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Dry Eye

Is Dry Eye impacting on your lifestyle? Do you suffer from red or tired eyes during or at the end of the day?

Proven treatments to help you manage Dry Eye. We treat the underlying inflammatory condition to provide long-lasting symptomatic relief, for a better life.

  • Improved lubrication and eye surface moisture
  • Innovative Intense Pulsed Light therapy
  • Local support group

Get in touch to find out how our treatments can help you.

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Do you want a unique, high quality look that will last?

Let us help you find the frame of your dreams to boost your confidence and complete your look.

  • Personalised service
  • Supported by Registered Dispensing Opticians
  • Recommendations to suit your lifestyle
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Myopia Control

Is short-sightedness present in your family?

Let us discuss our range of treatment options to find the best solution for you:

  • MiSight Daily™ disposable contact lenses
  • Ortho K contact lens treatment
  • Specialist eye drop prescribing

We can stabilise your vision, manage your short-sightedness and improve your lifestyle.

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Vision Therapy

Is your child struggling at school, or having sore eyes or headaches?

Have you suffered a stroke, concussion or experienced a head injury?

Our Behavioural Optometrist can work with you to correct your eyesight difficulties and improve your lifestyle.

  • Diagnostic testing and training
  • Prescription glasses
  • Customised program of vision training activities

Contact Sarah now to book an appointment.

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  • Book your eye examination via our easy online booking facility
  • Complete and pay for your eye examination
  • We'll put you in the draw to win back 50% of your examination cost!

Easy as - see you soon!

Terms and conditions apply. Chat to us to find out more.

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50% off Prescription Sunglasses as a Second Pair

When one pair just isn't enough! We've got your summer eyes sorted.

Simply purchase one pair of premium progressives and we'll give you 50% off your prescription sunglasses as a second pair.

Terms and conditions apply, chat to us to find out more.

50% off Sunglasses as a Second Pair
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Better Vision. Better Life.

Simply choose a frame from the Oliver Wolfe or Bill Bass range, and we'll fit your new frame with the appropriate prescription Dynamic Sync lenses - you're basically getting your frame for free*!

*Terms and conditions apply. Chat to us to find out more!

Student Discount
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It’s the Buy Now Pay Later solution you know and love with a new name!

Enjoy and pay over time with Humm - now available at Canon Street Optometrists!

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Ninety years of experience, unparalleled expertise with an emphasis on elegance and strong family values - all backed by a name you can depend on: Lafont. Glasses made in France that have made Parisian chic accessible.

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Anne et Valentin

Structured by metal and softened with plastic, the focal point of this series is its association of materials, equaled only by its association of subtle colours. These original and bold frames make for a challenging and completely unique line that anticipates a clientele of electic tastes, interested in style, yes, but also in substance.

Anne et Valentin
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Nano Vista

Indestructible eyewear frames for kids made to last

NANO eyewear frames for kids, toddlers and babies toddlers can be adapted to all uses with changeable temples, or swtiched to wear as a headband. 

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What our clients have said

As your 100% local, Kiwi-owned optometrists, Canon Street Optometrists is passionate about providing you with the very best service and the ultimate in eye care and fashion eyewear. But don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what some of our amazing customers have said about their experiences with us.

Rebecca (daughter aged 13)

Josie feels like she can focus and concentrate better on tasks asked of her at school, and words aren’t moving and jumbled on the pages anymore, and she is generally happier.

Karen, age 58

Martina’s ongoing care has been fantastic and her excellent knowledge of the fitting and wearing of Ortho K’s has made the transition very easy.  I have felt very supported by Martina in the process of changing to Ortho D’s and would recommend her and Canon Street Optometrists Timaru to anyone who is considering these lenses.

Anna (son aged 7)

Sarah prescribed new glasses and a routine of exercises which works on the signal connections to the brain. Life at home is a lot easier, school has been easier, and the teachers are supportive. It’s just been amazing to see the improvement.


Today I attended an appointment at Canon Street Optometrist for an eye test with Martina. She was very professional and I felt that I received a very thorough examination. Next was the exciting part of organising new frames for prescription sunglasses and also some updated everyday glasses. Vanessa was very attentive and helpful with the choices that I’d made. I would definitely recommend Canon Street to anyone who values the health of their eyes and the wonderful selection of frames!

Rachel (daughter aged 5)

Hi just wanted a write in to say how fantastic I find your customer services - just amazing (sic) - you guys always go above and beyond are super helpful and kind. Just wanted to day thank you again!! It was a scary road knowing Mollie was needing glasses and felt more overwhelming going to the first place we tried but once we got to you guys I felt so much better and Mollie is always more than happy to go to appointments with you guys. Thanks again you are all fab.

Bevan (via Facebook)

I have just got myself a new pair of glasses from Vanessa and her team. Wonderful experience. Very friendly, professional people to deal with. Extremely happy with my new specs. Thanks Vanessa!


I'd just like to say what a wonderful checkup I had there today. In particular I was very impressed with Ros, her knowledge and guidance with the right glasses for me was great and made the whole experience so much easier.

I'm very excited to get my new glasses.


