Now stocking Anne et Valentin

We’re super excited to be one of the few UK stockists of this wonderful French brand.

Anne et Valentin’s creations are original, colourful, lively and above all, epitomise the amalgamation of ergonomics, production technique and respect for those who wear them.
Each frame is made with love, which reflects how the brand began.
Anne and Valentin shared both a professional and personal relationship for over 30 years. Their story began in Toulouse, and it is here where the Anne et Valentin headquarters remain today.
The frames of Anne et Valentin are all made in France. Even though technology revolutions have changed the way some things are done, many of the essential steps of the manufacturing process remain performed by hand. Each beautiful frame is a quality product, representing the long, precise and detailed design and manufacturing process.
The frames are fantastic quality and look incredible. We welcome all to pop in and try some on!

Ted and James return from successful Uganda trip

In the first week of September, Arbuthnot’s optometrists Ted and James travelled to the Tororo district of Uganda along with fellow optometrists Marc Drake, Lisa Evans, Ceri Probert, Elaine Yip and GP colleagues Dr Hilary Bugler and Dr Owain Greville. The trip was arranged through the local charity Vale for Africa with the aim to provide eyecare in the rural communities where the medical care we may take for granted is sadly often not available.


Over the course of the week with the help of their fantastic Ugandan support staff and translators they managed to examine over a thousand patients ranging in ages from three months to over ninety. The team diagnosed and arranged cataract surgery for over one hundred patients (a number being young children) which the charity Vale for Africa will fund as well as diagnosing potentially blinding conditions such as glaucoma and trachoma which will now thankfully be treated.


The team prescribed hundreds of pairs of glasses, some of which were carried over from the UK and kindly supplied by local opticians with the majority then being produced at the local Benedictine Eye Hospital. Many patients such as teachers, policeman and tailors were examined that were no longer able to work due to their ‘failing’ eyesight and it was incredibly rewarding for all involved to allow these people to work again and provide for their families with the aid of a simple pair of glasses which we often take for granted. The team also managed to provide training in examining eyes at the District Hospital and Benedictine Eye hospitals in Tororo which will aid the staff to  manage certain conditions.


All of the team found the visit incredibly rewarding and can’t wait for the next time!

Below James making friends with the locals!

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They distributed many footballs, books and pencils to the local children and their happiness and appreciation was humbling.

To make a donation or to get involved, please visit



Stunning new Chloe range now available



We’re delighted to introduce our new range from French fashion house Chloe. High end frames made using the highest quality materials. They capture the feminine fluidity of the brand using foundation colours and textures. New styles but with a hint of retro at the same time. We have a range of their core pieces in stock so come in and have a browse.


Our new practice video and practice tours

Thanks to the wonderful people at we now have a promotional video so you can see inside our practice and get to know the owners and staff and get a feel for what we do as a practice.

You can also have a little tour around both our Barry and Penarth practices with google maps. As you’ll see we have very modern practices with the best diagnostic and eye testing equipment with a superb range of frames. Keep an eye out for our specially made Penarth Pier wallpaper as well!

Barry tour here

Penarth tour here


New Arbuthnot Opticians App Launched

Since we’ve been running our MySight online booking service over the last year we’ve had some really positive feedback about how convenient and easy it is to book appointments and update your details at a time that’s convenient to you, and not just during our opening hours.

We’re really pleased to now offer this functionality through our easy to use app for smart phones and tablets. If you’ve already registered for MySight you can log in to your account and add your device through the mobile devices tab. If you’ve not registered for MySight, simply give us a call and make sure we have an up to date email address for you. Either way, we’ll then send you an email like the one below:



This will then take you to your android or IOS store to download the free app. Enter the activation key supplied to sync your app with the details we have on file for you. You’ll need to set a 6 digit PIN to keep your data secure or fingerprint recognition technology if your device allows. The app makes booking appointments, seeing when you’re due for tests, and viewing prescriptions, quick and easy.


You can use the app to book appointments with whichever optometrist (optician) you prefer at either our Barry or Penarth practices. It’s even clever enough to know which practice you normally use!


