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Rockhampton,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?


Cnr Canning & Fitzroy Streets, Allenstown QLD 4700

How often should you get your eyes checked?

We recommend you get your eyes checked every one or two years. But it really depends on your age.

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're unsure, why not give us a call and find out?


Booking your eye exam

When you book an eye exam with us, we don’t just get you to read letters. You get a full eye health check-up. Your consultation will take around 30-45 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, using the latest technology (which we’re pretty chuffed about). So you’re getting more than just a simple Snellen test.

Here are the eye
health services we offer.

Optical Coherance Tomography

The latest technology that’s used to test for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. It uses visible light to produce a 3D image of the inside of your eyes, allowing us to detect signs of macula problems (including macula degeneration, holes, diabetic retinal disease, and oedema), and early signs of glaucoma.

Visual Field Tests

Visual field tests are used to check your entire scope of vision, and creates a map of each individual eye. A crucial part in the diagnosis and treatment of all glaucomas, and many neurological diseases, visual field tests are used to detect any dysfunction in your central and peripheral vision. Ours generally take 10-15 minutes, and help you detect blind spots, optic nerve damage, and early signs of eye disease.

Contact Lenses

We also discuss which is best for your vision and lifestyle – should you have daily contact lenses, that you throw out before bed every night or fortnightly contact lenses or monthly or yearly contact lenses? We will then order some trial lenses in for you and teach you how to insert, remove and clean your contact lenses. You will also be advised if you need to use any lubricating eye drops with the contact lenses. If there are any questions with the trial contact lenses given to you, you may book in an aftercare appointment with your Optometrist.

People wear contact lenses for a number of reasons including:

  • looks
  • they are virtually impossible to see when worn
  • can enhance or change eye colour (coloured contact lenses)
  • you may wear any sunglasses
  • convenience
  • difficulty wearing your contact lenses
  • they are better for active sports
  • occupational
  • visual
  • some occupations such as police, professional athletes, entertainers, photographers may find it easier to wear contact lenses while working.
  • Contact lenses have a wider field of view, eliminates optical distortions and allows better depth perception, especially in higher prescriptions. We also prescribe the latest progressive contact lenses that allow you to see distance and near at the same time.

    If you have a high prescription (more than + or -5.00D), contact lens consultations may be bulk billed.


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 finds something that needs further assessment we offer specialist referrals within Allied Health in Northern QLD.

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. Your eyes might need stronger support than what contacts can provide, or you might want a more cost-effective option than repeatedly buying contact lenses.

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, including niche fashion brands, and get a look that suits you.

Looking for something different?

Be sure to check out our great collection of fashion eyewear and exclusive brands in-store today.

Book your consultation now

Come on in for an eye check, and get peace of mind that your eyes are as healthy as they can be. We’re looking out for you.


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. So whoever you’re with for your health cover, you’re covered with us*.

*Please note though that some procedures may not be available on your private health cover, so be sure to check before you book them in.

Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Packaging and Blister Packs recycle program

We’re even part of a recycle program with Bausch & Lomb and TerraCycle, a fantastic initiative to reduce waste from items you don’t often think about. All you need to do is bring in your used contact lenses and blister packs, drop them off with us, and we’ll ship them off to get recycled. We also recycle old spectacles that are no longer needed by their owners and donate them to the Lions Club in support of their Recycle for Sight initiative, cleaning them and sending to third world countries to help others in need.

Meet your local Rockhampton team

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

Michael DraytonOptometrist

Graduating in 1988 from UNSW, Michael worked in NSW for 2 Years whilst studying further to qualify to Practice in the UK for the next 5 Years in a number of different clinical settings in Britain, where he met his lovely wife a fellow Aussie from a central Qld town called Rockhampton.

Returning to Oz in the early 2000’s with a wide range of knowledge and experience in all aspects of eye care and health Michael and his family settled in the sunny town of Rockhampton, ultimately becoming a Partner & Director of Lawrie & Taylor Optometrists in 2006 one of the oldest longstanding practices in Rockhampton.

Completing a Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2011 allows Michael to treat eye diseases and prescribe medication, working independently and in close collaboration with Ophthalmologists. Michael is a keen golfer being a member of one of the local clubs. He is active in the Rockhampton and Yeppoon communities being a long time supporter /sponsor of Yeppoon Golf Club, his second home. Michael’s other passion of sport makes him a lover of Rugby league, wearing BLUE amongst a sea of maroon!

Lillian BeechOptometrist

Lilly has been with us since January 2014. She graduated from QUT with a Bachelor in Vision Science and Master of Optometry, which includes therapeutics. She works mainly at the Southside practice but occasionally will cross the river and work at the Northside branch.

Cameron TaylorOptometrist

Cameron started working as an Optometrist, in Rockhampton, with Alex Ralston in 1980. From that time he also worked with Mary Lawrie and together they formed Lawrie and Taylor Optometrists in 1996. From the time Cameron arrived in Rockhampton he was mentored in the science of specialty contact lens fitting and now provides contact lenses for a full range of patients. He also provides care for children with vision problems, and Low Vision patients. Cameron developed the practice on the corner of Fitzroy and Canning Streets in 2001 and has worked there continuously since.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my consultation take?

Most appointments run on time and are completed within 30 minutes. Our patients are then encouraged to spend another 20-30 minutes browsing frames with our qualified optical stylists.

My prescription is over a year old, can I still use this?

It’s recommended all patients have an eye test every two years (minimum). If you’re aged over 60 years we recommend having an eye test every year to check the overall health of the eye. If you’re currently experiencing any blurry vision, trouble reading, or headaches behind the eye, we recommend booking an appointment ASAP.

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, Lawrie & Taylor Optometrists is registered with all major Australian health funds.

Are my frames and contact lenses covered by a guarantee?

All our frames and lenses are covered by a manufacturer’s guarantees, which is a warranty covering any manufacturing faults and lens coatings. If these occur within the first 12 months of your purchase, please bring your frames back to be assessed, to be repaired or replaced. This doesn’t cover scratches or damages that have occurred due to general use.

Client Testimonials

First time I've had an eye test at Northside practice and can't rave enough about the service I experienced. New glasses = happy camper. There will be no other Optomistrist for me from now on. Thank you.

Amanda Nielsen

These guys are so awesome!! Have been our family optometrists for many, many years and would never go anywhere else!! Great with the kids too..

Kerry Pease

You couldn't get better service. Took my children there and now there adults they still go and won't go any where else.

Joann Boon

Wouldn't go anywhere else been seeing since I was about 8

Gavin Marshall

Come in and see us

Whether it’s fuzzy vision, or you’re simply worried about your eyes, we’re here to make sure you’re looked after. You can give us a call for any questions you might have, or to make an appointment with us simply fill out the form below. We’ll then confirm your time and date - all you need to do is show up. At Lawrie & Taylor Optometrists, we’re looking after you.