S. Walton Eyecare in South Shields - 515 Stanhope Road | NE33 4QX | 0191 456 8872

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S. Walton Eyecare - Our shop front on 515 Stanhope Road, South Shields, NE33 4QXS Walton Eyecare is a community optical practice located at the Tyne Dock end of Stanhope Road on the site of the old Sidney Walton Opticians which was originally opened in 1926.

It has been under the current ownership of optometrist Kaye Winship since 2007.

The practice has rapidly become recognised by local people as an independent, affordable alternative to the high street, offering great service and great prices without gimmicks.

The practice has received business awards and accolades over the years and last year Kaye graduated from Newcastle University's 'Captured' programme for small business in the area plus completed further education certificates in leadership and low vision through LOCSU (Local Optical Committee Support Unit).

We offer eye examinations in our well-equipped practice where we harness the latest technology including retinal fundus photography at no extra charge.

We continue to grow largely through personal recommendation from our satisfied customers.

S. Walton Eyecare - Our shop front on 515 Stanhope Road, South Shields, NE33 4QX

meet your optometrist

S. Walton Eyecare - Kaye Winship

Kaye Winship MCOptom


Kaye is the principle optometrist at S Walton Eyecare.

Since qualifying in 1993 she has worked in most areas of the country as an optometrist for various different companies before coming back to her roots and opening S Walton Eyecare in 2007.

She has achieved several awards since opening including ‘South Tyneside Entrepreneur of the Year’, ‘Most Promising New Business’ and ‘Social Responsibilty Award.’

She is Vice-Chair of the Local Optical Committee and the Local Eye Health Network but says her real passion lies in simply doing her job to the best of her ability and being able to provide the best eyecare solutions to the community here in South Shields.

Particular interests lie in Dry Eye Treatment, Sports Vision, Children’s vision and care of the elderly.

Kaye now also works part time for Sight Service, a local charity for people with visual loss based in South Shields and Pelaw.

Steve Doolan MCOptom


Steve has been qualified for 15 years and works part time for the practice delivering home visits to the elderly and housebound in the comfort of their own homes.

S. Walton Eyecare - Alyson Smith

Alyson Smith

Locum Optometrist

Hi, I'm Alyson and I have been part of the S. Walton Eyecare team for 18 months now. After studying at the University of Glasgow I qualified as an Optometrist in 2002. I have worked in various independent and multiple practises across the North East for years.

I am Scottish and came to the North East to complete my pre-registration year in 2001. I liked it so much that I decided to stay and marry a local!

I love working in a community based independent practise and my aim is always to make people feel at ease during their sight test.

S. Walton Eyecare - Emma Wilson

Emma Wilson

Full Time Optical Assistant & Qualified Healthcare Assistant

Emma has worked for S Walton Eyecare since 2011 and came to us with a wealth of optical management experience from another multiple optical company.

Having now worked in the industry for 17 years, her skills lie in complex dispensing, technology, frame selection, home eye visits and contact lenses.

Emma has recently qualified as a healthcare assistant and carries out the NHS Health Checks in practice here.

She says she gains most job satisfaction when customers are delighted enough with the services we deliver that they recommend us to others.

S. Walton Eyecare - Lynn Elstob

Lynn Elstob

Optical Assistant

Hi, I am Lynn and I have recently joined the team at S. Walton Opticians. I have worked in the optical and retail business for many years. I enjoy all the aspects that working for an independent opticians brings, from treating our customers on arrival to assisting with frame and lens selection and dispensing contact lenses.

Most of all I love delivering an excellent and individual experience to all our lovely customers.

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