Ted Arbuthnot leads optometry team to Tororo District, Uganda

Ted has recently returned from leading an optometry team to Tororo District in Uganda. The project is part of an ongoing charity project from Vale for Africa, a Vale of Glamorgan based charity which works exclusively in Tororo District. It provides piped water to schools, a small public library, motorcycle ambulances, support for a Ugandan student to attend Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan and exchange of medical staff between Uganda and the Heath Hospital, as well as the optometry project.



The team this year was comprised of Ted, Marc Drake, an optometrist from Penarth, and Zarna Dasani, an optometrist from Leicester who trained in Cardiff. While there the three taught in the two hospitals in Tororo (Ted teaching above) and also examined eyes in a primary school, a secondary school and then a rural clinic. In all they saw 583 patients and found 98 needed surgery and 114 needed glasses. The surgery and the glasses were all provided in Tororo by the local hospitals but paid for by the charity and the funds raised by the three optometrists. They were also able to leave about £3000 worth of ophthalmic equipment for use in the hospitals. It is hoped to establish this as an annual event with heavy emphasis on training local people so that a legacy of knowledge is left as well as arranging for the cataract and other surgery to be carried out.


“We found three children in the primary school with cataracts, as well as other conditions, which would have been picked up much earlier in the UK and dealt with”, said Ted, “ and we found no real problems in the secondary school pupils. Probably it is just that children with vision problems, maybe only needing glasses to correct them, sadly never make it to secondary school. The drop out rate is huge, especially among girls, where 80% do not finish education”


Arbuthnot Opticians is proud to support Vale for Africa as its chosen charity.

If you would also like to support it please go to and press ‘donate’.

With thanks to for the fantastic photographs

New Nidek Retinascan Duo OCT unveiled at our Penarth practice

Having been the first practice in the Vale of Glamorgan to use Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) at our Barry practice, we’re now delighted to be the first practice in Wales to unveil the new Nidek Retinascan Duo at our Penarth site. This state of the art machine allows us to take photographs of your eyes but also allows to see below the service and view lower layers of the retina previously invisible to us.


This will allow us to identify microscopic changes to the structure of your retina and optic nerve meaning we are able to identify conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration at a very early stage. To find out more, see our OCT page. The cost for scans and interpretation is £35 although there is no supplementary fee if you are part of our EyeCare Plan scheme.


Truly bespoke glasses by TD Tom Davies available (as worn by the celebs!)



We’re always on the lookout at Arbuthnot’s for cutting edge, high quality frames that both feel comfortable and look great. TD Tom Davies is a London based frame manufacturing house that constructs beautiful, high quality ready-to-wear frames but we think more interestingly, offer a full bespoke frame manufacturing service. This means your frame is made only for you. We usually start by looking at the ready-to-wear frames for inspiration and then let ourselves loose on designing a frame that’s perfect for you. The frame is hand-made to our specifications so we’ll take a whole range of accurate measurements of your face so it fits just perfectly. We can then select materials shapes and colours to suit you. We can even use natural horn, a material that looks stunning in glasses frames.




When constructed, the frame with also have your name subtly engraved on the inside of the side (optional). If you want to leave your email address then TD Tom Davies will send you photographs of your own frame being made right through each manufacturing process so you can appreciate the quality and workmanship.

There’s quite an impressive celebrity client list known to support TD Tom Davies’ creations with Angelina Jolie, Heston Blumenthal and Masterchef’s Greg Wallace all known to be wearers. We’re proud of our frame ranges and would be delighted to show our clients this range and provide a bespoke frame designing consultation.


To find out more, follow the link below:

Online appointment booking through MySight

We’re delighted to announce we’re the first practice in Barry and Penarth to offer true online appointment booking. You can now book appointments, update your contact details, view your prescriptions, and find out whether you’re due for appointments at your convenience at any time of day. Simply follow the links on our home page to book an appointment or MySight-Your account to register. If you’re already a client of ours, we’ll also be sending you verification codes when you’re due for your next appointment to make the process even easier. Of course we’ll still be at the end of the phone if you prefer the traditional way.


