Visit the independent optician with over 70 years of experience caring for eyes


Usman Syed – Director             Optometrist

Johns Opticians has a rich history going back over seven decades. There has been a practice on the site of our Carlton Street branch in Hockley since 1942, when Hills Opticians was first opened. Our current name comes from David John, who started as an apprentice in the original practice. After working his way up the ranks and gaining experience, he took over the business during the 1960s and re-established the practice as Johns Opticians.

David’s son, called Philip John, worked with his father in practice. The younger Philip then took over the running of the business at the start of the 1980s. He quickly helped to build the practice further, establishing a second site in 1985 on Gordon Road in West Bridgford, where we are still open for business today.

Current owners Usman Syed and his wife Raheela Syed took on the business in 2013 when Philip John retired. Usman worked as a locum optometrist for several years, whilst Raheela had gained experience at different practices in management and as a dispensing optician. Usman and Raheela were looking for a new challenge in running their own practice, and saw Johns Opticians as a solid investment through which they could take the next step in their careers in eye care together.

Johns Opticians retains the name of the John family as a well-established and highly respected independent opticians in the Nottingham area. Usman and Raheela are excited about taking their business to new heights and furthering the reputation Johns Opticians has earned over the past 70 years.