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The 5 Best Opticians in Aberdeen

The 5 Best Opticians in Aberdeen

How We Chose


We made sure we included clinics that have qualified optometrists and staff that know the best practices for patients.

Products Available

The best opticians will have a wide range of products such as lenses and eyeglasses immediately available.

Services Offered

The top opticians will leverage the power of the latest equipment and technology to provide cutting-edge services. The availability of online consultations will also be a plus.


Of course, we include clinics that offer their help for a reasonable price.

1. Vision Express

Vision Express' Homepage


Address: George Street Bon Accord Centre, Unit 32, Aberdeen AB25 1HZ 

Schedule: Mon-Sat 9 AM–5:30 PM, Sun 10 AM–5:30 PM

Contact information: 1224 624263

Google Reviews4.6/5
Top-rated Online4.6/5
Total Reviews4.6/5
Score Consistency5/5
Products Available5/5
Services Offered4/5


  • Two branches in Aberdeen
  • Very affordable products
  • Lifetime servicing, 100-day return, and delivery service


  • Strict scheduling and 5-minute buffer time
  • Equipment a bit worn-down

Vision Express is one of the most popular eye clinics and stores in the UK and around the world as part of the leading optical retail group GrandVision. Vision Express has over 550 stores, with two of its branches situated in Aberdeen.

Vision Express commissioned independent market research of over 300 customers to determine the service they’d expect from a high street optician and worked to deliver exactly that.

They’re definitely on the less expensive side with glasses for £25 and above, which we love. They also have useful offers for customers, such as giving a second pair at half the price and providing a free contact lens trial.

We also appreciate their lifetime servicing, 100-day return guarantee, and delivery service. Vision Express opticians are also well qualified and have connections to other hospital eye clinics should you need a referral.

One downside would be their strict booking system and schedules – they only allow a 5-minute buffer time for lateness, as their stores are often very busy. Moreover, the equipment is also a bit worn and dated due to use.

Nonetheless, Vision Express has a great selection of services while still being one of the most affordable options. We recommend this clinic to those who are working with a tight budget.

2. Specsavers

Specsavers' Homepage


Address: 56-58 Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1BB

Schedule: Mon-Tue 8 AM–6 PM, Wed 9:30 AM–6 PM, Thu-Sat 9 AM–6 PM, Sun 10 AM–5 PM

Contact information: 1224 641234

Google Reviews4.3/5
Total Reviews4.3/5
Score Consistency5/5
Products Available4/5
Services Offered5/5


  • Offers a wide range of eye services
  • Accessible location
  • Big selection of spec brands


  • In-house glasses brand not very durable
  • Small clinic can be easily crowded

Another top choice when it comes to quality service is Specsavers Aberdeen Opticians and Hearing Centre. It’s also quite accessible as it is located on Union Street and near the Main Bus Station and Aberdeen Railway Station.

Although they also offer adult hearing tests, their main focus is on eye health services. This includes eye tests, prescription glasses, goggles, safety specs, and minor eye condition care.

They also offer more advanced services such as cataract pre and post-op care, 3D scanning technology, glaucoma monitoring, eye pressure monitoring, and even a same-day glasses service and delivery – for an added fee, of course.

In terms of products, they have a wide collection of in-house looks, as well as top designer picks. This means their product prices often range from just £19 to over £160, depending on the brand.

Although Specsavers have maintained good reviews on average, we found that their in-house brand doesn’t stand the test of time. Their clinic is also on the smaller side, so it can get easily crowded on busier days.

Of course, the latter con could be because Specsavers employs some of the most trusted opticians in Aberdeen and has amassed many regulars. All in all, Specsavers is a versatile clinic that’s also very accessible to many.

3. Duncan and Todd Opticians

Duncan and Todd Opticians' Homepage


Address: 37 Belmont Street, AB10 1GE

Schedule: Mon-Fri 9:00 AM–5:30 PM, Sun Closed

Contact information: 1224 644927

Google Reviews4.4/5
Facebook Reviews4.1/5
Total Reviews4.2/5
Score Consistency5/5
Products Available4/5
Services Offered4/5


  • Decades of service
  • Modern feel of products and store, great for younger clients
  • Virtual try-on feature on their website


  • Closed on Sundays
  • Pricey products if you don’t go for buy-one-take-one
  • Slow replies to enquiries and messages 

Duncan and Todd Opticians and Hearing Care was founded in 1972. Located in the heart of the City Centre, they’re committed to providing the local community with their professional services.

