Welcome to Cargills Optometrists

Ashford 01233 620597
Canterbury 01227 766670
Folkestone 01303 254471
Hythe 01303 266458

We are Open & look forward to welcoming you back to Cargills.

Cargills have been open throughout lockdown providing Urgent and Essential eyecare, but now we are also open for routine eye examinations & contact lens appointments.

Covid-19 Update – July 2021

Optical Practices have been advised to remain Open for essential and routine eye care in accordance with guidance from our Professional Bodies.

Due to the time spent in close proximity you will still be required to wear a FACE MASK (unless you are exempt) and use hand sanitizer from 19th July for the continued protection of patients and staff.

Your practice has been adapted in line with government & professional guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients & staff.

  • At the time of booking you will be asked a set of pre-test questions.
  • We ask that you attend your appointment on your own, see here for exceptions, and are punctual.
  • You will be asked to hand sanitise and wear a new/clean mask. We will check your temperature on arrival.
  • You will see staff wearing PPE.
  • Please see our FAQ Page.

We are operating reduced clinics and practice opening times for now and all appointments will be by prior booking only.

  • APPOINTMENTS BY PRIOR BOOKING ONLY, please note we are unable to offer walk-in clinics.
  • Please Contact your local practice first to check opening times.

“We would like to thank you for your continued support of Cargills Optometrists and for your co-operation at this time.”

MECS- Minor Eye Condition Service

To find out more about MECS, click here.

Should we be closed or you are unable to reach us please follow this link for a full list of practices providing MECS appointments in East Kent.



The College of Optometry has set up a website on how you can look after your eyes at https://lookafteryoureyes.org/

For the latest Government Advice including how to self-isolate please click here.

Cargills Optometrists have been providing eyecare and caring for eyesight since 1926. Cargills are a friendly local independent opticians, we pride ourselves in providing professional eyecare to the highest standard with excellent personalised service tailored to your individual needs.

Whether you have concerns about your eyesight, want to explore the benefit of coloured overlays for your child’s reading, tempted by contact lenses, thinking about varifocals or simply just want a great frame to wear Cargills are here to help.


2016 saw the 90th Anniversary of Cargills Optometrists, click here to see our celebrations.

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