This is what we do

We’ve always challenged ourselves to do things differently

That’s how we started – stirring up the British market in 1984 by being the first optical retailer to provide affordable glasses to everyone – and that will always be our way. That purpose is now firmly established as part of our DNA as we care for over 31 million customers globally, together with more than 30,000 partners and employees.

Where it all began

It’s 1984, on the small Channel Island of Guernsey, when the optometrist couple Doug and Mary Perkins lay the foundation of their new optical company. They revolutionised the market by offering affordable glasses to everyone. And that wasn’t all they did: they also started what we now know as the joint venture partnership model, meaning that every store is part-owned by one, or more, store ‘partners’.

Even though we have grown over the years, the Perkins family is still very much involved. While Doug and Mary expanded the business to Australia and New Zealand, their son John took care of the day-to-day business as joint CEO. Daughter Katherine is responsible for internal audits, while youngest daughter Julie made sure the Dutch got to know Specsavers in the nineties.

The couple won’t even think about retiring – they will continue until everyone has access to the best eye care.

When talking numbers, this is Specsavers in 2019/20


partners and employees




hearing aids sold

547 million

contact lenses sold

22.3 million

frames sold

2.9 billion

total revenue (in pounds)

Life is for living

That’s why we have made it our mission to help as many people as possible receive accessible eye and hearing care. Nothing is more rewarding than helping people to see or hear better – our smart, passionate and fun-loving team knows that like no other. Over the past 35 years, we have revolutionised the industry when it comes to technology and service. Now it’s time for our next step: to provide accessible healthcare on the high street.


One step at a time

Bringing healthcare services to the high street doesn’t happen overnight. We’ve already taken successful steps, but we know we’ve got a long way to go. Some of our achievements: we now use Fundus cameras and full-field auto perimeters in our stores, and complete eye health checks for our customers as a standard. Not to mention our investments in the industry’s best and biggest Learning & Development programme, our clinical conference and eye care research.

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