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David Bray Opticians : Matlock


Visit our Bank Road eye clinic in Matlock, Derbyshire


David Bray Opticians has been providing eye care in Matlock since opening its practice in 1970.

Making the move to establish himself as an independent optometrist, Mr David Bray started his practice from humble beginnings. With help from family and friends and a testing room build from the frame of one of his uncle’s old green houses, David was ready for business!

Now over forty-five years later, the practice is proud to be part of the Matlock community which it has served for so many years. The greenhouse may be gone, but our pride in offering specialist eye care with a very personal service to all our patients remains at the core of David Bray Opticians.



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David Bray Opticians : Matlock , Derbyshire

6 Bank Road

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Tel. 01629 584280

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Opening hours


Monday :        09:00 – 17.15

Tuesday :        09:00 – 17.15

Wednesday :  09:00 – 17.15

Thursday :      09:00 – 17.15

Friday :            09:00 – 17.15

Saturday :       09:00 – 17.00

Sunday :         Closed



At David Bray Opticians, Our aim is to create a relaxed, friendly environment in which to provide you with specialist eyecare

We deliver a very personal, unhurried service for patients of all ages. we want to build long-term relationships that will see you turning to us for all optometry needs for years to come.

Designer & Fashion Eyewear


We stock an excellent selection of designer and fashion eyewear and have more than 1,000 frames in stock for you to choose from. We want to assist in finding the right spectacles which frame your face and bring out the best in you.

Our Happy patients who found their perfect glasses


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David Bray Opticians branch staff

Get the best eyecare from a team you can trust

At David Bray Opticians, our highest priority is to provide excellent patient care. We ensure that everyone who leaves our practice has been given the time and attention required to carry out a full and through eye test. We welcome questions and help you to choose the right vision correction if necessary.

Dispensing Optician Emma

This is Emma, the manager at David Brays.

Emma is a qualified Dispensing Optician with 16 years experience in optics – we know, she doesn’t look old enough! (she asked for that to be added ) and for 11 of those years has been managing practices around the UK.

When sitting her final exams she achieved the highest mark based around the adjustments,  repairs and materials of frames – everyone wants a comfy fit right?

Working in an independent practice means that she has no restrictions in terms of frame ranges, being able to select the most elite products to work with enables Emma to run away with her creative side, styling people and helping them decide what best suits their silhouette, bringing flair and fun to the day.

She believes that personalisation is key, something that we can manage very differently to a lot of our competitors, as an independent practice we can organise the day around our patients. So whether it’s setting time aside to create a tailor-made frame for someone, or just putting the kettle on for them whilst cleaning their specs, she can manage her day to give the best experience to the people walking through the door.

She’d love to say that she rises in the morning with a 30-minute road run or swims a mile or two at the local pool…. however, the truth is that having 2 young girls she feels its a bonus if she makes it to work with her hair free from sugar puffs.

Practice Manager / Dispensing Optician

Emily works her magic in the test room as our resident Optometrist. Not satisfied in qualifying in optometry alone, she has done additional courses in Glaucoma, Minor Eye Conditions and the use of the OCT imaging. Emily is particularly keen to make our store accessible, having done lots of hands on experience with a local additional needs school, and as such has a fantastic ability to work with children and patients with ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorder.

So we already get the jist of her caring character… but what about the other characteristics? Well, some would say she is a bit of a geek, which is never more evident than when she’s enthusiastically explaining some of our state-of-the-art technology. Aside from the work environment, Emily is one of the biggest Harry Potter fans you’ll ever meet, and of fantasy and thriller fiction in general and always in search of a book recommendation. She also spends her evenings with a combination of the netball court, a climbing wall or snuggled with her new kitten, Ronnie Hot dog.


Optical consultant Mandy

Mandy is the longest standing Optical Advisor at David Brays, with over a whopping 37 years of service!! (She must love the place as much as it loves her)

Patients who have supported the business since the beginning have been served by Mandy for so long now that when she answers the phone she can recognise many of them before they even say their name…. pretty impressive! 

With Mandy’s helpful and friendly nature, people enjoy browsing through the frames with her and they value her honest opinion on helping to choose what suits them best.

It’s no secret that when Mandy isn’t assisting our lovely customers at Bray’s she is off trying her luck for the evening at the bingo – we all hope for a win, as this can often lead to luxury coffees all round the next day!!

Optical Advisor

Jenny is our newest addition to the family and holds a wealth of customer facing experience. One of her previous careers being personal stylist, where she won employee awards and even made the press for her outstanding talents within the role!

As an Optical Stylist Jenny has a keen eye for what colours, shapes and textures are most suited to each face shape and tones. Her knowledge and recommendations make it easy for patients to make informed decisions, particularly useful for when you’re just not sure what suits  or simply can’t decide.