Bellissimo! Amazing new frames straight from Milan

At Arbuthnot’s we’re always on the lookout for exciting new brands and we’re delighted to have taken delivery of a stunning new range from Milan. EPOS fuse classic Italian style with only the highest quality materials. EPOS make both ophthalmic frames as well as ready to wear sunglasses with five stunning ranges I Classici, Chorus Line, Epic Wood, Epica, and Leggenda. See these beautiful collections here



There comes a stage (usually in our early 40s) when we begin to struggle a little with any visual tasks close up. This is easily corrected with a pair of reading glasses but these reading glasses themselves cause some bother as they are a single fixed focus lens. We grow accustomed throughout our lives to the luxury of our perfectly engineered natural lens which manages to subtly adjust it curvature and allow us to change focus from the television across the room, to our computer at arm’s length, to our newspaper close up without us even thinking about it. Many of us spend our working lives in an office type set up where one moment we may be looking at printed spreadsheet, the next we’re looking at our desktop PC and then we’re talking to a colleague on the other side of a desk. These three distances all require slightly different prescriptions so there’s no way we can give you a satisfactory solution with basic reading glasses.

An old fashioned solution to these type of problems is the bifocal ‘half-moon’ lens. These lenses allow you to see far away for driving and television and also give you a reading lens right down at the bottom but they make no allowance for our mid distance computer vision and rarely work well for office workers.

Varifocal/multifocal/progressive lenses have long been seen as the best option for these circumstances. They do however themselves have some potential pitfalls for office use. The top portion of the traditional varifocal is designed for far distance. Often in our office set up, we have our computer screen at eye level meaning we need to tilt our head back a little to use the mid distance poerion.

Find out more about SEIKO varifocals here

Fortunately we’re now using some excellent new options to solve this problem and we’re having great feedback at both our Barry and Penarth practices.

Both SEIKO INDOOR and SEIKO COMPUTER Xtra are designed with today’s workstation set up in mind meaning you can now have a great wide field of view with excellent clarity at all room distances without the need for excessive head movement and uncomfortable posture and this ultimately gives less fatigue.

As an independent optician, although we’re a SEIKO lens specialist, we use whatever products we feel are best for you. As well as the SEIKO lenses, we’ve had great success with Shamir lenses designed for indoor use. Their website also gives nice explanations of what to expect from their range of lenses and how they benefit you. Shamir occupational lenses

Call in and have a chat with our optometrists or dispensing opticians and we’ll find a solution that is designed specifically for you. We’ve also got some great apps on our iPads so we can give you an easy to understand demo of their benefits. You’re not just a number to us at Arbuthnot Opticians, we want to give you the best and make sure you leave us with perfect pair of glasses for your lifestyle.

January Sale now on – 25% off our sunglasses collections

Happy New Year everyone. Well that’s Christmas over so let’s look forward to a beautiful, sunny Spring which I know is coming! To celebrate the New Year we thought we’d offer you a great sale on our sunglasses. Whether you’re going skiing, enjoy a particular sport or just fancy a new fashionable look for Spring we’ve got plenty of choice at both our Barry and Penarth practices. Come in and make the most of our January sale. It’s open to anyone and you don’t need to be a registered patient of ours to take advantage.

For terms and conditions see below:



Terms and Conditions:

Applies to our sunglasses currently in store and does not apply to special orders. Does not include  Cazal Legends range. Not in conjunction with any other discount offer such as the EyeCare Plan. Whichever offer gives greater discount will apply. For prescription sunglasses, add ons may apply.

New Cazal Range now in stock

At Arbuthnots we always believe you deserve the best whether it’s frames, lenses or care. It’s always our mission to bring you both the best of major global brands as well as the finest quality handmade products from smaller manufacturers. For a few years we’ve been stocking the Cazal range and we’ve many devoted followers of these. It’s always with great excitement that we receive the new ranges (60 new models are produced every year!). The Cazal brand was created in 1975 by fashion designer CAri ZALloni in a quest to create “maximalist” eyewear. Cazal frames combine chic styling with exceptional build quality giving you a beautiful, distinctive and durable frame. Cazal are very selective with their stockists and we’re very proud that both Barry and Penarth are authorised distributors. Feel free to come in and browse our ranges. Go on treat yourself!

