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A little bit about Us – Garrey and Karen Haase

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After taking over the ‘Michael James’ opticians on Goole’s Boothferry Road in 2005, Karen and Garrey had a very clear vision of the independent practice they wanted to run. In November 2014 the new Howden practice was opened followed by the Knaresborough practice in February 2015.

Put simply, they aim to offer a friendly, welcoming environment supported by professional patient care and exceptional levels of service at great value.

With over 50 years of optical experience between them, working in the independent optical market, you can be sure of professional advice and guidance.

Garrey qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1996 then studied at Bradford University to gain his qualification as an Optometrist in 2001. Karen qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1999. She has gone on to develop a niche for seeing the right frame for the right face and has developed a Bridal Eyewear specialist side to the business. Karen now has brides from all over the UK and abroad, consulting with her about the ideal glasses for their special day.

Yorkshire Eyewear’s top priority has always been the thorough care of their clients’ eyes and they have invested in making sure their staff are trained to the highest standards and have the same commitment to quality and passion about service that they do.

They have also equipped their consulting rooms with state-of-the-art equipment – they were the first opticians in the area to have a Topcon 2000 OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) machine, which is available at the Howden practice. This enables the accurate assessment and early diagnosis of many ocular conditions, including Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. In recent weeks they have invested in an OCT for the Knaresborough practice.

Yorkshire Eyewear specialises in coloured lenses for Dyslexia and visual stress, contact lenses, sports eyewear and keep up to date with the latest fashion trends in eyewear.

Karen and the whole dispensing team will give professional honest and expert advice on the right look and optical lens for you. 

Our practices include optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical assistants which means there’s always a highly experienced member of staff available to answer any questions you have about your whole family’s eyewear or eye-care.

We welcome both private and NHS clients and can assure you that you will be given friendly, honest and impartial advice.

We’ll take the time to find the right solution for your vision requirements, lifestyle needs and budget.


Book an eye examination with us today and our expert team will guide you through a complete eye-care solution  tailored for you, from the right eyewear or contact lenses to the best advice on looking after your sight our family run local branches will always provide the best professional service.