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About NHK Opticians
About Us

Local Independent Opticians in Plymouth, South West Devon and Cornwall since 1979

For over 40 years our philosophy has been to offer the highest standard of clinical care, exceptional customer service and quality eyewear.

As some in our profession scrabble for ever greater market share by adopting supermarket style retail tactics, we choose to slow things down by offering: longer appointment times, a relaxed atmosphere, the latest diagnostic technology and a high proportion of fully qualified staff.

If it feels like it’s time to leave the cattle market and discover a local independent practice that truly cares about your eyesight, try us . . . 

We think you’ll see the difference.

A brief history

Local Saltash based Optometrist Peter Noakes opened his first practice in Alexandra Road, Crownhill, Plymouth in 1979. 

He was joined by Optometrist Nick Habermehl in 1982, Andrew Kerr in 1986 and more recently in 2022 by Optometrist Ian Berry. All four Directors continue to work in practice along with a team of over 40 dedicated and experienced staff. 

In 1986 we built our unique and iconic stand alone practice in Crownhill, which also serves as head office.

From small beginnings we have grown into a modern optical group with six well established practices based in and around Plymouth, South West Devon and Cornwall, along with our state-of-the-art optical lab at Ivybridge.

We pride ourselves on retaining a high proportion of clinically qualified staff, working with local universities to offer placements to medical and optometry students and we regularly support a pre-reg Optometrist during their final year of qualification.

We have built a solid reputation for clinical excellence; demonstrated by the volume of positive reviews and comments we regularly receive - see reviews

Since lockdown we've undertaken one of our largest ever investments in new technology; Optical CT Scanners in every practice, Digital Slit-Lamps and hospital-grade Field-of-Vision instruments - see innovations. Our commitment to clinical excellence allows for a gradual move to offering more enhanced eyecare and further specialist services - see enhanced eye exams


Alexandra Road, Crownhill 1979

About NHK Opticians

30th Anniversary 2009

Peter Noakes

"After more than forty years in practice, I know it's only through talking with my patients that I really get to know them and their requirements. My patients like to know what I'm doing throughout the examination so explaining each stage in a clear, understandable language helps put them at ease. Like most of my fellow colleagues here, I've never been one for rushing to the outcome and much prefer to gradually arrive at the result once we're both in agreement about the way forward".  

Peter Noakes FC Optom   Director

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01579 382345
South East Cornwall

Carbis Bay
01736 798495
West Cornwall

Business Details

Noakes Habermehl & Kerr Limited


Registered Office:

2 Meavy Way, Crownhill, Plymouth, Devon PL5 3BW


Registered in England and Wales No: 08983176


VAT Number: 189 6722 50


Telephone: 01752 772116

Members of:

General Opticial Council
Association of Optometrists
Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians
British Contact Lens Association
Association of British Dispensing Opticians
International Institute of Colorimetry
Cornwall Dyslexia Association
Myopia Care
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
Saltash Chamber of Commerce
Callington Traders Association
Ivybridge ​Chamber of Commerce

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