Bowden And Lowe

Opticians Ophthalmic in Gillingham (Kent)

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117 Watling Street

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Opening hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday to Thursday: 9am - 5:30pm

Friday: 9am - 6:30pm

Saturday: 9am - 4pm

Sunday: Closed

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About Us

Tim Bowden FADO (Hons) C.L. FFDO FBCLA. Tim is a contact lens optician who has specialised in contact lens fitting and aftercare for over 30 years having started in optics over 40 years ago. Until recently he was a visiting lecturer in the contact lens department of City and Islington College in London and is still a contact lens examiner for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. He has been involved in various research projects mainly in the areas of the habits and opinions of contact lens wearers and also the history of contact lenses. He has presented posters and lectures both in the UK and abroad and published a book in 2009 describing the development of contact lenses from the early artificial eye makes to the modern silicone hydrogel lenses of today. He serves on the GOC Fitness to Practise Panel is editor of Ophthalmic Antiques the journal of the Ophthalmic Antiques International Collectors Club and is founding chairman of the Watling Street Business Association. He was awarded Fellowship of the British Contact Lens Association and associate membership of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists in 2006. He was elected a full member in 2008 and Honorary Treasurer in September 2009. In 2010 he was a finalist in the Optician Awards as Contact lens Optician of the Year. Elisabeth Lowe BSc FBCO. Elisabeth is an optometrist with over 30 years' experience graduating from London's City University in 1973. Her optical interests include colour vision ocular muscle balance children's vision and dry eyes.
The partners opened their first practice in Gravesend in 1982 followed by another in Herne Bay in 1985. The practices were sold in 2000 and 2004 respectively and still continue to flourish under different names. The partners very much believe in what are now considered the old fashioned values of care and quality of service. All spectacles will be properly measured and fitted by a qualified professional as this is just as important as the accuracy of the eye examination. Both regularly attend conferences both here and abroad to ensure that they keep abreast of the latest developments in contact lenses and eye care. Glynis and Ady, our optical assistants complete the team and together we look forward to seeing you soon. We are always happy to answer your optical queries or concerns.

Our Services

We are an independent opticians focussed on providing a high quality service through the personal attention of both partners. Our aim is for 100% customer satisfaction through our experienced professional staff, by utilising the latest technology and by providing a level of care to match. We are proud of our family values and try to foster a friendly consultative environment where we can advise you on the best options available to look after the most precious of your senses.

Eye Care

We recommend that everyone should have their eyes examined on a regular basis, as eye examinations can identify not only ocular conditions but overall health issues. Bowden and Lowe recommend an Advanced Eye Examination which includes using the optomap advanced diagnostic equipment to highlight any problems as early as possible thus ensuring your peace of mind.

Specialist Services

Opticians and contact lens specialists. Optomap retinal screening, overnight vision correction, myopia control, personal service, budget to designer spectacles, Ronit Furst, Change me, optipets for looking after your glasses when you are not wearing them.

Eye Wear

The Change Me range gives three looks for the price of one. Each front comes with your choice of three pairs of sides. Further sides are available at a modest cost. Now you really can have a new pair of specs for each and every occasion!

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a speciality of the practice especially those for sensitive eyes or complex prescriptions as well as the more straightforward. Below is a brief summary of the sorts of lenses and wearing patterns that are available The list can be quite daunting to someone new to contact lenses, but this will be fully explained during your consultation, and choices are based upon your eyes, your lifestyle and your budget.


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