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It’s all in the detail with this beautiful eyewear

At Patrick & Menzies we love sourcing a wide variety of frames so that our patients have the scope to choose just the right pair for them. 

From metal rims to bold, bright acetate frames, there are plenty of options to consider next time you are in the market for a new set of specs. 

And if you have the time to take a closer look, you will find many of the frames we stock include intricate features which really set them apart from the crowd. 

Here are some of our favourite specs where the added detail should not be missed. 

Jacques-Lamont 1282

It’s all in the detail with this beautiful eyewear News

If the rich violet and mottled black of these frames wasn’t enough to convince you that these are a must when it comes to stylish specs, then the touch of sparkle on the hinge sure will be. This cuff of tiny metal studs sits beautifully alongside the acetate frame. 

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Puccini 294

It’s all in the detail with this beautiful eyewear News 3From tiny crystals to embossed metal designs, the Puccini brand is known for its attention to detail, particularly when it comes to the area around the hinge. Here, the design detail along the side adds another dimension to these already pretty perfect frames. Teal really is the colour of the moment, and it looks fantastic here set alongside the black of the frame.

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Tiffany 2074 

It’s all in the detail with this beautiful eyewear News 5Even just the name of the Tiffany brand conjures up images of elegance, and the eyewear range certainly doesn’t disappoint. These beautiful frames feature the blue tone synonymous with the brand and this is set off perfectly by the crystal flower detail on the hinge. 

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ZIPS 4498T

It’s all in the detail with this beautiful eyewear News 7Classic metal frames are taken to another level with the diamond shaped design on the sides of these specs. Positioned close to the hinge, the sparkle is set off perfectly by the rose gold colouring of the frames. 

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Zoffani 3113

It’s all in the detail with this beautiful eyewear News 8Face on these frames from Zoffani are a fantastic modern take on the ever-popular tortoise shell, with a mix of neutral tones forming an almost striped pattern. Turn to the sides though and they take on a much more glam appearance. A panel of sparkle is sandwiched between rose gold detail to create a pair of glasses with real character. 

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Christmas at Patrick and Menzies

This year we will be closed between Christmas and New Year, giving our team a well earned break after what has been an extremely challenging 22 months.

We will be here right up to 1pm on Christmas Eve, reopening at 9am on Tuesday 4 January for the start of the new year.

We would like to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. Our deepest thanks for your ongoing support during 2021.

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Brand Spotlight | Cameo

Whether you need to wear your glasses all day or just for certain tasks, picking the right frames for you is a really important choice.  

After all, they make up a central part of your look and investing in the right pair – or pairs – make wearing glasses a pleasure not a chore. 

So, when you come across a brand like Cameo, you can breathe a sigh of relief. 

This highly versatile range boasts something for everyone – metal frames, plastic frames, trendy frames, classic frames – you name it, this collection has it all! 

We’ve had a browse among the shelves at Patrick & Menzies and picked our five favourite pairs of Cameo glasses which help to illustrate just how much choice is on offer from this quality brand. Read on to find out more. 



CAMEO - BRADLEY - TORTOISHELL Firey flecks really make these tortoise shell frames pop. Tortoise shell is a great option for frames as it suits both men and women and most skin tones. And it is neutral enough to fit with everyday life. 

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CAMEO - CAROL - NAVY 2Metal frames don’t need to be dull as this pair of navy specs prove. We love the matt finish and the deep blue which is bang on trend at the moment. The change in colouring along the sides adds further interest. 

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CAMEO - ELIZABETH - BROWN 4Look closely and you will see that the brown hued pattern on these Cameo specs is actually an autumn leaf design. With the pattern only featuring on the outer edge of the lens, the design really helps to accentuate the eyes. 

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In soothing neutral tones, these super thin acetate frames with stripe detail towards the bottom of the lens would look great with warm skin tones or if you have blue eyes. 

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If you prefer the look of a larger lens, these metal frames are a great option with the plum colouring adding extra interest.  

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Did you know you can browse our extensive range of frames online? Once you have selected the pair – or pairs – you like, just click on the heart button to add them to your list of favourites. Then simply click on the view/send favourites button and fill in your details and we can have them ready for you to try on when you come in for your appointment

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Real benefits of extended eye tests

At Patrick & Menzies we believe in giving our patients all the time they need for a comprehensive eye examination. 

