Independent Opticians 224 S Coast Rd, Peacehaven BN10 8JR Tel: 01273 582549 Email: [email protected]

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Ingram & Schofield Independent Opticians part of NOOR EYECARE GROUP is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy.  We strive to be transparent about the personal information we hold giving you control over how it is used.  

This policy regarding your privacy sets out the types of personal information we collect about our customers, why we collect it and how we use it.  It also provides you with information about your rights and who to contact if you have any questions or queries.

We want you to feel safe and trusted with the information we hold and use.

We may update our privacy policy from time to time in the future so it’s important that you check it from time to time.  If any important changes take place, we will update our website and in-store documentation to inform you. Where necessary we will email you so if you have an email address where we can contact you please advise us on your visit, by email or telephone call.


How do we collect your personal information?

Below list how we collect personal information from you:

  • When you fill in forms on our website.  This includes at the time of registering to use our website, subscribing to our services, posting material or requesting further services including when you request a callback and booking an appointment or when you apply for a promotion on our websites.
  • When you visit our website (including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise) and the resources available to you.
  • When you report a problem with our website
  • When you fill in any documents, be they electronic or paper copy forms in our store associated with the performance of ophthalmic examinations, such as an examination (eye test) or a contact lens-related examination
  • By completing customer feedback or survey forms
  • Should you make a complaint, either verbally or by any other form such as a communication letter or email
  • Through any transactions made (complete or incomplete orders) you make through any medium.  For example on our website, in-store, by telephone or in a clinical environment
  • Via telephone calls
  • Via CCTV operating on the premises


Other ways we collect your personal information from different sources:

  • From social media websites (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter)
  • Via third parties which include, your general practitioner, another Optical practice, hospitals and family members
  • Companies that may provide consumer classification for marketing purposes


How do we use cookies on our website?

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers.  This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and DOES NOT identify any individual

For the same reason, information regarding your general internet usage by using a cookie file stored on the hard drive of your computer.

Cookies contain information that is transferred to you your computer’s hard drive.  They help us to improve our site and deliver a better and more personalised service.  They allow us to:

  • Estimate our audience size and usage pattern
  • Store information about your preferences, and allow us to improve the customisation of our website based on your individual interests
  • Speed up searches
  • To recognise you when you return to our website


You can choose to refuse cookies by activating the setting on your web browser which allows you to reject the settings of cookies.  However, if you select this setting, parts of the website may be inaccessible to you. Unless you have chosen this setting, our system will issue cookies when you log onto our site.

Our website may also record mouse movements, clicks, page scrolling and text keyed into website forms.  Data collected by this service is used to improve our website usability. Any information collected is stored and used for aggregated statistical reporting, only for the purpose of improving our website.

{Please note that our advertisers may also use cookies, over which we have no control}


What personal information do we collect?

The personal information we collect will depend on the relationship we have with you.  We might collect the following personal information:

  • Demographic/contact details such as name, email address, postal address, telephone number, full name, date of birth, any NHS identifying numbers and date of birth
  • Health and lifestyle information relating to historic or current eye conditions, medications and health conditions, ethnicity, occupation, hobbies, ocular and medical family history and if you are a driving licence holder
  • Current ocular symptoms or visual concerns
  • Clinical outcomes of examinations, assessments or diagnostic tests
  • Your current vision, vision  correction solutions and visual motivations
  • Your consent to undertake ophthalmic examination procedures AND diagnostic imaging
  • Your marketing preferences
  • Financial information such as bank details, credit and/or debit card details
  • Images obtained from in-store CCTV
  • Details of other persons who are named as your next of kin or health care providers or referees
  • Educational and professional qualifications
  • Employment history (if applying for a job role)

How do we use your personal information?

We may use the personal information we hold about you in different ways for different purposes.  These are listed and described below:

  • Where it is necessary to provide eye care or treatment, or for the management of health care systems and services which are under the responsibility of a registered eye care professional.  This includes performing any form of ophthalmic examination, such as an eye examination (sight test) and/or a contact lens-related consultation.
  • Where it is necessary to analyse clinical or patient-reported outcomes of vision corrections which include information obtained at eye examinations, contact lens consultations and during ophthalmic procedures, provided by Ingram & Schofield
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contract entered into or with the intention to enter into a contract (between you and us) and it is necessary to provide you with a service and/or vision correction solution/product, such as to fulfil orders for glasses, contact lenses, ocular lubricants or medications ad contact lens cleaning solutions.  If you don’t provide us with your personal information we will not be able to provide you with our services
  • Where you have given consent to provide you with Ingram & Schofield marketing information.  We will generally ask for consent to provides you with information about the products or services from  that we feel may be of interest to you
  • Where it is necessary to meet a legal or regulatory obligation set by our regulators, such as the General Optical Council (GOC) and our data protection supervisory authority the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
  • Where it is necessary to defend, establish or exercise our legal rights.  This will include our right to pursue or defend a legal claim
  • For the investigation, prevention or detection of criminal conducts, and in order to protect our premises, our staff and customers
  • For reasons of substantial public interest such as fraud protection and credit risk reduction
  • For the prevention, detection, prosecution and investigation of breaches of ethics for regulated professionals
  • Where we have legitimate business needs to transmit and use personal information within Ingram & Schofield for internal administrative tasks, to resolve any complaints and develop and improve our products or services.  This may include details of your visits to our website and the resources you access. At all times we will ensure our business needs to not result in harm to you by impacting on your privacy rights and freedoms.


