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The Best Optometrists in Canberra

In need of a new pair of glasses? Need to update your contact lens prescription? Due for an eye check? Whatever your reason, most of us visit an optometrist once every year.

If you haven’t yet found an optometrist in the Canberra region, you’ve landed in the right place. After conducting some local research, we’ve put together a list of three of the best optometrists in Canberra.

Before we get into the list, let’s have a look at the traits we believe all the most reliable optometrists must have.

What Makes a Reliable Optometrist?

Here’s what we recommend looking for in a top-quality optometrist.

  • Full qualifications. First and foremost, the optometrist you choose to see should be fully qualified. After all, optometry is a complex medical field.
  • A great range of glasses. If you do need glasses, your optometrist should be stocked with the latest and greatest in eyewear. Whether you’re after a classic style or an on-trend statement pair, you should have a wide range of frames to choose from.
  • State-of-the-art equipment. Like other medical industries, optometry is always changing. The most reliable optometrists use cutting-edge technology to determine your prescription and detect potentially dangerous eye conditions.

Agree with our list? Anything else you would add? Share your thoughts in the comments.

The Top Optometrists in Canberra According to You

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Andrew Watkins Optometrist

Andrew Watkins believes in the best quality eye care along with the latest technology and equipment. Frames aren’t just about how they look, but they should also be practical, and Andrew’s great team of optical dispensers are knowledgeable and honest. With over 25 years experience and a range of new and old staff, you can be sure to get quality eye care advice.

Specsavers Optometrists - Canberra Centre

Optometrist, Jimmy Park provides eye health checks for adults and children’s as well as contact lens assessments, diabetic retinopathy screening, fitness to drive assessments, glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataract assessments. Specsavers has a great range of frames to choose from and provide a detailed explanation of contact lenses and the best way to wear them.


Stepping into their optometry practice in Manuka, you’ll feel instantly welcome. Ash is the Optometrist: the one to see for a truly personalised and thorough examination of your eyes. He’s been serving the Canberra community for 14 years  and has developed a loyal patient following. Ashita is the Dispensing Optician: you’ll be astounded by her ability to choose the right glasses to suit your face shape, colouring and prescription. 


Bailey Nelson Optometrist

Fast delivery of frames and a great selection, Bailey Nelson is an affordable optometrist available 7 days a week. With on trend styles and an ever rotating collection, eye health checks are the first thing you need to get your new frames rolling. The flagship store is just up the road, in Bondi, and the international growth of this Australian company is testament to it’s great service and quality eyewear!

Arcidiacono Optometrist

Michael Arcidiacono has 27 years experience and an excellent reputation for high quality care. This family owned and operated business knows that your family is your priority and Michael wants every child to reach their full potential. He’s passionate about detecting eye problems early and ensures the correct treatment is provided. With a keen interest in specialised active eyewear himself, Michael understands having a fulfilling lifestyle contributes to your families health.

Your Favourite Optometrist in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Where do you get your eyes tested? Do they provide a fantastic service or are you looking to switch? Share your answers with our readers in the comments section below.

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