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Opening Hours

Mon | Closed
Tue | 9:30 – 18:00
Wed | 9:30 – 18:00
Thu | 9:30 – 18:00
Fri | 9:30 – 18:00
Sat | 9:30 – 18:00
Sun | Closed

We would love to meet you!

Located on Hove’s bustling Western Road, our team of opticians and optometrists are passionate about providing a relaxed and personalised experience as they help you find the perfect eyewear for your vision.

Come in for a chat and to experience our unique approach to eye care, including:

  • Our range of bespoke, stylish glasses. We stock an ever-changing, hand-picked range of the world’s most beautiful frames, curated from artisans such as Ahlem, Mykita, Kirk & Kirk, and many more.
  • The best eye test of your life! We believe that finding the right eyewear starts with a comprehensive understanding of your unique vision. This is why we use the only latest and best examination equipment and spend far more time with our clients than a standard high-street optometrist.
  • Contact lens consultations and fittings. Our team of experts specialise in finding the perfect prescription for you, including complex prescriptions, multifocal contact lenses and solutions for dry eyes.

To get more information or book an appointment, fill in the form below or give us a call or email.

Call Hove on 01273 567475
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What Our Hove Clients Say…

Lynda RaczLynda Racz
20:50 17 Aug 23
A really in-depth eye exam, extremely personal service , an amazing choice of frames ! Jo helped me pick a great frame and fitted my glasses beautifully. Also signed up for the care plan, £9 a month with great discounts and the eye exam included,
Lesley OnuoraLesley Onuora
13:52 18 May 23
As always Sophie carried out a very thorough eye examination, offering helpful advice. The daunting prospect of selecting new frames was turned into an enjoyable experience in a very unhurried way. Very pleased with the resulting glasses which felt as if they belonged to me from the moment I wore them.
Mark McCullochMark McCulloch
17:23 29 Apr 23
I have been a patient of Taylor West & Co for 8 years and the care, service, range and quality of finished specs is second to none. Sophie and Eileen plus the team are all fantastic and I would not go anywhere else. I have a super high prescription so high street opticians struggle to get the accuracy. I also love the fact you get specs that not many others will have as frames are often rarer or exclusive. They also look after my daughter’s (11 yo) needs and have given her stylish corrective specs so that she won’t have the same bad eyesight I do (only possible due to Sophie’s optical proactiveness and experience). Worth checking out their new boutique store in North Laine Brighton to get kitted out in a new style that will get you compliments. Would recommend 100%
Lou ReedLou Reed
17:35 14 Apr 23
Picture the scene : I own a barber shop a little further up the road on Palmeira square, I have a new customer about to come in, I’m cleaning my station trying to make it look as presentable as possible when suddenly the lens of my glasses falls out…nightmare. I am completely blind without my glasses and I definitely would not want to attempt a haircut without them! So I ran down the road, glasses and lens in hand to Taylor-West & Co and I explain my situation, within 5 minutes they had fitted my lens back in with a new screw, gave me another new screw AND cleaned my lenses for me! The best part is they wouldn’t accept any money for it even after I’d offered to pay!Absolutely 5 star service, thank you so much again for saving the day!
Sharon ChrismasSharon Chrismas
17:27 22 Mar 23
Although Taylor West is not the cheapest opticians to go to, it certainly is well worth the cost. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a thorough eye test, where every possible test was carried out to check the health of my eyes. Sophie took her time to explain what she was doing and to explain the results. Absolutely brilliant service, and the coolest glasses I’ve ever seen (and worn!) Everybody should go here, other opticians are poor imitations.
Graham FergusonGraham Ferguson
10:51 14 Mar 23
Thanks to everyone at Taylor-West for their expertise, care and attention to detail. The testing was wide ranging and carried out with clear explanations of the process and the outcomes. Great range of frames..... the ones I chose have been admired several times by friends. Well done!
Wonderful friendly advice and a great range of unusual glasses. I have always avoided the idea of varifocals but after years of losing different sets of specs I finally acceded to their advice and ordered some together with a pair of heavy round specs. They are brilliant. No trouble adjusting and I wear them all the time. They have become a permanent part of my "look" and I get lots of compliments! Highly recommended!
Andrew NuttonAndrew Nutton
20:09 17 Feb 23
Probably the best opticians you will ever visit...most importantly, the knowledge and level of care is second to none - especially important if, like me, you have difficult eye problems and specific needs. All of the technology that supports their eye tests is cutting edge and clearly and simply explained. Thoroughness is combined with excellent customer service from the front of house team and the lenses i have from them are excellently sharp which, as a photographer, i depend on. They have a monthly care plan that considers the tough economic times I and we all are going through, and that is most welcome.
