Bimal and Neil have nearly 50 years experience between them so your eyes and your vision are in safe hands.

By using digital measuring devices and virtual reality lens simulations, The Vision Factory, Worcester combines the very latest in eye testing and lens technologies with good old-fashioned know-how and expertise.

Bimal Panchal | The Vision Factory | Opticians Worcester


BSc. (Hons) M.C.Optom

Bimal developed an interest in optometry from the age of 16 after work experience at Scrivens Opticians where he started off with reception duties and quickly progressed onto dispensing spectacles.

He then went off to study Optometry and Vision Sciences in Glasgow where he obtained a 2:1 honours degree along with the University and national prize for his project work on dry eyes. The interest in dry eyes continues today and Bimal regularly runs dry eye clinic for symptomatic patients.

Bimal also holds a diploma in Sports Vision Therapy with a special interest in corrective appliances for all types of shooting sports and archery and has been an examiner for The Worshipful Spectacle Makers Company where students undertake theoretical and practical qualifications for the manufacturing of spectacles.

Bimal has interests in fitting complex lenses and works closely with one of the countries refractive laser surgery clinics helping with their cases. He is also involved with the Diabetic Screening Programme and the Minor Eye Conditions Services run in Birmingham. Bimal is registered with the General Optical Council, the Association of Optometrists and is also a Member of the College of Optometrists.

Neil Jones | The Vision Factory | Opticians Worcester


B.Eng (Hons)

Neil qualified from Bath University with a Degree in Engineering and has always had an interest in how things work and how they fit together. His first job role, by chance, was as a Vacuum Coatings Laboratory Manager. This turned out to be a Laboratory applying anti-reflection coatings to Ophthalmic lenses and little did Neil realise at the time but his career in Optics had begun and he has never left the Optical industry since apart from taking a unique opportunity to work in the Formula 1 motor racing industry on a fixed term contract during the 2002 F1 season.

Progressing from Laboratory Manager to Sales Manager, Neil enjoyed getting out and visiting Opticians all over the country providing lens seminars, training courses and a high level of product support. It was during this time that Neil started to forge strong relationships with customers, many of which are still customers today all these years later.

With a wealth of knowledge and customer contacts, Neil joined forces with one of his existing customers in 2005 and helped create one of the UK’s leading rimless glazing Laboratories. When it was time to move on to new challenges and return back home to Herefordshire / Worcestershire Neil joined forces with Bimal (who was also a customer of his many years ago) where he set up a new laboratory in 2013 and now The Vision Factory in 2018.


The Vision Factory
Unit 10F
Shrub Hill Industrial Estate
Worcester WR4 9EL



The Vision Factory
Unit 10F
Shrub Hill Industrial Estate



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