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If you have a specific vision or eye health question, email us at ask@capitaleyes.co.nz

Background information such as whether you have been previously seen at CapitalEyes and your approximate age can help us better answer enquiries.
A few previously asked questions are below.






Meet the Optometrists

Kevin O'Connor

Kevin has been at CapitalEyes since 1995 when he joined the partnership. He studied in Wellington – at Wellington College and then a Bachelor of Science from Victoria University. Followed by a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Auckland in 1989 and further qualified with in therapeutic optometry in 2003. Kevin enjoys helping people and his interests within the optometry are contact lenses and treating anterior eye conditions. He is a father of 3 – with sons through Wellington College, he is a true Wellingtonian!






Leith O'Connor

Leith has also been at CapitalEyes since 1995, joining the partnership alongside Kevin. She studied in Auckland , graduating a Bachelor of Optometry in 1989, and further therapeutic optometry qualification in 2009. With 3 children of her own, Leith enjoys seeing kids for their vision care, from pre-schoolers to the taller teens.






Joy Hoshek

Joy first worked at CapitalEyes as a newly graduated optometrist in 2004, and after some travelling has now been with CapitalEyes for many years. She has a Bachelor of Optometry with honours, from the University of Auckland and is also therapeutically qualified. Joy enjoys many sports and the liveliness of Wellington.

Joyhas returned from maternity leave. Now her son Conrad is a bit bigger.






Previously asked questions

Does wearing glasses make your vision worse?

No. Wearing glasses gives you clear and comfortable vision. Your prescription will not increase because you have been wearing glasses. However, you may find that the improvement in comfortable vision means that you have more symptoms without glasses.


Is wearing sunglasses just for fashion?

While sunglasses are indeed a fashion accessory, they provide protection for your eyes from UV rays. It is the UV rays that are known to cause cataracts, pterygia and other eye disease. Sunglasses also reduce the glare, making your vision more comfortable.


If my family has old age blindness when do I need to have my eyes checked?

Regular eye examinations are recommended from the age of 40, then usually 2 yearly thereafter. If you can find out the name of the condition of the cause of other family members vision loss, this is helpful for the optometrist and they can discuss this specifically with you.


My friend had progressive lenses and says she couldn’t wear them, would I be better off with 2 pairs of glasses?

We usually recommend progressive lenses rather than 2 pairs of glasses – they are so much more convenient. There is a range of optical quality with different progressive lenses (increasing technology means more modern designs work better), and the measurements for new progressive lenses need to be very precise. Our qualified and experienced staff recommend the progressive lens designs that work best, and take the precise measurements you need. They will help you at the start with explaining about your new glasses, and following up with you after 2 weeks to check that you are settling well.


Will contact lenses damage my eyes?

Contact lenses are considered to be a medical device as they are sitting on your cornea. If contact lenses are fitted properly, with the wearer understanding and using the correct cleaning solutions, with regular eye care, contact lenses are very safe. Our optometrists all wear contacts themselves, and can help you also be a successful contact lens wearer.


How old do kids have to be before they can have contacts?

We don’t set an age, but rather, if the parents think their kids are able, and responsible, then they are usually great with contacts. We teach the kids all they need to know to be able to handle their own contacts – with Mum or Dad alongside.


Why are glasses expensive?

It all depends on which features you choose for your glasses. We offer a frame and lens package from $299 for adults and $249 for kids. These have quality frames and lenses with an anti-reflective coating, and we are proud of these having quality and value. A longer answer to your question however is: there are two parts to your glasses – the frames and the lenses.

The frame cost varies depending on the quality of the frame – features such as the type of metal used, the finishes on the surface, the strength of the joints, if the frame is rimless and the fashion aspects all affect the cost of the frame. Often a standard frame is all that you want, but you do want a reliable frame that will last you. The lens costs vary widely depending on the design – are they single vision power or more complex progressive lenses. If the lenses have an extra scratch resistant coating, or a coating to reduce the reflection, or have variable tint as Transitions, then the costs will vary widely. If you have a higher prescription, or have chosen a rimless frame then the lenses for your glasses will need to be thinner and stronger, the higher technology materials do cost more.