That’s one of the reasons why our eye examinations are longer than most. 

We know that when it comes to eyes, absolutely everyone is different. If you have a concern about your vision you need to feel confident that your optician has been able to fully understand and explore the issue before setting out what can be done to help. 

Patrick & Menzies’ Dan Edwards explained: “With the NHS eye test the basic requirements are to check the person’s prescription and the health of their eyes, detect any problems and refer them on if necessary.

“With our enhanced examination we are able to give each patient more time, allowing us to carry out a more in-depth test and offer a full explanation when it comes to any issues.” 

You can also talk to us about how to look after your eyes when it comes to your sports, hobbies or lifestyle changes such as if you have started working from home. 

As part of our gold standard test, you will also receive an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scan which gives much greater insight into the health of your eyes. 

Similar to a CT scan, the OCT scan takes a 3D image, in this case of the back of the eye. 

Dan explained: “This allows us to see the layers of the retina underneath the surface layer that you cannot see in a normal eye test or with normal eye photography. 

“One of the real benefits is that this helps us to detect diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetes and Macular Degeneration and other areas of concern much earlier than we would otherwise. 

“OCT is particularly good for monitoring the area where the optical nerve joins the retina at the back of the eye. It helps us to detect subtle changes that are much easier to see with a 3D scan than on a photograph.” 

The OCT scan is carried out during the appointment and the optometrist will then spend time explaining any issues that have been identified and what can be done to help.  

Dan continued: “People are infinitely variable and so we tailor our service to meet their needs. Our extended examination is about much more than whether you can read the letters on the test chart.  

“We really listen to our customers about any problems they are experiencing with their eyes or vision and try to get to the bottom of it. By paying for an enhanced examination, you are getting the best test available.”

A comprehensive eye examination at Patrick & Menzies costs £67.50 for over 40’s and £39.50 for under 40’s. If you are eligible for an NHS eye test you can upgrade to our extended test for £45. For more information or to book an appointment contact us today.

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Style focus – Metal frames

Timelessly stylish, metal spectacle frames will never go out of fashion.

Tending to be lighter and more flexible they are great if you want a simple look which makes less of a statement than bolder, acetate options.

But picking your favourite pair is unlikely to be an easy task as there is a surprising variety of shapes, looks and colours to choose from.

So which ones to choose? Read on to find out about some of our favourite metal frames currently in stock at Patrick & Menzies.


No one is more famous for wearing round metal frames than the legendary John Lennon. This pair offers a contemporary twist on the classic style, allowing you to Imagine you are the Beatles frontman if you so wish! The rounded shaping would particularly suit someone with a softly curving face.




Chunkier than your average pair of metal frames, these Jasper Conran specs are super cool. The matt silver colouring gives them an added edge.


NIKON – NC1021 – 301

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For a serious look that shows you mean business these frames from Nikon are the perfect pair. In classic black with a bar running across the top of the lenses, they are a great example of how simplicity is anything but boring.



HERO – 4276 – C1

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In a style often favoured by actor Hugh Jackman, these specs are effortlessly cool. Sophisticated and lightweight these half-rimmed frames would suit people with a diamond face shape. Not sure what shape your face is? Check out our blog Finding the Right Frames for Your Face.


VOGUE – 4108 – 5101

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We love the cat eye shaping of these glasses from Vogue. While not overly bold, the thin, black frame will really draw attention to your eyes.



WOLF EYEWEAR – 2058 – C84

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Although metal frames tend to be simpler it doesn’t mean they have to scrimp on style as this beautiful pair from Wolf Eyewear shows. The almost rose gold colouring of the metal sits perfectly with the muted pinks and blues of the patterned sides. As ever you can trust Wolf Eyewear to create glasses that are a little bit different from the rest.


Did you know you can browse the range of glasses frames on offer from Patrick & Menzies from the comfort of your home? Click here to take a look. 

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Style focus – Acetate frames

Light and comfy to wear, there is so much choice on offer when it comes to plastic spectacle frames.  

