Chalmers Opticians, Cardiff

Chalmers Opticians are a large independent practice based in Cardiff and has been in existence for over 60 years. As a family concern, Ian Chalmers joined in 1980 and developed Chalmers Opticians into one of the leading optical practices in South Wales for development of new technology and personal eye care.

Chalmers Opticians provide professional eye care, in a personal and caring way. With over 30,000 patients Chalmers Opticians success is based on the revisiting of patients to the practice on a continual basis. Chalmers Opticians  specialises in all areas of eye care and has leading edge technology with specialist equipment for eye examinations in visual field assessment and Fundus photography.

We have our own optical laboratory on-site to provide a fast efficient service for all our patients. Chalmers Opticians will ensure your visit is both pleasant and successful and we are committed to giving you a unsurpassed level of care.


Lee has been working with us since 2005 and gained his degree in Optometry from Cardiff University in 2008. Lee undertakes all aspects of eyecare; eye examinations, contact lens fitting, contact lens aftercare and spectacle dispensing. He is a member of the College of  Optometrists, accredited on the Welsh Eye Care Scheme to diagnose and manage acute eye problems and also accredited to co-manage refractive surgery patients and now Visual Aid assessments.

After working throughout the UK and overseas Lee has returned to Cardiff and settled in South Wales. When he is not working Lee loves spending time with his two children and is currently enjoying the challenge of renovating his home.


Leona qualified in 2001 and is a member of the College of Optometrists.  She has until recently been working at the hospital eye service and now spends one day a week supervising 3rd Year Optometry students at Cardiff University.  She has travelled extensively and has taken part in two voluntary projects in Africa, examining eyes and providing spectacles with the charity Vision Aid Overseas.

Her responsibilities in the practice include all aspects of eyecare and patient care.  She has Welsh Eyecare Service accreditation and carries out Low Vision Aid Assessments.

Locum Optometrist

He has been at the practice for over 19 years.  He qualified at Aston University and is a member of the British College of Optometrists. Main responsibilities in the practice - All aspects of eyecare and patient care and sports vision.  He is also qualified to provide all pre and post operative care for laser refractive surgery.  He is registered with the Welsh Eyecare Scheme to provide PEARS examinations.

Ben is a father of 2 girls and outside interests include golf, travel and supporting his wife's and daughters' involvement with gymnastics.

Optical Assistant

Senior optical support for the practice with visual fiels and OCT and contact lenses being her key roles. 

Head Receptionist

In charge of all reception and front of house services. Specialises in Eyeplan and contact lenses. 

Managing Director

Qualified in London in 1977. He is a Foundation Fellow of the
Association of British Dispensing Opticians and the Faculty of
Dispensing Opticians and a member Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

Main Responsibilities in the practice - All types of contact lens fitting and aftercare, and general dispensing, plus the provision of the ORTHOSCOPICS assessments for visual perception problems.  Ian also carries out new trials for new technology lenses. He is a Father of three (all boys), with a keen interest in sport and music - he has to, to keep up with his sons and his grandchildren!


Dan has been working here since 2010.  Dan studied Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University, he is a member of The College of Optometrists.  Dan undertakes all aspects of eyecare and contact lenses.  He has WECS accreditation as well and has ben selected for the Alcon Scholarship programme.  When Dan is not in work, he enjoys various sporting activities and music.

Dispensing Optician

Emma has recently taken her Dispensing Professional examinations and is responsible for all aspects of dispensing our visual fields and OCT. 

Stephanie Paul
Optical Assistant


Has responsibility for glazing of spectacle frames and carries out
visual field analysis & ocular coherence terrogrophy (O.C.T). As
well as general reception duties.


In charge of accounts, administration and our recall system and P.A. to Ian Chalmers