About us

Established since 1990 in both Knutsford & Wilmslow, the Clare & Illingworth optical practices have been at the heart of both Cheshire market towns for 30 years.

Clare & Illingworth was founded by Derek Clare & Alyson Illingworth with the view to create a professional yet approachable optical experience for the entire family. Derek’s son, Richard, joined the business in 2004 and became a Director in 2017.

“We pride ourselves for being very friendly and approachable yet still retaining a professional approach to our work. We have access to the best the optical industry has to offer and we enjoy very close relationships with fantastic local consultants and health care practitioners, both via the NHS and private healthcare . This has proved invaluable to our patients during times that they may need quick access to the right healthcare and for making an informed choice along the way

Both practices are supported by a truly amazing team of Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians, Optical Assistants and Receptionists who have a wealth of qualifications and experience to help ensure you get the most professional advice and service at all times.

We can’t thank them enough or their dedication to C&I, our patients and the local Knutsford and Wilmslow communities. Their work within our practices and the local area has made our business what it is today.

We would love the opportunity to carry out a full and comprehensive eye examination for you and if spectacles or contact lenses are required our team of qualified Dispensing Opticians are on hand to help guide you through frame and lens choice.”

Its all in the detail…
Derek, Alyson & Richard

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Alyson, Derek and Richard fording the ‘River Lily’ in Knutsford during the 2016 celebration of the 1000th year anniversary of King Canute fording the river originally. Clare & Illingworth sponsored the event.