Margaret WagnerMargaret Wagner
09:51 17 Jan 23
Love the team at Taylor-West. I moved from the East Dulwich to Hove location and was equally impressed with the staff and space. As ever, top of the top selection of glasses to help you with your own personal style. Highly recommend these them!
Caz AsherCaz Asher
21:13 12 Jan 23
My first visit to Taylor-West was last week wanting new glasses with my new prescription. Fabulous service received and within a week my new glasses had arrived. I'm incredibly happy with the service and the service I've been offered if within 60days I don't get on with the new lenses. Lovely staff made better with Peggy the cute dog. I felt ever so comfortable throughout the process and my glasses fit perfectly. I've not taken them off all day!I will certainly be booking my next eye test here.Thank you for helping me find the right style of glasses for my Pixy face!Caz Asher
Julie OwenJulie Owen
12:23 30 Nov 22
I so love the work that Taylor West do. Everyone is so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. You really feel they are there for you. Sophie, Eileen and Kirsty are so knowledgeable and thorough, their equipment is top of the range so you know you are receiving the best with eye tests and eye care advice. Their glasses selection is fabulous ... there is so many niche brands to choose from and the space is beautifully decorated. I always enjoy my experience when I go there.
Sabina OakesSabina Oakes
12:17 11 Nov 22
The staff, including Peggy were so welcoming, friendly and so helpful that I can’t wait to collect my glasses.The optician was also friendly, so knowledgable and not pushy. Answered all my questions patiently and is a credit to the company.Thank you all and see you on our next visit in December
Nigel BowleyNigel Bowley
16:16 10 Oct 22
The atmosphere is great, all friendly and very efficient.Comprehensive eye test very calm and reassuring.Help in choosing and deciding on spectacles so in depth of measuring and making sure size etc is correct.I had Eileen and she is very very knowledgeable. I am excited for new varifocal glasses !
Mark FMark F
10:51 27 Aug 22
As always Sophie and her team offer a thoroughly professional service and a very pleasant experience. Specialist independent opticians are worth their weight in gold as they get to know their individual customer's needs way beyond the high street chains, where you will be lucky to see the same optician twice. I would recommend Taylor West 100%.
Marc DavidsonMarc Davidson
10:57 04 Aug 22
All the staff are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly / helpful too. They provide a very honest service with good advice and there is a very nice ambience as soon as you enter the premises. I would highly recommend making them your first choice Optician for both glasses and contact lenses.
Jon HoldenJon Holden
09:03 03 Aug 22
Friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and the best optometrist on the south coast, offer a fab support package that is just incredible value for money.Nice people, nice glasses and great serviceThanksJon
Naresh DaswaniNaresh Daswani
11:39 28 Jun 22
An excellent and through experience from start to finish. A top end private optometrist but still excellent value for money. Outstanding advice, help and attention to detail. Superb equipment to reassure on eye health. Overall an excellent place to receive solid information and advice for decision making in a very important aspect of one's health. For me one needs the best eyecare possible. Taylor West provided that for me. Furthermore as I've signed up to the Eyecare plan which they offer. I've guaranteed permanent peace of mind for my eyecare.
Gillian RiceGillian Rice
09:12 17 Jun 22
I have keratoconus and am very short sighted. When my optician retired, I needed a specialist who could handle my complex needs. I found Sophie and she didn't disappoint! Last year, I changed over to scleral lens on Sophie's advice - they are amazing, so comfortable, and vision is very sharp. Recently, I noticed a distortion on my right eye. It turned out to be wet myopic macular degeneration. I was very worried and upset, but Sophie was knowledgeable and reassuring. She referred me to Sussex Eye Hospital. I was treated, and my right eye vision is intact. This week I got new glasses and this went smoothly. Thanks to Joanna and Eileen.I am so grateful to Sophie and her team. They are always kind and professional. They take the greatest care of me and my complicated eyes.
Yvonne DawsonYvonne Dawson
16:08 06 Apr 22
Lovely experience today. Extremely thorough and professional eye exam, giving me exactly the amount of detail I wanted. Super service from the team helping me choose frames and do the fitting. Thanks to the lovely, fun and warm-hearted gang
Carol RouseCarol Rouse
10:26 13 Jan 22
I can highly recommend Sophie and her team at Taylor &West Hove. Having been recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and my eye sight has been temporarily affected. The support from T&W has been reassuring and professional as I restore things as best I can.My prescriptions have had to be changed numerous times over the last 3 years but each occasion all tests have been through and clear and reports sent to my doctor. I know I’m in safe hands with Sophie as I’ve only got one pair of eyes and need to keep them as best I can.

