Welcome to Helen Drage and Sandra Tozer’s practice in the market town of Sudbury. This independent town centre practice was founded in 1995 and rapidly gained a reputation for high quality eyecare with a thorough and friendly service.
An eye examination serves the dual purpose of defining the prescription needed to correct your vision and checking the health of your eyes. While both stages require a lot of care and attention, our optometrists take great care with health checks and will always spend time to make sure they have a really good picture of your eyes’ condition. Your eye examination will normally last around 30 minutes. We will explain our findings to you and advise you of the next course of action….
NEW DEDICATED DRY EYE CLINICS AT DRAGE AND TOZER!! Common dry eye symptoms: • Gritty/ burning sensation • Redness • Discomfort and sometimes painful eyes • Short-term blurred vision Are your symptoms often worse on waking or when reading, watching TV or using screens? Contact us for a Dry Eye Assessment with Dawn Jordan our […]
At Drage and Tozer we can fit contact lenses for virtually every need, but a good service involves a lot more than simply offering a large choice….
As an independent Drage and Tozer opticians are not restricted to one frame supplier and our stock is continually changing to match your demand….
While an optometrist determines your prescription, it’s the dispenser that creates the pair of spectacles that meets your needs and life style…
We have a whole host of all the necessary products to care for your eyes and assist the use of yours spectacles and/or your contact lenses….
Message from our co-founder
We are extremely proud of the pioneering company we have built. The company’s vision is to ensure that customers trust in the practice’s professional commitment, quality of service provided and understanding of each patient’s individual needs.
Maui Jim – Brings your world to life
Maui Jim sunglasses are created to make your blues, bluer and your greens, truer.
“See better, see brilliance.
The difference is impossible to miss. Put on a pair of Maui Jims and instantly the glare is gone. UV that can damage eyes, gone. The world’s true colours come shining through like never before, bolder, richer and crisper. With more contrast and clarity. That’s patented, colour infused PolarizedPlus2 lens technology at work.”
For more technical information pop along to the Maui Jim site, a link can be found on our links page. It’s a stunning site with details on their technology, their full range of products and great pictures of the island of Hawaii, or call in, try a pair on and experience the difference for yourself here and now.
Award winning Chef teaches skills to Opticians at Stoke by Nayland
Twelve staff from Sudbury’s Drage and Tozer opticians enjoyed a “Bake Off “style cooking day at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa recently. This was the second year that employees of the firm chose to spend an enjoyable day of teambuilding at the family-owned Suffolk resort and they were treated to a master class with the hotel’s multi award-winning chef Alan Paton, whose talents have contributed to the achievement of two AA Rosettes for the hotel’s impressive Lakes Restaurant.
The day started with the team enjoying coffee and cookies whilst carefully watching Alan demonstrate how to make pizza dough before attempting it themselves. They then attacked the array of fresh ingredients to invent their own individual styles and toppings.
Drage and Tozer partner, Helen Drage said; “Whilst the pizzas baked in the oven we all enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch in the restaurant before returning for the tasting and competition results. It is so lovely to find a day out that all the staff enjoy and we are all keen cooks. In our busy working day we never get time to enjoy a long leisurely lunch together which is a pleasure. Thank you Stoke!!”
The winner of the day was the company bookkeeper Karen Baker who had invented a pizza with condensed milk topping which no one thought would work but it actually caramelised the onions!
If you fancy a Team building day at Stoke by Nayland please contact Anna Young on 01206 265801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.stokebynayland.com
Rupal wins AOP lecturer of the year
We are so proud at Drage and Tozer and wish to congratulate Rupal on being voted lecturer of the year. Rupal Lovell-Patel scooped the prestigious award which recognises a lecturer who is committed to offering “dynamic and informative teaching that inspires clinical excellence amongst their students”, at a ceremony in Birmingham.
Rupal, Course Leader for Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing at Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge said “It is a great privilege and honour to win this award. This is definitely the highest accolade I can receive in my teaching career”.
Dr Ebi Osuobeni, Acting Head of Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences, said “This award is well deserved and a strong endorsement of Rupal’s passion for lecturing and engaging with our students”.
Henriette Alderman, Chief Executive of the Association of Optometrists (AOP), said “The AOP Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of the individuals and the organisations who give so much to the public and the profession.”
For more information about the AOP Awards, including details of all the winners, visit the Optometry Today website www.optometry.co.uk/awards.
Celebrating 20th Anniversary and New Premises
The new premises in Siam Place, situated in North Street Car Park, includes a dedicated Contact Lens Centre, sight-testing rooms, a greater range of spectacles and sunglasses, and a comfortable waiting area with coffee machine.
