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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. 


From booking my appointment through to my examination everything was explained clearly and professionally. Everyone l dealt with made me feel that I was important and they cared.

Efficient service. The optician explained the results of the test clearly and in detail. Potential issues were highlighted and I am confident that future appointments will monitor progress and identify any problems which may require specific treatment.

I have been a member of the practice for many years and have always been well looked after. The reception staff are helpful and friendly and the consultations with the opticians are thorough and professional. Excellent service! 

A comprehensive and professional examination in pleasant surroundings. [I was] impressed with the technology, which was carefully explained to me. Fascinating. And fortunately, no problems either.

Staff are friendly and efficient and the consultation is very thorough. I am very happy with the service I receive from all the staff 

Excellent service and very thorough examinations

Friendly, high quality service. I've been going there for a few years now, both at Stokesley and Thirsk, and have received nothing but polite and exemplary service.

Latest News

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Our Equipment

See more than before with an OCT health scan

We are offering a new advanced eye test where you can undertake the OCT experience - it’s not just your eyes we care about, it’s your general health too. A comprehensive eye health check isn’t just about your vision, or getting a new pair of glasses or contact lenses, it can reveal early problems or changes in your eye that you may be unaware of. In many cases of eye disease, by the time you notice visual symptoms, irreversible damage has occurred. If we can detect any problems earlier, it allows for early treatment and a better outcome for you.

At Cooper & Barr we have invested in the very latest technology and our Ocular Coherence Tomographer (OCT) is used to study your eyes in incredible detail allowing early detection, diagnosis and monitoring of Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration, Retinal Detachments and much more. We keep records of these images and compare them next time you visit, year on year. Having an OCT screening in combination with your normal eye test will allow us to obtain the most detailed information about your overall eye health. 

OCT screening is included in our enhanced private eye examinations however if you’re eligible for an NHS sight test you can upgrade to include OCT screening for a small charge (typically £25, though we have a range of scan options available from £10 to £35, your optometrist will be able to advise you further). We believe that OCT screening is of benefit to all our clients, but particularly if you or anyone in your family has glaucoma or macular degeneration, if you have any concerns about your vision or have recently undergone eye surgery, or just because you’re interested in seeing the inside of your eyes!

Iris Visioncare

Welcome to the new way to care for your sight and enjoy a wealth of savings and benefits

From just £9 per month you can join our Iris Visioncare club which offers a unique range of savings and benefits that you won’t find anywhere else locally. 


Save on eyewear - up to 30% depending on your plan level on all glasses and sunglasses, however many pairs you buy.


50/50 Accidental Damage Cover for 2 years from purchasing your glasses, without the hassle of a formal claims process


Comprehensive Insurance Cover for one or two pairs for one year with our higher membership levels, reverting to 50/50 cover for the second year.


Appointment costs covered - eye examinations, emergency visits and retinal imaging are all covered and you can opt to include OCT (link to equipment page) and contact lens aftercare too.

Contact Lenses included add the cost of your contact lenses to your plan, as an Iris Visioncare member you benefit from extremely competitive pricing, and can have them delivered to your home if you wish. Joining Iris Visioncare also reduces the initial fitting costs if you’re new to contact lens wear. Families save more when 3 or more family members join


Joining is simple and you’ll start saving straight away. Speak to one of our team today...