Best Optometrists in Melbourne

Below is a list of the top and leading Optometrists in Melbourne. To help you find the best optometrist located near you in Melbourne, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

This article is updated every 3-4 months.

Melbourneā€™s Best Optometrists:

The top rated optometrists dealing with examination of the eyes for both vision and health problems, and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses:

  • David Southgate, BScOptom, PostGradCertOcTher ā€“ Collins Street Optometrists
  • Richard Lindsay, BScOptom ā€“ Richard Lindsay and Associates
  • Paul Donaldson, Bachelor of Optometry ā€“ Eyes Optometrists Richmond

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Collins Street Optometrists

David Southgate, BScOptom, PostGradCertOcTher - Collins Street Optometrists
David Southgate, BScOptom, PostGradCertOcTher ā€“ Collins Street Optometrists

David Southgate graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1981 and has practised at the top end of Collins Street for 25 years.Ā  He attained his Post Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2003, becoming one of the first optometrists in Victoria permitted to prescribe S4 drugs to treat eye disease.Ā  For most of Davidā€™s time in the city he was the co-director of a long-standing practice in Collins Place.

Outside his full-time work in private practice in the city, David has also worked in rural Victoria and for a time served as Director of Professional Services in the National Secretariat of Optometry Australia.Ā  For the years 1992-94 David was elected President of the Victorian Division of Optometry Australia.Ā  Since 2000 he hasĀ consulted to Bupa as an Optical Advisor in their audit division and for a similar time has been a member of the Medicare ParticipationĀ Services Review Committee.

David is the author or co-author of half a dozen research papers covering topics as diverse as the role of vision in sport to papers on the state of the optometric workforce.Ā  His lifelong interest in sport and expertise in vision has seenĀ David provide services to Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria, the Victorian Institute of Sport, Tennis Australia, the Carlton and Essendon Football Clubs, and many Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes in disciplines such as shooting.Ā  When away from the practice David can often be found at his amateur football club or at the MCG as a volunteer guide where he puts that love and knowledge of sport to good effect!


Comprehensive Eye Examinations, Dry Eye Clinic, Myopia Management, Orthokeratology, Keratoconus and Irregular Corneas, Co-management of Eye disease and all about eyes.


Address: Level 9, 267 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
Phone: (03) 9663 2729


ā€œHad a great experience with Collins Street Optometrists. I needed a particular pair of safety sunglasses in a rush and Dr Ian managed to get the exact pair I needed within two days. Super thankful as they came in handy a number of times. Highly recommend these guys and big thanks to Dr Ian for helping me out in with such short notice.ā€ ā€“ Jarrah G.

Richard Lindsay and Associates

Richard Lindsay -Ā Richard Lindsay and Associates
Richard Lindsay ā€“Ā Richard Lindsay and Associates

Richard Lindsay ā€˜obtainedā€™ his BScOptom degree from the University of Melbourne in 1984 and a MBA from the same institution in 1991. He was Head of Contact Lens Clinics at the Victorian College of Optometry from 1989 to 1998 and a Senior Fellow in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne from 1992 to 2007. Richard has also previously been a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Optometry at the University of New South Wales.

Richard worked as a Volunteer Optometrist in the Village Polyclinic at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and he was the Optometry Coordinator for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Village Polyclinic.

Richard is renowned internationally as an expert in the field of contact lenses. He has presented over 100 lectures at conferences and scientific meetings both in Australia and overseas, and he has published over 30 papers related to contact lens practice in scientific and clinical journals. He has also written chapters for many contact lens textbooks. Richard is a Diplomate of the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry and he is a Past-President and a Founding Fellow of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia.


Eye Examination, Common Eye problems, Keratoconus, Orthokeratology, Corneal Grafting, Childrenā€™s vision, Congenital Cataracts and Myopia Control.


Address: Level 5376 Albert Street East Melbourne, VIC 3002
Phone: (03) 9417 6444


ā€œFantastic service and they show a lot of care for their patients. Ive been a patient for 5 years now and I know Im with the best care. Richard and his team seem to have a good culture too, every time I come in the staff are in a great mood and are happy to help their patients. Keep it up.ā€ ā€“ Andrew S.

Eyes Optometrists Richmond

Paul Donaldson, Bachelor of Optometry - Eyes Optometrists Richmond
Paul Donaldson, Bachelor of Optometry ā€“ Eyes Optometrists Richmond

Paul Donaldson is an optometrist and has a unique insight into the importance of vision because he is legally blind. There is an inherent difference in the way he approaches the care for other peopleā€™s eyes when his own vision was removed. Paulā€™s perspective and experience has created the foundation of how the Eyes Optometrists team service their clients. Every person is different and sees life differently. We help them see life clearly.


We are expert in fixing issues created from poor eye management and advising on preventative measures.


Address: 123 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Phone: (03) 9421 2378


ā€œBeen going here for over 10 years. Excellent service with a commitment to stocking independent and different frame manufacturers, not just the usual Luxottica suspects. More expensive than cut price outlets, but do you want your eyes to be looked after cheaply or properly?ā€ ā€“ Dean S.


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