Category: Health & Wellbeing
Location: Penclawdd, Gower
Open since 2017, Gower Opticians are your independent and friendly local eye experts. We provide the best possible eye care and advice for everyone, local or otherwise. We are affordable, we care about your sight, and we do what is right for you.
Located inside CK’s Supermarket in the village of Penclawdd, North Gower, Swansea.
We welcome all NHS, private and corporate patients. In addition to routine eye examinations and contact lens fitting, we provide specialised eye examinations including children’s eye examinations (which are lots of fun!), emergency Eye Health examinations and Low Vision assessments under the Wales Eye Care Service.
Laura is also the first Optometrist in the Health Board to gain an additional qualification as an independent Prescriber. This means we are even better placed to diagnose, treat, and manage your emergency eye conditions, thereby avoiding the need for any unnecessary trips to the hospital. Please see our services page for more information.
In July 2020 we were over the moon to find out we had been awarded OPTICIAN OF THE YEAR 2020 by the Cardiff and South Wales Prestige Awards. The judges were impressed with our personal nature, consistency of reviews and community feel. This is exactly what we are about at Gower Opticians so winning this award and recognition makes us all very happy! We were delighted to win again this year OPTICIAN OF THE YEAR 2021/2022! Thank you to everyone who nominated us. We are so proud to be part of such a special community.
Becoming a dementia friendly Practice
The process of becoming a dementia friendly Practice was fulfilling and is rewarding every day. We started off by looking at all the different parts of the patient experience from entering to leaving the practice and took into consideration what would be more difficult for a person with dementia to experience. We improved signage and looked at lighting and we received training from a Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator. We have made cue cards to use with patients during their time in practice to help them to better understand what is happening each step of the way. We can also arrange longer appointments, at quieter times. We are proud to be recognised as a dementia friendly practice, and welcome anyone living with dementia, and their carers to help us to look after their eyes.
Our Optometrist – Laura
I have worked in multiples and independent practices since starting out in Optometry in 2001. I have brought all that I’ve learned back to my local community and opened Gower Opticians in 2017. In addition to routine eye examinations and contact lens fittings I am accredited to perform low vision assessments and eye health examinations under the Welsh Eye Care Scheme (WECS). I am also a qualified independent prescriber. I have a special interest in myopia management and emergency eye care. With my additional qualifications I can look after our patients to the highest of standards. I am passionate about my job and love what I do.
Our Dispensing Specialist – Francesca
I started out in Optics in 2018. I have since gained multiple diplomas in Optical Dispensing. I am pleased to be part of Gower Opticians, working with great quality products, and passing on my expert knowledge to our customers. I pride myself on my professional yet friendly manner always going above and beyond to deliver an excellent service. I have a particular interest in frame selection and fitting, to ensure that you look and feel fabulous in your new spectacles.