Cooper & Barr

Nikon - Stylish Autumn Lenswear

12th November 2015

Ophthalmic lens technology has advanced to cater for the varying needs of visual correction. There are more than a few types of spectacle lenses to choose from to fulfill your specific visual requirements. If you need a spectacle prescription, there are several factors to consider when choosing the right lenses for you; which type of lenses to pick, the materials they are made in, and some optional coatings to maximise the comfort when wearing. 

Our experienced dispensing opticians will advise you on the best solution for your needs. We hear stories all the time of the difficulties that people have adapting to varifocal lenses in particular. Correctly fitting frames, and the right design of varifocal to suit your lifestyle are crucial to success. 

The vast majority of our clients trying Nikon varifocals for the first time are delighted with the visual performance they achieve, safe in the knowledge that we offer a 90 day varifocal lens exchange guarantee. 

Until the end of November 2015, you can buy one pair of Nikon lenses and receive a second pair to the same prescription with a 50% discount.

Nikon has earned the status of a legendary brand.  Regardless of your wearing environment, you can expect your lenses to deliver:

  • Superior optics and reliability
  • The latest in optical innovation
  • Unparalleled quality and durability

By choosing Nikon Ophthalmic Lenses, you are entering a world of passion, a world of visionaries! 

Ask at any of our three Cooper & Barr practices for more information on how you can benefit from our range of Nikon lenses.


Why choose Cooper & Barr?

12th November 2015

Making the move to a new opticians needn't be difficult. If you’re unsure about whether it would be of benefit to you, we'd like to explain why choosing Cooper & Barr as your eyecare specialist could be the best decision you make:   

1) 90 years experience in the field: We’ve just celebrated this prestigious anniversary and we are confident that our 90 years of experience and customer service excellence will be of value to you. 

2) Our focus is on high quality contemporary eyewear, from the best in luxury designer brands to hand made individually designed frames that you wouldn’t normally see in town centre optical stores. New frame styles are always arriving in our practices to refresh our frame selection, so you can feel unique in the eyewear that you choose.

3) Our free eyewear styling consultation means every customer stepping out of our door is happy with their choice. We’re always on hand to help define which colour, shape and size frames suit your face and personality.

4) Optomap, our unique imaging machine allows us to give you an in depth analysis into our your eye health. Unlike other retinal imaging, Optomap scans up to 80% of your eye, giving information about both your eye and general health, whilst tracing for diseases such as glaucoma and macula degeneration. 

5) You can buy from us with complete confidence with our price match, 30 day frame choice and 90 day varifocal guarantees. We don't try to lure people in with cut price deals, but we do run genuine offers, promotions and competitions, so you can be assured of value for your money.

6) We like kids! As well as catering for adults, we believe that children deserve great eye care and eye wear too. 

7) For those opting out of glasses we have a fantastic contact lens monthly payment scheme. This can include the usual monthly and daily disposable lenses as well as more specialist contact lens fitting such as Ortho-K overnight vision correction.

8) We are independent, rather than a chain, and we are proud to be part of the local community. You can see the same optometrist if you wish each time your check up is due, and you're assured a friendly welcome whenever you visit one of our practices.

9) Nikon lenses; these lenses are designed to give you superior vision with unparalleled quality and durability.  Easy to clean, scratch and dust resistant and incorporate an e-SPF (eye sun protection factor) to protect eyes from UV.

10) Iris Vision Care, new for 2015, offers unlimited eye examinations and 30% off glasses, family discounts, interest free finance and much more.  All from as little as £6 per month.

Don't hide your eyes....frame them!

12th November 2015


Choosing glasses can be a difficult task that most people struggle with. Especially when you haven’t worn any before.

Often after an eye test, you are left to wade through the many rows of frames displayed in front of you. We know that, if you’re visiting alone, how are you meant to know if a pair suits you? Luckily for Cooper & Barr customers, we’re here to help you out.

