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About Peter Dick Optometrists

Established in 1889, Peter Dick Optometrists is a family-owned Dunedin-based optometry business which spans 6 generations.

The Peter Dick Optometrists team currently consists of two optometrists, Peter Dick and Katrina French, who are supported by an experienced team of optical assistansts, Reiko, Ewart, and Jill.

Peter Dick qualified in 1986 with a Bachelor of Optometry degree from the University of Auckland Optometry school (B.Optom).

He worked in Christchurch for nearly two years for a practice that specialised in children with reading disabilities. He then spent six months working in Melbourne Australia before going to the UK. There he passed the registration examinations and then worked as a locum Optometrist around the south east of England. He returned to NZ in 1991 and joined his father and they then opened the Oamaru practice. Peter is also a member for the New Zealand Association of Optometrists and the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand.

Peter works in the Dunedin and Mosgiel branches and from April 2014 he visits regularly Cromwell and Ranfurly. In 2013 Peter received a Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics from the Queensland University of Technology. This year long post graduate course enables Peter to prescribe medications for eye conditions including red eyes. Peter also is a member of Glaucoma NZ and under takes online education. In June 2016 Peter attended the Optometry Meeting in Boston USA. This is the annual conference of the American Optometry Association.

In 2018 Peter became a Board Approved Optometrist Glaucoma Prescriber in 2018. This allows Peter to independently treat and manage Glaucoma.

Katrina French qualified as a Doctor of Optometry in Melbourne Australia in 2016 after having previously completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Otago in 2012. Like Peter, Katrina is qualified to prescribe ocular medications to treat some eye conditions. She is very experienced having previously worked in Alice Springs, Australia.

In March 2019 Optometrist Katrina French joined Peter and the Visique Team. Katrina is Peter’s niece and she is the 5th generation to join the practice as an Optometrist.

In April 2021 Katrina became a partner with Peter in the family business

Ewart, Jill and Reiko work as Optical Assisstants who provide provide support with eyecare and customer services.

Ewart has a background working in the telecommunications industry and has embraced being an Optical Assistant, starting with Peter Dick Optometrists in 2014..

Jill has had a background in customer service and is enjoying being an Optical Assistant. She started with Peter Dick Optometrists in 2017..

Reiko is an Optical Assistant starting with Peter Dick Optometrists in 2022. She also works on administration.