About Us

Here at Bowden Opticians we have been Testing Eyes and providing glasses now for over 95 years.

Mark Bowden has also been selling glasses on the Internet  since 1997, before Google was around and at the birth of ecommerce.

Mark clearly remembers the first pair of Snooker Glasses he sold on the internet, way back in 1997 this was to a professional snooker player in Hong Kong, this was completley to Marks amazement, all through an old search engine called “metacrawler”.

As a third generation Optician Mark Bowden currently owns and runs his practice on Chorley Old Road, he qualified with a degree in Ophthalmic Optics at Manchester University/ UMIST in 1982.

Mark’s father Jack Bowden was also an Optician and Pharmacist, following in the footsteps of his Father James Yardly Bowden, who set the original practice up in May 1921.

This month of May is very important to Mark, as his Father Jack was actually born on the 21st May 1921, the same month his grandfather set up the shop below at 26 Higher Market Street in Farnworth.