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 Why Choose Us ?

At Ilkeston Factory Specs Designer glasses Boutique and Optical Laboratory
we value your custom and offer Quality Spectacles at a fair price. We have a huge selection of guaranteed glasses from basic lower cost glasses to high end prestige designer eyewear. We offer a bespoke Service using care, skill and offer great advice in store every time.

So why are we different ?

At Ilkeston Factory Specs we don't test eyes, so don't have the associated costs of an in house optician. We leave the actual eye testing to your optician.
This saves us the cost of an optician and the ongoing cost of associated sight testing equipment and a testing room. This has enabled us to trade at lower costs, so we are able to save you money on all your purchases of prescription glasses, frames and lenses.
We are often told we make better glasses than the production line chain opticians (to the sight test you provide and to Industry standards), using great care and skill. We have the know how you need and years of experience. We pride ourselves on paying great attention to detail.

Since opening in 1991
we have perfected the art of making a perfect pair of glasses that fit and feel just right, that suit your personality and lifestyle, and offer superb vision, at an affordable price.

We make bespoke glasses
whatever the cost, budget to prestige, using accurate pd & height measurements.

Unique glasses you can't find elsewhere
we have something for everyone.

2500 huge choice of frames from large to small and everything in between
If you need extra large or extra small glasses frames, narrow eye shapes or wide large eye sizes, metal or plastic glasses including acetate and titanium glasses, the latest modern styles to date or older smaller vintage style glasses, we have something for you at all price points

Great and Friendly help and advice
We pride ourselves in giving you the right advice and technical information to help you decide on the perfect pair of lenses and glasses frames. We make budget to bespoke glasses with care and skill and much experience. You're not just a number to us, you are important to us. 

Our Optical Boutique shop and laboratory is housed within our own building at Lower Bath Street  in Ilkeston. We have no high associated costs as we own the paid up property freehold, so we are able to guarantee that we are and will be here for you long term, giving us both the chance to build a long term relationship based on familiarity and trust. Our head office store was occupied by us in 2003 in Ilkeston and bought by us in 2009. We are happy that you know who you'll  be dealing with and that we can become familiar with your requirements too (your needs, likes and preferences). We also supply glasses and services through our online website for convenience.

You are welcome to talk to our experienced technicians
who actually make your prescription glasses and lenses. They will be able to give you face to face advice and information for best frame and lens outcomes.

We are able to take your vital measurements. These measurements are needed to make up a pair of glasses accurately offering the best vision possible.

We are able to calibrate lens thicknessesin all cases as standard and at no extra cost to the minimum thickness and weight possible, and give you an indication on the computer of what to expect when you are deciding on your lens type and frame options, something not usually offered by high street opticians.

We offer a tinting service for prescription lenses we supply and coatings
We tint lenses most colours including graduated and block tints to many different shades and depths. We also offer all the coatings for prescription lenses available at lower prices than the high street opticians

We sell all types of prescription and plano blank lenses
including Essilor lenses, Carl Zeiss lenses and Rodenstock lenses as well as lower cost but excellent quality wide vision banded varifocal lenses. Single vision, Bifocal and Varifocal lenses with coatings including tints, react to light (sun reactive) lenses, glare reduction lenses, green and blue v light anti glare coated lenses are all available for you to buy from our Derbyshire based optical laboratory

We have over 32 yrs experience manufacturing and trading
in the West Midlands and in Ilkeston in the East Midlands establishing ourselves in 1991 as one of the first glasses Laboratory suppliers to the public in line with the new Opticians act legislation.

Glasses made while you wait
We offer a while you wait or 1 hour service when making up standard Single Vision glasses and prescription lenses and supply varifocal glasses within a few days.  

Massive choice of frames
We offer over 2500 budget non branded and Prestige Branded Designer frames to choose from , one of the largest offerings in the Midlands. 

Reglaze your own frames with our new prescription lenses
We are happy to reglaze your own frames including Designer frames either online or in store with a while you wait service (standard single vision).

We reframe, replace broken frames
We can cut and fit your own old lenses into our new frames while you wait in store or online.

Bespoke Tinting and Coatings for lenses
We offer bespoke tinting onsite on lenses we supply (but not on own lenses).

We specialise in Bespoke Rimless glasses
including a bespoke change of shape personalised service on our new and your own rimless glasses as a reglaze. We can alter the size, look shape and style of the glasses lenses giving the desired effect.

We sell all our Designer eyewear exclusively by Styling Consultation
with your own dedicated female consultant. Appointments should be booked online on our automated booking platform. You'll need to book a consultation for store entry as we need the right staff members available to help you when you come. The Designer glasses we stock are exclusive and valuable so we want you to have the time you need without interruption in our Boutique with all the help and best advice you may need. The small consultants fee is redeemable on purchases.

Unbranded glasses no appointment needed
but free bookings are available if you want immediate service


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