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Clinical Expertise, Patient Care, Personal Service

Established in 1974, Dawkins & Lodge Opticians have been serving the people of Hythe and Waterside for almost 40 years. We have built up a solid reputation through our clinical expertise, patient care and by providing long term personal service.

Contact Lenses & Options

We have a full range of contact lenses - daily, monthly, day & night, multifocal and different payment packages to suit your individual requirements - from “pay as you go” to eyeplan™.

For more information about contact lenses and how to have a suitability assessment please call us or see our Contact Lenses page.

Spectacles for Everyone

When it comes to choosing and fitting glasses, we can provide lots of help and advice and show you a wide range of frames and lenses to suit. We have the latest “designer” frames and top brands such as Nike, Porsche, Boss Orange as well as our premium and value ranges. We have frames to suit men, women and children as well as specialist eyewear for sporting types and sun lovers!

We offer all types and different quality lenses including single vision, varifocal and options are available such as anit-reflection coatings, colour tints and reaction lenses that adapt depending on lighting levels.

For more details see our Spectacles page or give us a call on 023 8084 3798.

Latest Technology

Dawkins & Lodge Opticians have recently invested in the latest technology, and have acquired an Optical Coherence Tomography Scanner - this is the equivalent of the MRI scan for your eyes. For more information please see pop in or call us.

Best Possible Eye Care

This technology further enhances the equipment we use to ensure the best possible eye care for our patients. Retinal Photography, Field Testing and exact fitting of your lenses using Eyecode - all designed to provide you with the best care to ensure your sight is the best it can be.

For more information see our Eye Care page.

Aftercare Service

Equally important is our Aftercare Service - we aim to exceed your expectations with the products and services you receive from us and we want to look after your eyes for the long term.

With over 230 years combined experience as optical professionals, you can be sure that your eyes are getting the best care possible from the team at Dawkins & Lodge.

Our Team

Nigel Gemmell


Nigel is the primary optician and co-director of Dawkins & Lodge. He began his optical career 30 years ago, as an Optical Technician, before progressing up the ladder, firstly as a Dispensing Optician, then a Contact Lens Practitioner before graduating from Aston University as an Optometrist in 2000.

Emma Port

Dispensing Optician

Emma is also a qualified Contact Lens Fitter. She has been in the optical trade for the past 26 years. Emma also acts as our primary buyer, so is responsible for the excellent wide range of spectacle frames that we have in the practice.

Shelley Cox

Dispensing Optician

Shelley qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2011, and is now back with us after having her second child. Shelley was previously a Receptionist and has been with the company for 6 years.

Lynda Wells


If you don't know Lynda, you haven't been in Hythe for long!! Previous roles within Waitrose, Hythe Post Office and The Halifax before coming to us, means that she is a very well known (and liked) lady. Lynda has now been with us for 4 years.

Karen Gemmell


Karen is a co-director. Karen looks after our NHS contract and has been with the company for 9 years. Karen also undertakes OCT scans and Optical photographs.



Sarah has been with us for 9 years, and was brought up on the Waterside. Sarah is responsible for our main lens manufacturer.

Did you know

The NHS recommends that people have their eyes tested every two years, and more frequently for certain groups…

The NHS provides free sight tests for Under 16’s, Under-19’s in full-time education, Over 60’s, and those on certain benefits…

Staff at Dawkins & Lodge have over 230 years of experience in the Optical Profession. This averages out at almost 20 years for each member of staff…

The blue end of the spectrum (eg UV light) and smoking are two of the main contributory factors to Age Related Macular Degeneration…

Members of our Eyeplan scheme, receive free sight tests, 20% off spectacles and 25% off Contact Lenses…

We have over 1500 frames for you to choose from…

We have an OCT scanner, which enables us to carry out the eye equivalent of an MRI scan…

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