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Our Story

A 90-year old family business spanning over three generations…

 

First opening its doors in 1925, Cooper & Barr is a family-run business spanning over three generations and serving over 25,000 patients throughout the North East and North Yorkshire. 

 

William and Evelyn Cooper opened their first practice over 90 years ago on Grange Road in Middlesbrough town centre. The practice then moved to Borough Road where its iconic marble frontage with bright neon sign was quite the sight in the 1930’s which you can see in the image.

 

The business then became Cooper & Flower in the 1970s before changing to Cooper & Barr in 2012. 

 

Now, Cooper & Barr have three practices in the North East & North Yorkshire including Stokesley, Sedgefield and Thirsk. 

Testimonials

  • All brilliant, knowledgeable helpful reception at all times , excellent knowledge advice and fittings , Skilled opticians who are happy share knowledge, with up to date equipment , with first class companies providing lenses.
    Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Miss Peacock is the best optician I have ever had. She is extremely thorough, professional, kind , down to earth and approachable.
    Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Lovely caring staff, no query is too much. They take the time to explain things and make sure the order is perfect
    Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Cooper and Barr have been my opticians for nearly 40 years and I have had excellent treatment and were the first to diagnose cataracts for which I was most grateful
    Monday, July 29, 2019
  • First class customer service. Attentive to customer needs and couldn't do enough to help. Friendly, answered questions clearly, and gave sound advice on suitable frames and lenses without pressure or obligation to purchase. Would highly recommend. Thank you. Kind regards Elaine.
    Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Been a patient of Cooper and Barr for over 20 years. Have always found they provide the upmost care and professionalism
    Tuesday, June 25, 2019
  • Prompt attention, professional service, all with the human touch.
    Tuesday, May 15, 2019
  • Everything went perfectly; Examination; fitting of specs. I was recommended for a cataract operation and helped to get the appointment via the NHS. Service was 100%
    Tuesday, May 15, 2019
  • From the moment I entered the office all members of staff were attentive, informative and courteous. Clear explanations were given as to the procedures.
    Tuesday, May14, 2019
  • The staff were wonderful with my three children and could not have been more helpful. The service was exceptional
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • The receptionist was welcoming, efficient and chatty. The optician was outstanding, thoroughly explaining the results of my eye test and giving me options. It was the first time that I have fully absorbed what has been explained to me and understood what it means. I appreciate greatly that the optician took time to settle my anxiety over a cataract.
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • From the moment I entered the office all members of staff were attentive, informative and courteous. Clear explanations were given as to the procedures.
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • The staff were wonderful with my three boys, which range in age from 5- 10 years old. They were extremely helpful and informative. The staff had a lovely manner with the children and put them at ease. I would recommend them to anyone with children especially if it’s their first visit to the opticians.
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Unlike some other opticians I have used, Cooper and Barr on more occasions than not, keep appointment time stated. I.e. I'm not sat waiting, experiencing delay in appointment time. Always receive in my opinion, a thorough eye check/test and get things explained to me.
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • The staff were very friendly and were helpful and good at their job.
    Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Over the years I have been to a number of opticians, I have now decided that Cooper & Barr are superior in every way.
    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
  • The eye test is extremely well carried out and you feel you have had a very professional and personal service. When I purchased their glasses I received the same service and they were the best fitted glasses I had ever had.
    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
  • Cooper and Barr provide a great service. My 5 year old needed glasses and staff were great with him as he's quite shy and lacks confidence. A prompt turn around when his frames needed replacing. I'd highly recommend them.
    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
  • Moved to Cooper and Barr after poor service from previous opticians. Best thing I did.
    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
  • I was refereed to Cooper & Barrr and found them to be very accommodating and the Examination was carried out very professionally and I would recommend this optician what ever the eye care service you require
    Monday, April 08, 2019
  • When I attended for a recent eye test it was the most comprehensive test I have had. I felt reassured by the test and the results. Thank you.
    Monday, April 08, 2019
  • Fabulous with children. Make you feel at home. Service was quick and not sitting around waiting for a long time. Very good would recommend to a lot of people
    Monday, April 08, 2019
  • From booking my appointment through to my examination everything was explained clearly and professionally. Everyone l dealt with made me feel that I was important and they cared.
  • Efficient service. The optician explained the results of the test clearly and in detail. Potential issues were highlighted and I am confident that future appointments will monitor progress and identify any problems which may require specific treatment.
  • I have been a member of the practice for many years and have always been well looked after. The reception staff are helpful and friendly and the consultations with the opticians are thorough and professional. Excellent service!
  • A comprehensive and professional examination in pleasant surroundings. [I was] impressed with the technology, which was carefully explained to me. Fascinating. And fortunately, no problems either.
  • Staff are friendly and efficient and the consultation is very thorough. I am very happy with the service I receive from all the staff Excellent service and very thorough examinations
  • Friendly, high quality service. I've been going there for a few years now, both at Stokesley and Thirsk, and have received nothing but polite and exemplary service.
  • Making my first appointment was easy and efficient. Reception staff: friendly and efficient. Optician: excellent. Will be very relaxed about future visits
    Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Courteous,Staff especially Nathan goes out of there way to assist with anything. Nothings to much trouble for any of the staff.
    Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Very professional & nice people in the Thirsk branch
    Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Very friendly service, everything explained clearly. Definitely go again and would recommend to friends /family.
    Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • Very competent optician shop. Staff also very helpful without pushing unnecessary purchases.
    Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Miss Peacock is the best optician I have ever had. She is extremely thorough, professional, kind , down to earth and approachable.
    Monday, July 29, 2019

