Gala Optical (4.5 miles)

Gala Optical Centre was part of Crown Eyeglass PLC from 1987 through to 2013 when we went independent. We have been located in Galashiels since 1987 (28 years) and serve Galashiels, Melrose, Selkirk and towns and villages throughout the Scottish Borders. Our commitment is to provide a good professional and friendly service at all times.

Since being Independent we have grown into a strong and reliable family run opticians, offering both Designer and Budget ranges of frames and lenses.

At Gala Optical Centre, we recommend that you have your eyes examined every two years or unless advised otherwise by our optometrist. There are more than 100 ways to test your eyes in the examination but we will tailor your examination to suit your individual needs.

Contact Details


14 Bank St


01896 757965


Opening Times

  • Monday 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • Thursday 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • Saturday 9.30am to 4.00pm
  • Sunday Closed

The common misconception is that “yes I can see, so there is no point in having my eyes examined”. This, however, is not true as not only does the eye test provide an accurate assessment of your vision but it allows us to determine the general health of your eyes and can identify early signs of eye problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Our eye exams are structured to allow us to ensure you receive the eye care you deserve to maintain the care and protection of your most valuable sense, your sight. We use the latest technology, our optometrist is always 100% trained on all current eye matters and we ensure that your visit is efficient and enjoyable.

At Gala Optical Centre, we do not charge for retinal photography. In fact it is our pleasure to take a photo of the inside of your eye and show and discuss this with you. This detailed image of your retina, the back of your eye, allows us to monitor the health of your eye for your future examinations.

Gala Optical Centre Services

Free NHS Sight Test – sight tests are free for everyone, funded by NHS Scotland.

Free Home Visits – if you are unfit to come into our practice, we will come to your home.

Repairs – we can do basic repairs in the practice and will do all we can to fix more complicated problems.

NHS and Kids Glasses – those in receipt of relevant NHS benefits qualify for free glasses from our NHS range and a discount on all our other ranges. Kids glasses are free as are any replacements due to loss or damage.

Free Hearing Tests – this can be done in the practice or at your home.

Nikon Lenses – See the Nikon difference, designed in Japan, manufactured in the UK using the very best in coatings and materials.

Do you have hearing loss problems?

Over 8 million people in the UK suffer from failing hearing and 1 in 5 people over the age of 50 suffer from some degree of hearing loss.

If you are unsure whether you or someone you know has a hearing loss, ask the following questions:

  • Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • Do you have trouble hearing the TV, radio, telephone or doorbell?
  • Do you struggle to hear clearly in noisy environments?
  • Do you confuse words or misunderstand conversations?
  • Are you unsure whether sounds are coming from in front of you or behind you?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should have your hearing thoroughly checked by a Hearing and Mobility Centre qualified Hearing Aid Dispenser, Free and without any obligation.

A FREE, no obligation hearing test in the comfort of your home, or at the Gala Optical Centre in Galashiels will establish whether you have a degree of hearing loss and if you could benefit from a hearing aid. Our Dispenser will offer advice and suggest which hearing system would best help you.

Selecting the right aid for you

At Gala Optical, we specialise in the latest digital hearing aids from top manufacturers: Oticon, Siemens, Widex, Starkey and Phonak. The range of hearing aids we offer are custom made and individually manufactured so that they fit the shape of your ear exactly. Our range includes the latest digital technology including aids so small, they can hardly be seen in the ear.