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:

Gordon Brownbill

Previous owner of our practice, Mr Gordon Brownbill has sadly passed away.

“All at Brownbills Optometrists Ltd are saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Gordon Brownbill. Gordon and his wife Connie became the 3rd owners of the popular Ashford Optician practice in the 1960s before selling it to Huw and I on his retirement in 1994. Like many of our patients who still remember Mr Brownbill, we shall always remember Gordon as the caring and kind gentleman he was. In his clinical work he was one of the first Opticians to fit contact lenses in Kent and was very much a conscientious practitioner of his era. Our deepest thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time.” – Mrs Helen Pinney, Director and Practice Manager, Brownbills Optometrists Ltd

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:


Brownbills team named Lockdown Heroes

Well we all love to receive an award – and today is no different.

Brownbills are proud to have been recognised as a Lockdown Hero The awards, organised by SightCare, aimed to acknowledge our dedication to our local community eye care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Optical practices across the UK, including Brownbills, submitted their lockdown experiences to the SightCare as part of their ‘SightCare Lockdown Heroes’ award initiative. The exemplary work of entrants included hand-delivering frames to the vulnerable, creating uplifting parody eye related videos, creating lectures on brain and vision therapy, taking on additional training and refitting the practice to make it more COVID-secure and feeding the homeless, to name but a few.

SightCare said “We are exceptionally proud of how independent optical practices have worked to keep the eyesight of their community safe during the pandemic, while also complying to the ever-changing regulations. They have shown not only great dedication to their small independent business, but to their local community, making them worthy Lockdown Heroes.”