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Broadbent Jamaica

About Us

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How we started...

In 1946, Charles Broadbent, a Canadian Optometrist, launched an optical store in Kingston, Jamaica, marking the inception of Broadbent's eye care legacy in the country. Though Charles eventually sold the business, the name 'Broadbent' persisted as a symbol of top-tier vision care. The enterprise expanded, with offices established in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Port Antonio, Portmore, and other locations over the years. Each branch offers services from ophthalmologists and optometrists, a wide array of frames, locally produced premium lenses, contact lenses, and a skilled team of over 40 members, including experts in the optical field. Additionally, Broadbent actively participates in community outreach initiatives, collaborating with the Lion's Club on their Sight Foundation project. Over time, Broadbent has become synonymous with reliable and professional eye care, earning the trust of Jamaicans as a go-to destination for their optical needs.

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High Quality Lenses

We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality optical lenses which are crafted at our local lab that utilizes the latest technology available worldwide.

Fashionable Optical Frames

Each location stocks a wide selection of optical frames with styles in keeping with the latest trends for all ages. Our knowledgeable and customer-service driven optical dispensers are trained to assist in choosing suitable products that best suit your unique requirements.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Our goal is your vision. Our team is driven by customer care and satisfaction. It is important to us that we build a strong relationship with all our customers as we recognize that visual expectations and needs are paramount.

Our Doctors

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Dr. Gail Webster-Henry

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Dr. Ronald Gregg

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Dr. Sahithi Jasti

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Dr. Windel Miller

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Dr. Rhodd

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Dr. Shelley Buchanan

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Dr. Courtney Williams

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Dr. Nonde Nsomi

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Dr. Hamid Woodham

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Dr. Amoy Ramsay

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Dr. Andrew Giles

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Dr. Richard Bruce-Kotey


Mission Statement & Core Values

To build a relationship of trust with our customers by offering comprehensive eye care, quality lenses, fashionable frames and excellent customer service delivered by our competent staff, as we continue to improve our technology.

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Broadbent is both a health-oriented and fashion-oriented enterprise. This is why we must strive to devise comprehensive vision solutions that meet the needs of our individual customers.


We to provide the best eye-care solutions by treating every customer with respect and patience. We listen to the customer’s needs first, then think creatively to find a solution that not only meets, but exceeds their expectations.


Broadbent sells a high quality product, therefore the entire customer experience should reflect that quality, from the presentation of the store to the competence of our sales team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the warning signs that a child might need glasses?

Common signs that a child has a vision problem that requires corrective eyewear include:

  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Losing his or her place while reading
  • Using a finger to follow along while reading
  • Squinting
  • Tilting the head to see better
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Closing one eye to read, watch TV to see better
  • Avoiding activities that require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities
  • Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
  • Receiving lower grades in school than usual
  • Disrupting the class on a regular basis

Schedule an appointment with your optometrist if your child exhibits any of these signs.

When should a child get his/her first examination?

Six months old.

What’s the difference between a specialist and an optometrist?

A specialist is a medical doctor who specializes in all areas of the eyes; an optometrist checks vision and refers to the specialist when abnormalities are detected.

How often should I have my eyes examined?

For children: every year; adults: every two years.

How long does the medicine last in the glasses?

The glasses prescription never changes however, your eyes do, sight deteriorates with age.

Can scratches in the lenses be removed?

Not at all.

Is it alright to wear glasses all the time? Will this cause dependency?

If you are nearsighted, yes; farsighted, no.

How does one decide the best lenses for me?

How does one decide the best lenses for me?

Are the lenses sent overseas to be prepared?

Not at all; we have a first world laboratory which allows for a quick turn around in glasses production.

Why are the lenses so expensive?

We use first quality materials and a variation of lens styles; one cap does not fit ALL.

Are scratch resistant lenses available?

YES. Polycarbonate lenses offer this feature.

Opening hours for our business?

Monday to Friday 8:30-5:00 Saturday 9:00-4:00 Except for the following locations: Fontana 9:00-6:00 Monday-Friday and Saturday 9:30-4:30; Harbour St. 8:00-4:30 and closed on Saturday.

Do we use outside RX (glasses and contact lens) and frames?

We do fill outside prescriptions as long as the doctors are registered to practice; frames we take at the owner’s risk.

Can I take back my clear lenses at a later date to add transition to them?

No this is not possible.

What does far/near sighted mean?

Farsighted means you see clearly in the distance without any aid(s) but may have an issue seeing objects at a close range, and nearsighted means you are able to see objects at a close range without assistance but no so in the distance.

How long is the adjustment period for new lenses?

This varies there is no hard and fast rule; each individual has his/her own level of accommodation.

Can "transition"/AR coating be added after picking up?

No to Transitions however, AR coating can be added IF the lenses have NO blemish.

Can AR coating be removed?

There has been some success with this but it is not 100% foolproof.

What is the difference between transition and progressive?

Progressive lenses transition from distance to near vision; Transitions lenses are photochromic lenses i.e. they transition from clear to dark and vice versa when outside or inside.

Should I use alcohol to wash my glasses?

Should I use alcohol to wash my glasses?