We want you to feel confident in what you wear, so we’re always around to lend a hand. Whether that’s stepping in and suggesting frames and styles or physically choosing them for you. Our expert dispensing opticians and assistants will help you decide what shape, style and colour eyewear would suit you best - it’s really that easy. Simply pop along to one of our practices for a FREE frame styling consultation…

Indulge deserve it!

12th November 2015

We only stock the finest quality frames for our customers. This is because we understand that glasses are a big part of your life and we want you to select a frame that suits your face but at the same time gives you confidence and complements your personality.

For those who like a bit of luxury in their life we stock well-known designer brands such as Tiffany & Prada. And, we also stock some unusual brands that are designed to make a statement. These include:

Etnia Barcelona: 

A brand designed to follow the latest fashion trends using their own unique twist. They’ve created a wide range of collections in various colours and designs, so you can be sure that you’re spoilt for choice with their eyewear! 

What originally drew us to the unique brand was their ethos. Offering all their customers a product with intelligent design, made out of sustainable materials, with the best quality components and a great price - what more could you need? 

Choose Etnia Barcelona if you’re looking to make a bold statement with your glasses. 


These timeless designs are for those customers looking for a staple eyewear. As the brand doesn’t mass-produce their product you can be sure that what you’re buying is a one off within our specialist practices. 

Everything in their frames is well thought out, from the material used to the classic shapes. This is to ensure that all customers’ glasses are comfortable, long lasting and ready to make a statement. 

With their minimalist, chic designs, Gotti are definitely a brand for you to keep your eyes on!


This specialist brand is one for you watch! Here at Cooper & Barr we want our customers to find luxury designs on their doorstep. So we knew we’d have to approach brands that offer high quality craftsmanship.

As a family owned company, Lindberg consists of opticians and architects who produce some of the lightest and most comfortable frames worldwide. 

If you’re personal style is classic elegance, this brand could be for you.

Look and feel stylish this season

12th November 2015

“Eyes are the window to your soul”

Optometry is in my genes, and having worked in the industry for nearly 20 years I recognise the importance of regular in-depth eye health checks for all ages. I now work across our three practices based in Stokesley, Sedgefield and Thirsk and my colleagues and I are even more passionate about looking after your eyes.

Throughout my time as an Optometrist I’ve met a lot of people who find buying glasses can be a reluctant purchase, for a variety of reasons, but usually due to a lack of confidence about how they look in specs.  

I love spending money on clothes, handbags, and shoes as much as the next person but glasses can also be an item that can complement your appearance. And one aspect of my job I really enjoy is helping customers find eyewear that improves their vision and makes them feel good about it too!

“Always looking for the next best brand, always looking for the best product for our customers.”  

The brands we stock are carefully selected from suppliers who care about creating high quality and individually designed frames. At Cooper & Barr we offer unique frames suitable to wear everyday.

I fully understand why some people find choosing glasses difficult but it’s important to me that we are able to make that process easier for you - including free consultations to finding out what colour and shape suits you best, you can be sure that you’re in good hands when coming to us!

So, take it from us your eyes really are the window to your soul, they express your personality in the best possible way. Make sure you make the right impression. Remember...

“You could have a great pair of shoes or a great suit, but people are first connecting with your face, so finding the right pair of glasses is crucial” - Garrett Leight  

Nicola Cooper – Heenan



All eyes on the menu as independent businesses team up


Local independent opticians Cooper & Barr have teamed up with award winning restaurant Brasserie Hudson Quay to loan ready reader glasses to customers. 

Customers who take advantage of this unique idea will get high quality visibility over the Michelin star menu when dining at the popular Middlehaven restaurant.

Cooper & Barr, a family run business spanning over 3 generations, have been in the optometry industry since 1925, and this new initiative supports their focus on caring about eye health.

Nicola Cooper-Heenan, co-owner of Cooper & Barr said: “We’ve chosen this partnership as we feel it’s something that reflects our company's ethos.

“As eyecare professionals, we often hear from our clients that they struggle to read the menu under the ambient lighting in restaurants – particularly if they've forgotten their glasses. When the need for reading glasses is an essential part of life, there is always panic when we forget them.  So we wanted to put a stop to that.” 

