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Harvey Optical

The business was set up by Mr Harvey initially in his garage in 1967. After outgrowing his garage, he moved to a unit in Saxby street then a larger unit in Victoria Passage. The business relocated to its current premises on Nottingham Road in 1978 and has grown from strength to strength. Small incremental additions and improvement were made to the business, but the biggest change took place in November 2014 when the building underwent a full refurbishment including an extension at the front to create the shopfront windows. This necessitated a closure for 6 weeks with the grand re-opening on 7th December 2014. The entire interior was refurbished with a total change of the layout. The new premises continue to impress all that visit it, particularly those who remember the pre-refurbished practice. We aim to continue to invest in providing the highest level of patient care by bringing in new services and latest advances in technology.


In addition to refurbishment, the practice now carries a much bigger range of spectacle frames, tripling the number of frames on display. Several new services are now offered at the practice including a full contact lens service, dry eye clinic, myopia control. The practice offers an express service for spectacle glazing and fitting for all types of frames including rimless eyewear. We are one of the few practices in the UK that is capable of fitting prescription lenses to rimless frames within an hour.


Terry is our optical assistant and glazing technician. He joined Harvey optical in 1970 as his first job after leaving school and has remained ever since making him one of the most experienced optical technicians in the UK. He was initially employed, but took over the business after Mr Harvey passed away in 1997. During that time, he was trained in all aspects of spectacle lens and spectacle frame manufacture and repair. He also trained up on rimless spectacle glazing and is extremely proficient in this skill. Terry has remained loyal to the business even after handing over the day-to-day running and management. He is still available to assist customers with his great skill in spectacle fitting and dispensing as well as repairs and adjustments.


Paul is the main glazing technician. He is based in the spectacle glazing workshop and operates the specialist machinery fitting prescription lenses to the spectacle frames. He too joined Harveys as a school leaver and apart from a short break in the early 90s when he was working with one of our sister companies as a specialist glazing technician fitting glass lenses. He re-joined Harveys in 1997 and has been with us ever since. Paul’s attention to detail and passion for accuracy ensures that the standard of spectacles produced at Harveys is second to none.


Pat has been with Harveys since 2002. Prior to working for us, she worked for the prestigious jeweller, Pearce and Sons who she was worked for until it closed down in 2002.

Pat is our main receptionist and optical assistant. She is our “front-of-house” staff member so is often the first person you get to see. She is also responsible for most of the admin and back-office duties. Her role involves most of the notifications and therefore you will at some point have had a phone call from her either to remind you of your eye test booking, or to advise you that your glasses are ready.


Khadijah is our optical assistant. She currently works only on our busiest day – Saturday as she is pursuing her A-level studies at college. She joined us in 2016 after she impressed us during a very successful work experience placement. Her role involves contacting patients due eye examinations as well as dealing with patients on their visit to the practice.



Yahya studies optometry at City University, London where he graduated with a first class honours degree. He then joined the optometry department at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for his pre-registration training. Here he dealt with complex clinical cases in the specialist optometry clinics at the hospital. This involved dealing with patients of all age groups; from the young infants to the elderly with various eye conditions.

Upon gaining full registration with the General Optical Council, Yahya was awarded the College of Optometrists’ prize for highest overall marks in the Professional Qualifying examinations. This was the highest accolade to be awarded at the college graduation, and added to the long list of awards gained whilst at university.

Yahya has worked for all the main high street opticians over the years. He also spent 5 years as full time lead optometrist at Ultralase where his role involved providing consultations to people interested in laser eye surgery, as well as post-surgical aftercare. Here he developed his interest in corneal conditions and dry eye management.

Yahya took the decision to leave his post at Ultralase to take over Harvey Optical in 2011. This provided him an opportunity to bring excellence in eyecare to the local community. The practice has grown from strength to strength since his takeover including a comprehensive refurbishment in 2014.

Yahya is married with three children.  He enjoys keeping up-to-date with current affairs and politics.  During his spare time he loves swimming and keeping fit.