Nelson, Richmond,meet your local optometrist

Your vision might not have changed, but getting an eye test is still important for maintaining overall eye health. After all, you see a doctor for a regular health check-up, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your eyes?

55 Halifax Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand

205 Queen Street, Richmond 7020, New Zealand

Meet your local Harrington team

Here’s the friendly local team who you’ll meet in our store.

Richard NewsonOptometrist

Richard has had over 27 years’ experience in the optical industry and has been with Harrington Eyecare since 1999 & works in both the Richmond & Nelson branches.

He has been a President of the New Zealand Cornea and Contact Lens Society and is currently the Treasurer.

Erin O'ConnorOptometrist

Erin started work as an Optometrist in Thames in 1998 and has been moving further South (with the notable exception of a year in Papua New Guinea!) every few years since.

Julie JonesOptometrist

Julie has been with Harrington Eyecare since 1994. She was the first optometrist in Nelson to complete the post graduate qualification in therapeutic optometry.

DianeDispensing Optician

Diane is a qualified Dispensing Optician and has been a valued member of the Harrington Eyecare team since 1999.

How often should you get your eyes checked?

Everyone’s eyes are different, but you should have an eye test at least every two years, or more frequently if recommended by your optometrist.

Now’s the time to come in and let us help you get the jump on any potential vision loss.

It helps to come in more regularly, so we can ensure you’ve got the right lenses and make sure we detect any eye disease early.

When was your last eye test? If you are unsure, give us a call to find out.

Book your eye test with us

When you book an eye test with us, we don’t just get you to read letters. You get a full eye health check-up. Your consultation will take around 30 minutes, depending on your vision requirements. It’s a bit longer than your standard eye test, but we’re making sure we test for everything, so you are getting more than just a simple Snellen test.

What happens next?

What happens next depends on your results. You might find that you’ve got 20/20 vision, in which case we can schedule you in for another checkup at some point in the future.

If our practice or optometrist find you’re long-sighted or short-sighted, or something else, we’ll sort you out with a prescription for glasses and lenses, or contact lenses, tailored to what your eyes need.

If your test results indicate something that needs further assessment we offer specialist referrals.

Glasses or contacts?

This one’s mostly up to you, but what really determines whether you need glasses or contacts will be the results of your eye test, and your circumstances.

When you come and see us we can provide you with advice about what choice is going to be best for you while you browse our range of frames and find a look that suits you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my consultation take?

Our standard eye test takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

How frequently should I have an eye test?

It is recommended that you have an eye test at least every two years, or more frequently if recommended by your optometrist. If you are experiencing any vision concerns it is recommended that you book an appointment.

I have a glasses prescription. Can I use this for contact lenses?

No, glasses and contact lens prescriptions are completely different as the power of each prescription will vary.

Are my frames and contact lenses covered by a guarantee?

Our products are guaranteed for a period of twenty-four months from the date of purchase against all manufacturing defect.

To see our full returns policy click here

Come in and see us

Whether it's a vision concern, or you're worried about your eyes, we're here to make sure you're being looked after. Give us a call today with any questions you might have, or simply make an appointment with us online by clicking on one of the buttons below. Once your appointment is scheduled, we'll contact you to confirm your time and date. We look forward to seeing you.