About Us

Our practice provides teaching services for the University of Auckland's School of Optometry & Vision Science, for the Bachelor of Optometry degree.

Meet The Team

Our team have an extensive knowledge of eyewear, optics and frame fashion.  

All of our optometrists are therapeutically qualified and have a special interest in contact lenses and dry eye therapy.

Local owner and operator Renata Watene concentrates on building lasting relationships and real rapport with her patients. With 17 years experience in optics, she is a dedicated optometrist committed to the health of your eyes. 

Sandhya Mathew has rejoined the team this year, much to the delight of her patients and the rest of the Occhiali team. 

Practice Manager Jared Neame is your go-to man for anything Occhiali inspired. He brings flare, fashion and the warmest smile on the Ponsonby strip.

Fourth year Optometry student Alice Jackson is a highly skilled and knowledgeable consultant who can help you with all your optical needs.  

Yasemin Sabanali has also joined our team this year. In her third year of Optometry at the University of Auckland, Yasemin can offer you informed and friendly advice.
LA Eyeworks Auckland

Window Displays

Occhiali has become world-famous in Ponsonby for our innovative and ever-changing window displays. 

Be sure to stop by and check out our latest featured product, pictured left.

Featured: Kilsgaard 
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Eyewear Trends

Pop of Colour

Colour is king in eyewear this 2017! 

From stark bright pop-art shades to beautifully subtle gradients, Occhiali Ponsonby has NZ's most exceptional range of colourful frames. 

Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect shade to compliment your colouring. 

For colour, we LOVE:

L.A. Eyeworks

L.A. Fiction

Anne et Valentin 

 Crystal Frames

More than a passing trend: Crystal, or "clear" acetate frames have gained massive popularity recently. 

Why not try this funky, ultra-modern style for yourself? We have many different styles and shapes available in crystal colourways. 
Opt for a slight tint of colour for an even more unique look!

For crystal frames, we LOVE:


Garrett Leight California Optical

Kate Sylvester

 Mirror Lenses

This sleek eyewear trend is huge in Europe, and has hit our NZ shores with explosive popularity. 

Whether you prefer a classic Aviator or are in love with the drama of oversized cat wing sunglasses, we probably have them with a mirror lens. 
Did you know we can have custom mirror sunglass lenses made for you with your prescription? 

For mirrored sunnies, we LOVE:

Tom Ford

Garrett Leight California Optical

Paul Smith
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