Look local: Tunbridge Wells’ royal touch

Once a popular town to visit in the Victorian period, Tunbridge Wells is now firmly modernised in terms of its optical services. Zoe Wickens reports

Tunbridge Wells is one of England’s royal spa towns and is situated in West Kent, bordering East Sussex. A popular tourist destination in the Victorian era, the busy town boasts a selection of optician practices.

Peepers Eyecare is one of Tunbridge Wells’ independent practices. Founded in 1986 by David Twocock and his wife Linda, the practice has three consulting rooms staffed by five optometrists, two dispensing opticians and two lab technicians. The couple’s son Danny joined the practice in 1991 as a lab technician and is now the director of the business.

Danny Twocock describes Tunbridge Wells as ‘vibrant and affluent’.

‘We are in the boutique part of the town with less footfall than the traditional high street, giving the whole area a far more relaxed feel. This provides a very pleasurable working environment that we feel our patients appreciate and enjoy during their time in the practice.’

The 32-year-old practice has been family owned ever since its opening. ‘Many of our patients are aware of this and appreciate the continuity and level of service that comes with being a truly independent practice,’ says Danny Twocock. It offers Optomap by Optos, Nidek OCT, a Medmont Topographer to provide Ortho-k and myopia control for children and tries to cater for all budgets.

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