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Making sure your vision is the best it can be

If you are due an eye test, need to replace your glasses or are thinking of switching to contact lenses then look no further – Patrick & Menzies is here to help!

As a proudly independent opticians we have been looking after people’s eyes for more than 30 years and have always done things a little bit differently to the competition.

With branches in Braintree, Brightlingsea and Mersea, we have the added benefit of being based in market town and seaside locations which mean that it’s much easier to find a parking space nearby than in the centre of a bigger town and you may even get to enjoy the local area after your appointment.

There are lots of other reasons to support our local, independent business. Here are just a few.


Your vision matters to us. That’s why we give longer for our eye examinations than many opticians, allowing our optometrists the time they need to assess all aspects of your vision and eye health.

Our aim is for all of our patients to leave feeling listened to, fully informed and reassured that their eyes are taken care of, whether it’s a routine check-up or an appointment about a specific concern or symptom that’s bothering them. We’ll never rush you or dismiss your worries.

Once we have examined every aspect of your vision and eye health, we will take the time to clearly explain any changes that have occurred and explore what we can do to help.


When you book an appointment at Patrick & Menzies you can be confident in the skills and expertise of all of our staff.

Every member of the team, from our optical assistants and dispensers to our optometrists, is continually developing their knowledge and expertise to ensure the information we provide to you is bang up to date.

The technology we use to assess your eyes is also regularly updated.


When picking your glasses frames our team is on hand to help you select the perfect pair. We can offer advice on which frames will best meet your needs, taking into account fit, comfort, and suitability for your lenses.


The fit of your glasses plays an important part in how well they work for you, so it is always best to go to a dispensing optician when buying new frames.

That’s why as well as taking accurate measurements, we also take the time to understand what you need from your glasses to make sure you get the very best from them.

When your frames are ready for collection, pop in and we can do any final adjustments to make sure they fit just right.

Our patients tell us this is particularly useful when there has been a significant change to their prescription or they’re trying out a new type of lens for the first time.

And if your glasses should become uncomfortable or slip, we will be happy to adjust or refit them.

After care

If the worst does happen and your glasses break, don’t worry – we can more than likely fix them.

Just pop into one of our branches and in most cases, we will be able to repair them while you wait.

If you bought your glasses from us, we won’t charge for small fixes like new screws or nose-pads. If it’s something more serious then we can send them to our repairers.

If you are concerned about your eyesight, or are due a regular check-up please do give us a call to book an appointment.


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