Our Brands at Hove

Inside Our Hove Branch

Your Boutique Independent Opticians in Hove

As our eyes are one of our most important organs, it is essential that they are looked after properly to keep them in their best possible condition for as long as possible. When you choose Taylor-West & Co as your preferred opticians in Hove, you can expect the highest quality of eye care with the latest hospital-standard equipment. Our priority is to keep your eye health the best it can be, for longer.

When it comes to choosing the right spectacles for you, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your sense of style for perfect vision. It is a fact that the very best frames only come from brands that specialise in designing spectacle frames.

Our opticians covering Brighton and Hove only stock frames from the very best manufacturers from Japan, France, Italy, Germany and right here in the UK and, we can safely say that the superior quality of our range will speak for itself.

Try the Taylor-West & Co way of seeing

A Personal Experience with Taylor-West & Co Opticians in Hove

We’ve invested in the most up-to-date eye testing equipment in each of our branches. This state-of-the-art OCT and Optomap equipment enables us to provide fully comprehensive eye examinations which can detect a full range of eye conditions years before commercially available eye tests. We can even complete highly tailored contact lens fitting in order to get the lenses that are perfect for your specific eyes.

From private eye examinations and contact lens fitting to professional spectacle dispensing services, read on to discover how our services offer that extra something.

Comprehensive Eye Examinations in Hove

During your visit to our opticians in Hove, our opticians will give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you have regarding your eye health. We take all of your concerns very seriously, so whether you’ve been suffering from headaches more frequently than usual or you’ve noticed one eye going more blurry than the other, your optometrist will be able to efficiently identify the cause of your concerns.

We’ve invested in £120,000 worth of extremely accurate hospital-grade equipment, including OCT and Optomap machines, in our opticians in Hove, Clapham, and East Dulwich in order to quickly discover conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, macular holes, retinal disease, and diabetic retinopathy years before they have a chance to severely affect your vision.
We also take your current prescription, health history, and hereditary issues into account in order to fully determine the cause of any problems.

Pricing for our private eye examinations are as follows:

  • Adult eye examination (with OCT and Optomap) £145
  • Child eye examination (with Optomap) £75
Discover the Taylor-West & Co eye examination

Discover Specialist Contact Lenses

Just because you’re having an eye examination, that doesn’t mean you have to leave with a pair of spectacles – we also specialise in contact lenses!

We have extensive experience in the fitting of both standard and complex contact lenses, and we love seeing our patients thrive with their new contact lenses. There is almost always a lens out there for any prescription so, whether you have a high or ‘tricky’ prescription or you’ve previously been told you aren’t a suitable candidate for contact lenses due to astigmatism, come chat with us.

In reality, there are very few people who are truly unsuitable for contact lenses, and that usually has something to do with the willingness to help. We will always do our very best to find the perfect lenses for you.

Typically, a contact lens fitting with Taylor-West & Co opticians in Hove will contain the following steps:

  • Initial consultation:
    Following an eye assessment which involves carefully measuring and scanning your corneas, we will discuss your visual needs, your lifestyle, and your hobbies in order to find the perfect contact lenses for your lifestyle. This session will also involve the trying of some lenses and, once we’ve found a good match for your eyes, we’ll get to order them for you.
    Some of our lenses come from as far as the US and as locally as right here in the UK, so they could take up to three weeks for as little as a few days to arrive.
  • Collection appointment:
    When your lenses arrive at our opticians in Hove, you’ll be able to try them once again as we need to check that they are as perfect for your eyes as we predicted. If they’re the perfect match, we’ll teach you how to insert, remove, and care for them; and you can take them home to try out for real.
    If they aren’t right, we’ll gladly re-order a new pair with the necessary adjustments taken into account.
  • Follow-up / Second collection appointment:
    Once you’ve had the chance to try your contact lenses out for real, you’ll need to come to our opticians in Hove so we can see how you’ve been getting on. If everything is going smoothly, you can keep them for another 1 to 2 months before another check-in. If any problems arise at this time, please do come in again and we can make any changes for you.
  • Second follow-up / Third collection appointment / Regular check-ups:
    The second follow-up and third collection will follow the same routine as before until we finally get the right contact lenses for your eyes. Once everything is completed and you’ve received the contact lenses that work for you, we’ll recommend coming back to our opticians in Hove for regular checkups and examinations to see how you’re getting on.

