Your eyes are a mirror to your health.
We’ve been looking after the eyes of many people in our local area for over 90 years, and in that time we’ve learned a thing or two. Principally, if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. And not being rushed. That’s why we allow 30 - 45 minutes for our comprehensive eye examinations, so that we can take the time to determine the optimal spectacle or contact lens prescription, or utilising the latest in advanced technology to assess your eye health in depth.
Our practices are also part of “red-eye” schemes in conjunction with local hospitals and GPs, so you can visit us for appropriate guidance if you have sore, red or gritty eyes, or blurry or distorted vision.
Good vision is critical to a child’s early educational, functional and social development.
All our optometrists are parents themselves, so know how to make an eye test a fun and enjoyable experience for children. As many as 1 in 5 children have uncorrected vision problems, so we recommend all children have regular check-ups from age 4.
Good vision is critical to a child’s educational, functional and social development, so we’re happy to see younger children if you have concerns about their eyes or vision.
Sight tests are FREE on the NHS for all children under 16, plus children receive a voucher to use towards the cost of glasses.
“You could have a great pair of shoes or a great suit, but people are first connecting with your face, so finding the right pair of glasses is crucial” - Garrett Leight.
It’s fair to say that glasses are making a comeback in the style stakes.
Every day we see clients who are up for trying something just that little bit different to the frames they’ve had before.
Our focus is on high quality, stylish and contemporary frames that you won’t find in town centre optical stores, sourced from genuine designers who take pride in the manufacture of their creations from across Europe and beyond.
We want you to be overjoyed with your new eyewear, and so you can buy from us with complete confidence, thanks to our price match, 30 day frame choice and 90 day varifocal guarantees.
We don’t believe in luring people in with cut price deals, but we do run genuine offers, promotions and competitions.
There’s a lot more to spectacle lens design, and coatings, than you might think. If you’re into the science behind it all, our Dispensing Opticians will happily share their knowledge with you. For the rest of us mere mortals, the lens geeks within the practice have selected a catalogue of lenses from which they can personally recommend designs perfectly suited to your lifestyle needs.
Being independent means that we can source products from virtually any manufacturer, however we have chosen a couple of favourite suppliers, including Nikon, who we feel have the best product range that we also understand inside out.
Experience perfect vision all day, without the need for glasses.
We’re experienced in fitting all types of contact lenses, including multifocal lenses, gas permeable lenses and Ortho-K overnight vision correction, so we can find a lens that suits your needs. Giving you wider fields of vision, contact lenses are less restrictive than glasses and can be worn for sports or activities where glasses would be impractical.
Contact lenses are paid monthly via direct debit. Benefits from this scheme include:
• All routine contact lens appointments (usually 1 – 2 a year)
• Any additional checks which may be needed
• Access to competitively prices contact lenses and solutions
• At least 20% off glasses and sunglasses
• A comprehensive contact lens, retinal screening and spectacle check up every year.
35 High Street
Mon - Fri
9am to 5pm
9am to 4pm
10 High Street
Mon - Fri
9am to 5pm
9am to 1pm
21 Market Place
Mon - Fri
9am to 5pm
(Closed on Wednesday)
9am to 1pm
A 90-year old family business spanning over three generations…
First opening its doors in 1925, Cooper & Barr is a family-run business spanning over three generations and serving over 25,000 patients throughout the North East and North Yorkshire.
William and Evelyn Cooper opened their first practice over 90 years ago on Grange Road in Middlesbrough town centre. The practice then moved to Borough Road where its iconic marble frontage with bright neon sign was quite the sight in the 1930’s which you can see in the image.
The business then became Cooper & Flower in the 1970s before changing to Cooper & Barr in 2012.
Now, Cooper & Barr have three practices in the North East & North Yorkshire including Stokesley, Sedgefield and Thirsk.
My eye test today was very well done, professional and the staff explained fully so that I had no doubts or worries. Thank you.
From the minute I walked through the door the service was fantastic with friendly happy smiling staff who were so helpful. I’ve got to say a massive thank you to Jo who was brilliant and most helpful, I love the glasses you chose for me and they feel great to wear! Would highly recommend this opticians if you’re looking for a great choice of frames and a fantastic service. Thank you Jo and all the staff at Cooper & Barr.
Great service and friendly staff!
It is well worth the many miles we travel to have such a thorough and professional service in such a friendly and knowledgeable environment
Just been for my regular checkup, excellent friendly service as always. Thanks
It is well worth the many miles we travel to have such a thorough, professional service in a friendly, knowlegeable environment.