Our Story: The Journey of Templeman Opticians

Every lens, frame, and consultation at Templeman Opticians weaves into a story that began over 60 years ago in Rayleigh Highstreet Essex. This story isn’t just about creating an opticians’ service; it’s about a dream to make community-centered eye care accessible to all.

Templemans first opened its doors in Rayleigh with a simple but profound mission: to blend cutting-edge optometry with a touch of home. Over the decades, we’ve grown not just in size but in heart. From serving the local communities of Southend, Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Basildon, we have extended our reach, but our ethos remains – personalized care with professional expertise.

Do you remember our first mobile optician service that transformed how many perceived eye care? Or how we introduced the extensive range of glasses, tailored to fit every unique face and style? These milestones, among countless others, are what make our journey so special.

From those early days, armed with passion and a vision, to today, as we embrace the latest in optometric technology, we remain rooted in our commitment to our community and their vision.


The Personal Touch: Templeman Opticians – Where Care Meets Vision

In a world of rapid commercialization, Templeman Opticians stands as a beacon of personalized care. Based in Essex, we’re not just your local opticians; we’re a part of the community fabric.

Why Templeman Opticians is More Than Just an Optician Service:

  1. Holistic Eye Care: Beyond prescribing lenses, we delve deep to understand each patient’s lifestyle, ensuring our recommendations fit seamlessly into their daily lives.

  2. A Tradition of Trust: For over three decades, residents of Essex, from Brentwood to Basildon, have placed their trust in our expertise. And we cherish this bond, nurturing it with every consultation, every frame fitted, and every home visit.

  3. Tailored Solutions for All: Our comprehensive range of glasses ensures that everyone finds their perfect pair, irrespective of age, style preference, or prescription.

  4. Familiar Faces and Warmth: When you walk into Templeman Opticians or when our mobile service visits you, you’re met with familiar faces that remember not just your prescription but your stories.

  5. Pioneers in Mobile Optometry: Recognizing the need for flexible eye care solutions, we pioneered mobile optician services in Essex. This innovation underscores our commitment to making quality eye care accessible to all.

At Templeman Opticians, we believe vision isn’t just about seeing – it’s about experiencing, connecting, and living to the fullest. And with every eye test, every frame, and every consultation, we aim to enhance this vision for our community.

If you have any questions about our services please get in contact we are happy to help.

Warm regards

Templeman Opticians

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Our team of specialist mobile opticians can come to those who can’t visit us in-store unaccompanied due to a physical or mental illness or disability.


In order to be eligible for a home visit, you or someone you know might:

  • have a condition that stops you from leaving your home unaccompanied due to poor health, or

  • be living with a diagnosed mental health condition that prevents you from leaving your home without the assistance of another person, or

  • be housebound or bedbound due to a physical disability


What do we mean by a physical or mental illness?


There are many conditions and reasons why someone might not able to leave their home unaccompanied. It’s best to talk to us about your situation so we can determine if you do meet the criteria, but to try and help make it a little clearer, here are a few examples. 


Conditions may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Severe arthritis
  • A diagnosed mental illness
  • A condition that affects your mobility
  • A condition that affects your short term memory
  • An illness that requires constant medication (for example, oxygen)
  • A temporary medical reason prohibiting you from leaving your home (such as vertigo)
  • A temporary illness that prevents a person from leaving the home unaccompanied
  • A medical professional has advised you not to leave home without help

Whatever the reason is, if you or someone you know can’t leave the home without the assistance of another person, then get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to have a home eye test.


Who qualifies for a free home eye test?


Those who have a physical or mental illness which prevent you from leaving your home unaccompanied.

Those who are eligible for free NHS-funded eye tests by checking the criteria below.

The majority of our customers qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test. 


See if you do by checking if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Registered as partially sighted or blind
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an optician
  • Aged 40 or over and have a family member diagnosed with glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma
  • Receiving benefit*
  • Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate (full help). Those named on an NHS HC3 certificate (partial help) may also get help with the cost of a private eye test
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on the entitlement)


*You’re also entitled if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving: Income Support, Income-related Employment, and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

Our team of specialist mobile opticians can come to those who can’t visit us in store unaccompanied due to a physical or mental illness or disability.

In order to be eligible for a home visit, you or someone you know might:

  • have a condition that stops you from leaving your home unaccompanied due to poor health, or

  • be living with a diagnosed mental health condition that prevents you from leaving your home without the assistance of another person, or

  • be housebound or bedbound due to a physical disability

What do we mean by a physical or mental illness?

There are many conditions and reasons why someone might not able to leave their home unaccompanied. It’s best to talk to us about your situation so we can determine if you do meet the criteria, but to try and help make it a little clearer, here are a few examples. Conditions may include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Severe arthritis
  • A diagnosed mental illness
  • A condition that affects your mobility
  • A condition that affects your short term memory
  • An illness that requires constant medication (for example, oxygen)
  • A temporary medical reason prohibiting you from leaving your home (such as vertigo)
  • A temporary illness that prevents a person from leaving the home unaccompanied
  • A medical professional has advised you not to leave home without help

Whatever the reason is, if you or someone you know can’t leave the home without the assistance of another person, then get in touch to find out if you’re eligible to have a home eye test.

Who qualifies for a free home eye test?

Those who have a physical or mental illness which prevents you from leaving your home unaccompanied.

Those who are eligible for free NHS-funded eye test by checking the criteria below.

The majority of our customers qualify for a free NHS-funded eye test. See if you do by checking if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Aged 60 or over
  • Registered as partially sighted or blind
  • Diagnosed with diabetes or glaucoma
  • Considered to be at risk of glaucoma, as advised by an optician
  • Aged 40 or over and have a family member diagnosed with glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma
  • Receiving benefit*
  • Entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • Named on a valid NHS HC2 certificate (full help). Those named on an NHS HC3 certificate (partial help) may also get help with the cost of a private eye test
  • Eligible for an NHS Complex Lens Voucher (your optician will advise on the entitlement)

*You’re also entitled if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving: Income Support, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

Who does not qualify for our home visit service?

No matter what condition you have, if you are physically able to leave your home on your own without needing help or assistance of another person, you will not qualify for a free NHS-funded home eye test.

We are also unable to visit patients in hospital.