The story so far...

Four Generations of Optometrists, celebrating over 100 years

Our History

Peter George Dick qualified as an Optician in London in 1915 and opened up a combined jewellery & optical business on Princess St, Dunedin NZ.

In 1930 his son, Peter Norman Dick, took over the practice once he qualified. He built up the optometry side of the business.

In 1962, his son Peter Leslie Dick joined him and together they expanded the optometry practice and eventually sold the jewellery business to the Daniels. Both Peter N and Peter L visited many parts of Otago on a regular basis. Peter Norman retired in 1979 and died in 1994. Peter Leslie works in the Dunedin and Mosgiel branches and regularly visits Cromwell and Ranfurly.

In 1992, Peter Stewart Dick joined his father and they opened the Oamaru practice in combination with the Dunedin practice. The Oamaru practice is now a full time practice owned by Optometrist Dave Roberts and is known as Visique Oamaru Eye Care. In 2007 Optometrist Dave Roberts took over this practice.

In 2001, The business joined Visique as a founding member. Visique is now the largest independently owned Optometry group in New Zealand. It is totally owned by New Zealanders. This results in better training utilising world leading eye wear along with personal service by local people who know their community.

In 2013 Peter Stewart 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.

In April 2014 Optometrist Mike Hopley starts work in the Dunedin and Mosgiel practices following Peter Leslie's retirement. Peter Stewart starts regularly visiting Cromwell and Ranfurly.

In 2015 100 years in business is celebrated with a party on the 27th of July.

In 2016 Hana starts work full time as an Optometrist with Peter Stewart in both the Dunedin and Mosgiel practices.


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Peter Dick (Snr)

Peter L Dick (Snr) qualified in 1962 with a State Diploma of Optometry in New Zealand.

He has been involved with the New Zealand Association of Optometrists as a Councillor and has served on the Opticians Board. He is also a member of the New Zealand Association of Optometrists and the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand. Peter has been involved with Rotary for many years and is a keen golfer.

Peter Snr retired in March 2014 after 52 years of service. He no longer works as an Optometrist but is still involved in the family business. We wish him all the best in this new phase of his life.

Otago Daily Times feature January 2013

100 year celebration article in the Otago Daily Times 28th July 2015

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Peter Dick (Jnr)

Peter S Dick (Jr) 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 S 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(Jnr) 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.

Dunedin TV Interview about Free kids sunglasses for new entrants Feb 2015

Contact Lens Technician for the Dreamworks Movie The Light Between Oceans

TV1 News item 29/9/16 Digital Devices and blue light

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Optical Assistants

Photo: Nicci and Ewart

Nicci is an experienced Optical Assistant starting with us in 2008. She also works on administration. Her family all enjoy rugby.

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

Jill has had a background in customer service and is enjoying being an Optical Assistant. She is  keen on fishing and the outdoors. She started with us in 2017.

Optometrists

Hana is now working full time as an Optometrist with Peter Stewart in the Dunedin and Mosgiel practices.

Hana is trained in therapeutics and can prescribe medications for eye conditions including red eyes. She looks forward to seeing you soon.