Hayes Opticians Torquay, excellence in eye care serving Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Newton Abbot and South Devon, UK
Hayes Opticians: 01803 291605
In the heart of Torquay's Wellswood with easy, close parking
Visit us at 9a Ilsham Road, Wellswood, Torquay TQ1 2JG
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Eiohn and Lynda had been looking to open a practice in the Wellswood area for a few years. Their dream was to open a small family practice that would focus on thorough examinations and an excellent quality service.

Both have been working in Torbay for 10 years and had gained an enormous amount of experience working for other opticians from the big multiples to the small independent optometrists.

Eiohn also partnered with Brian Knapman to form Knapman Hayes, a domiciliary opticians business which enables the housebound to have their eyes tested in the comfort of their own home.

With families and friends of Knapman Hayes clients wanting Eiohn to test their sight too, the search was on for suitable, wheel chair-friendly premises. A new ‘shop’ front was designed to enable Hayes Opticians to be accessible to all members of the public.

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We wanted to create a warm friendly atmosphere as well as areas where patients could feel they had the privacy to talk to us about important issues and learn to insert contact lenses.

Hayes Opticians was born on 26 January 2009 and we are excited about our future. We strive to put our patients first and to keep up with the latest technology and will continue to invest more in this area.

In a market dominated by large optical groups we are dedicated to providing our customers with a reassuringly individual professional service. Your eyes will be examined by a qualified optometrist while your spectacles will be provided by fully trained dispensing staff.

As independent opticians we are free to select the best products from any manufacturer. This means we are able to offer you a wide choice of eyewear with quality frames and lenses at reasonable prices.

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Our Values

Our actions reflect our values, which are to provide you with:

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What Our Clients Say

"We would like to thank all at Hayes Opticians for the great service we received. We found Natasha to be a delight and she helped me choose a fantastic designer frame! I always find it difficult choosing frames as I am quite short sighted but Natasha used a special camera to take photos of me so I could see exactly what I looked like. I found it so helpful.She really made me feel at ease and once I received my glasses I walked out feeling amazing! Thanks again."
Mrs N Scott

You can see more on our testimonials page.
Our People

Eiohn Hayes

Eiohn qualified as an Optician in South Africa in 1991 at the Witwatersrand Technicon Johannesburg. After a few years he became a partner and opened his own practice in Port Elizabeth. He focused on the Xhosa speaking population as he is fluent in Xhosa and wanted to give back as much as he could to the people. He worked in the hospital and assisted the poor.

He dealt with all those frames we donate to the third world! After a few years, he, Lynda and Trevor had opened 5 practices in the Port Elizabeth area. Unfortunately Eiohn’s main practice was in a very dangerous area and Eiohn and Lynda decided to leave South Africa and start afresh in England.

They came over to London and retook the British Optometric examinations to enable them to practice in the United Kingdom. A new chapter in their lives was beginning! Eiohn first worked as a domiciliary Optician for a large company and then in Paignton for Co op Opticians.

In 2002, he joined forces with Brian Knapman and together they run Knapman Hayes, a domiciliary opticians dedicated to help people who are house bound in the Torbay area.

Lynda Hayes

Lynda qualified from Witwatersrand Technicon in 1991. She originally came from Zimbabwe. Her parents had settled in Port Elizabeth and as she had fallen in love with Eiohn, she thought it was an ideal place to settle!

She worked for an Optician specializing in child vision care and gained enormous experience in this field. She finally joined Eiohn and opened her own practice in Summerstrand, South Africa. She then went on to specialize as a mum for the next few years!

Once Lynda and Eiohn arrived in England, Lynda locumed for many different Opticians ranging from David Clulows in Cribbs Causeway, Bristol to Specsavers in Plymouth. It has been a wonderful and invaluable journey learning from so many different Opticians and gaining so much experience. ‘I absolutely love my job and strive to give the best I can to all my patients.’

Natasha Hooper

Natasha has been working in optics for 2 years. She is particularly interested in the dispensing side of optics. She enjoys providing our practice with the style!

She has an interest in fashion and strives to stock the latest designer frames in our practice. She prides herself in giving each of our patients the very best service.

Katherine Westaway

Kathy has been working as an ophthalmic dispenser for 25 years. She worked for Mr Hammond, a very well respected optician in Torbay, as his ‘right hand lady’ for 19 years until he retired.

We were lucky enough to employ her and many of our patients are happy to meet up with her again. She is mainly involved with our sister company Knapman Hayes, which offers a home visit eye care service to housebound patients.

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