From solid colours to intricate patterns, chunky acetate to lightweight resin, you really can project your personality with a plastic frame.

With so many different frames to choose from, we have taken our pick of some of our favourite options on offer at the moment at Patrick & Menzies.



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If you are looking for pattern in your frames, plastic really is fantastic. This pair from Mattisse is a brilliant example of what can be created. A burgundy strip draws attention to the eye, coupled with a striking pattern of criss-crossed black lines, resulting in a spectacular pair of specs. 

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Style focus – Acetate frames News 1Looking for ethical eyewear? Then Sea2See is for you. This stylish range of frames is made from abandoned fishnets and ropes collected by fishing communities off the coast of Spain. Best of all you don’t need to abandon a love of style in favour of your beliefs as the Sea2See range fulfils in both areas by the bucket-load. These beautiful two-toned frames are a great example of what’s on offer from Sea2See.
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Style focus – Acetate frames News 2In a muted red, these Silhouette specs show that plastic can just as easily be sleek as well as chunky.  

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TIFFANY – 2189 

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Feminine without being overly girly, these dusky pink frames are proof that Tiffany really does know how to create standout eyewear. The sparkle along the sides is the perfect final touch.  

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Plastic frames don’t need to be brightly coloured. This perfect pair from Amporio Armani is classically shaped and superbly stylish. 

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Style focus – Acetate frames News 5So, we may have just mentioned that plastic frames don’t have to be colourful, but if you do want to brighten up your look, they offer a fantastic way to do just that. For people who like bolder colours and patterns when it comes to their glasses, Wolf Eyewear is a great place to start. This pair makes us think of sipping cocktails on a tropical beach – and what could be nicer than that? 

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What happens at a child’s eye test?

Keeping on top of your child’s eye health from an early age is so important.

As well as allowing any issues to be addressed early on, taking your child to the opticians from a young age can help make the experience part of the norm, ensuring they get into good habits.

The best time to start coming for regular eye checks is around the age of two. However, if there is a family history of vision problems then it would pay to book in even earlier.

Patrick & Menzies’ Dan Edwards explained: “At the very least we recommend children have their eyes checked out before they start school. We want to make sure any issues are addressed as early as possible, even if it takes some time to resolve them.

“If visual problems aren’t picked up, not only may that child have difficulty seeing clearly and struggle to keep up with their learning as a result, but it can also sometimes lead to other issues in the classroom such as poor attention span and disruptive behaviour.

“Sometimes when children are struggling with their sight, they will respond by going into themselves, while others may express this through bad behaviour.”
If you are looking to have your child’s eyes tested for the first time, just give us a call and book an appointment. Try to talk to your child in advance about why you will be coming for the appointment and what will happen, so they can arrive calm and confident about what to expect.

Explain that they will need to sit in a big chair, and the lighting may be dimmed for some of the tests.

As well as assessing the general health of the child’s eyes, the optometrist will check their vision in a number of different ways to understand how well they can see. It’s not difficult or scary – they just need to give easy, straightforward answers to the questions the optometrist asks, and at the end they might even get a sticker for coming along!

Don’t worry if your child isn’t talking much yet or is unable to recognise the alphabet, as there are other methods that can be used to assess the health of their eyes.

Dan explained: “The optometrist will be able to get lots of information from the parent or carer about what the child will and will not understand. For those children who can’t yet read letters, pictures of familiar objects can be used instead. These are specifically designed to replicate the same results as if they were reading the letters chart.

“If the child is very young, we will use retinoscopy techniques where we shine a light in the eye and assess how it reflects off the retina. We can see how it moves and judge if it the child is normal sighted, short sighted or long sighted.

“It’s normal for young children to be slightly long sighted, this resolves as the child grows. The optometrist will be able to judge if their vision is as expected for their age.”

As part of the examination the optometrist will be checking for stereo vision – or in other words if the eyes are working together as they should – by showing them a series of pictures, which should look 3D.

If the child is able to recognise numbers, they will also be tested for colour deficiency. They will be asked to look at an image made up of different coloured dots and say if they can see a number hidden within it.

