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Opticians Darlington (Cooper & Leatherbarrow)

10 Duke Street, Darlington 


Meet your experienced local Darlington team and explore how we can help you.

Our history

Cooper & Leatherbarrow was established in 1902 by Ernest Cooper in a former photographer’s business on the corner of Russell Street and Northgate in Darlington (opposite to where Marks & Spencer currently stands).


George Leatherbarrow joined the practice in 1912, and the business became Cooper & Leatherbarrow in the mid-1930s.


The move to our current location in Duke Street came in 1967, from where our family firm has served our clients ever since.

NHS & private eye examinations

OCT scans

Contact lens fitting & aftercare

Specialist contact lenses

NHS minor eye condition service (MECS)

Children's eyecare

Designer frames & sunglasses


Dry eye clinic

Meet your team at Darlington

Mr Ellis Leatherbarrow (Principal Optometrist/Director)

Mr Howard Bainbridge (Technician/Director)

Dr Tony Gibson (Optometrist/Director)

Mr Geoff Nicholls (Optometrist/Director)

Mr Tim Boyling (Optometrist)

Mrs Gillian Sutton (Optometrist)

Mrs Inese Yeardley (Orthoptist)

Mrs Claire Warrior (Manager/Dispensing Optician)

Mrs Caroline Wade (Optical Assistant)

Mrs Pam Carrick (Optical Assistant)

Mrs Debbie Percival (Optical Assistant)

Mrs Barbara Ekins (Receptionist)

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