Vision Therapy

Disclaimer: Below is a database of all Practitioners available within New Zealand for this discipline. A Practitioners presence in this list is not a recommendation from us. Where we have had repeated good feedback, we will show *Recommended* next to that person's name.

Behavioural optometry, also known as “developmental optometry”, is an expanded area of Optometric practice that uses a holistic approach to the treatment of vision problems. Behavioural optometry incorporates various vision therapy methods and is an advanced scope of practice. 

Visual Training is devoted to developing, improving and enhancing a person’s visual performance to:
  • Prevent vision and eye problems from developing
  • Develop the visual abilities and skills needed to achieve more effectively at school, work or play
  • Enhance visual functioning
  • Maintain the most desirable visual status
  • Compensate for vision and eye problems which have already developed
Visual Training is a resource to help patients who:
  • Have difficulty copying information from texts, business reports, diagrams etc.
  • Have comprehension problems, difficulty remembering what they have to read or write, read backwards or lose their place when reading printed matter
  • Have hand-eye coordination problems in sports and leisure activities
There are a large number of vision exercises to help improve skills in areas related to learning and performance, including:
  • Vision tracking to aid the eyes moving accurately across the printed page when reading
  • Pursuit training to aid the eyes in following a moving object
  • Saccadics to aid quick and accurate eye movements from one place to another
  • Eye-hand coordination to aid important skills for sports, school, home, play and work
  • Vision copying to enhance the visual ability to copy information from something like a classroom blackboard or computer screen
  • Visual discrimination to aid in differentiating letters, numbers, symbols and words
  • Size and shape awareness to aid in recognising letters, numbers, symbols and words
  • Vision and body movements to aid in developing vision as a guiding mechanism in body movement
  • Directionality – left/right directional concepts
  • Visualisation to enable the individual to visually create or recreate
  • Visual memory to aid in remembering what you have seen and increase the ability to comprehend reading matter

Directory (North to South)


Mark Donaldson - Specialist Eye Surgeon
The Eye Clinic, Ascot Hospital, Auckland
Phone 09 520 9523

Evan Brown - Optometrist & Vision Therapist
Howes & Brown Meadowbank, Auckland
Phone 09 528 4198

Orewa Optics
Grant Dabb
10 Bakehouse Lane

Visique Mahurangi Vision Centre
Philip Ansley 
23 Neville St

North Shore Optometrists
Stuart Warren 
117 Sunnynook Road

Cassidy Eyecare
Stephanie Cassidy 
84 Gunner Drive
Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland 

Visique Papakura Optometrists
Bradley Pillay 
Shop 2, 202 Great South Road
Papakura, Auckland 

Visique Greerton Optometrists
Keith Miller 
157 Chadwick Road
Greerton, TAURANGA 

Visique Greerton Optometrists
Brenton Clark 
157 Chadwick Road
Greerton, Tauranga 

Eyes On Victoria
John Mellsop 
97A Victoria Avenue

Visique Wanganui Eyecare
Mr John Mellsop 
211 Wicksteed Street

Shattky Optometrists Hastings
Mark Eagle 
116 Russell Street South
Hawkes Bay 

Spec Savers Hastings
Niall Paul McCormack 
247 West Heretaunga St

Visique Shattky Waipukurau Optometrists
Mark Eagle 
36 Ruataniwha Street

Foresight Optometrists Limited
Jyoti Hari 
164 Main Road
Tawa, Wellington 

Richard Shanks
1st Floor, The Grand, 16-18 Willis St

Anstice Optometrists
John Anstice 
10 Clyde Road, 
Upper Riccarton
Ilam, Christchurch 

Lincoln Eye Optometrists
Leesa Stuart 
32 Gerald Street
Lincoln, Christchurch  

Rolleston Eye- Optometrists
Ms Leesa Stuart 
41 Shelley Street
Rolleston, Christchurch