Ballina,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?

2/35 Fawcett Street, Ballina NSW 2478

Meet your local Ballina team

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

Bernard StarfieldOptometrist

Bernard graduated from the School of Optometry in Johannesburg in 1981, and spent two years in the Ophthalmology Department of South Africa's biggest teaching hospital. He then worked at Hawkes and Wainer in London, before emigrating to Australia to take up an opportunity at an independent optometrist in Canberra. Following this, Bernard moved to Sydney, operating his own private practice in Randwick, until he finally settled in sunny Byron Bay.

Bernard is the co-founder of Vision Eyewear Lismore, which rebranded as Specsavers Lismore in 2008, and resigned this role in June 2018 to come and join the Headware Baillina team.

When he’s not following his passion for optometry, you’ll find Bernard slogging it out in the hills on a mountain bike, or putting in laps in the pool.

Did you know?

All major Australian health funds

We're registered with all major Australian health funds for your optical rebates, which includes contact lenses, prescription glasses, and prescription sunglasses, and also provide bulk-billing services for all eligible patients.

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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 bulk billed eye test

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.

Bulk billable for eligible Medicare card holders and services.

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.

Can I use my health fund extras cover at this optometrist?

Yes, we are registered with all major Australian health funds.

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.