Independant Opticians and Contact Lens Practitioners in Ashford, Kent


Cecil House, Norwood Street, Ashford, TN23 1QT

Open Day

We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming open day. The event will run from 9am-4pm and will focus on the iconic Porsche Design spectacle and sunglass range.

Also featuring as part of the day will be a brand new range of eye care cosmetics.

Saturday 11 June 2022
from 9.00am to 4.00pm
at Cecil House, Norwood Street, Ashford, Kent TN23 1QT

With a chance to win:
• Pair of Porsche Design Sunglasses
• Porsche Driving Experience at Silverstone.


T: 01233 625360 or E:

Spectacle Recycling Is Back

Brownbills Optometrists are proud to have a long history of recycling your old spectacles but when Covid hit the world, our recycling partner ceased accepting the collections. However, we are now excited to have joined the network of locations collecting your old spectacles on behalf of the Ashford Lions Club.

All spectacles collected by the Lions Club are sorted and sent to Medico France in Le Havre or Unite For Sight. Medico France have the necessary equipment to clean and grade the spectacles ready for use in eye camps in Africa, India and Eastern Europe.

If you have any spectacles to recycle, please bring them in at your next appointment.

Make Space for Silhouette

Not many of us have got away on our holidays in recent times, especially those of us who love a trip abroad to find a sun-kissed beach or a adventure of discovery. But this hasn't stopped space exploration. In fact, whilst we've been locked-down, one of Silhouette's lightweight spectacle frames travelling to space a total of 37 times!

The Titan Minimal Art collection, which has been the eyewear of choice on space missions for the past 20 years has now clocked up an incredible total of 11,243 hours in space. It's lightweight, rimless frame composition leaves you (and astronauts) free to feel completely unburdened by your eyewear.

The range, which is available for you to try on at Brownbills, features a screwless design created from a single piece of high-tech titanium. This cutting-edge, space-certified technology guarantees safety for astronauts, unlike traditional eyeglasses which have screws and parts that pose the risk of becoming loose while in space.

To celebrate such an amazing collaboration between Silhouette and space exploration, they have partnered with World Space Week which happens from 4th-10th October annually.

Former Astronaut, Jim Wetherbee, has spent hours with Silhouette's eyewear up in space and has experienced the advantages first hand. As part of World Space Week, Jim shared his experiences of his time as an astronaut.  You can hear what he had to say in the video below:


Wonder Vision

As we approach National Sunglasses Day on Sunday 27th June we thought it was about time we talked a bit about them!

A well-chosen pair of sunglasses can be a wonderful year-round companion. They will help you combat low sun while driving in the autumn and repel glare from snow in winter. However, they come into their own in the spring and summer months when we spend more time outdoors in brighter conditions.

Every pair of sunglasses we provide for our patients offers full protection against the harmful UVA and UVB rays whilst outdoors. Just because the sun has not come out, there can still be UV light bouncing off surfaces such as buildings and roads.

How do I know which pair of sunglasses are best for me?

Some frames will suit your specific facial shape and lifestyle better than others. For instance, if you spend long periods outdoors, it is more important to consider wraparound frames which prevent UV rays being able to get over or around the sides of the lenses. If you spend most of the day driving, narrower sides will provide optimal peripheral vision during manoeuvres. And if you are regularly found on sports pitches, dedicated sports sunglasses offering impact resistance are a must.

Your facial shape can affect the optimal choice of sunglasses, as it does with spectacles. Dainty facial features may suit smaller, rounder lenses, whereas a square jaw tends to complement larger aviator-style frames. Your skin tone might also steer you towards (or away from) certain styles or colours, and people wanting to accentuate their cheekbones and eyebrows should consider whether certain sunglasses would highlight or obscure these facial features.

It is also important to consider the weight and thickness of your lenses in larger sunglasses frames – this is something our team will be able to discuss with you to find the optimal solution.

Can I try different designs on?

Of course! All our frames are disinfected between patients and available to be tried on at your visit. You’ll be able to try on different designs in our practice while looking in the mirror or taking selfies, so you can judge them from every angle. Our qualified experts will also offer advice on issues like practicality and durability, to ensure your new sunglasses will be practical and comfortable for years to come.

Arrange your visit to us today by calling 01233 625360.

Porsche Design Iconic Contour

The 2021 Porsche Iconic has arrived!

When new frames arrive in practice there's always a buzz of excitement (yes - we genuinely get excited about new frames!). And after this arrived in practice yesterday, we couldn't wait to unbox it and take a look.

We've always had a passion for spectacle frames that get that perfect balance between style, comfort, fashion and technology. Luckily, all of these qualities are perfectly combined in this glorious piece of sun-wear.

Coming in at a fabulously Porsche Price of £911.00 (of course selected in honour of the Porsche 911 car), Porsche release a limited edition Iconic model each year. And yes - the 'limited edition' means that they only make 911 of each model too!

The Porsche Design Iconic Countour joins the other Porsche Design Sunglass range and is a truly iconic masterpiece. Three years in the making, the sunglasses were designed by Studio F A Porsche and developed in collaboration with the Rodenstock engineering department in Munich.

The new Porsche Design Iconic Contour is born from the idea to design a frame that looks like drawn by hand in one stroke. The concept is characterized by an all-embracing wire that includes and holds together the eye rims milled from massive titanium. Its striking technical and futuristic look celebrates the contrast between solid titanium and light wire.

Check out the official video below, and if you'd like to join the rush to try it on then book your appointment to come and see us as soon as you can! (It's worth it just to feel the quality and grab a selfie!).