My eye exam was extremely thorough and I was very comfortable with the process and explanations given at each point. Many thanks to Kevin Liang and Carol Davidson for their expertise and care.


Very professional and helpful staff. It's not easy for some selecting the right glasses that fit perfectly. Staff members were extremely helpful and patient during the whole process. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. (Did once with less than satisfying results!).


Excellent diagnosis and service with a caring attitude. No rush in selection of prescription glasses


Great service as soon as you walk thru the door. Continues thru out the whole time you are there. I can't fault the service the staff provides.


I have been seeing Martina for a number of years and I am very happy with all her advice and treatments she has done on my eyes to keep them healthy. I wouldn't go anywhere else...


Highly recommend Canon Street Optometrists they are brilliant. The optometrist was very patient and professional.


Amazing personal service. Awesome team. Thank you team Vanessa.


We have been coming to Canon Street Optometrist since the early 1980s when we arrived in the country and I have always been very well looked after.


Would highly recommend Carol. Very helpful and thorough


Loved Kevin, he was superb


I found all the staff I met to be very friendly. Choosing the frames was not rushed and the advice was sound. I didn't have to wait when I arrived. The glasses came quickly and the fit was so good there was only a small adjustment needed. Thank you, I plan to come back for sunglasses.


Great service helpful and friendly staff


Very courteous and a pleasure to do business with. Passed my license with flying colours. Thank you for your assistance.


Want to have your eyesight cared for in a professional and positive way - Canon Street is the place to go


Great service with beautiful staff, who treat you as a person not just a number.


Martina was great at explaining things to me and had excellent interpersonal skills. Roslyn was patient and so helpful helping me select frames. Would highly recommend going to Canon Street.


Kevin was absolutely amazing!


Friendly and knowledgeable staff made the whole experience quite relaxing.


The optician and retail staff were very polite, professional and personable. All interactions in person or via telephone have made the experience very easy, and have made me feel that I am more than just a customer.


I had questions about my eyes and after the examination all the questions were answered and I left with a clear understanding and peace of mind. A very satisfactory service.


So hepful, everything was explained in full without being pressured to purchase. Would not go anywhere else.


Amazing staff fitted me in whilst on an unplanned trip to Timaru! Above and beyond service and staff. Optometrist was very good at telling me all the results and what she was looking for! Entertaining as well!


Have been a satisfied customer for about 20 years - that says it all !!!


You went above and beyond what was required for me when the supplier would not replace my faded frames due to being out of warrantly. This was so appreciated.


Friendly, welcoming and professional staff, as always. It's always a pleasure to visit!


I joined *another optometry practice* in 1980 and was disappointed in their system of using a different person for each task to do with eye testing. I therefore changed to Canon Street Optometrists and have since received excellent service over the last 41 years. Thank you. (sic)


I would highly recommend Canon Street Optometrists, they provide an exceptional service.


All staff were kind and helpful, they were careful to speak up for me once they noticed that I have hearing issues and everything was explained in detail.


Friendly, focus on service as well as eye health. Superior standard of knowledge and technology to give great value for money service.


The ability to assist rural customers to arrange a partner or family booking to save on fuel and time costs is one reason for loyalty to Canon.


Thank you for your continued professionalism and service


Love the service and after care.


Always super service. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you.


Every one I dealt with were amazing. All the staff are more than helpful. And didn't mind taking the time to spend with me.


Very professional, thorough and caring staff. The reassurance I received about the state of my eye health was worth every cent of the exam cost.


Great staff, great knowledge, and very helpful - thank you.


Great team at Canon Street, knowledgeable prompt service, staff are always pleasant and happy to help. 10/10


A friendly, professional and thorough examination and experience.


Always a pleasant experience no matter what. Feel very confident it was an accurate assessment. Thank you again.



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New Zealand moves to the ORANGE LIGHT within the COVID-19 Protection Framework, also known as the traffic lights system, on 14 April 2022.

What does this mean for you?

We are open for eye examinations, spectacle repairs and maintenance, dispensing of frames and lenses, supply of contact lenses and solutions, and more!

Please wear a mask in the practice at all times (unless exemption has been given)

Please maintain 1m distancing

And, as always, please be kind and respectful to our team and clients. As we’ll be doing sanitising of the practice between customers, there may be delays for some frame selections, repairs, etc. as we monitor numbers within the practice. The health of our team and our customers has always been, and will always be, our number one priority.

Please remember to tell us if you are unwell or immunocompromised so that we can be prepared. Please also note, that we reserve the right to refuse entry into the practice if we believe customers or staff may be put at risk, so please be patient and respectful of everyone's health and safety.

If you are unwell, please stay home.

Due to the nature of optometry and dispensing, we will get very close to you during the examination, sometimes for prolonged periods of time, however we will ensure we are maintaining health and safety standards at all times.

Our team will be wearing the appropriate PPE wear (as deemed necessary and following Board recommendations). Every frame that is tried on will be sanitised before being returned to the display. We are pleased to offer contactless payment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our team on 03 688 9791, email us, or come in and see us – we’re here to help.

We can’t wait to see you!





For information about COVID-19 please see their website: www.covid19.govt.nz

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