Important Covid-19 Information


All of our staff wear the appropriate PPE and all chairs, equipment and worksurfaces are sanitised between each patient.

We would like to welcome you Back to our Practice, and re-assure you we have done everything we can to make your visit as safe as possible for you and our team.

We would like to advise you the procedures during your visit.


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We would like to advise you the procedures during your visit.

  • On arrival, we will require you to use hand sanitiser and to wear personal protective face covering (mask). Please bring your own.
  • On arrival the door may be locked , please call or knock. One of our team will come to get you maintaining social distancing
  • Your forehead temperature may be checked using a medical grade thermometer.
  • Patients are asked to limit companions on their visit to only essential people in order to reduce the number of people within the practice.
  • Please only bring with you necessary personal belongings
  • You will be direct to the appropriate seat maintain social distancing.
  • Appointment times will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients and cleaning in between appointments
  • This may mean that you are initially offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.  We will do our best to ensure waiting times are minimised.
  • We will implement a daily health screening check point and log for the screening of all staff entering the workplace.
  • We will take steps to minimise staff interaction.
  • You are likely to see members of our team wearing additional PPE.
  • Our reception team will communicate with you to complete a pre-appointment screening process. You will be asked the same questions again when you are in the practice.
  • We cannot maintain social distancing (time spent closer will be kept to a minimum) Face to face contact will be kept to a minimum. That is why the optometrist will be wearing the Appropriate PPE, which will include a face mask and Eye covering.
  • You can Browse frames but cannot touch them. The Dispensing Optician will bring all frames you want to try on to the dispensing area. All frames will be cleaned before putting back on the shelf.
  • You will be asked to pay by card. Payments plans may be available

If you have any questions please do get in touch:

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are implementing to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this crisis.  We look forward to welcoming you back very soon and until then, stay safe.

Porsche Design 8978

Porsche Design 8978 History

BLACK_MASS_BANNER_2First released 40 years ago, the Porsche Design 8978 iconic sunglass offers the ultimate in style with the quality you’d expect from Porsche Design. The 8978 has featured in films such as Black Mass, worn by Johnny Depp and is a favourite of David and Victoria Beckham.







Quality & Style

Manufactured by Rodenstock, a German company with over 130 years experience, the 8978 not only looks stunning, it’s made to last. The look may have stood the test of time but the build quality is the real appeal. Infact, we have seen 8978’s from their first release 40 years ago, still in pristine condition!

Choose your look!

With interchangeable lenses, you can change the look of your 9878’s. With a simple bridge clip the lenses can be changed. Each model comes with two pairs of lenses and many more are available.

Call in to view this stunning classic.


Why are varifocal lenses so expensive?

The price of Varifocal lenses can vary drastically.  Like most products this  is down to the quality. While cheap lenses may seem attractive , they can often end up as false economy.

At Goldsmith Webb, almost all of our lenses come from Rodenstock. A German company with over 130 years experience in spectacle lens manufacture.

As any Varifocal wearer knows, the distortion at the edge of the reading zone has a limiting effect on the width of the reading zone. This can also often make the floor swim.

Rodenstock bespoke lenses take into account the prescription and the position the frame sits on your face. In the same way a magnifiying glass changes when held at difference distances and angles, so does a spectacle lens. Rodenstock can even compensate for aberrations within the eye. This can reduce glare from headlights and improve low light vision.

So the most expensive varifocal lenses are the best for me?

Not always!  The complexity of your prescription is a big factor and lower prescriptions, especially lower astigmatisms do not have the same distortions associated with higher prescriptions. Therefore more expensive lenses will offer less of a benefit.

Rodenstock offer a range of Varifocal lenses to suit all budgets and our qualified Opticians can recommend the lens which is most appropriate for you.

Call into any of our practices and or if you need an up to date eye examination you can book here

Is Technology Ruining My Eyesight?

How much time do you spend staring at a screen? According to recent research adults spend more than half of their day using technology. While positive for the most part, technology is ruining our eyesight.

14% of people report using screens for between 10 and 12 hours per day but even with constant exposure most are oblivious to the effects of prolonged technology use on their eyes.

Data shows that the amount of children and adults spending more than ten hours a day on screens is rising at a rate of 4% per year. So, what symptoms should you be looking out for? Extended screen time can cause users to develop symptoms that range from dry eyes to sore eyes, double vision, fatigue and even a sore neck which can develop the following:

Retina Damage

According to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, direct exposure to the blue light emitted from LED devices can damage the retina. This retina damage can lead to macular degeneration and damage your central vision.


Tension headaches often occur when you stare at a screen for too long. They are more prevalent in regular computer users due to the contrast between the dark coloured text and bright screen. This is because your eyes work harder to focus resulting in muscle spasms at the temples.


Research is currently being carried out on the link between excessive screen time and cataracts. There are cases to suggest that technology causes cataracts – a common condition where the lens in the eye develops cloudy patches – over time.

What can you do to prevent technology from ruining your eyesight?

Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.