The entire fitting process may last just two visits, but it can take months to find the right lenses for your eyes. However, once we’ve found what works for you and once you’ve finished your concluding checkups, you should be able to wear your new lenses with ease.

Pricing for contact lens fitting is as follows:

  • Standard contact lens refit (existing wearer) £120
  • Standard contact lens fitting (new wearer) £200
  • Complex contact lens fitting eg. multifocals (new or existing wearer) £300
  • Medical contact lens fitting eg. for keratoconus or corneal graft (new or existing wearer) £450
  • Eye examination + contact lens aftercare (with OCT and Optomap) £205
  • Contact lens aftercare £80
  • Ortho-K fitting from £300
Learn how contact lenses can work for you

Beautifully Hand-Crafted Spectacles in Hove

While this may sound obvious, our ethos is that the best spectacles come from companies that only make spectacles. Rather than a high-fashion brand lending its name to mass-produced frames, we stock beautiful handmade frames made by expert manufacturers based in Japan, France, Italy, Germany and the UK.

We believe that the superior quality of these frames speaks for themselves and, with the proper care and maintenance, they really can last a lifetime.

These spectacles look fabulous

The Taylor-West & Co Way of Seeing

The health of your eyes is not only extremely important to you, but to us here at Taylor-West & Co too. Whether you’ve noticed you’re suffering from headaches more frequently, your vision is more blurry than usual, or something else is going on with your eyes, book an eye test at our opticians in Hove.

During your eye examination, we’ll only be using the very latest hospital-grade equipment in order to complete a highly comprehensive eye test. This, along with your concerns, will help us to keep an eye out for a wide range of eye conditions, and help us to learn whether you’re at risk of developing any eye problems years before conventional eye tests.

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Meet the Hove Team

Sophie Taylor-West

Sophie Taylor-West

Based in Hove

After gaining a first class degree in Optometry and Visual Science from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 2004 I moved to London and locumed at various practices prior to commencing work at the prestigious West End contact lens practice of Nigel F. Burnett Hodd…

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Ibo Ozhan

Ibo Ozhan

Based in Hove

Coming from the Jura mountains, in the region of France where the global optics industry was born, I was destined to have a passion for exquisite eyewear. After graduating as a Dispensing Optician in 2004, I gained experience in different regions of France…

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Eileen Melton

Eileen Melton

Based in Hove

Reaching beyond peoples expectations is both a challenge and a passion. Dispensing what sometimes can be a life changing product, igniting ones’ confidence and achieving the best possible vision is, you could say, my calling. Educating and empowering my team to do the same provides me with enormous gratification…

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Joanna Kulik

Based in Hove

I believe that being in optics was destined to me, but it wasn’t a straightforward journey. One of my first memories is when I underwent an operation on my eyes as a child and even now I can remember the outstanding people who looked after me. Wanting to support people in overcoming their life obstacles, I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Rehabilitation.

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Parys Browne

Parys Browne

Based in Hove

When the opportunity to join the Taylor-West and Co family arose, I knew it was a great space for me to dive deeper into the world of optics. Having experience in professional styling gives me a chance to incorporate my love for styling with something brand new! After moving to Brighton in 2021, I’ve truly found a community which celebrates individuality and culture.

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Kyrstie Rankine

Kyrstie Rankine

Based in Hove

When I was younger I always knew I wanted to have a role in healthcare and to work with people, and after displaying an interest in and an affinity for maths and sciences in school it was actually my physics teacher who introduced me to the world of optics and curated my interest in optometry.

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Based in Hove

Peggy has been a member of the team since 2015, and is our chief ‘meeter and greeter’ in residence. She loves to come and say hello to all visitors to the practice, and she takes her job very seriously!


Getting to Hove

Pay-By-Phone parking is available in the surrounding residential streets (try the top or bottom of Adelaide Crescent). We are a 20 minute walk from Brighton railway station or 15 minute walk from Hove station. We are also well served by local buses.

54 Western Rd, Hove BN3 1JD | 01273 567475