I have used a local independent for decades. As diabetes runs in his family he had a special interest and if it is more than four to five months I let him out in drops and take a butchers. Sadly he retired while I had all the eye/heart shenanigans. I do wonder if the people who took over will match up. He always cut his regulars a good deal if they ordered two or more pairs. I will miss him but know he was getting increasingly frustrated by the NHS/benefit rules and people trying to play the system. He felt people should be given a voucher if entitled to free tests or glasses instead of piling the responsability on those doing a different job. My dentist has made similar comments!