About John O’Connor Optometrists

John O’Connor is a New Zealand family owned and operated Auckland optometrists established in 1978.

We have a reputation built on quality products and friendly service. For your convenience, our Auckland optometry practices in Newmarket and Henderson are both open 6 days a week.

John O’Connor Optometrists uses only the high quality, internationally renowned HOYA lenses. To ensure a quick turnaround these lenses are sourced directly from the local HOYA laboratory at Mt Eden.

At just $65, our eye exams are affordable and very comprehensive. All our eye checks include a prescription update and full eye health check which will detect any conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Our frame buyers have extensive industry knowledge and carefully choose our ranges to suit individual style and fashion needs. Each individual face is different and so are our frames. International designer brands such as Dior, Fendi, Hugo Boss, Armani, Emilio Pucci, Lacoste and Adidas are part of our extensive frames collection.

Children are well cared for at John O’Connor. For children aged 15 or under, eye exams are free if parents hold a valid Community Services Card.

The team at John O’Connor Optometrists are focused on your eye health. Want to know more about our Auckland optometrists? Read what our clients say about our staff, service and eye care.

Eye Doctor


Call us on 09 522 1283 to speak to our Newmarket optometrists.
We have free parking available at 49 Remuera Road.

Eye Specialists


To speak to an optometrist in Henderson call 09 836 1731.
We are at 371 Great North Rd, Henderson.

Eye Specialists Auckland

Meet Our Team

Our Auckland optometrists are members of the New Zealand Association of Optometrists and many are also members of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand. Several of our optometrists are also therapeutically qualified to prescribe drugs to treat certain common eye conditions.




Our optometrist Ritesh graduated in 2007 from the University of Auckland with Bachelor of Optometry (Honours) and Ocular Therapeutic Endorsement. Having worked at a corporate firm in Wellington in his initial year he moved to John O’Connor Optometrists and has been our primary optometrist at our Henderson branch for the past 7.5 years.

Ritesh’s areas of interest and expertise include contact lenses and geriatric care. With his ocular therapeutic qualification Ritesh is also able to diagnose and treat many common eye diseases including infections, inflammations and allergic conditions. Ritesh is dedicated on providing thorough eye examinations and enjoys interacting and connecting to his clients so that a detailed and tailored care is given to each individual patient. He is always seeking ways to deliver better eye care.

Ritesh is a current member of New Zealand Association of Optometrists and Cornea & Contact Lens Society NZ.

Outside of optometry Ritesh enjoys travelling, family, wine and cheese!




Linda has been working in John O’Connor Optometrists as an optical assistant since 2010. She graduated from University of Auckland, Bachelor of Optometry with honours in 2013 and has been practicing as an optometrist since then. Linda was also one of the two recipients of the 2013 Snow Vision Scholarship. In 2014 she spent a month in the optometry clinic of State University of New York (SUNY) advancing her knowledge in different optometry specialties.

Prior to becoming an optometrist, she completed a degree in Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science specialising in haematology and microbiology. She graduated in 2008 with a Beckman Coulter prize in haematology and spent a few years working in medical laboratories.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys baking, sewing, crochet, and knitting. She is also hoping to start an herb garden in her apartment in the near future.




Colin graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Optometry  in 1998. He later completed his Master of Business Adminstration from the University of Sydney.

Colin has worked in several practices in Australia for 9 years before returning to settle in Auckland. Colin loves interacting with people of all ages and is committed to helping you find the best solution for your visual requirements.

Outside from work, Colin enjoys spending time with his family and two children. He also loves travelling, eating good food and music.




Kevin graduated from the University of Auckland School of Optometry in 1996. He has 20 years experience working in various practices. He enjoys working with all age groups and is committed to providing excellent eye care.

Away from work, Kevin enjoys spending time with his son. His interests includes cooking, nutrition and fitness.


Wen Li


Wen Li graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Optometry  in 1998 and later completed her Master of Optometry from the University of New South Wales followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Optometry with Ocular Therapeutic Endorsement.

Wen Li has worked in corporate optometry practices and private practices in Auckland and around Australia. She spent several weeks in Nepal for her final year externship and has volunteered in Fiji for VOSO. Wen Li enjoys providing eye care to all ages. Her special interests include contact lenses, orthokeratology and myopia control.

Wen Li enjoys her family time with her husband and two children. She also loves travelling, music and does pilates for fitness.



optical dispenser

Paul is a vastly experienced Optical Dispenser with over 20 years in the industry. He started in Optics as an Optical Technician in wholesale before moving on to private practice and later on as an Optical Dispenser. Paul is highly experienced in all forms of repairs and adjustments.

Paul loves working in a team, is very patient and have the ability to communicate well across a broad spectrum of people and age groups. His track record in customer service is first class. Paul’s approach to service delivery is based on sound understanding and communication.

He enjoys working in a testing and stimulating environment which offers the opportunity for further challenge and personal development.

Paul’s interests include music, comedy, gardening, swimming and general fitness.




With 12.5 years of employment with John O’Connor Optometrists, Lynn is our longest serving staff member who enjoys her role as Manager of the Henderson store and is a firm believer in old fashioned customer service for all our clients.

She has a varied work history including retail, manufacturing and 10 years in health care.

Lynn is a big fan of crosswords, literature, movies and crafts. She loves spending time with her family especially her one grand child.



optical assistant

Josie has been an optical assistant at John O’Connor for nearly 4 years.
She enjoys the fashion aspect of optometry. She loves interacting with people and being able to help them discover their own unique style.

She loves makeup, fashion, food (she can’t cook, but loves to eat) and to say she loves animals is an understatement.




Sasha is a third year optometry student at the University of Auckland. She first became interested in optometry when she spent two months in the Philippines as part of a missions trip. She was a member of the small medical outreach team who ran the optometry clinic in several small villages, giving reading glasses to those in need.

Sasha is passionate about helping people and has a particular interest in frame selection.

In her free time Sasha enjoys spending time with her friends, watercolour painting and playing the guitar.

We deliver peace of mind about the way you see the world, your sight.

We offer high quality eyecare and friendly service at our optometry practices in Newmarket and Henderson. For your convenience both stores are open 6 days a week.