Welcome to Malmesbury Opticians

We are an independent practice owned by two qualified opticians: David & Lydia Canton. We have an amazing friendly, experienced and professional team, to provide advice and support.
Our philosophy is to treat you in the same way as we would like to be treated, some would just call it good old fashioned customer service!!


57 High Street has been an Opticians for over 50 years. Before 1969 however, the premises were actually a dairy, providing milk to the local townsfolk.

D Ivel Rees Opticians opened in November 1969. A lot of work was undertaken to convert from a dairy to an Opticians. The upper two floors were separated and leased out to number 55.
In those days professional regulations limited any advertising to two insertions of two column inches in a 'local newspaper', and that was it; rather different from today; 'shop windows' were permitted because of the multiples, but frowned upon for private practices.

RJ Manns Opticians took over briefly in 1999, and then subsequently by J M Forss opticians in approx. 2003. David & Lydia had both been working for Jo Forss since 2009 and purchased the practice from her in November 2018.