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More than meets the eye

Making a difference

It all began more than 35 years ago with the vision of two optometrists, Doug and Mary Perkins, who set out to make a difference to people’s lives by providing best value eyecare.
And their passion for optometry continues to shape the lives and experience today of the 3,500 optometrists who are developing their careers with us. Like Doug and Mary, they are passionate about caring for the health of their patients’ eyes, about making decisions that will transform the quality of their lives.

Join them and you can make a difference too.

Work with the latest technology to enhance the way you care for patients

There’s never been a better time to join Specsavers as an optometrist in Australia and New Zealand – and contribute to our mission of transforming eye health in both nations.

In Australia and NZ we have redefined the standard eye examination – by including an OCT scan for every patient. This is enabling our optometrists to have an impact on health outcomes on a scale never seen before. The introduction of OCT as part of the eye test for patients provides optometrists with unprecedented levels of clinical information, facilitating consistent and informed clinical decision making.

Specsavers by numbers

Specsavers scale in Australia and New Zealand often surprises optometrists not entirely familiar with the business.


Specsavers stores across Australia and New Zealand

3.75 million

Eye tests each year


Optometrists seeing patients in Specsavers stores every day


Specsavers Optometrists are therapeutically endorsed to prescribe ocular medications


Graduates now enrolled in our two-year Graduate Program

Stores and patient care

To gain a clear perspective of Specsavers’ approach to optometry, the typical store operates three consulting rooms and offers eye examinations seven days a week. Standard equipment across the network (auto-phoropter, slit lamp, diagnostic equipment, visual field analyser, OCT) is further supported by the Oculo e-referral platform which is in place for the systematic referral of patients to ophthalmologists and GPs – and fully integrated into our patient record-management system.

A widefield OCT scan and digital fundus photographs are captured for every patient as part of their standard eye examination, with no additional charge. By the time the patient enters the consulting room, the optometrist will have previous spectacle prescription details, an autorefraction, intraocular pressures, an OCT scan report/fundus photographs, and where indicated, visual field results.



A pathway to the career you want

If your goal is to become a Specsavers partner and own your own optical business, we can help you achieve that. Our Pathway program is an intensive educational program designed for current Specsavers optometrists. The program equips you with the critical business management and leadership skills you need to succeed in leading your own Specsavers business.

Be at the forefront of eyecare

Alongside advanced diagnostic technology and data-led professional development, we are in the midst of a serious evolution of optometry – one that is seeing us Transform Eye Health.  Specsavers partners work alongside several, significant health industry leaders in order to ensure our optometry workforce continues to be at the forefront of eyecare.


Partnership with RANZCO in the Ophthalmology Local Education and Engagement Program (OLEEP), aiming to hold specialist-led education events in sites across Australia and New Zealand to reinforce these guidelines

Intervention partnerships

Intervention partnership alongside Diabetes Australia and the Australian Government’s Department of Health to eliminate diabetes as a cause of avoidable sight loss by communicating the need for (and measuring take-up of) regular diabetes eye checks

Oculo Integration

Oculo integration with electronic record management in stores facilitating 200,000 referrals per year and allowing direct connection with GPs, KeepSight Portal, glaucoma, diabetes, low vision and other health professionals


Founding industry partner of KeepSight, Australia’s new diabetes eye screening program

Glaucoma Australia

A supporter of Glaucoma Australia, working to improve support for patients with glaucoma

OCT rollout

Completing OCT rollout, with as many as 4 million scans forecast per year from 2020

Benchmarking Reporting

Provide optometrists with benchmark reporting of clinical care to enable self-reflection to improve consistency of practice and enhance patient outcomes

State of the Nation

Publish the State of the Nation Eye Health Report; the most comprehensive optometry data set published in the last ten years

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