'.

We strive to offer the best service possible:  we don't offer 'free' sight tests or BOGOF offers; we don't use selling tactics or push you into paying for things you don't need. 

We just offer quality service and honest opinions.


All lenses have distortions.  The higher the lens power, the greater these distortions will appear to the wearer.  Ordinary stock lenses are kept on a shelf until they are used - they are mass-produced, readily available and cheaper.  However, they have distortions which can make the wearer feel quite uncomfortable with the sloping, slanting effects ("meridional aniseikonia"), and the surface curves are arcs of a circle.  

Digital FreeForm lenses are different - they are specifically designed as a pair on a computer, which flattens the curves (parabolic, elliptic or hyperbolic) and reduces the distortion effects.  The lenses are thinner, flatter and lighter than ordinary lenses, and eliminate the sloping and slanting effects,  making the vision much more comfortable and far less like living in a goldfish bowl.  Due to the complexity of the lenses - both in terms of measurements by the optician and the bespoke design/manufacturing processes - they are more expensive than conventional lenses, but are also far superior.

At Buckingham Opticians we specialise in the measurement, supply and fitting of Digital FreeForm lenses which are available as single-vision, bifocal or varifocal designs, and include all of the various materials, tints and coatings which are available on standard lenses.

If you would like to know more, come along and speak to Stuart Buckingham.  He can explain in greater detail the way in which the lenses work, and can give you quote for your own specific requirements.


Now in stock at both Anlaby Road and Cottingham, we have new frames from Soho Square, Lipsy, Dunlop and Senator.  


Do you have problems concentrating? 

Do your eyes ache or go a bit blurry when reading or using the computer? 

Does your child have problems concentrating at school? 

Does you child complain of his/her eyes aching or blurring, especially when reading?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it may be due to visual stress.  This is where the eyes have difficulty working and focussing together.  We can assess the visual performance, and examine how well - or not - the eyes work together.  Sometimes this can be mistaken for dyslexia, but we don't use coloured overlays or precision tints, so cannot offer an assessment for Meares/Irlen syndrome.


We can also check for pattern glare, which can be associated with triggering migraine attacks in many migraine sufferers.

For visual stress and pattern glare we can prescribe spectacles, tints and orthoptic exercises to alleviate the symptoms.


If you would like to know more, just give us a ring or send an email.

Enjoy looking at our website. We hope to have the pleasure of seeing you soon.

183 Hallgate


East Yorkshire

HU16 4BB

Tel.: 01482 841359




453 Anlaby Road


East Yorkshire



Tel.:  01482 566451

E-Mail: info@buckingham453.karoo.co.uk

Business hours

Monday - Friday

09:00 - 13:00

14:00 - 17:00

Alternate Saturdays 09:00 - 12:30


Home visits available

All business hours may be changed at short notice; please ring us to confirm.

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