We are a friendly practice in the Suffolk market town of Hadleigh. Established in 1996, the current owner, Colin Murphy took over in 2001. During this time we've invested in some of the latest technology including Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and computerised visual field testing.
We carry a range of around 500 spectacle frames from budget frames to designer names such as Guess, Ted Baker, Lulu Guinness and Silhouette. We can also supply sunglasses with or without your prescription including the fantastic Maui Jim range. Our top quality spectacle lenses come from the world renowned French company Essilor who have been making varifocal lenses since the original Varilux lens in 1959.
Because we are independent we can source from a range of other companies if required. So whatever your requirements we are confident we can provide you with a comprehensive and professional solution.
BSc(hons), Dip Opt.
Optometrist and practice owner, Colin graduated from UMIST (Manchester) from in 1984 and then spent his pre-registration year at St Mary's Hospital Colchester. He qualified and became a member of the British College of Optometrists in 1985. He then worked at various practices in Essex and Suffolk before moving to Zimbabwe in 1989. In 1991 he returned to the UK and spent the next ten years gaining further experience in both independent and group opticians. In May 2001 he bought Contemporary Vision Opticians. This allows him to practice the way he wants, with the right equipment and with time to spend with his clients.
When not in the practice Colin can be found cycling around the Essex countryside, walking his dog or tinkering around in his shed.
Jenny Jones FBDO
Jenny moved to Suffolk from Herefordshire in 2013. She has two sons living in Suffolk one with his wife in Newmarket, and the other with his wife and three children in Ipswich. She enjoys taking the grandchildren out in the school holidays on adventures. She is a keen walker, and this has enabled her to get to know the Suffolk countryside; very different from Hereford and the Brecon Beacons. She also volunteers for the RSPB at Flatford garden and enjoys a small garden of her own.
Harriet joined Contemporary Vision in May 2015. She has lived in Hadleigh for about 40 years so can now be considered a local! She has 2 children, her daughter is studying in Cambridge and her son is at the local High School. She can mostly be found in the local gym – doing a class every evening and then running at the weekend. She ran the London Marathon, very slowly, in 2012.
Su-Im first came to UK in 1995 and studied at Cardiff University. After graduating in 1998, she did her pre-registration training in Plymouth till 1999. She then moved to East Anglia in 2001 and worked for various different establishments, both independent and large multiple opticians.
She now works part-time and is married with a young daughter. When she is not busy working and organising the household, you will find her buried in her Kindle or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen!
Clare moved to Hadleigh in 2006 and loves living in such a friendly town. She has done a variety of jobs in the past varying from; Shepherdess, ready mixed concrete sales, horse racing stable hand, office facilities management and full time Mum. Clare is socially very busy with a wide range of interests including; caravanning, playing in a brass band, dog training (she has 4 of her own!) and riding her motorbike. In her spare time she works here on reception.
Sharon joined Contemporary Vision from a background in hotel management after extended maternity leave. She is now almost considered a local after having moved to Hadleigh 15 years ago with her husband and two children. She is often to be found wandering the beautiful Suffolk countryside with a camera around her neck. When opportunity allows, she enjoys conquering more challenging terrain, such as the hills and mountains of the Lake District.