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About Cromer EyeCare Norfolk Opticians

Combining traditional customer service with modern technology and optical care

Cromer EyeCare is a family-owned opticians which has been providing specialist eye care to patients in and around Cromer for more than 20 years.

We are part of EyeCare Norfolk Limited which is one of the longest established independent registered opticians in the region. Our sister-outlet in Hunstanton, just along the coast, has been in operation since the 1970s.

Our founder and director Ian Leach, together with his wife Beverley, have been instrumental in developing the best quality eye care services for people throughout Norfolk.

In keeping with our values, we combine good old traditional customer service with the most up-to-date technology and skills. Together these ensure our patients receive a caring experience with the right solutions for their optical needs.

Quality service is present during each stage of the process, from our initial meeting and eye examinations through to the selection of the right eyewear and dedicated aftercare.

We’re situated on the High Street in central Cromer just opposite the parish church. There is easy access for wheelchairs and parking space is nearby.

Meet the Team | Cromer Opticians Norfolk

Ian Leach

FBDO CL (Director)

After qualifying as a Dispensing Optician at the City and East London College, I came to Norfolk in 1974 to become a Partner of McCaghrey & Associates Opticians. 6 years later I took over the practice and was then joined by Mr. Parker. We remained in partnership for 20 years until his retirement. At the same time my wife and I opened Cromer EyeCare and we joined the two practices together under the name of EyeCare (Norfolk) Ltd. Beverley retired in 2002 and I continued to run both practices.

On my 70th birthday I started to think it was about time to retire from contact lens fitting, so from January 2022 I now concentrate on the financial and IT issues. My Hobbies are golf, coarse fishing and photography.

Julien Nelson

FBDO General Manager

Julien joined Cromer EyeCare in 2007 having already enjoyed 25 years of dispensing experience.

He’s long had an interest in Optics and followed his father into the profession. After qualifying from the City and East London College in 1986, Julien went on to work for a number of independent practices.

Further experience as a frame representative as well as management in one of the major chains provided extra depth and scope to his skillset.

Julien is an enthusiastic participant in overseas charity work, keen life-long sportsman, he loves to run and cycle in his spare time.

Francis Donaghy


 Hello, I'm Francis. I've been a resident eye care practitioner with Eyecare Norfolk since October 2017 .

I enjoy working in both our practices and outside of Optics, I'm still a huge fan of rugby. I continue to look forward to helping those who come under our care.

Annette Ball

FBDO (Hons) LVA, Practice Manager. Dispensing Optician / Low Vision Practitioner

Annette joined Eyecare Norfolk in July 2015 and divides her time between the practices at Cromer and Hunstanton.

Qualifying in 1981 from the City and East London College, Annette’s dispensing career has covered both multiple and independent practices. She is a practical and theoretical examiner for our professional body, ABDO, both in the UK and abroad in Malaysia and India.

Annette specialises in the field of Low Vision. She runs Low Vision Clinics at the Queen Elizabeth NHS Trust and BMI Sandringham hospitals in King’s Lynn, and at the Fakenham Medical Centre.

Passionate about music, Annette is a pianist and an organist at her local church.

Lorraine Welsh

Ophthalmic Dispensing Assistant

Lorraine joined Cromer Eyecare in 2003 as a receptionist and then progressed to qualify as an Ophthalmic Dispensing Assistant (ODA) in 2006.

Lorraine works alongside the team in reception and in our onsite workshop.

In her spare time Lorraine enjoys spending time with her 4 grandchildren.

Sue Houseago

Dispensing Assistant

Sue joined Cromer Eyecare in 2021 as part of the team. She has been working within Optics for 16 years.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 2 grandchildren and also being a Campanologist (Bellringer!).

Penny Cartwight


My Name is Beverley but go by the name of Penny ! I joined Cromer Eyecare in August 2018 as part of the reception team. This is totally different to my previous employment roles, but it is very interesting and I enjoy meeting the patients . It is rewarding to see them leave with a smile.

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Opening hours By Appointment Only

Monday - Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Closed for lunch 1pm -2pm

Saturday 8.00 am – 1.00 pm

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