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About Clive Williams Opticians


Founded on a commitment to first-rate optometric consultancy and professional advice about the health of your eyes, Clive Williams Opticians has been providing eye care within Aberystwyth Aberaeron and Machynlleth for thirty five years.

We believe that being the best local practice means offering a combination of sound guidance, outstanding service, and a wide selection of stylish and affordable eyewear. Our practicing optometrists combine decades of experience with the most up-to-date optometric techniques and instruments to build up a complete picture of your eye health.

Our dedicated team of staff will help you make an informed choice about your visual needs.


Clive studied at City University London in the 1970’s, completing his professional qualification a year later following a spell in the Gwent Valleys. His Contact Lens experience continued to develop in New Bond Street and in Hospital practice in the Middle East before returning to the delights of West Wales, starting the Baker Street practice in 1982.

Having already set up practices in Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, Clive still had itchy feet leading to a trip to Tanzania in 1985 with an American Optometric Voluntary organisation. The British contingent returned to the UK and decided to follow their American colleagues’ example and set up a similar charity which became known Vision Aid Overseas (VAO). Clive was the VAO Treasurer for the initial 5 years and a founder trustee of the Charity.

In 1992, the practice expanded to Aberaeron and moved into Ianthe House a year later. At this time Clive was joined by another Optometrist, Gwyneth Thomas. Gwyneth presently divides her time between our Aberystwyth and Aberaeron practices. Her family hail from North Wales and she was educated in Porthmadog and at the School of Optometry, Cardiff University. Gwyneth worked in independent and multiple practices before joining us in 1993. In her spare time Gwyneth takes advantage of living so close to beautiful Snowdonia and enjoys hill walking in particular. 


  • "Clive Williams and his staff have been looking after our eyes for well over two decades. Clive’s relaxed and good-natured manner sets the tone, allied to an intensely professional approach and great depth of knowledge."

     -Dr John R Cable & Susan Charles

  • "State of the art technology, a superb range of frame and lenses, and the friendly, personal attention of all who work in this wholly independent practice complete the picture. One could not do better than choose Clive Williams Opticians."

     -Dr John R Cable & Susan Charles

  • "I can highly recommend Clive Williams Opticians. I have used the practice in Machynlleth on many occasions over the years, and have always been delighted with the service I received."

     -Mr C Gibson

  • "I have been a patient of Mr Williams for the past 33 years. The eye test is carried out in a professional and friendly atmosphere. There is a large range of frames to choose from and advice on the choice of spectacles and lenses is freely given. I would heartedly recommend his services to all."

     -Mr W H Rushton


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01970 611555


Clive Williams Opticians, 15 Baker Street, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2BJ

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