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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.

  • Technological advanced eye tests services
  • Selection of designer and fashion eye wear
  • Range of Zeiss lenses for all vision problems
  • Try before you buy



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David Bray Opticians : Matlock , Derbyshire

6 Bank Road

Contact our optometrists

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 help find the right spectacles to frame and bring out the best in you.

Our Happy patients who found their perfect glasses


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Happy Patient

Lindberg – Allowing one woman’s story to bring her eyewear close to her heart!

David Bray Opticians branch staff

Get the best eye care from 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 an eye test. We welcome questions and help you to choose the right vision correction if necessary.

Harry is one of the practice Optometrists, who oddly holds the Guinness Book of World Record title for ‘best smelling Optom’ …. This, of course, isn’t true, but if there was such a thing it would definitely go to our Harry, due to the patients who often comment on his delicious aroma! 

Styled by the wife, whether he’s comfortable in it or not, he always looks on point for a clinic with the hair cut of her choice to go with it, so style wise he’s got it all going on in the test room. 

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 with a touch of fitness, whether it be at the gym or running the roads. Boxing is also a love of Harry’s and he’s even tried his hips at Zumba this year… so all in all he smells and moves pretty well – not a bad combo!

Managing Director/ Senior Optometrist

Kiran is the senior optometrist at Richards Opticians. She qualified as an optometrists 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 food and fashion, you might be a while!

Managing Director/ Senior Optometrist

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 list 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.


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 a 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 work with her hair free from sugar puffs.

Dispensing Optician/ Practice Manager

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 Adviser

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

What patients say :

David Bray Opticians has had a branch on Derby’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

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

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IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT call us at 01629 584280 or book your visit online