“Although we do encourage our patients to ensure glasses are professionally prescribed; ready readers are a great short term fix for spectacle wearers when dining out.” 

Cooper & Barr are currently celebrating 90 years in the optometry business with three successful practices across the Tees Valley, County Durham and North Yorkshire area. 

The products they offer are wide ranging, from designer eyewear to contact lenses for adults through to children.   

They also specialise in glasses trends, making sure the latest styles and shapes are  available throughout each practice. Customers can choose between the major brands stocked including Tiffany & Co., Prada and Michael Kors. 

Nicola said: “Celebrating 90 years of Cooper & Barr is a great achievement for our business and if it wasn’t for our loyal customers, we wouldn’t have been able to do so. We’re looking forward to the next 90 years.” 

Cooper & Barr are providing customers at the Brasserie with a short-term solution for reading the great menu, all those that take advantage of these glasses and complete an entry form will be placed in to a prize draw each month for a £50 voucher to spend at Cooper & Barr.

Photo (from left to right) – Nicola Cooper-Heenan, co-owner of Cooper & Barr Opticians and Julie Volans, Owner of Brasserie Hudson Quay


Choosing the right frames

17th July 2015

Here at Cooper & Barr we recognise the difficulty that lies in choosing the right glasses..

Some opticians end their checkups by advising you to select new glasses then leaving you to wade through the hundreds of frames, but we don’t.

We want you to feel confident so we’re currently offering a FREE eyewear consultation worth £27.

In this limited opportunity we will make the decision easier by defining what shape, style and colour eyewear would work for you from our selection of designer frames. Through doing that we’ll highlight the possibilities available to you.

We aim to make this experience as relaxed and enjoyable as possible so there’s no obligation to buy at the end of it.

If you’re interested in this unique opportunity then enter your details in the link below.

What's hot in eyewear

17th July 2015

Glasses are a way to express yourself. People make their first judgement of you based off your eyewear, not your clothing!

Here at Cooper & Barr we are always looking for the latest trends in eyewear to stock on our shelves and recently, we have found some truly unique gems!

Just arrived in our Stokesley practice is the quirky WOOW frames, handmade in France. They’re offering bright, colourful frames, which portray a trendy, chic feel. Imagined up by the creators of Face a Face, these frames will speak to any woman with a sense of humour.

If you're up for a laugh the message “Anti Crisis Eyewear!” is sure to make you smile on even the worst of days!

Delivered into our Sedgefield & Thirsk practices is the brand that every woman dreams of, Tiffany. With designer frames to suit every face shape and preference, there is something for every need. We believe that your eyewear is as much a part of your personality as your clothes, so when you’re choosing, make sure they are a timeless piece.

We also know that when it comes to children, choosing glasses can be difficult. So, we try to make the process as easy as possible by giving you a range to choose from. In our Thirsk store we have a wide variety of colours and designs from Disney to Zoobug your little one will actually be spoilt for choice! However, our staff are always on hand to help with any problems you may have, so please don’t hesitate to ask us.

Coming soon... Danish designer “Lindberg” is adding variation to our stock with their discreet, classic elegance that screams simplicity. Lindberg frames are designed with lightweight and rimless in mind meaning that comfort is key.

One thing is guaranteed with our finds… they’re a must have for Summer 2015.

Keep your eyes peeled for these classic and quirky frames coming soon.

Children's Summer Eyecare

17th July 2015

As the Summer season is here, eye care will be the last thing on our mind as we go through our holiday checklists.

However, eye checkups are essential as they help us determine if your health is being maintained.

Here at Cooper and Barr we know that every 1 in 5 children have uncorrected vision, therefore we recommend that all children have regular checkups from the age 4+ to lower the risk of permanently reduced vision.

Therefore, as children under 16 already receive their FREE eye tests on the NHS, we also offer vouchers to help towards the cost of glasses in our vast range of frames and if eyewear isn’t what your children prefer, we can even fit contacts to children as young as 8!

Taking a child for an eye check up can be a pain but we aim to make it fun for children and as quick and easy as possible for you.

Pop into one of our stores and make an appointment today.