Who do we share your personal information with?

We may share your personal information within the NOOR EYE CARE group or with third parties (described below).  Personal information is shared for the following reasons:

  • For our general business administration with any member of our group below
  • A third party contracted to assist us to provide services to you, to help us improve our services and where we have a legal or regulatory obligation.  Disclosure of your personal information will only be made where there is a contract in place and the third party has agreed to keep your information confidential, secure and that it shall only be used for the specific purposes for which we provide it to them
  • For development and clinical purposes and the subsequent benefit of the wider ophthalmic community in an anonymous  manner

Third parties we may share your personal information with include:

  • We will only do this is where we have your authority to do so.  Your relatives, associates, representatives or organisations will not be informed, again, unless we have your authority to disclose the information
  • Your medical, social and welfare adviser(s) or professionals
  • Eyecare professionals
  • NHS health boards
  • Our service providers such as IT and software suppliers, auditors, lawyers, marketing and PR agencies.  Other suppliers and providers of goods and services associated with our products and services
  • Regulatory authorities such as the General Optical Council (GOC) and our data protection supervisory authority the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
  • NHS fraud teams, the police and other law enforcement agencies
  • Debt collection agencies
  • Our website may, from time to time, contain links to any affiliates.  If you follow any link to these websites, they have their own privacy policies.  We do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to the websites
  • In the event that we sell, transfer or buy any business or assets to a prospective seller, transferee or buyer of such business or assets


Where we store your personal information

Personal information you provide is stored on paper records and our in-store hard drives.  Payment transactions are taken over the phone or in-store and no card information is stored.

The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure.  Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your data that is transmitted by you to our website; any transmission is at your own risk


How long do we keep records for?

We will only keep your personal information for as long as reasonably necessary to fulfil the relevant purpose set out in this privacy policy and to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.  How long we keep your personal information will vary according to its nature and how we use it. This is largely defined by our regulatory and legal obligations. We generally keep health and medical records for up to 10 years from the end of our relationship with you; if there is a dispute or legal action we will keep your records up to 10 years.


Your rights

Data protection law provides you with the rights to the personal information we hold about you.  These rights are:

The right to access your personal information

You are entitled to access your personal information we hold.  This means you can request a copy of the personal information held by us.  There is not usually a charge for dealing with your request. For additional copies, however, we will charge a reasonable fee for administrative costs.  We will usually provide your information in writing unless otherwise requested, or where you have made the request electronically we will try to provide you with your data by electronic means where possible

The right to withdraw consent

We will ask for your consent for certain uses of personal information, notably marketing.  You can ask us to stop sending you marketing at any time. Where you have consented we will provide you with information, products or services from Ingram & Schofield that we feel may interest you.  Each of these communications clearly carries an unsubscribe option in the event that such information is not welcomed

The right to rectification

We try to keep your personal information accurate and complete.  However, if you do believe this is the case you can ask us to update or amend it.  Details on how to contact us are provided in within this privacy policy

The right to erasure

In certain circumstances, you have the right to ask us to erase your personal information, for example when the personal information is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or where you have withdrawn your consent.  However, we may not fulfil such a request if there are legal or regulatory obligations that mean we cannot erase your personal information or where it is necessary to continue eye care services or treatment

The right to restriction of processing

In certain circumstances, you have the right to ask us to stop using your personal information, for example where you believe the information we hold about you is inaccurate.  However, we may not fulfil such a request if there are legal or regulatory obligations that mean we cannot do so or where it is necessary to continue eye care services or treatment

The right to data portability

In certain circumstances, you have the right to ask us to transfer personal information, that you have provided to us, to another third part where this is technically feasible.  Once your personal information has been transferred to a third party, of your choice, they are responsible for safeguarding your personal information

The right to lodge a complaint

You have the right to make a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at any time in circumstances where you consider your personal information has been used by us in a way that does not comply with data protection law.  More information is available on the ICO website:


Questions, comments and requests regarding your personal information are welcomed by emailing Ingram & Schofield or writing to the store address.  We will endeavour to respond to you within 14 working days.

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