Jenny relaxes each morning with a yoga session and lemon water, ready to face the day which then often ends with an evening walk. At weekends you’d think she likes to relax properly…  nope, she chooses triathlons or climbing the peaks instead – we all wish we had her energy!

Frame Stylist

Kiran is one of the Senior Optometrists at Farmilo Optometrists. She qualified as an Optometrist in 2006 and enjoys all things eyes! Her special interests are binocular vision and visual stress, related to dyslexia and migraines. Her fun and friendly nature will have you leaving with a smile, but do be warned if you like to talk about food and fashion, you might be a while!

Managing Director/ Senior Optometrist

Harry  is one of the Senior Optometrists at Farmilo Optometrists. He has been qualified for over 15 years and his vast experience in the optometry field, gives great ease to all his loyal patients. Styled by his wife, whether he’s comfortable in it or not, he always looks on point for a day in the clinic.

Fun, friendly yet professional is probably the best description for Harry. His personal recommendations are what patients appreciate the most as they value his opinion based on the mutual respect he builds with them. 

Before stepping into the test room he starts the day early with a touch of fitness, whether it be at the gym or outdoor running.

Managing Director/ Senior Optometrist

What patients say :


David Bray Opticians has had a branch on Derbyshire’s fashionable Bank Road since 1970. Our reputation has been enhanced by the positive recommendations and word of mouth we have generated due to our customers being delighted with the excellent, personal service we provide.

Excellent all through, very knowledgeable helpful and professional


Peter Bolwell

I had my eyes tested here last week and couldn’t fault the service. My glasses came much quicker than I expected and the friendly staff ensured the fitted. More than happy!

Dom Goutorbe

I need to thank Emma for her patience and expertise in helping me choose my new glasses.

Nothing was too much trouble, she went over and above expectations..”

Best regards


The service I received from David Bray Opticians was excellent. I could not fault it.”

Roger Waterhouse

” You can trawl the internet and get glasses/contact lenses/appointments cheaper but I continue to user David Bray because of the quality of service I get. This means everything from staff on reception to optometrists to dispensing services. Things happen on time and deadlines always seem to be met.

More importantly, I am listened to and what I am after gets taken into account in sorting out my lenses and glasses. Finally the state of the art equipment available at David Bray is remarkable – it, alongside the lovely staff makes it a pleasure to go for my routine check ups.

Rod Leach

I recently had an appointment for an eye test at David Bray Opticians. I have to say that it was a very pleasant experience. All the staff were very friendly and pleasant and generous with their coffee.

The technical part of my visit was quickly and accurately dealt with before I was passed over to Emma to select a pair of frames. Emma quickly put me at ease and helped me through the vast selection of frames for me to choose from. My new glasses were ready in four days and I am now happily wearing my new lenses which are ideal in every way. I am full of admiration for Emma and all the staff at David Bray Opticians. If you need new lenses you could solve all your problems here.

Peter Rodgers

“ I’ve used a lot of big chain opticians in the past, and compared to them David Bray have been a breath of fresh air.

They care for their clients personally, remembering who I am and having the same staff involved over time. They make the experience feel friendly as a well as professional, offering a drink on arrival and listening to your opinions.

I have confidence that with the skills of their opticians and the high tech equipment they use they will spot any problems early and always ensure that I have the most up to date prescription.

Their prices are competitive, their contact lens scheme includes more for your money, and their own brand glasses also have a feel good factor because they donate glasses to recipients in the developing world (and don’t use the aggressive tax avoidance I associate with the leading optician/pharmacy brand). So I’m a satisfied customer
and happy to recommend David Bray opticians.”

Miriam Silver

“ Excellent personal service. A visit is recommended.

John Smith

The warmth and efficiency of the service provided by David Bray Opticians is second to none. The staff manage to achieve that rare blend of a welcoming atmosphere coupled with flawless attention to detail to ensure complete satisfaction on behalf of the customer. The well-trained staff have the latest equipment at their disposal to ensure optical precision when determining the needs of each customer.

The emphasis on personal service is exemplary with key advice given on every aspect of choosing and fitting the most suitable glasses.  My thanks to all concerned.

Keith Edwards

“ I was very pleased with my visit to David Bray Opticians. The staff were so helpful and every care was taken to make sure that I found the right pair of glasses. 

I needed an eye test and my prescription is now much more suitable that the one I had before. I was helped to find the best lenses and frames and given lots of time and assistance to make my decision.

When the time came to pick up my new glasses they were moulded perfectly to fit and since bringing them home I have been very happy with them. I would like to thank everyone involved and would definitely recommend your service to friends and family.

Jane Mason

“ David Bray Opticians have been looking after my family for many years and the staff all feel like personal friends.

The service is always wonderfully courteous, prompt and efficient. They never fail to go the extra mile. I count myself very fortunate to be one of their clients.

