We are an independent & family owned opticians.

We are commited to delivering the highest standards of eyecare. Book an appointment today to enjoy a personal, friendly service from our experienced team tailored to your individual needs.

Welcome to D&D McWilliams Opticians

David and Daphne opened D&D McWilliams Opticians in 2002 to provide a more bespoke eye care service to the local community.

Now over a decade later the team has grown and David and Daphne still work daily to offer a thorough and caring experience to those who want a more personal, honest and stress-free approach to their eye health needs.

We offer a comprehensive, half-hour eye examination including digital retinal photography. All of our spectacle frames are hand selected and checked for the ultimate quality and choice. Our experienced and friendly staff will discuss your requirements and help you select the perfect solution and if spectacles are not for you, our Optometrists David and Laura take pride in offering the most up-to-date Contact Lens options.

We hope we will welcome you soon to our Stanwix practice.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to resume NHS & Private Eye Examinations.

If you are overdue your routine appointment or need an eye test we are able to see you.

We have extended appointment times for thorough cleaning and disinfection between appointments and we are limiting footfall in practice so you and our staff can be protected and feel safe.

All visits to the practice are still by pre-arranged appointments.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

All the team at D & D McWilliams Opticians

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New Features


A frequent complaint or concern we hear from patients is that they feel uncomfortable when driving in poor light or weather conditions, especially at night or dusk. In particular the glare and discomfort caused from car headlights is something we hear everyday in practice.

ZEISS DriveSafe lenses are available in Single Vision and Varifocal options. They are freeform designed to give better vision in low-light conditions for safer and more comfortable driving, reduced glare at night from oncoming cars or street lights and clear visibility of the road, dashboard, rear-view mirror and side mirrors.

During February and March you can get 30% off all Zeiss Drivesafe Lenses.


SEA2SEE design & produce trendy optical frames that are Hand-Made in Italy and entirely made with recycled marine plastic waste.

Over one tonne of plastic ocean waste is collected every day and manually seperated and to be recycled - with 90% of what is collected recycled and 25% of the polymer collected used to manufacture the spectacles, resulting in fashionable eyewear that is good for the environment.


Wolf Eyewear and Tokai are offering special lenses as part of a package which protect children against 100% Ultra Violet Light (UV) and 94% High Energy Violet Light (94%).

For £40 + NHS Voucher for Kids or £60 + NHS Voucher for Teens (depending on prescription) you get a stylish, modern frame and Tokai Lutina Lenses complete with the benefits above and includes an Anti-Reflection and Scratch-Resistant treatments on the Lenses.

Why choose D&D McWilliams?


Come and be welcomed by David or Laura who are our fully qualified Optometrists. Upon booking an appointment you have a choice as to who you would like to see and many of our patients see the same optician every time for that continuity of care.


We have options for all budgets, from simple effective eyewear to luxury brands and cutting edge optical lenses. We're always purchasing new designs and brands to keep our selection fashionable and up-to-date.


Our team have decades of optical experience between them. We keep our knowledge up to date with regular training sessions so we can confidently advise you.

What our Patients Say?

Best opticians I have ever been to and would not look anywhere else now. New glasses fit perfectly. After bad experience with branded opticians I cannot thank David & Beth enough for all there help

Excellent service from my cup of tea on arrival to the expert help from Lily in choosing my new glasses. Real friendly atmosphere as well bravo.

David, Daphne and their team of staff provide a very professional and friendly optical service based in Stanwix Carlisle. This is an excellent family ran business, locally owned and I would recommend to anyone to visit.

This is in my opinion the best opticians in Carlisle. A family run business with friendly professional staff who always provide you with a warm welcome and a truly personalised service. I am very confident that each time I have an eye examination this will be tailored to my individual needs.

They stock beautiful frames, and lots of different styles and brands. I am very happy with the service I received recently and am delighted with my new spectacles. I would strongly recommend visiting.

My experience with your practise has been exceptional in the quality of Mr McWilliams knowledge and suggestions as to how to improve my eye care and the knowledge of your staff members as well.

Your customer care is way above any expectations with your staff member delivering and fitting my glasses on Easter Sunday so I could take them on holiday with me. He had even brought the machine with him to warm the arms of the glasses to get them to fit me best.

Carlisle Living Award 2019 - Best Retail Team

"This independent family-owned optician was opened in Stanwix in 2002 by David and Daphne McWilliams to provide a community-based eyecare service. "They are amazing, helpful and go that extra mile," comments one client. "The shop has a nice family feel too. They have style and know their job," and ""always want the best for their cients."

Our Services

We’re pleased to offer a wide range of eyecare services to our patients.

  • D&D McWilliams Opticians, 27 Church Street, Stanwix, Carlisle, CA3 9DJ