Did you know that we are celebrating our 90th anniversary?

17th July 2015

Did you know that we are celebrating our 90th anniversary? Since our first opening in 1925 on Middlesbrough’s Grange Road, our business has evolved into 3 practices across North Yorkshire and County Durham..

The recent opening of our Thirsk practice marked a significant year of growth for our family-run business.

Serving 25,000 patients, we pride ourselves upon our experienced Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians providing 90 years of excellent customer service.

To celebrate our milestone, our company has rebranded, encapsulating our important heritage with a new strapline “Daring vision since 1925".

Since our launch we have increased phenomenally in strength, which is shown with our extensive range of designer eyewear.

Sitting on our shelves are brands such as Prada, Dior, Michael Kors, Etnia Barcelona, Maui Jim and Joules, each aiming to add some luxury to our customers eyewear.

In addition to this, we use an Optomap Retinal Imaging machine designed to give an in depth analysis into our customers eye health.

Unlike other retinal imaging, the Optomap scans the entirety of the eye, giving details of how your eye health is being maintained whilst tracing for diseases such as glaucoma.

Although it may take a little more of your time, they are four times more detailed than the normal checkups - so it’s worth your effort.

We understand that glasses are a big part of your personal identity, so we only select the finest high quality styles to ensure that our customers feel confident in whatever they choose.

This anniversary is a massive achievement for our business, however, without the support we’ve received from our clientele we wouldn’t be able to celebrate.

We have high hopes for the future and hope you join us every step of the way.

Here’s to another 90 years!

Are you clear about cataracts?

Did you know that we routinely check for the development of cataracts during your regular eye appointments? Yet, despite being the leading cause of vision loss worldwide, many people are still unsure what cataracts are, how they are caused, and what to do about them. Here’s our jargon-free explanation.

What are they?

Cataracts are a natural result of aging. As the eye’s lens grows older, dead cells accumulate, turning the lens yellow and cloudy. This is a cataract, and as the cells build up, it makes it harder to see.

What are the symptoms?

A cataract starts off quite small, but as it grows, you may notice your vision becomes cloudy or blurred, things might appear ‘fuzzy’, lights may seem too bright, and oncoming headlights might cause more glare than before. You may also start to need more light when doing close work.

Can I prevent cataracts?

Much as we’d all like to wave a magic wand, the process of aging is unavoidable. However, the progression of cataracts can be slowed down by some lifestyle changes. Stopping smoking, eating a balanced diet (including lots of vitamin E) and wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection can all help to slow down the development of cataracts.

How are they treated?

If your cataracts have developed to the point where they seriously impact on your daily life, cataract surgery is a simple, highly perfected option to restore sight. During surgery, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear, plastic lens.

So, if you ever want to talk to us about cataracts, or have any questions, please just pop in to see us, or use our free ‘Ask an Optometrist’ email service.

'Vista Mesh' - new help for migraine sufferers

Migraine affects a staggering 15% of us, and it’s symptoms and frequency can be really debilitating. But 20% of sufferers also experience visual problems, known as ‘aura,’ before their headache.

These more unusual symptoms might include seeing zigzag patterns, flashing lights or parts of an object appearing to vanish. Some will experience an aura without developing a headache. Others may become hypersensitive to light or touch. Certainly, migraine can affect people in a number of different ways. But there is something that can help.

Research has shown, that glare from overhead fluorescent lights and flicker from computer screens often trigger symptoms. At Cooper and Barr, we have specialist ‘Vista Mesh’ lenses, available in plain form or with prescription, which can actually help to reduce the visual symptoms of your migraine. ‘Vista Mesh’ lenses have an invisible micromesh filter built into the lens, and are scientifically developed to reduce flicker and deflect electromagnetic radiation - drastically reducing symptoms of ‘aura’.

It’s worth noting that many people with dyslexia also use Vista Mesh lenses, as they have been found to help increase concentration, align scattered light reflections and enhance text on the page. So, if certain aspects of everyday life affect your vision, just speak to one of our team for a free trial of Vista Mesh lenses.

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