209-211 Whitley Road

Whitley Bay

NE26 2SY

0191 252 3549

[email protected]


If you need to order your contact lenses from us during the Covid-19 crisis you can order them through a temporary online shop we have set up through one of our sister practices (Geoff Steven and Sons) with the following link:

Order Contact Lenses

You can pay for the lenses through that website and we will post them to your house. If you are one of our existing patients you will not need to enter your prescription as we will have it on file in the practice.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Update


Due to the current Coronavirus COVID-19 situation, advice from the Government and our governing bodies confirms we are a key service but are now only able to offer emergency consultations. ie. A sudden drop in vision, broken spectacles etc.  Rest assured we will still be taking care of you during this difficult time.

We are able to offer telephone consultations with our Optometrists, who are also fully qualified Independent Prescribers, an additional qualification which enables them to prescribe medication as necessary for acute optical conditions. These appointments can be arranged Monday to Saturday by contacting us on  0191 252 3549 (it will redirect to our sister practice in Hexham where the phone lines are being manned during this crisis) or emailing [email protected]  (Our sister practice).  If our optometrist believes it is necessary for you to visit the practice, they will arrange this for you and advise the protocol around that. 

If you need further supplies of contact lenses or solutions, please request these on 0191 252 3549 or [email protected] or, alternatively, we have set up a temporary website on so you can buy them online through us and we will post them to you (again this website is for our sister practice in Hexham but can also be used by Steel and Varley patients).

During this time, our phone lines will be staffed and we have an answerphone service, however, with far fewer staff due to social distancing, we may not be able to deal with your calls and emails as quickly as you'd normally expect. 

For everyone's protection, please do not come to the practice without a pre-arranged appointment as our staff will not be able to assist you. 

We sincerely hope you and your family are safe and well and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Steel & Varley is an independent optician based in the heart of Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

Established in Whitley Bay in 1926, we have been providing exceptional eyecare to patients in the town for over 90 years. We use the latest in eyecare technology and products to provide advanced eyecare to all our patients. We offer great value and quality without losing sight of the fact that you have trusted us to look after your eyes. We will not compromise on the health of your eyes.

Our eye examinations are thorough and carried out by qualified professionals and our dispensing opticians will ensure you get the right eyewear for your visual, lifestyle and personal requirements. Browse our fantastic range of glasses, contact lenses, sunglasses and special offers here on our website. Being independent means we offer the best lenses, frames and contact lenses from ANY supplier, we have no ties. We can recommend with complete confidence what is best for you.

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