Usually, children should have an eye examination once a year, unless any issues are spotted and then it will be more frequently.

Should you discover your child needs glasses, we have a great range to choose from at Patrick & Menzies. Take a look at all of our children’s glasses currently in stock.

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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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Hay fever eyecare

Watery eyes, runny nose, constant sneezing – for many these are signs that summer is on the way and hay fever season has kicked in. 

Starting as early as March in the UK, hay fever season continues throughout the summer, though depending on what you are allergic to you may only suffer from symptoms for a portion of that time. 

But what exactly is hay fever? 

Charlotte Wearmouth, Optometrist and Patrick & Menzies Partner, explained: “Hay fever is essentially an allergic reaction to pollen – mainly either from trees or grass. Usually, you will be exposed to the pollen by breathing it in. The body sees the pollen as something harmful, which triggers your immune system. A chemical called histamine is then released and this causes the blood vessels to widen alongside an increase in mucous production which will leave you feeling congested with a runny nose and watery eyes. 

“Hay fever sufferers often find their eyes also become red and itchy with swelling or puffiness around the eyes caused by inflammation. Generally, if you are suffering from hay fever it will affect both of your eyes, not just one.” 

Even if you haven’t grown up with hay fever, it’s something you can develop in adulthood. And, like other allergies, you can grow out of it too.  

Over the counter treatments are usually the best course of action to combat hay fever symptoms. If you are particularly suffering with eye irritation antihistamine eye drops may ease the discomfort. 

However, Charlotte warns: “If there is no improvement in your dry, itchy, red eyes after taking antihistamines for a week, then you should make an urgent appointment at your opticians to ensure you are not suffering from a different eye condition.” 

Hay fever sufferers may benefit from reducing the amount of they wear contact lenses while experiencing symptoms, especially if using two-weekly or monthly contact lenses.  

“This is because the contact lenses could accumulate allergens over time, and glasses may provide a barrier to protect your eyes from pollen in the air,” Charlotte explained. 

Wearing sunglasses when outside can also help, again providing a barrier to protect your eyes from pollen in the air. You can check out our full range of sunglasses online

If you are concerned about your eyesight please do give us a call to book an appointment. ⠀⠀ 

We are here to look after your eyes, glasses, and contact lenses, with Covid-secure measures in place to keep everyone safe.

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Colour focus | cool tones

Beautiful blues, calming greens, subtle silvers – cool tones can be used to great effect when creating spectacular specs. 

Traditionally these cooler colours are said to look great on people with a fair complexion and those with an olive skin tone. But don’t feel you have to follow the rules when it comes to picking the perfect frames for you!  

We have a lovely range of blue frames available in our branches, from the deepest navy all the way through to the brilliant blue of a summer sky, we are sure to have something to match your favourite shade. 

Silver glasses offer classic style and have the benefit of co-ordinating with pretty much any outfit, while greens can add a real touch of class. 

Check out some of our favourite cool toned frames available now from Patrick & Menzies.



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There’s nothing to be blue about with these frames from Anton Phillips. The shade of the frames, though described as navy, has a real warmth which is bold yet far from showy. These stunning glasses have a real wow factor and are sure to accentuate your eyes.
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AUTOFLEX – 109 – 710

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These silver Autoflex frames are classic and stylish. A thin bar running across the top of the lenses combined with rectangular shaping add a serious quality to these specs.
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PUCCINI – 274 – C1

 Colour focus | cool tones News 3We love the attention to detail that you find in Puccini glasses. This pair is a great example. Simple silver frames are taken to another level with the help of a beautiful design detail on the hinge and a striking flash of turquoise on the inner of the sides.
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WOLF – 3085 – C72

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The mottled green and black of these Wolf Eyewear frames is sure to get your glasses noticed for all the right reasons. These glasses are a great option for people looking for a bold option with cool undertones.
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You can trust Walter & Herbert to create glasses which are both sophisticated and a whole lot of fun. These frames make us think of a darkening sky just after sunset and we love the range of blues featured in the design.
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If warm toned glasses are more your thing, fear not! Take a look at our recent blog featuring frames in fiery hues.  And if you need help picking the right frames for your face shape take a read of another of our blogs. 

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