Inside Optical Express​

We lead in the global elective healthcare industry through utilising the most advanced technologies, specifically analysing our clinical outcomes and working with pioneers.

At Optical Express we focus on delivering exceptional patient care and outstanding clinical outcomes. For over 30 years, millions of patients have trusted Optical Express with their eye care. From refractive treatment to routine eye and contact lens examinations, no other UK optical business can offer the same clinical diversity and opportunities for accelerated career development. Our career pathways are unique in the sector.

Through continued investment in our people and technology, Optical Express offers a huge variety of exciting career opportunities at our clinics across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. We have a comprehensive and rolling training programme tailored for optometrists, nurses and ODP’s so even if you have no previous refractive experience, we can help you acquire new skills. 

Across our business we also have a range of non-clinical roles from receptionists and administrators to marketing, HR and finance professionals, each of whom play a key supporting role in the day to day delivery of our services. 

At Optical Express you’ll have access to the most advanced equipment from market leaders like Carl Zeiss and Johnson & Johnson Vision.  Over £500 million has been invested to ensure that our modern, state of the art clinics are equipped with leading-edge technology and diagnostic equipment that helps us achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for our patients.  Our technology allows our optometrists, nurses and surgeons to maximise the level of care they provide to patients.  We are currently in the midst of nationwide rollouts of industry leading technologies, such as the Zeiss Cirrus OCT.

At Optical Express we want our colleagues to reach their full potential through comprehensive and ongoing professional development. We are committed to supporting our optometrists to gain an Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification through our unique partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University. The IP course, fully funded by Optical Express, is the first step on the path to an optometrist gaining an IP qualification. We support our optometrists in their clinical placements and in preparing for the Common Final Assessment of the College of Optometrists.  Opportunities exist for optometrists to commence the IP pathway during 2021.

Optical Express optometrists and clinical teams work together, collectively and consistently striving for excellence. We support each other, respect each other and are committed to a culture of care, trust and integrity.

We understand that a healthy work life balance is important.  Whether you need to work around the school run, or take time off to pursue personal interests, we can work with you to agree a flexible working pattern to suit your individual requirements.

The culture we have internally today extends to our local communities, through our range of charitable and environmental projects. We focus on doing what is right for our patients, our colleagues, our local communities and our planet.

So if you are interested in progressing your career in a growing organisation that supports the need for a work life balance, with state of the art clinics, access to the best technologies, and the opportunity to expand your clinical skills Optical Express is the place for you.

Our Values

As the UK’s only complete eyecare provider, our patients and our people are the two vital elements which help our company succeed. Our values were created to reflect that. By having guiding principles, we can forge strong relationships with our patients and continue to improve personally and as a business.


We act with integrity, transparency and honesty

Patient Focus

We focus on the individual, doing what is right for patients and customers

One Team

We work in an inclusive and collaborative way


We lead in the industry through the achievement of excellence

Delivering results

We are accountable, dynamic and innovative, adapting quickly to suit business, partnership and patient needs


Optical Express is committed to the promotion of a diverse workforce within the business. Central to our culture and values is the fair treatment of all our employees. We believe that cultivating a diverse workforce is not only right but that it makes good business sense too. We have committed to helping all of our employees to develop their talents and skills to reach their full potential. All of our employees, without exception, will be treated with dignity and respect.

Training & Development

We believe that every employee at Optical Express should have the opportunity to reach their potential, so we invest heavily in the learning and development that lets you make the most of your talents. From your comprehensive induction during your first days with us, to the continued personal development that will help you to make the most of your career, no matter what your role is and where you’re based, you’ll discover that you have access to all the training you need to progress.

Rewards & Benefits

A career at Optical Express can be rewarding in many ways. As well as the usual benefits you’d expect, you’ll have access to a range of perks designed to thank you for the part you play in helping us to continue to succeed.

Depending on your role, these may include:

Discounts on products including lenses and frames

Free laser eye surgery, if suitable (after 12 months’ service)

Friends and family discounts

Professional fees paid

Company indemnity insurance

Cycle to work scheme

Referral fee benefits

Partner company discounts

In addition, Optical Express offers a variety of role-specific rewards, incentives and benefits. Simply ask us for more details.


Through our partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University, we’re committed to ensuring that every one of our Optometrists is able to gain an Independent Prescribing qualification.

International Medical Advisory Board

Comprising world-renowned and influential ophthalmologists, The International Medical Advisory Board ensures that our Surgeons remain at the forefront of developments in the refractive industry and advancements in technology.

State of the
art technology

More than £500 million has been invested in state of the art technology, so that our Surgeons use advanced equipment from market leaders like Carl Zeiss and Johnson & Johnson Vision.

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With over 120 clinics and stores across the UK and Ireland, we have a presence in most towns and cities. Wherever you call home, there’s sure to be an Optical Express location that’s convenient to you.

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& Development

Our Learning & Development team delivers on our commitment to help each one of our employees realise their potential, via ongoing personal development initiatives.


We’re committed to supporting good causes nationwide, particularly those which relate to eye health, such as Sightsavers, which works to eliminate preventable blindness in 30 countries.


We’re the UK’s only complete eyecare provider, giving our employees more career path options and opportunities for advancement.

Optometry Careers

If you’re an optometrist and interested in career opportunities with us, simply fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch with you to arrange an informal discussion.