A Dispensing Optician (D.O.) is a qualified Professional who specialises in ensuring that the glasses you choose are appropriate for your prescription, correct for the job or hobbies you want to use them for, and (rather importantly) that they suit you and look good. A D.O. must be registered with the General Optical Council of Great Britain, especially if they dispense glasses for children or those with Impaired Vision.

An Optometrist (formerly known as an Ophthalmic Optician) is a qualified Professional who examines your eyes, determines your prescription and who is also qualified to detect and in some case treat eye diseases. Some Optometrists also fit contact lenses. No-one may carry out these tasks in the UK unless they are registered with the General Optical Council.

The term "Optician" now has no legal status on its own, and can in theory be used by anyone. It is sometimes used by unqualified people who merely "sell glasses".

Belson and Sons' current fee for a Standard Eye Examination is £30. However, we provide a range of other services for which different fee structures apply.

You are entitled to an eye examination free of charge under the NHS if you satisfy certain conditions. Please speak with one of our members of staff to find out if you are eligible

The cost of glasses varies depending on NHS entitlement, choice of frames and lenses. We have a large range to cater for all. Our expert team will assist you in selecting the right product for you.

Making an appointment couldn't be easier. Whether you prefer to book online, speak to one of our team on the phone or in-store, or send us an email, we ensure you will find booking with us is straight forward.

Our Optometrist will advise you should you need any extra tests for glaucoma.

We believe that the younger the better. If you feel your child may not be seeing clearly, speak to one of our staff members where they will advise you. We do advise all children to be examined even if you haven't noticed any issues.

Our examinations are highly thorough. All the details on what happens can be found under services, standard eye examination. You can always ask us should you want to know more. Our staff will always be willing to answer your questions.

more than just a sight test

A visit to the opticians begins with an appointment to see
one of the optometrists for a Standard Eye Examination.

here to help

We provide a sympathetic service to small children (including infants — we are happy to see children at any age), the elderly and those with special educational needs. We provide a Domiciliary (Home Visit) Eye Examination Service under contract to the NHS for patients who are unable to attend one of our practices without substantial assistance.

In addition to our Standard Eye Examination, we offer a number of additional services.

Read Our Reviews Here

“Very Welcoming”

All Very welcoming and friendly staff and always a very good thorough eye examination, would recommend.

Maria Lickman - essex
“Very Professional”

Very professional and accommodating! I always go to see Mr Wallis, he is thorough and gives detailed explanations to my inquiries and concerns. Consequently I feel confident that I am receiving the best service available to me!

Mark Clarkson - essex
“Attentive and Helpful”

I felt the lay out the shop was lovely, the lady at the font of the store, was kind attentive and helpful, The optometrist was thorough and displayed excellent communication skills with a good bed side manner. This was my first every eye examine and i was very nervous and i made to feel relaxed! very happy with the service.

Steve Pluck - essex
“Helpful, Speedy and Efficient”

If what you're looking for is helpful, speedy and efficient this is the opticians for you. Was not disappointed. Excellent selection of glasses to choose from and they will go out their way to do all they can for you. And most importantly service with a smile !!

Tamara Wright - essex
“Great staff”

Great staff, great selection of glasses and I left with a spring in my step! They did everything they could to aid me in choosing my glasses and they bent over backwards to help me. Best optician I have ever been too.

Max Berg - essex
“Friendly and Helpful”

I've been going to Belson and Sons since I was little and it's like going to see old friends, everyone is so friendly and helpful. The service is also excellent, it's very personal and very thorough. I couldn't recommend it more!.

Connie van Zanten - essex
“Extremely Professional”

Went to Belson and Sons for the first time very recently for an eye test and to purchase a new pair of glasses. Most amazing friendly service and most importantly extremely professional. Very happy with my new pair of glasses that I bought for a very decent price. Defiantly a happy customer and which would definitely go back there. Would very warmly recommend them.

Avi Cohen - essex
“Good Caring Service”

Seth and the team are what make Belson and sons very special. Not only do they give a good caring service, the quality of their work is exceptional and accurate. I would recommend them to anyone.

Rowland Costin - essex
“First Class Professional”

First class professional service, all the staff are very courteous and helpful. Would heartily recommend Belson and Son to all who expect the best in expertise and care.

Edward Theisinger - essex