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Conveniently situated opposite Countdown in the Highbury Centre, Birkenhead Optometrists is passionate about providing all your eye care needs at the highest possible standard. Owner and trained optometrist Peter Stoute heads up a fantastic team of eye experts which includes two qualified optometrists, two administration assistants and one part-time student, who also happens to be Peter’s son.
“The practice has been running for 15 years now,” explains Peter, who bought the business from an associate six years ago. “I did my training in South Africa, registered in the UK and then came to New Zealand, where I recently completed the optometry therapeutics course at Auckland University.” He has also recently opened a new optometry branch in Devonport.
With Peter a Castor Bay resident and all four remaining staff members living on the Shore, the Birkenhead Optometrists team is very much locally owned and operated.
“It is wonderful to be able to work so close to home,” continues Peter. “We love being a part of the Highbury Centre family and are open seven days a week. We draw from a wide range of people and cater for everyone, from kids to the elderly. The Highbury Centre isn’t too big or overwhelming, and it is very accessible.”
Birkenhead Optometrists provides all your eye care needs, and more. “Aside from our prescriptions lenses and sunglasses, we fit and supply both hard and soft contact lenses and we offer the normal range eye health tests,” says Peter. “We have a digital retinal camera and a visual field screener which aids in the diagnosis of glaucoma. A while back we joined a WINZ initiated programme to provide beneficiaries with subsidised spectacles, so we do cater to all walks of life.”
Birkenhead Optometrists stocks a huge variety of frame brands, with about 500 frames on display at any one time. “All of our brands are very popular, and this season we are definitely seeing bigger, bolder styles of glasses – both specs and sunglasses,” Peter says. “We have ongoing sunglass promotions. We supply free single vision tinted prescription lenses to certain sunglass brands at a saving of $180. We are hugely competitively in price, and are happy to match any quote. Please come in and ask us – we will either match it, or do better!”
Speaking to Peter it is easy to gauge the level of passion he puts into his business. Customer service is paramount, and the range of ongoing care and services Birkenhead Optometrists provides is very impressive. “We do a huge number of repairs. We are happy for you to use your own frames at no extra cost. We can make up lenses without taking away your specs for more than five minutes. We do free spectacle adjustments, free cleaning, free nose pads and free spectacle screws. For anybody!”
Quality eye care, affordable rates, and follow-up support. What more could you ask for from your local, family-run eye care specialists?
Birkenhead Optometrists, Shop 12, Highbury Shopping Centre (opposite Countdown), Birkenhead 09 480 7771 birkenheadoptom.co.nz
Channel Magazine: Issuu 50 December 2014 | January 2015