Lenses and Dispensing

As an independent practice we are not tied any manufacturers and hence have complete freedom to advise you on the lenses most suited to your individual requirements.

We are ZEISS, HOYA and SHAMIR specialist opticians.  


As an authorised Zeiss Relaxed Vision Centre, our dispensers have received extensive training on all Zeiss ophthalmic lenses and are able to advise you on the lenses most suited to your requirements.


Hoya has been manufacturing ophthalmic lenses in Japan since 1962, and today, their products represent unrivalled optical functionality and durability, combined with exquisite aesthetics. Driven by passion for innovation, Hoya are constantly pushing boundaries with cutting-edge technology.

Established in 1972, Shamir is among the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality varifocal and single vision lenses. Over the course of four decades, Shamir has established itself as a company known worldwide
for innovation, cutting-edge technology, and stringent quality assurance practices.


  • “I wouldn’t go anywhere else now. Friendly, attentive staff, and a very thorough eye exam”

    S.E, Shefford
  • “Every time I have gone elsewhere, I have regretted it! Great service and consistent friendly staff”

    Miss N.M, Hitchin
  • “Mr Akay takes time and trouble with my eyes and is always happy to answer any concerns and questions I may have”

    S.H, Luton
  • “Very impressed with the attention to detail and thoroughness of the eye test”

    D.H, Hitchin
  • “By far the best and most comprehensive eye care I have received. Great service and great care.”

    H.W, Hitchin
  • “I would recommend anyone with Keratoconus to visit Shephard and Akay as they are clearly experts in this field.”

  • “If you are looking for a good optician, I highly recommend a visit to Shephard and Akay.”

    Diane, Hitchin
  • “Mr Akay goes the extra mile to ensure that his patients receive the personalised help that they need.”

    I. Talks, Ashwell
  • “Very efficient, helpful staff. I have a petite face and it’s been a joy to find an optician who helps with smaller frames- they are perfect!”

    Dora, St Albans