About Poppet Optics

Catering for every budget and every taste, with parking at the door, offering professional independent advice, we are here to take the stress out choosing fabulous eyewear for little faces.


Steph Cawte

Steph Cawte is an independent Dispensing Optician with over 15 years experience in the Optical Industry, a previous owner of “Eyecare Cottage” in St Heliers and manager of stores including Clulow’s in Covent Garden, London.

Finding great fitting glasses for children can be a challenge. Most practices have a small selection of children’s frames tucked away in a drawer somewhere, and parents usually have to make a few trips while a better selection is ordered in. By having the biggest selection of frames in the country, you can know that one trip is usually all you will need to find the perfect frame. Dispensing glasses to children often requires more technical skills and patience – from frame selection to prescription interpretation, from lens selection to frame adjustments. Finding the best pair of glasses for your child is something I am passionate about. The after sales service is vital for children – they are often rough on their glasses and require more frequent frame adjustments and repairs than adults. I believe that wearing glasses should never stop a child from the important job of being a child!


Samantha Simkin

Samantha is a therapeutically qualified Optometrist who received her Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Auckland with first class honours.

She has a passion for working with children and helping them achieve their best vision. Samantha is currently pursuing her PhD in paediatric visual impairment in New Zealand at the University of Auckland. Samantha has experience working with a wide range of children with varying levels of visual impairment, behavioural needs and educational abilities. She also enjoys working with teenagers and adults helping them find the best visual solution for their needs. As Dr Seuss wisely said, “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut”. Our Job at Poppet Optics is to make sure our kids don’t miss a thing!