About Us

Solent Spectacles (originally Hythe Optical) was founded by Mr Kerry Neilson over 35 years ago in Hythe servicing local opticians glazing needs. 5 years later with the company growing it was relocated larger premises in the Solent Business centre where he was joined by his wife Vivienne, and at weekends by his daughters Laura and Claire. With the optical market changing a small retail department was started and Laura became full time. Our current fully Qualified Technician Luke Parmenter Sm (tech) joined the firm and has now been with us over 15 years. In 2010 with expansion in the retail side, Laura joined her father full time and the Solent Spectacles partnership was born. Larger retail premises were needed so in 2012 the business was relocated its current position in Millbrook Road West. The principal of Affordable Quality has worked well and the company is constantly growing. In recent years the Solent family has expanded and now includes Carol Miller (Dispensing Manager) with over 37 years’ experience and brother and sister, Mark Vine (Trainee Technician & Optical Assistant) and Kayleigh Vine (Optical Assistant).