Wendy Holden

As usual 1st class experience everyone is always friendly and helpful and always ready to answer any questions. 

The chocolates are good too!!

Geoff Green

My experience was excellent from a warm reception to a knowledgeable and professional consultant (Emma) who gave the right amount of time and advice to choose my glasses.

Follow up was good with a call to say they were ready and time spent getting them adjusted properly.

Never felt rushed, encouraged to ask questions, all of which were fully answered.

Charlie Watson

I recently visited David Bray opticians for my annual check up and was impressed by the friendly and professional manner in which I was treated.  My test was very thorough and the help received in the choosing and measuring of frames and lenses was very good.

I can recommend David Bray to anyone who wants to receive the best service.

Barbara Heathcote

Just had a very thorough eye exam, changes in my vision were carefully explained with no pressure to purchase new spectacles. Very pleasant experience.

Got Lancaster
Nick Whitehead
Emma Fedrick

Dear All at David Brays,

“William (11) has been to your practice now twice in the space of a couple of months, once for his regular eye exam and more recently for specific tests relating to an assessment he is to have investigating dyslexia.  Emily examined his eyes on both occasions and she was very professional whilst being friendly and fun at the same time. William likes her and feels comfortable and at ease with her and as a mother, I have to say she has a very good manner with children.  Mandy on reception has always been very welcoming, friendly and professional and know instantly who we are when we phone with a query. On the occasions William has broken his glasses, you have always been quick to provide a replacement and have always been accommodating in booking appointments for us after school.

Keep up the good work and see you soon, (when we come to collect William’s latest replacements)!!!!! “

Kind regards,

Helen Hutchinson

“ I have trusted David Bray Opticians with my eye care for twenty years. I have always been impressed with their friendly and professional staff. I really appreciate their personal service and was very grateful for their patience during my first attempts with contact lenses.

I have total confidence in my eyesight thanks to their thorough eye tests. Their Eyecare plan helps me save money on my glasses and contact lenses and takes all the hassle out of it. I wouldn’t go anywhere else and highly recommend David Bray Opticians.”

Richard Watkins

Nice to see you again when I popped in to pick up my new specs. earlier this week.   Thought you’d like to know that they are an excellent fit and that I can see very well with them:   another “optical triumph” for David Bray. Come to think of it, you’ve been looking after my eyes and specs for 37 years; that’s a long period of complete customer satisfaction.

Regards to you and all your colleagues, past and present

Peter Clark

Another great experience at David Bray Opticians.

Personal service from friendly and efficient staff make the whole experience so easy.

Great prices are a bonus as well.

Nigel Tate

Excellent quality service, friendly staff. l am always very happy with my glasses.l would certainly recommend David Bray opticians. 

Margaret Barrett

“ I would not hesitate to recommend David Bray Opticians.  Professional, friendly staff who have always gone the “extra mile for me ” 

Lynn Limb

I have just undergone cataract operations on both of my eyes following on from a referral from David Bray opticians. In my follow up appointment for new glasses I received the usual excellent service and felt totally at ease with service that I received.

The new glasses arrived in very good time and the fitting consultation was again very thorough and I left the shop totally confident with my new glasses.

Throughout the whole process I received a most professional service, however it is the friendly approach that puts David Bray Opticians at a level far above that you rarely find in other businesses “

Les Pearcy

“ The staff at David Bray Opticians  Matlock are exceptionally helpful and efficient. Personal service of the highest standard.

Jaqueline Hopgood

“ I came in today for my eye test and new glasses and was totally satisfied with the service I received. Everyone took a lot of time and effort to get my prescription just right and find me the frames and lenses that I will be happy with.

It was so nice not to feel rushed and I will definitely recommend you.

Jane Mason

Have been a customer of David Bray for many years , getting sensible advice and good service.

The new management seem to have settled in and carrying on the same tradition.

No complaints so far!

Jacob Butler

Was a very satisfactory experience, found all staff attentive and very helpful, all seemed focused on helping me to choose exactly what I wanted. Glasses fit really well I am very pleased with them. 

Hazel Slack

“ I have not had my eyes tested since leaving school and realising I either needed longer arms or glasses I thought I had better book myself in for an eye test. I went to Brays as it is a local name I’ve grown up with.

I was seen very quickly and was given a very further eye examination. I was talked through everything that was happening and I really enjoyed being given the time to explain what the optician was looking for. Even the coffee was good!

I’m pleased to say my glasses arrived very quickly and I can cancel my arm lengthening operation! First class 

Dom Goutorbe

“ I have been associated with David Bray for many years, And it would be hard to find a better Optician. 

Bryan Bennett

“ Emily and Mandy took a great deal of trouble to ensure that my annual checkup was a relaxed and pleasant experience. I felt confident that I was in safe hands and reassured that my eyes will have the best possible care. The new technology is very impressive! A very friendly practice.

Ann Thompson

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