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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 21 reviews
Best eye fanglers I've ever been to, don't go anywhere else, particularly the cheapies!
Ian Hendra
Ian Hendra
Had a wonderful experience at Black Gates Optometrists. They made the process feel easy and fun. My Optometrist walked me through each of the tests and explained her findings as I went and then handed me over to a frames technician who helped me pick a perfect (cost effective) pair of frames and lenses. Would highly recommend.
Megan Diment
Megan Diment
Brilliant support for dry eyes! I've suffered from dry eyes for many years now and its got to the point that I need to use drops nightly just to sleep through! I'm adding more and more to my eyes without really knowing if its the right product. When I found out that Blackgates offer specialist care in this area, I booked in for a consult. Amy tested my eyes and then handed me onto Greg who showed me photos and a graph of what was and wasn't working so well in my eyes. We replaced the Lutein- vision advanced vitamins with a supplement that support the production of tear film ( which is my actual issue) and Greg recommended two further eye care products, specific to my issue. I am trying these over the next two weeks, then I'll then go back and test again to see if there is an improvement. I'd highly recommend consulting with Blackgates before you spend any more money on dry eye support to ensure your doing the right thing for your eyes.
Jacqui Neilson
Jacqui Neilson
Receptionists are welcoming and Greg is a knowledgeable, thorough and caring optometrist who is evidently passionate about eyes. Thank you.
Toby Kepes
Toby Kepes
I was really impressed with the service and help Sita Thakersi gave me on my recent eye test visit. She really knew her stuff and provided some complimentary contact lenses to try, which have really helped improve my vision. I'm happy to recommend Sita to anyone.
Steve Roughan
Steve Roughan
Great for kids. Assessment goes way beyond what Specsavers does.
Amanda Waijers
Amanda Waijers
Ramanpreet Kaur
Ramanpreet Kaur

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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