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Independent Optician Milton Keynes

Opticians Milton Keynes

368 – 370 Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes. MK9 2EA

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Where award winning eyecare and quality combine.

Experience an unswerving dedication to care, customer service and quality.

At Hammond and Dummer we listen. – Our team take the time to understand your optical requirements, so we can tailor the solution to suit your eye’s individual needs.

Hammond and Dummer never settle for average. – We offer a very different experience to your usual opticians. By combining advanced lens customisation options and innovative frame design, we craft unique eyewear which are perfectly suited to your life style, your lens prescription, your budget and of course your face.

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Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are an ever popular choice among people who prefer the convenience of not wearing glasses. If your eyes are suitable, Claire will help you to understand the choices on offer, the benefits and also any drawbacks or risks associated with each choice.

Hammond and Dummer are Milton Keynes’ award winning opticians. In fact earlier this year at the “Optician Oscars” The National Optician Awards, Claire’s outstanding eyecare was recognised when we were judged Winner in the category of Contact Lenses Patient Engagement.

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Children’s Glasses

children's glassesChildren are always on the go and so they need frames that are strong and durable eyewear and will stand up to the rough and tumble of your child’s life.

In the beginning children can also be quite self conscious about their appearance and so it’s vitally important to chose a pair of the correct size that compliments their smaller features. That way your child will enjoy wearing their glasses and you as a parent, can be confident they will be worn during times when you’re not around.

Claire and her talented team will take extra special care of your child and go that extra mile both during the eye examination and also while helping them to choose the right frames.

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Welcome to my bespoke opticians

Claire’s Biography

Claire began her career in optics at the University of Bradford and gained experience in Chesterfield during her pre-registration year. She went on to postgraduate study in London before gaining hospital experience locally.

Claire has huge experience of optometry and has a special interest in children’s eye care and the pathology of the eye. She continued to study and has gained a Diploma in Independent Prescribing that enables her to prescribe medication just like your GP and has qualified as a behavioural optometrist. She works closely with local consultants to offer a seamless and comprehensive service.

Claire and her husband, Bob, purchased H&D in 2004 and they both bring that commitment to the practice based on their combined careers in healthcare. Their over-riding motivation is care for their patients, the quality of everything they offer and a welcoming smile.

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We have the widest choice of
luxury designer frames in The UK

At Hammond & Dummer, we handpick a unique selection of fine quality eyewear from all these luxury brands. Our constantly evolving collection is a celebration of style and includes pieces from the world’s finest and most coveted brands

Lindberg Precious

Lindberg Precious collection is one of the most exclusive in luxury and we are delighted to have been chosen by Lindberg to offer this luxury and exclusivity to our patients

Frames are manufactured from 18-carat solid gold from Greenland, platinum, buffalo horn, musk, and ox horn, inlaid with diamonds from Australia.

LINDBERG frames are like no others. they insist on a unique blend of no-compromise attention to detail, patented technologies and individual craftsmanship to create a remarkable visual impact.

Robert La Roche

Founded in 1973, the brand of Robert La Roche has held a pioneering position in the eyewear industry. After relaunching in 2014, they are more determined than ever to set a new and radical standard for what eyewear can be. They also aim to show what a small group of people can do with a raw creative vision and a constantly growing zest for innovative expression.

Only the finest materials such as natural top-grade acetate and sheer block titanium are carefully selected and expertly processed by a small number of skilled eyewear manufacturers in Italy and Japan.

Matsuda

In a world that emphasizes immediacy, they choose to anchor themselves in the tradition of craftsmanship and thoughtful execution. Their process begins with only the best materials and ends with forms that can be admired for a lifetime. Japanese Craftsmanship, with its unique heritage of combining handcrafted techniques and innovative technology, is unmistakable in every piece of Matsuda Eyewear. Each finished Matsuda Frame is an art object unto itself – as pleasing to the hand as it is to the eye. Matsuda Eyewear: luxury through material, quality through craft, innovative by design.

Mitsuhiro Matsuda is recognized as being the first fashion designer to meld art, architecture and fashion.

