About Lake Eyewear

Lake Eyewear is an independent, local specialist with over 50 years combined experience. We pride ourselves on providing professional service tailored to the individual while taking care of all your eyecare needs.

At Lake Eyewear, we care about what you see.

Our Team

Shirleen Howes  - Administration

Shirleen Howes

Shirleen joined the Lake Eyewear team and with wide-ranging experience within the optical field her knowledge and skills have strengthened, together with her exceptional attention to patient care, friendly nature and customer satisfaction. Shirleen is married with two children and enjoys working at Lake Eyewear part time.

Stuart McInnes - Optical Dispenser

Stuart McInnes
Optical Dispenser

Stuart has worked in the optical industry for over 30 years.  Firstly as an optical fitter and surfacer, then as a dispenser in Ballarat for the last 30 years.  Stuart co-founded Lake Eyewear in 2008 bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the practice. Stuart is married and has two children.

Christine Ellett - Optometrist

Christine Ellett

Christine has been practicing as an optometrist for over 30 years. She has worked in many country areas including Warrigal, Daylesford and also the town she grew up in Horsham. Christine has a big following of loyal patients due to her warm and caring attitude. Christine is married with three children and has been a local to Ballarat for over 30 years. 

Brendan Hawkes - Optical Dispenser

Brendan Hawkes
Optical Dispenser

Brendan has worked in Ballarat in the optical industry for over 30 years.  Completing his optical technician course in 1994.  Brendan loves applying his skills and knowledge in a friendly manner at his modern practice.  Married with two boys he also spends his spare time golfing, fishing and spending quality time with his family.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. What does 20/20 vision mean?

    The term 20/20 is a measure of visual acuity.

    These figures are based on the letter charts which are used in the standard sight test. The top number refers to the distance at which the chart is viewed - 20 feet (or 6 metres). The bottom number refers to the distance at which a person with ideal vision can see a letter clearly.

    Therefore if you have 20/40 vision then you will just be able to see something from a distance of 20 feet while a person with perfect eyesight will be able to see from 40 feet.

  • Are contact lenses safe?

    Contact lenses are safe if you have seen a qualified Optometrist about what your individual requirments are. Some people experience problems wearing contact lenses due to health issues such as allergies or medications used so it is important to speak to your Optometrist who can perscribe something appropriate for you. It is also important to care for contact lenses, ensuring they are kept clean and are removed at night to avoid infection. If you experience any redness, sorness or watering of the eyes while wearing contact lenses take them out until the symptoms subside. If these symptoms persist see your optometrist.

  • Can children wear contact lenses?

    Small children can be fitted with contact lenses but the suitability of this needs to be investigated in relation to their condition and the individual.

  • What is macular oedema?

    Macular Oedema is a common visual impairment in patients who suffer from diabetic retinopathy. Macular oedema occurs when leaking and swelling occurs within the macula and causes a loss of vision which progresses over a period of months while the ability to focus is also affected.

  • How much does it cost to visit an optometrist at Lake Eyewear?

    General eye examinations for Australian residents, who hold a Medicare card, are bulk billed to Medicare. The cost of an eye examination, for those who do not hold a Medicare card, depends on the type of consultation required. There may be a small charge for Retinal Imaging as it is not covered by Medicare.

    Please contact us for more information.

  • Do I need to make an appointment to see an optometrist and do I need a referral?

    It is recommended that you make an appointment.  You do not require a referral. Appointments are made on the half hour and go for about 20 to 30 minutes. It is advised that you allow some time for frame selection, after your consultation, if you require a new pair of glasses.

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