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Two great locations in Johnsonville and Lower Hutt together under one name

– Black Gates Optometrists.

Black Gates Optometrists are one of the most trusted Wellington optometrists.

Having provided eye tests, glasses and contact lenses to the people of the Wellington region for over 80 years, we are renowned for our high level of expertise.

Our professional optometrists and dispensing opticians aim to ensure you get the very best eye test services, advice, and eye care products such as glasses and contact lenses.

OUR VISION: To provide world class eye care.

OUR MISSION: Being a trusted, patient centred practice, providing exceptional, personalised eyecare.

Based on 30 reviews
Careful, thorough, kind check-up
Max Stevenson
Max Stevenson
Great service, friendly team. Have all my concerns about my eye care looked after so well.
Shirley Irvine
Shirley Irvine
Very attentive, warm team from start of appointment to finish. Good communication throughout. Thanks😊
Colleen Ayrton
Colleen Ayrton
Had a lovely experience the other day. Not only the girls on reception are super friendly, Greg Nel is so professional and passionate about his job; I felt really comfortable having to go to a new optometrist after going my whole life to another one overseas. Bonus: Greg is funny as well!
Charlotte Mallentjer
Charlotte Mallentjer
Had a wonderful experience here. I had Amy who completed my eye test. Very thorough and lovely. Receptionists are always welcoming. Even while I was waiting for my appointment every staff member invested time into each person that came in. A warm, friendly, professional environment. Thank you Black Gates 😊
Marley Araiti
Marley Araiti
Excellent friendly service. The staff have always striven to give me the best outcome for my optical needs over many years.
Liz Finnie
Liz Finnie
Very thorough and helpful Frendly service would highly recommend
Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson
Great service, good range, lovely facility
Paula Janet Barrington
Paula Janet Barrington
Best eye fanglers I've ever been to, don't go anywhere else, particularly the cheapies!
Ian Hendra
Ian Hendra

Eye test services

Booking an eye test with us is your first step to ensuring your vision is the best it can be.

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“I have been going to Black Gates Optometrists since I was four. I am now 16 and Black Gates has always made me feel welcome and listened to.”

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When it comes to choosing the right frames for your prescription glasses, Black Gates make it easy.

We have one of the largest selections of frames for glasses in the Wellington region, and we get new stock in daily. Come in and let our friendly qualified dispensing opticians and optical assistants assist you in finding a frame style and design that best complements you. Our team is fully equipped to clean, maintain, adjust, and repair most glasses and frame types. All our frames have a two-year warranty against manufacturing faults.

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We specialise in fitting contact lenses.

Our optometrists can fit and maintain all types of contacts including single use daily contact lenses, re-wearable contact lenses, continuous wear lenses, soft contact lenses, rigid contact lenses and specialty contact lenses. This includes hard contact lenses for keratoconus and abnormal corneas. We also offer coloured contact lenses if you like to try a new look, and TransitionsTM contact lenses that darken when you are in bright sunlight to provide glare protection.

We provide subsidised contact lens fittings for patients who qualify for a Ministry of Health subsidy.

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As well as eye tests, glasses and contact lenses, we offer advice on and treatments for, a wide range of eye conditions including myopia, dry eye treatments and spots, flashes, and floaters.

We also offer the Vivid Vision Virtual Reality therapy system as part of our treatment programme for conditions such as Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Strabismus (Eye Turn), depth perception, suppression and more

Find out more about eye condition treatments

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