18th June 2020 Update

We are happy to announce that from the 18th June we will be opening up our shop once more. We will be available immediately for repairs to or replacement of lost or broken glasses. From the beginning of July we will be offering urgent and essential eye care appointments in the first instance, followed by routine eye sight appointments. Click here for more information.

Clear Vision Direct

Independent Opticians in Biggleswade

01767 313631
54-56 High Street
Biggleswade, SG18 0LJ
Coronavirus Update

The Biggleswade Team

Bob Furnell

Practice Manager and Director

I set up the business in 2005 and have seen our customer base increase from zero to several thousand. Previously, I have worked in Banking and was a fully qualified financial consultant. I was prompted to move into the Optics world having spent a number of years doing charity work in Romania providing free spectacles to those less fortunate than ourselves. I have lived locally for 30 years, served as Chair of Governors at a lower school, deacon at the Biggleswade Baptist Church and currently run a "Keep Fit for Oldies" at the Church on a Thursday evening, which is free and open to anyone.

Jo Hancock


I qualified as an Optometrist in 1990 and I am registered with the General Optical Council. I am a member of the Association of Optometrists and a member of the British College of Optometrists. I have been involved with Clear Vision Direct since 2006. As the primary Optometrist here, my role is to perform sight tests and ensure a high level of eye care. I am accredited with Moorfields Eye Hospital (Bedford) Shared Care Scheme to provide pre and post cataract assessments. I moved to Biggleswade in 1994 and since having my children I have become involved with various community projects. I am currently an active member of the Central Bedfordshire Swim Squad and have helped organise and run several swimming galas and swim camps.

Laura Sharman


I qualified as an Optometrist in 2001 after graduating from City University. I am registered with the General Optical Council and am a member of the College of Optometrists and the Association of Optometrists. I am accredited with Moorfields Eye Hospital (Bedford) Shared Care Scheme to provide pre and post cataract assessments. I joined Clear Vision Direct in 2012 initially providing holiday cover and am now a permanent member of the team. I also work at City University where I supervise and mentor final year Optometry students while they are gaining clinical experience. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor sports such as hiking and skiing and hope to add mini triathlons to my repertoire.

Sara Vieira

Admin/Dispensing assistant

In 1997 I moved to Biggleswade to bring up my family, having previously working for a large Life Assurance company in Peterborough. When my youngest child went to school full time, I was given the opportunity to join Clear Vision Direct, a small, friendly local business on a part time basis. Working for them gave me the chance to put both my administrative and people skills to good use. I have been here since January 2007 and thoroughly enjoy working in such a friendly environment and take pride in providing a high quality of customer care. In my spare time, I love to go camping and have even managed to convince some of my friends to join in the fun.