Their product selection and their store design are more contemporary and modern in terms of design. We think this is a great clinic for younger clients who are looking for stylish frames and approachable staff.

Similar to Specsavers, they offer specialist optical and hearing care. You can avail of their free eye tests and an extensive range of frames from their own designs to exclusive designers including Oliver Peoples, Lindberg, Chanel, and Tom Ford.

They also have a virtual try-on available on their website, which we think is a very innovative and useful feature. Additionally, they offer a two-for-one option for quite a reasonable price.

However, their products are more on the pricier side, especially if you’re just planning on purchasing one pair. We’ve also noticed that their customer service can be a bit hit-or-miss, as they’re slow to reply to enquiries and messages.

Still, Duncan and Todd Opticians remain to be one of the best clinics in Aberdeen. We also think this store holds the potential to become one of the most innovative clinics that will gain a significant presence even online.

4. Optical Express

Optical Express' Homepage


Address: 40 Union Street Aberdeen AB10 1BD

Schedule: Mon-Sat 9 AM–5:30 PM, Closed on Sundays

Contact information: 01224 634000

Google Reviews4.5/5
Trust Pilot3/5
Total Reviews3.75/5
Score Consistency4/5
Products Available3/5
Services Offered4/5


  • Extensive range of eye services, specialising in laser eye surgery
  • Free consultation and eye check-up
  • Attentive and professional staff


  • Closed on Sundays
  • No online store
  • Prohibits patients from seeing other opticians

Optical Express is one of the UK’s top providers of eye services, having treated thousands of patients for over 30 years. Optical Express Aberdeen is located on Union Street at the Castlegate end and has many other branches across the country.

They have an extensive range of services including eye examinations, contact lens care and fitting, as well as assistance with laser eye surgery, dry eye assessment, and cataract consultation, among others.

Their staff seems very attentive and professional and very willing to answer any questions posed by clients. Should you be interested in learning more about laser eye surgery, they also offer an initial free consultation.

Although they don’t sell glasses online, you can head to their store and choose between global brands at the best prices. They do, however, sell contact lenses and offer free delivery.

Do note that they are very strict when it comes to seeing other opticians, especially if you’re getting some form of treatment. They will sometimes refuse to set an appointment if you have been to a clinic other than theirs.

We understand that this helps keep clients safe and maintains customer loyalty, but it could also be a deterrent, especially for new customers. Nonetheless, Optical Express is a great option if you’re planning to look into more advanced eye treatments as well.

5. McPherson Optometry

McPherson Optometry' Homepage


Address: 23 King St, Aberdeen AB24 5AA

Schedule: Mon-Fri 8 AM–5 PM, Weekends Closed

Contact information: 1224 633400

Google Reviews4.7/5
Total Reviews4.7/5
Score Consistency5/5
Products Available5/5
Services Offered4/5


  • Over 60 years of expertise
  • Great technology, products, and services
  • Extensive selection of products


  • Closed on weekends
  • Trouble with communicating with customers

Finally, we have McPherson Optometry, which is a family-run clinic founded in 1960. They are an independent practice, boasting two generations of opticians and over 60 years of experience in the field.

Despite being family-run, we’re glad to report that they have many optometrists and dispensing opticians that are registered with the General Optical Council and are members of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. 

McPherson Optometry offers standard eye services and comprehensive eye examinations such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). Like Vision Express, they have a direct link with the Eye Department and can refer you to other doctors.

We were impressed by their extensive selection of over 850 frames that range from classic designs to edgier ones. They also carry different protective lens types, as well as contact lenses sourced from different labs worldwide.

Because they aren’t as large-scale as other clinics on our list, we’ve noticed that they have trouble catering to appointment requests. They are also closed on weekends, making it would be harder for those with work on weekdays to be able to see a doctor.

Still, we’re very impressed by the service, product, and equipment quality of McPherson Optometry. They truly treat their customers like their own family, which is why they have a lot of local returning customers.

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