Enhance your ergonomics: make sure your computer is positioned directly in front of you, that your are looking down at a 15 degree angle and that you do not view the screen closer than 18 inches.

Have the right lighting: adjust room lighting to match your computer brightness. This will help to reduce glare.

Invest in a high quality monitor: a higher resolution monitor is easier on your eyes.

If you have any questions, please Tweet us @WebbGoldsmith

Solitaire Xtra-Clean by Rodenstock

The new standard in crystal clear vision

Anti-reflection coatings are an important part of clear vision. By increasing the amount of light that enters the eye the coating gives clearer, sharper vision.

But anti-reflection coatings are notoriously difficult to keep clean, until now.

Solitaire X-Tra Clean is so smooth that not only does it not get as dirty, but is far easier to clean. Its anti-static properties mean that dust simply doesn’t stick to the lens.

Finger prints are less obvious and can be cleaned far easier than ever before.

Previously, anti-reflection coatings attracted dirt, dust, water, fingerprints and reflections. The new Rodenstock anti-reflection coating repels the aforementioned and anything that does end up on the lens is far easier to clean off.

Call in any of our branches for a demonstration.

What is Astigmatism?


What is astigmatism?

Astigmatism is a fairly common and usually minor condition that causes blurred or distorted vision. Those who wear glasses have variants of the condition which is caused by an irregular curve on the cornea. This means it fails to process light to a single focus and therefore causes blurred vision and the need for spectacles.

What are the signs and symptoms?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact us to book an appointment with one of our team:

  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Squinting
  • Distorted or blurred vision at every distance
  • Difficulty driving at night
Can you have astigmatism without knowing?

It is possible to have it without knowing. Children most commonly suffer with it as they are not aware of their vision being anything other than normal. It is also possible for some adults to have mild astigmatism without any symptoms, having a comprehensive eye exam will enable further information.

How do you detect astigmatism?

Our professional eyecare experts at Goldsmith Webb Opticians can detect it by using an astigmatism chart to help determine the curvature of your cornea or lens. An abnormal curvature will sharply focus parts of the image on your retina, while blurring others.

How do you correct astigmatism?

There are a number of options available to correct it. Glasses are the simplest and safest way, talk to one of our experts to find out which would be best for you. Contact Lenses work by becoming the first refractive surface for light rays entering the eye, causing a more precise refraction or focus. They provide clearer vision, a wider field of vision and better comfort. Refractive Surgery changes the shape of the cornea permanently. This enables light rays to focus precisely on the retina therefore improving vision.

It is important to note that everyone’s eyes are different. Therefore the way in which astigmatism is treated is different for everyone.

Can I Wear My Glasses While Playing Sport?


Just because you wear glasses doesn’t mean you can’t take part in your favourite sport. At Goldsmith Webb Opticians, we offer a vast range of options to ensure you always have your eye on the ball.

Contact Lenses

You don’t want to damage your specs – or your style – while playing contact sports. This is why contact lenses are a great solution. With a range of contact lenses available, from daily disposables to varifocals, you no longer need to worry about breaking your glasses on the pitch. Durable contact lenses are safer for your face and your wallet.


There’s nothing to say you can’t still rock your frames on the field. In sports such as tennis, golf and cycling, contact is unlikely. This means there is less chance of your glasses being damaged. Many frames are designed for daily low activity wear, so it’s a good idea to consult your optician on choosing frames that are more durable and suited to movement.

Extra Care

Your eyes are the most important element of your kit. If you regularly take part in contact sport, you may want to look at prescription sport glasses. There are a range of options available. Such as sports goggles, masks and glasses. All of which can be tinted for those hot or very cold active sunny days outside. After all, a better fit will save you a lot of game time.

Everything Your Eyes Need to Know About Driving at Night

The ultimate guide to driving after dusk

Wearing the correct eyewear is vital when using the roads. Whilst driving at night our sight conditions naturally change, our depth perception, ability to distinguish colour and peripheral vision all worsen in low light conditions. It is vital to consult an eye care professional about having the correct prescription.

Minimise Risks

If you wear glasses, the most important step to ensure the safest of journeys is to minimise risks.

Ensure that you always plan your journeys, there is nothing worse than being unsure of the road ahead, whether it is day or night. Knowing the route you are taking minimises the risks of driving at night and enables a more relaxing journey.

Where possible, always avoid dark or low lit roads and allow extra driving time to avoid running the risk of being late or speeding.

Stay Focused

As we all know, tired eyes are highly dangerous whilst at the wheel. Ensure you take plenty of breaks, create the safest driving environment for yourself by ensuring all windows and mirrors are clean and clear and regularly renew your driving skills with a class. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Keep Your Car and Eyes in Good Repair

There is no point in regularly having your car checked, but not your eyes. Annual eye tests are important to keep the most essential element in check… you.

If you experience any sudden changes to your eyesight, issues or symptoms of sight threatening eye diseases then seek immediate care from an eye care professional.

If you wish to find out more, please contact one of our highly knowledgeable team members.