Who We Are

Passionate about Style and Vision

Experienced Dispensing Opticians, Kate & Chris Hirst are both registered with the General Optical Council. Kate qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2001 and went on to complete further training to become a Contact Lens Optician. Chris qualified in 1994 and has built experience working for different Opticians since then. Both Kate and Chris have become passionate about providing a personalised service and truly independent eye care. It is this passion that has driven them to create their independent practice, Oculi in order to provide the best quality eye care and truly independent products with great service. 

Why Choose an Independent?


We get to know you. This enables us to ensure the right advice is provided every time you visit.


The owners live and work locally and are personally invested in the success of the local area.


Being independent we’re free to source the best quality lenses, frames and contact lenses

Our People

Collectively over 50 years in experiance in optics

Chris Hirst FBDO

Fully qualified Dispensing Optician registered with the General Optical Council. 

Kate Hirst bsc (Hons) FBDO CL

Fully qualified Dispensing and Contact Lens Optician registered with the General Optical Council. 


Keeping you safe.

To help reduce the spread of Covid-19 infection we will be implementing the following policies in line with government guidance:

  • We will be reducing the number of patients we see on a daily basis in order to keep our patients safe.
  • Our staff will be wearing protective equipment and maintaining social distancing. 
  • All equipment and surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned between each patient.
  • Our equipment has been chosen to provide a covid secure environment both during the eye examination and the dispensing of spectacles

Please note that currently all spectacle and contact lens collections and repairs are available via appointment only.

Please do not attend your appointment you or any of your household has:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  • You or any of your household have been told to self isolate.
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