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At Dawkins & Lodge, we are committed to providing the full package to care of your eyes.


All of our sight tests, whether they are NHS, private or through our Eyeplan™ package, are equally thorough.


Our two primary opticians are owner, Nigel Gemmell, who has over 30 years‘ experience with the optical profession, and founder of the business, Mike Dawkins. Mike has been testing the eyes of the people of Hythe and Waterside for over 40 years.

In addition, we offer a domiciliary site testing service, where patients can be tested within the comfort of their own homes.


You may be entitled to a free NHS sight test or an optical voucher to reduce the cost of glasses or contact lenses. To check whether you are eligible, please visit the NHS website for more information. 


If you're not eligible for NHS-funded sight tests or optical vouchers, you'll have to cover the costs yourself and this is what we call a private eye examination.


Children under the age of 16, or under the age of 19 and in full-time education are entitled to NHS eye care. 


If you have any questions about NHS eye care, please let us know at the time of booking your appointment and we’ll be happy to help.

We combine our clinical expertise with the latest technology to ensure your sight is the best it can be.


Dawkins & Lodge Opticians make it our priority to invest in the latest optical equipment.


We were the first optician in Hythe to offer our patients the benefit of an OCT scan over 10 years ago.


This technology further enhances the equipment we use to ensure the best possible eye care for our patients.

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