Born in Tokyo, Matsuda was exposed to design from a young age. After attending the renowned design school, Bunka, in Tokyo, Matsuda moved to Paris with his best friend, Kenzo Takada, to find inspiration.

Matsuda’s time spent in Paris was a great source of inspiration for many of his designs. He loved the whimsy of the art deco period, the industrial metal work of the late 1800’s, and the detail he found in gothic cathedrals.

These influences are most evident in the intricate lacework of his clothing and the fine engraving found throughout his eyewear collections.

Matsuda’s legendary Japanese eyewear collection has long been known for its exquisite craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail, design, and use of engraved metals. Painstakingly crafted by hand in the artisanal eyewear workshops of Japan, each Matsuda creation represents over 40 years of design history and heritage.

Lindberg Luxury Eyewear

LINDBERG eyewear tells the world you subscribe to a different way of thinking, and have a connoisseur’s appreciation of exceptional design and high-quality materials. Every frame is a statement about aesthetics, technical innovation and impeccable craftsmanship.

Everything they do is steeped in the Danish design tradition of discreet, classic elegance and carefully considered simplicity. LINDBERG designs have won dozens of prestigious design awards.

LINDBERG frames are like no others. they insist on a unique blend of no-compromise attention to detail, patented technologies and individual craftsmanship to create a remarkable visual impact.

Orgreen Eyewear

Welcome to Orgreen Optics: Premium designer eyewear in high-end materials, known for its signature style and innovative colour combinations. Founded in Copenhagen in 1997, their aim is to design strong and timeless frames for quality-conscious individuals all over the world.

The Orgreen trademark is their prescription eyewear and sunglasses, made in titanium and beta-titanium: precious metals in a superb quality designed to last. Their collections are designed and developed in Denmark and made by hand in Japan, known and respected for high standards and irrefutable quality. Individually crafted with more than 100 processes, each frame can take up to six months to achieve its penchant for perfection.

Their colours are developed in-house and skilfully carried out at some of the world’s leading colour labs in Japan, with a colouring process that consists of more than 15 individual steps. The different hues – more than 400 – are exquisitely composed in an array of opposites, from strong to fragile, intense to tranquil, raw to refined, sweet to serious and audacious to understated.

Mykita

Makita’s first collection was inspired by the ancient art of Japanese origami. Choosing to use ultra-thin Scandinavian stainless steel, and work with the metal properties rather than use manufacturing techniques to overcome its limitations, Collection No 1 was born. Collection No 1 features frames cut from a 0.5mm sheet of stainless steel then bent and folded by hand, no welding or soldering, and a break through development in eyewear production.

Every pair of glasses is still designed and produced in the latest Mykita Haus in a quiet residential area of Berlin’s Mitte district, and much of the company’s success is based on word-of-mouth. At Mykita every department, from design to production to shipping, is housed under one roof. The end result is revolutionary, cutting-edge technology used to create lightweight, streamlined designs – making Mykita one of the world’s most recognizable and sought-after brands.

Mykita eyewear is sleek and streamlined for a clean, no nonsense appearance. Mykita has established itself as a world leader of affordable luxury, precision engineering, and unsurpassed quality. Mykita is the go to brand for people who value German engineering, quality, and low-fuss, easy to wear styling.

Face a’ Face

FREE, BOLD, COLORFUL, FACE A FACE’S STYLE HAS A REAL CHARACTER!

Far from standardized fashion diktats and conformist trends, each collection asserts its artistic temperament, drawing its inspiration from the sources of Modern Art, architecture and contemporary design.

Face à Face frames are developed within the design studio directed by Pascal Jaulent resembling small subtle pieces of architecture, playing with volumes, shapes, material and textures.

The frames express themselves through a unique colour range which is a true FACE A FACE trademark. FACE A FACE eyewear will reveal your individual personality and underline the boldness, the modernity, the seduction of an independent, creative object of design.

Cartier

Founded in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier in Paris, Cartier has become a universally-adored, luxurious name. Jewellers to royalty worldwide Cartier started manufacture of luxury eyewear some 30 years ago. With the same dedication and precision as their jewellery, Cartier has become the epitome of luxury glasses. Cartier creations made from precious metals, unique acetates, horn and bedecked by gems are all hand made in their factory in Joinville-Le-Pont, near Paris

Cartier not only excel in producing glasses, they also have an exciting selection of sunglasses which reflect the luxury and ultimate quality of Maison Cartier.

