About Us



Welcome to Arrowsmith Eyecare

This independent practice has been providing quality eyecare in Harpurhey Manchester continually since 1938. We are fully independent, not part of a chain, and not a franchise. As an independent practice we have the freedom to spend plenty of time with each patient. We are not tied to certain suppliers but have the freedom to access the best instrumentation and quality frames and lenses from a large range of suppliers, and this is what we do.

Throughout its entire history, the ethos of this practice has been to provide the highest standards of eyecare possible for all of our patients.
Since the practice was founded in 1938 there have only been three owners, all Optometrists, and co-incidentally all called Joe.

The current owner and Optometrist Mr Joe Arrowsmith took over the practice in 2004. His predecessor Mr Joe Leighton was the Optometrist here for the previous 33 years, and prior to Mr Leighton, the practice was founded and run by Mr Joe Jacobs.

We offer thorough and accurate eyecare in a friendly relaxed environment.

Our prices are extremely competitive, and excellent value.

We look forward to being of service to you.


The Team

Our Optometrists are highly qualified and registered with the General Optical Council, and the N.H.S. 

Mr Joe Arrowsmith  B.Sc ( hons) M.C.Optom

Optometrist and owner of the practice.  Joe qualified from City University London over 30 years ago. After gaining broad experience by working for a number of other Opticians took over this practice so as to have the professional freedom to offer a caring and personal service. This has been a very rewarding experience and a privilege. We are fortunate to have a very friendly and diverse patient group both young and old. We have many new patients by recommendation and many who have attended for generations as have their families. 

Joe is the principal Optometrist and carries out eye examinations, contact lens fitting, diabetic eye screening,pre and post- cataract assessments, glaucoma screening and red eye assessments.

Aliya Ahmed B.Sc ( hons ) M.C. Optom

Aaliya graduated from the University of Manchester and did her post graduate training at the prestigious Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. She specialises in diabetic retinopathy screening and does most of the diabetic eye screening at this practice.  She also carries out routine eye examinations.

Optical assistants

Our Optical assistants are  Viv and Keely  and they are well known for their friendly and caring manner.