Angela Fletcher has been responsible for this family business since 1990, when her father Ernest Barber retired due to ill-health.The practice was established by her grandfather, Richard Baxendine in Victoria Road, Romford in 1921. This house practice is well equipped to ensure you an extensive eye examination with the assurance that all stages of the procedure of the examination and selection and fitting of your spectacles or contact lenses will be carried out by a qualified optometrist.

Appointments are available between 9.30 and 5.00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you cannot attend during these hours please contact us to see if it is possible to arrange something to suit.

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • Registered with the GOC

Serviced Areas

  • Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster, Brentwood

Contact Details

  Website
  City Gidea Park
  Postcode RM2 6ND
  Address 12 Links Avenue
  Phone Number 017 0874 2297

From Our Website

We will be contacting our patients when we have appointments available for routine sight tests depending upon specific criteria.


In Gidea Park we offer Digital Retinal Imaging - photographs will be taken of the back of your eyes, without the need for drops to dilate the pupil unless it is very small or too much cataract is present. This will give an enhanced view of your retinae to aid in the early detection of potentially sight threatening changes. A harmless laser scans the retina resulting in an image of the surface similar to a photograph and will also measure the thickness of the retina at the macula to aid in the early detection of macular changes, including macular degeneration, and around the optic disc which can give early indications of glaucoma.


We are situated on the south side of London Road, Leigh on Sea, close to the junction with Hadleigh Road. The stops for buses running along London Road are nearby. There is free parking on both sides of London Road for up to an hour and unlimited in the side roads, Herschell Road and Leigh Gardens. Please telephone for an appointment - if I am unable to answer please leave a message & I will respond as soon as possible. Links Avenue is off Main Road, Gidea Park, near to St. Michael's Church and "The Ship".


Oh for the days when there were just glass or plastic lenses! Now there are 4 different basic types of glass and 4 different basic types of plastic. A comparison of the thickness of 3 types of plastic can be seen below. Add to that polycarbonate and other safety materials and you can see how complicated it has become. Not only that but there are special lens "forms" which are designed to minimise thickness. After that you can consider photochromic materials which change in the sun and all the various colours of tinted lenses available.