Moscot

The MOSCOT optical roots were first planted in America by Great Grandfather and family patriarch, Hyman Moscot, who arrived from Eastern Europe via Ellis Island in 1899. Hyman began selling ready-made eyeglasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street on Manhattan’s famed Lower East Side.

By 1915, having amassed a following of loyal customers, Hyman opened the family’s retail shop, MOSCOT’s, at 94 Rivington Street, and the rest, as they say, is history!

MOSCOT is a New York City Institution renowned worldwide for its iconic eyewear — The MOSCOT Originals and MOSCOT Spirit Collections. MOSCOT infuses its unmistakably refined, downtown aesthetic with over 100 years of eyewear expertise and unparalleled craftsmanship to create its timeless eyewear. While now recognized as a global fashion brand, MOSCOT remains, at heart, a neighbourhood optical shop.

Linda Farrow

Established in 1970, the Linda Farrow brand of luxury eyewear rose quickly to acclaim. Originally a fashion designer herself, Linda Farrow was one of the first to treat sunglasses as fashion, her finger always on the pulse of the times. A tireless experimenter, Farrow pioneered many of the shapes and styles that remain au courant today. Her pioneering use of shape helped move eyewear into high-fashion territory, with avant-garde styles favoured by stars like Yoko Ono and working with brands such as Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Sonia Rykiel.

Today, operating under the original Linda Farrow name, the brand is renowned for collaborating with some of the world’s most acclaimed designers – Dries van Noten, Phillip Lim, Jeremy Scott amongst many others, constantly bringing a new perspective to the brand. Combined with the unprecedented archive of vintage sunglasses and uncompromisingly luxurious Fine Jewellery collection, the brand has established itself as one of the most exciting in fashion.

Anne et Valentin

Anne et Valentin might just be one of the best kept eyewear secrets around. This is an eyewear line that is well known among eyewear enthusiasts; however, is often times a new discovery for many eyeglass wearers. Anne et Valentin appeals to eyeglass wearers who have reached the point of frustration and boredom with mass produced, low quality knock-offs and eyewear that lacks any element of uniqueness.

Anne et Valentin insists on being a small, independent, and highly customer focused company. They have never taken a broad approach to appeal to the masses – because then you have to go to simple, mass appeal designs. Instead Anne et Valentin produces distinctive, meticulously crafted eyewear for people who desire more than “it all looks the same” eyewear.

The Anne et Valentin adventure began in September 1988 on the banks of the Garonne River, near the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Although Valentin passed away in 2003, Anne Valentin carries on in the same house, inspired by the same hues in the waters…the same vision. Anne takes her inspirations from all the tones present in the Mediterranean Sea – cerulean blues, turquoise, blush pinks, mint greens, bluish-reds (to compliment complexions) as well as more neutral tones.

Tom Davies

TD Tom Davies is a prestigious handcrafted eyewear brand that offers unrivalled attention to design detail. A bespoke service is offered at Hammond & Dummer and available on every frame in our collections, adapting each to suit our customers’ requirements and individual style.

Our bespoke consultation process begins with a discussion of personal tastes and preferences, enabling us to select the perfect frames. We then take a series of precise measurements and photographs, which are submitted to the TD design studio. The Bespoke eyewear blueprint is then submitted to TD’s workshop.

They produce all frames by hand, meticulously and to the highest standards. Our master craftspeople spend between 16 and 22 hours creating, assembling, honing and polishing each Bespoke frame to ensure a flawless finish. Utterly unique, each pair of Tom Davies Bespoke glasses bears the customer’s name, engraved discreetly on the inside of the temple arm.

To discuss a Bespoke consultation, contact ‘The Girls’ at our practice.

Rolf

A small, family-run business situated in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, ROLF Spectacles produces hand-made, lightweight wood, stone and wood combinations and horn eyeglass frames. One of ROLF Spectacles company goals is to set new trends in design and to realize new ideas. ROLF’s research and development team has created an innovative hinge for its eyewear made of wood and a specialized ROLF lens-glazing system.

