We prefer to see children as young as six weeks if there is a family history of eyesight problems. At the very same moment man first walked on the moon, Paul Rose opened his practice in Frankton. With his wife Lynette as dispenser, technician and receptionist, Rose Optometrists began a journey that has spanned 40 years – and counting – has grown from one optometrist to three and shifted premises from Commerce St to a purpose built optometry practice in Lake Road.
Paul has retired from general practice but remains busy leading seminars around the world and working on new lens designs.
Paul will forever remain part of the practice and has been assured that the great legacy he left us will continue. ‘Proud to be kiwi’, the practice became Visique Rose Optometrists in April 2001, embracing Paul’s dedication to New Zealand optometry. Visique Rose Optometrists very proudly and affectionately claim naming rights as the home of the Rose K lens for keratoconus.
Optometry has changed significantly in more recent times. The practice now boasts unique technology and service that includes the first myopia control clinic in the country. This was setup in December of 2010. It focuses on utilising research based methods to slow the progression of short sightedness. We now have three treatments for short-sightedness. The current opinion tends to show that spectacles may not be ideal for young children that are regularly changing their glasses. Instead we offer contact lens based procedures. These are called Orthokeratology or Ortho-K and MiSight daily soft contact lenses.
We have also invested in the latest technology and have purchased testing equipment specifically for the use in eye disease. When selecting glasses, we now use technology to more accurately provide a custom spectacle/glasses lens correction solution.
Our optometrists are all members of the NZ Association of Optometrists and the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of NZ, with a strong commitment to continuing education in all areas of optometry.
The Children’s Vision Clinic
The Children’s Vision Clinic was launched in 2011 and focusses on an area of optometry called Behavioural optometry. This is the term that is used by teachers and specialists in learning for optometrists that specialise in children’s vision or eye muscles and learning.
Your child should have their eyes examined at an early age as early detection of vision problems is important. A child who cannot see well is at a learning disadvantage. The optometrist will test for excessive or unequal amounts of near-sightedness, far sightedness, or astigmatism, eye movement ability and assess general eye health. Our children’s vision clinic aims to provide solutions for learning challenges caused by an unbalanced eye system. We have optometrists that specialise in behavioural optometry and regularly receive referral from teachers, Irlen screeners and SPELD assessors from around the Waikato. We offer vision therapy services for children of all learning abilities.
Children 15 years of age and under in a family with a Community Services may qualify for subsidised optometrists visits and a subsidy toward the cost of glasses.
Our Practice is modern and inviting, we also have free Wi-Fi while you wait for your appointment with one of our friendly optometrists.