We’re open in Lockdown 2

Our professional bodies have advised us that opticians are able to carry on working as normal in the coming weeks. By using our ‘locked door by appointment only access’ to maintain social distancing and the required infection control procedures, we can keep us all safe and seeing.

If you have any concerns with your eyes, vision, glasses or contact lens then please get in touch and we will book you in. And if you really don’t feel safe coming out but have a concern please call and we can have a chat over the phone to help resolve any issues.

As we are short staffed in the afternoons, if you ring and we don’t answer please leave a message or send an email to info@markdarlingeyecare.co.uk

Our hearing service is also still running, so if you’re having any issues hearing the latest Covid updates we can book you an appointment with Kayleigh our audiologist.

Our hours are as normal:
Monday – Thursday 08.00 – 18.00
Friday 08.00 – 13.00

Please follow normal Covid guidelines, don’t come if you have any symptoms, wear a mask and sanitise when you arrive.

Take care and stay safe.


Welcome to Mark Darling
Eyecare & Opticians

Looking after the eyes of Northamptonshire since 1986

Your local independent opticians & optometrist for all of Northampton, where we take the time to see you, as an individual.

Having moved to Northampton, after training in London, including time at Moorfields Eye Hospital, I started my first practice on Derngate and then took on the current practice in Far Cotton a few years later, eventually merging the two. All this time we have kept abreast of the latest technology and ideas as well as ensuring the practice has a clean and hygienic look with a good choice of frames, lenses and contact lenses.

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At Mark Darling Eyecare & Opticians we have an excellent range of frames both traditional and more contemporary cutting edge styles. We carefully choose our frames to ensure they have quality and style.

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Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can be life changing, improving cosmetics, giving better vision, improving confidence in the classroom, socially, out on the sports field or even in the office. New techniques such as Ortho-K even correct your vision while you sleep!

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We have a great selection of Ocean Blue and Dakota fashion sunglasses that can be made to your prescription starting from £99 complete with the latest Polarized lenses. Our Academy range are more sport specific.

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Currently 18,000 people in Northampton trust Mark Darling to look after their eyes, shouldn’t you?

To be fair some of the 18,000 come from further afield, a couple have an annual trip down from Wick, Scotland! Probably because our philosophy is to treat everyone like you would your best friend and you always go the extra mile for your best friends.


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Simply email with a preferred time and day and we will get back to you with some options.


"I tried somewhere else and it made me realise how good you are!"

Our satisfaction survey’s regularly have comments like this.