Drage and Tozer are investing in the latest equipment to provide the highest standard of examination and dispensing to all members of the family. Retinal cameras will photograph the back of the eye and allow detailed comparisons. A new high definition video slit lamp will enable patients to view a video of the front of their eyes and see how well their contact lenses are working for them.
Sandra Tozer commented, “We are very excited about the move. The open modern space is easily accessible and wheelchair-friendly with ground floor consulting rooms and disabled parking right outside. Our elderly and less mobile patients will now have better access than ever to our services.”
Helen Drage added, “Our dedicated Contact Lens Centre means we can encourage and support more people in trying contact lenses. With modern advancements in materials, we believe that age should not be a barrier to successful contact lens wear. It is now possible for younger children to wear contact lenses, and mature wearers can benefit from multifocal lenses.”
Andrea Hunt, Dispensing Optician, commented, “I’m excited to be able to stock the smaller designer frame companies as well as the mainstream brands of Oakley and Rayban, and we now have a large selection of non-prescription sunglasses.”
Well-known in the town for their exemplary levels of customer service, their knowledgeable staff are friendly and courteous, and committed to delivering the highest standards of professional eyecare that meet their patients’ lifestyle requirements. As a result many patients have become friends over the years since first opening and Helen, Sandra and their staff look forward to welcoming them into their new premises, adding, “We invite patients to call in and say Hello and receive a bottle our 20th Anniversary Cleaning solution which they can refill in the practice when it runs out.”
Introducing Dawn Jordan our new Contact Lens Optician
Since Clive Notley’s retirement in December 2014, Dawn Jordan has stepped into his shoes and become an essential part of the Drage and Tozer team.
Dawn first qualified as a Dispensing Optician 21 years ago and 2 years later completed her contact lens exams under the supervision of Clive Notley.
Dawn has helped in the launch of Drage and Tozer’s contact lens centre and is very excited about the new equipment, especially the slit lamp microscope. This has a camera which enables the patient to see how well their contact lenses are fitting, through a series of pictures and video recordings.
Our contact lens centre is a light and airy space, with a private area where we can offer a one to one service for new and existing wearers who require the guidance and support for successful contact lens wear. Dawn said “We hope to encourage as many people as we can to come and see whether contact lenses could provide an alternative to spectacles for some of their day. Many people are suitable for contact lens wear and at Drage and Tozer Opticians we can accommodate for most prescriptions. We now offer a variety of lenses from daily wear to monthly multifocal lenses”
If you would like to know more about contact lenses and the service we offer please contact us on 01787 310090.
No More Air Puffs!
We are pleased to announce …NO MORE AIR PUFFS!
At Drage and Tozer Opticians we have upgraded our equipment used for glaucoma/ eye pressure screening to include an ‘I CARE tonometer’.
Helen Drage said “The new test is barely noticeable to the eyes, with our patient’s reporting more of an eyelash tickle if any sensation. Patients used to really dread the puff of air test more than anything in the eye examination and are so relieved that it has gone!”
This test uses a hand held device and a very small rebound probe which is so gentle it is used on children too!
Helen continued “Patients love to see that technology moves on and comment that every time they have a test something has changed!”
The importance of correctly fitting glasses for children
The importance of correctly fitting glasses for children!!
At Drage and Tozer Opticians we pride ourselves on our qualified dispensing opticians providing expert advice about why children need glasses as well as explaining the importance of frame fit. We dispense glasses to children as young as 18 months and understand the importance of glasses that fit well, function properly as well as being fashionable at school!
Fit is crucial. Glasses that fit well stay put, encouraging your child to look through the correct part of the lens.
Dispensing children takes patience and skill, hence the need for accurate measurements and frame fitting by a qualified dispensing optician. We encourage our younger patients to call in to the practice frequently to ensure that the frame remains in the correct position. If children look over their glasses then they are ineffectual in improving vision!
Dispensing glasses to children can be challenging but with the appropriate attention to detail the results will improve wearing compliance and ultimately deliver the best visual outcome for the patient.
Recently qualified dispensing optician Rebecca Webb says “Paediatric dispensing is one of my favourite aspects of my job. I enjoy explaining to parents and children why the glasses are needed and how they work. I love building relationships with the children, watching them grow up and eventually often helping them to try contact lenses too”
You may have just been told that your child needs glasses for the first time, or you may have one of more children wearing glasses but never had a clear understanding about the importance of frames that fit. Please call into our new premises to have a chat with us about the range of glasses we offer for children.
Easter opening hours
For details of our opening hours over the Easter period please see below……