J. Oliver Radley Opticians

About the practice

On 1st August 2004, J. Oliver Radley Opticians opened in Buntingford. As the name suggests, the practice was established by James Oliver Radley BSc (Hons) F.B.D.O. James is a Qualified Dispensing Optician, trained at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and has a degree in Management. In running the practice, James draws upon his previous experience in the multiple, independent, sales and manufacturing sectors.

James and the team welcome everyone from Buntingford and surrounding villages to the practice. Whatever your visual requirement, style, sport or budget, please think of J Oliver Radley Opticians as somewhere you can be comfortable to ask for advice and get the right product for the right job.

If you already own a pair of spectacles that you really love or if you simply want to keep prices down, then you’ll be pleased to know that we can professionally re-glaze your existing frames with new lenses that we supply, or source to order – just come in and ask.

Our mission

As your local independent practice, J. Oliver Radley Opticians strives to provide an excellent service that’s tailored to your individual optical needs. We welcome both private and NHS patients, whatever your visual requirements for fashion, sports, style, UV protection and budget may be.

Why choose us?

  • Our team are all highly qualified and experienced, as well as being friendly, helpful and able to assist with anything you might need.

  • To keep you up-to-date with what is trending, we visit trade shows and update our ranges regularly.

  • We can re-glaze the spectacles and sunglasses you already own with new lenses, saving you money and enabling you to keep the frames you love.

  • We provide relaxed and comfortable surroundings with air-conditioned consulting rooms and show room.

  • We’re a family friendly practice and we provide wheelchair access.

  • The practice is very easy to find, located on the High Street in Buntingford, Hertfordshire.

  • We strive to provide an excellent service for all of our clients which includes aftercare.  If you, a friend or a family member find that your spectacles or contact lenses are requiring further fitting or attention then do please let us know as soon as possible by coming in and seeing us. We will then endeavour to adjust or solve the issue under warranty where appropriate.

Second opinions

As independent experienced professionals, we are often called upon for second opinions and specialist referrals. Our experienced Optometrist can privately carry out assessments upon request for medical eye issues and advice. Our experienced qualified Dispensing Optician can assess, quantify and fit spectacles on a private request with written reports available if required.

Same Day Service

We are an independent Optician and we do not supply spectacles within 1 hour, however we do have a local lab with an onsite lab, so can provide a same day and a next day spectacle service in emergencies subject to lens prescription and frame choice.

Please ring us and we will do our very best to fit you in for an emergency eye examination to bring your prescription right up to date and then we will source your spectacles as quickly as we can with our special urgent express courier.

Insurance claims

J. Oliver Radley Opticians

36 High Street

T: 01763 273300

Opening times






9:00am - 5:30pm


9:00am - 5:30pm


9:00am - 5:30pm


9:00am - 5:30pm

9:00am - 4:00pm


Appointments outside these hours by request

This is the John Lewis of opticians. Professional friendly staff who take time with you and help you to make a fully informed decision whether it is glasses for work or leisure or contact lenses. A huge range of designer frames including Lindberg and and an endless option with glass lenses and contact lenses to ensure you leave with exactly what you need. A really comprehensive range of eye tests too. You don’t just “pop in” here.

Paul Hutton


My Wife & I were recommended to try Opticians, J. Oliver Radley, based in Buntingford high street.
We both recieved highly competent eye tests, we felt confident in the staffs ability to get it right. Great range of frames & sunglasses . Highly recommend. We will use again when required. Our eyes are too precious to receive incorrect advice .

Dicky Bird


As an Independent Practice we can provide quotations for insurance claims (loss/damage/accidents) for repair or replacement spectacles.


J. Oliver Radley Opticians is a collection point for old spectacles and sunglasses which are donated to UK registered charity, Vision Aid Overseas.

We’re happy to carry out minor repairs and adjustments to your glasses even if they aren’t covered under warranty, and pass on all your donations to Vision Aid Overseas.

Wherever possible, we try to support local community events and local schools by providing sponsorship or raffle prizes to help local good causes.


J. Oliver Radley Opticians would like to make you aware of the support on offer from local charity Herts Vision Loss, based in Welwyn Garden City. The charity provides counselling, practical advice and a range of social clubs in nearby towns, for those with a visual impairment. To find out more you can call 01707 324680.

Professional bodies and associations

J. Oliver Radley Opticians Ltd is fully registered with the Information Commissioner with regards to the Data Protection Act (1998) and Freedom of Information Act (2000).

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GDPR compliance

We at J.Oliver Radley Opticians are GDPR compliant. Just to re-assure all of our current clients and new potential clients we felt it was important to inform you of how we hold and process clients details. We do not use your contact details for marketing and will not pass any details to any third parties, however we will contact you to advise when your Medical Eye Examination is due as well as advising you when any orders are ready. All of the personal medical information is stored safely and securely on a UK based secure server and backed up appropriately, which itself fulfils the requirements for GDPR compliance.


There’s more to the opticians than simply having an eye test. An Optometrist can save your life. Symptoms are not always apparent and can be easily dismissed. When it comes to your eyes only the best will do. From when you walk through the door to a cheery welcome, to the collection of your spectacles J. Oliver Radley Opticians will look after you with the utmost professionalism. If you want the best eye care tailored to your needs then J. Oliver Radley Opticians is the place to go. Their level of care is beyond compare. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful optician in the high street.