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Our Equipment

See more than before with an OCT health scan

We are offering a new advanced eye test where you can undertake the OCT experience - it’s not just your eyes we care about, it’s your general health too. A comprehensive eye health check isn’t just about your vision, or getting a new pair of glasses or contact lenses, it can reveal early problems or changes in your eye that you may be unaware of. In many cases of eye disease, by the time you notice visual symptoms, irreversible damage has occurred. If we can detect any problems earlier, it allows for early treatment and a better outcome for you.

At Cooper & Barr we have invested in the very latest technology and our Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT) is used to study your eyes in incredible detail allowing early detection, diagnosis and monitoring of Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Retinal Detachments and much more. We keep records of these images and compare them next time you visit, year on year. Having an OCT screening in combination with your normal eye test will allow us to obtain the most detailed information about your overall eye health. 

OCT screening is included in our enhanced private eye examinations however if you’re eligible for an NHS sight test you can upgrade to include OCT screening for a small charge (typically £25, though we have a range of scan options available from £10 to £35, your optometrist will be able to advise you further). We believe that OCT screening is of benefit to all our clients, but particularly if you or anyone in your family has glaucoma or macular degeneration, if you have any concerns about your vision or have recently undergone eye surgery, or just because you’re interested in seeing the inside of your eyes!

Iris Visioncare

Welcome to the new way to care for your sight and enjoy a wealth of savings and benefits

From just £9 per month you can join our Iris Visioncare club which offers a unique range of savings and benefits that you won’t find anywhere else locally. 

 

Save on eyewear - up to 30% depending on your plan level on all glasses and sunglasses, however many pairs you buy.

 

50/50 Accidental Damage Cover for 2 years from purchasing your glasses, without the hassle of a formal claims process

 

Comprehensive Insurance Cover for one or two pairs for one year with our higher membership levels, reverting to 50/50 cover for the second year.

 

Appointment costs covered - eye examinations, emergency visits and retinal imaging are all covered and you can opt to include OCT (link to equipment page) and contact lens aftercare too.

Contact Lenses included add the cost of your contact lenses to your plan, as an Iris Visioncare member you benefit from extremely competitive pricing, and can have them delivered to your home if you wish. Joining Iris Visioncare also reduces the initial fitting costs if you’re new to contact lens wear. Families save more when 3 or more family members join

 

Joining is simple and you’ll start saving straight away. Speak to one of our team today...