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Mortimer Hirst EYECARE & EYEWEAR

Mortimer Hirst has an esteemed history in optometry specialising in contact lenses with the founders manufacturing and fitting contact lenses since the early 1940s.


The tradition continues today with the clinical team of industry leading optometrists and contact lens specialists; that comprises business partner Grant Watters (, Kerry Atkinson (, Varny Ganesalingam (, Emilie Langley (, Dr Aki Gokul ( and Oliver Munro (


The clinical team continue Mortimer Hirst’s specialised contact lens business whilst expanding their own areas of interest and expertise. The clinical team are often involved with pre-market evaluations and clinical trials for leading international contact lens manufacturers. They lecture nationally and internationally, teach and examine at the Auckland University of Optometry and are involved in a number of industry studies at any one time. The clinical team continue to pursue and further their own qualifications and experience such as post doctorate, master of optometry, contact lens extension courses, Police, Pilot and Seafarers certification and are all therapeutically qualified to prescribe for and manage infections and inflammatory conditions of the eye.


As well as providing general optometric services such as eye examinations, visual screening and children’s vision (paediatrics) the clinical team specialise in post-surgery care, dry eye treatment, ophthalmology co-management and complex contact lens fitting, management and troubleshooting. This includes specialised contact lens designs for keratoconus, post-graft care, topography driven custom designs, rigid lens (RGP) fitting, polishing and adjusting, cosmetic contact lenses for irregular or post-traumatic injuries, multifocal, hybrid, astigmatic lenses and Orthokeratology (


Mortimer Hirst is equipped with advanced imaging technology including topographical corneal mapping to help perfect contact lens designs, enabling vision enhancement without compromising corneal integrity. The clinical team are some of the few remaining practitioners who are able to modify, re-power and polish rigid gas permeable contact lenses in-house, often in the course of an annual contact lens consultation.


Mortimer Hirst is also renowned for its unique eyewear and sunglasses collections, whether it’s a traditional look or a fashion statement the expert team of dispensing opticians will find eyewear to suit and compliment your image. The buying team are constantly sourcing the most innovative and exciting new collections to work with, often from obscure and little known fashion houses as well as established internationally renowned brands, some of which are exclusive to Mortimer Hirst. Selecting eyewear is similar to bespoke tailoring; it incorporates a great deal of detail such as shape, colour, size, fit, style and material, ensuring it compliments hair and skin tones and most importantly, represents your personality and the look you are after. Mortimer Hirst’s team of dispensing opticians pay special attention to these details as well as your personal, visual and lifestyle requirements.


Mortimer Hirst established its St Heliers practice in 1980 and has gained a solid reputation for its expertise and service. The clinical team is led by local resident Grant Watters ( who is one of the highest qualified and experienced optometrists in the industry. The entire team at St Heliers are local residents whom are committed to the local community and to providing the community with the best eyecare and eyewear.


Service is paramount at Mortimer Hirst, hence they do not charge for eyewear repairs and servicing. New nose pads, screws, temple tips and complex adjustments are all complimentary and part of the service whether the eyewear was purchased from Mortimer Hirst or not.  A fee is only charged if the eyewear has to be sent off site for specialist repairs where they incur a charge.


Mortimer Hirst is giving away three pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses ending 31 May 2018. To enter either like their Facebook page or visit them in person and have your eyewear cleaned, polished, tightened and refitted and at the same time collect your complimentary goodie bag which includes a large microfibre cleaning cloth and spray cleaner.


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Mortimer Hirst will be sharing its expertise monthly in the Verve and look forward to being of service to you.
9 High St: 09 379 8950
3 St Heliers Bay Rd: 09 575 8650
42-44 Hurstmere Rd: 09 486 1952