Find out more about why Cazal are so special here

We’re also official stockists of the limited edition Cazal Legends sunglasses range. THE most fashionable sunglasses range popular with the big celebs. They’ve been seen on Brad Pitt, Jay Z and Rihanna amongst others but we think the residents of the Vale deserve them too! They truly are limited edition. We have some of the sunglasses in stock which we’ve carefully selected but once they’re gone, that’s it I’m afraid. That does make them a great investment though as you’ll stand out from the crowd in the uber trendy beauties.

See more of the ranges

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More patients with astigmatism can now benefit from the wonderful world of contact lenses

At Arbuthnots we’re always on the lookout for new and innovative products whether they are contact lenses or spectacles. Our patients have had great success recently using the fantastic clariti® range of lenses by Sauflon so we are delighted to announce that Sauflon have now extended their available range meaning far more patients with astigmatism can now benefit from this innovative technology. If you have ever been told you aren’t suitable for contact lenses, you may now be able to enter this life changing world!

clariti® XR toric is especially designed to give consistently clear vision if you have astigmatism with all the benefits of the unique clariti® material. This special material is super-breathable allowing oxygen to pass through to the eye meaning comfortable lenses for as long as you want to wear them and even includes UV protecting for long-lasting health.

We offer free trial appointments* of most contact lenses including clariti® XR toric so come on in and you’ll see the difference these fantastic lenses could make.

* a valid up to date eye test prescription will be required

Clariti Monthly XR Toric Pack

Free hearing tests available again at Arbuthnots

It was with great sadness that we learned in May of the passing of our audiologist Mark Williams. Mark was very popular with his patients and our staff and we wish his family all the best at this sad time.

We have now agreed with a South Wales based independent audiologist, Malmo Hearing, to take over the care of Mark’s patients and any new patients with regular clinics at our Barry practice. They offer free hearing tests and advice on hearing aids. As is always the case at our practice there will be no high pressure selling and all your options will be explained thoroughly.

Malmo hearing are a family run business devoted to offering the best solution for your hearing needs. They have partnerships with pharmacies, doctor’s surgeries and opticians throughout South Wales.  They are able to offer a wide range of hearing aids from the worlds leading hearing aid manufacturers.

Wearing hearing aids can transform the lives of people that suffer from hearing loss; that’s why they take extra care prescribing the best hearing aid technology available on the market.

Buying a hearing aid is an investment and can dramatically improve the quality of the user’s life. Malmo make hearing aids affordable and will always give you their best prices. And on top of that all Malmo’s hearing aids come with a 60 day money back guarantee, if you’re not 100%happy with your new hearing aids and they’re  unable to make them work for you, they will give you a refund.

To find out more, go to

Please give our practice a ring to arrange an appointment.

We’ve got some great new specs for kids

Do your children’s glasses slip down, break regularly or do they look over the top of them? We may have the answer!

We’re delighted to announce we’re now stockists of tomato glasses and totspecs. These are frames designed specifically with young children and babies in mind. Young children’s facial characteristics can make the fitting of smaller versions of adult frames very difficult leading to frames slipping down and children looking over the top. With vision therapy such as patching for lazy eyes,  it is critical that young children are looking through their glasses as intended as there is only a small window of time where we can improve a child’s vision for the rest of their lives.

These innovative frames have many features which make them unique such as ‘shape intelligence’ which allows the frame to be twisted but still return to its original shape. The unique nose pad design also makes the frame very stable on the nose to reduce movement when out playing. Even with all these technological advances to the frames, the important thing is they still look great!

Feel free to come in and have a look at the range.

To find out more, follow the link below to have a look at their website

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our all new website. We hope it gives you a flavour of the way we do things at Arbtuthnots. We have two modern recently refurbished practices designed specifically to our brief so visiting us is a unique experience. We offer so many different ranges of frames and lenses, many of these bespoke and it’s therefore not possible to show all on our website as we need our experience to advise you on the best products for you as an individual. That’s why we feel there’s no substitute for a consultation with a qualified professional and why we believe we offer a vastly superior service at our practices than the online ‘shops’. Hopefully the website will whet your appetite and you can visit us to see what a difference high quality carefully sourced products can make to your quality of life and in the fashion stakes! We look forward to seeing you.