Why we love being independent
Being an independent practice, we offer a broad range of solutions for all ages whether it be glasses or contact lenses.
It is true that no two pairs of eyes are the same as we all have different eye and vision conditions along with different visual demands throughout our daily lives.
At Eyes of Howick we perform longer eye exams, so we can provide you with a unique personalised experience. Our team endeavour to learn as much about your eyes and general well-being as possible in order to provide you with the best visual solution.
As part of our commitment to providing a high clinical focus, we invest in the best technology for your eyes and our Optometrists are continually attending education events to stay abreast of the latest in eye health care and eyewear technology.
And when it comes to frames and sunglasses we enjoy providing you with the latest innovative and handcrafted designs but we also stock more conservative options for your preference.
Our dedicated team of eyewear consultants understand that choosing the right pair of glasses is not just a matter of fit. A frame must not only be suitable for your specific optical requirements but it should also reflect your personality and way of life. We enjoy taking the time with you to get this right.
Whether you need to have your eyes tested with one of our Optometrists or would simply like to call in for a viewing or some general advice about our frame collections, we look forward to seeing you.
Kristine Jensen | Owner-Optometrist
Owner/optometrist, Kristine Jensen qualified at Auckland University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Optometry. Kristine also completed a certificate in business studies at Auckland University and has successfully completed further post graduate studies in Sports vision, Ocular Therapeutics - enabling her to prescribe topical eye medications and is one of the few optometrists who are certified to treat glaucoma. She is also certified with the Civil Aviation Authority to conduct pilot testing. As part of her commitment to helping prevent blindness, Kristine also works in the glaucoma clinic at Middlemore hospital.
Kristine particularly enjoys the study of ocular health issues and loves testing children. Having a young family, she has found herself recently interested in behavioural optometry.
As part of her commitment to providing expert eye care, Kristine attends numerous Optometry seminars throughout the year along with further online studies. Kristine also attends an Optometry focus group with like-minded Optometry professionals to compare modes of practice and to continually improve the standard of patient and customer care at Eyes of Howick.
Kristine set up her first Optometry practice in Papakura in 2001 and purchased her Howick practice in 2002.
Having sold the Papakura practice in more recent years, this allows Kristine more spare time to enjoy her young family, keep fit and all that living in the vibrant local Howick area has on offer.
Teresa Hsu | Optometrist
Optometrist, Teresa Hsu is an Auckland University double graduate with a Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Education along with her Bachelor of Optometry.
When it comes to Optometry, Teresa has a passion for contact lens fitting and particularly enjoys fitting multifocal contact lenses for those clients who require some extra help for their near work.
Teresa is also therapeutically qualified, can treat glaucoma patients and is endorsed by Civil Aviation to conduct pilot eye examinations.
Teresa also holds a diploma in piano performance with experience in teaching piano. She is also a keen badminton player and plays competitively on a regular basis. In addition, she has been involved with the Pakuranga community as a church organist for the past 15 years.
Alexia Casbolt | Practice Coordinator - Eyewear consultant
With an honours degree in interior architecture design, Alexia has a natural flair and enthusiasm for fashion, colour consulting and design. Using this creative education Alexia will guide you through your optical and sunglass choice finding exactly what you are after. Having a great eye for colour and style, Alexia makes it easy for you to find your perfectly comfortable but fashion-forward eyewear.
Alexia previously worked in London, Selfridge’s department store and prides herself on providing world class customer service.
In her spare time she dabbles in her other passions of art and photography along with spending time with her two British Shorthaired cats.
Katarina Lundstrom | Optical Technician - Eyewear consultant
Katarina is our eyewear consultant who came to us from Sweden via Australia. Her optical career began in a lens laboratory giving her years of practical experience. She has since worked as a dispensing assistant in Sweden and Australia and in 2007 she qualified as an Optometrist in Denmark.
As our Eyewear consultant, Katarina brings a Scandinavian fashion edge and as our principal frame buyer ensures you have the right collection to choose from.
Katarina particularly enjoys a challenge, so if you have a tricky prescription or have never been satisfied with your glasses, she would relish the opportunity to help you.
In her spare time, Katarina enjoys living locally and has a love for cooking.
Sarah Fussell | Eyewear consultant
With several years of experience within the optical industry and an interest in fashion, Sarah enjoys helping you make the right eyewear choice.
Sarah takes the time to clearly explain your options and her enthusiasm will make every experience at Eyes of Howick an enjoyable one.
Sarah works part time and enjoys spending time with her young family when she is not at work.