The ROLF wooden eyewear is produced completely without any metal parts or screws, and they are very easy to care for thanks to its special surface treatment. Each ROLF frame is produced by hand requiring many work steps at the plant in the Tirol / Austria.

Garrett & Leight

Garrett is the son of eyewear legend Larry Leight, who founded Oliver Peoples. Garrett started his company about six years ago. Inspired by the California lifestyle and culture, Garrett Leight glasses are classic and contemporary, timeless and on trend. Find the perfect round glasses, retro glasses and vintage frames to suit your unique personality and style. Each frame features subtle and sophisticated details in fit, material and proportion that make it unique, such as Italian and Japanese acetates and German made hinges.

Maui Jim

Maui Jim founded in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii. Seeing a need in the market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colours of the island to life, they engineered the revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens. Incorporated into seven new sunglass styles, Maui Jim’s Classic Collection was introduced. There are now over 125 styles of sunglasses, 100% of which are polarized and protect from 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

For those who appreciate the sun, Maui Jim provides more vibrant colours of the world while protecting your eyes from the harsh effects of glare and harmful rays. Make your life brighter so you see the colours of your world at their best and always feel confident in your style.

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WHO ARE HAMMOND & DUMMER

With owner Claire Ranger at the helm, Hammond & Dummer is an independent, family run business with a focus on clinical excellence, cutting edge technology balanced with a family centric approach.

A lot of our patients have asked us whether there are other branches of Hammond & Dummer or alternatively is the practice a franchise. No, our practice is the only independent optician in Central Milton Keynes. Hammond and Dummer is a single family run practice, no franchises or large multinational companies in the background holding shares and directing the business; it is Claire Ranger, her husband, Bob and ‘The Girls’ delivering exceptional eye care.

Here's what people are saying about our service

EXEMPLARY SERVICE AND WELCOME EVERY TIME

Christian Osborne

"I have been a customer of Hammond & Dummer since the practice opened and I have never been anywhere else for glasses or lenses, not even online! Why you may ask? Well mainly because of the exemplary service and welcome you get every time you walk through the door, I now even have my own PGA (personal glasses assistant) Jennie! Lol. All jokes aside, I am treated like a friend and not just a customer, that makes all the difference to me and is why I will always be a customer and will always recommend the practice for customer service, product range and innovation. SPECtacular! :)"

AS USUAL THE CARE AND ATTENTION WAS SECOND TO NONE

Steve Mulvaney

As usual the care and attention received on my last visit to your practice was second to none. The welcome is always warm and friendly and the Piano is awesome. I did notice that you had some new equipment and it's great that you continue to invest in technology to look after my eyes and optical health. I am sure you notice that I only ever really look at your Cartier range, however Michelle loves all the other boutique and fashion brands that you have on offer (I just wish you had less ?). The range and choice on offer in your practice is superb, it a real pleasure to just browse your displays As always your team give 100% to the customer/patient and it's true that people buy from people, it's great to see that you have been recognised by your industry peers in the past and in my opinion you are the best opticians I have ever had the pleasure to deal with, having worn glasses for over 40 yrs (the last 5 under your care) I have seen a lot of opticians that could learn some real lessons from you and your team. Keep up the brilliant work

I’ve never experienced anything like it

Deborah Kazakos

“I’ve never experienced anything like it! I love your style consultations. The staff at Hammond and Dummer guided me through what I usually find a stressful process. Their expertise in colour choice and styling was second to none. I’ll never go anywhere else. I’m now enlightened and keep popping in to see the latest additions to the collection.”

FANTASTIC RANGE OF FASHION FRAMES

Gill Hammond (No relation to the original Hammonds of H&D!)

“I think the range of unusual fashion frames you stock is fantastic - I've had strangers stop me on the street, on the train, on the tube, in the UK, in New Zealand, in France, all to ask where I got them from! My friend Jeanette who lives in Kent is now one of your customers because she couldn't find anything as innovative anywhere in her locality. It's a great service! “

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