Kylie Dreaver and Isla Hills are the proud owners and optometrists of Victoria Street Optometrists. We are New Zealand Owned and Operated and support locally based suppliers and have done since we first opened back in July 2009. We both have parents who were small business owners and grew up knowing how valuable good customer service is, and the joy of running an independently owned business. We are optometrists first and foremost and it is really important that we focus first on your eye care. We want you to be seeing well. We offer each and every one of our clients’ independent advice and recommendations. We are not loyal to a corporate we are loyal to you, our valued client.
Since childhood we have both worn glasses; and contact lenses since our late teens so we know first-hand how important it is to have great eyewear. We still spend the time picking our own glasses and sunglasses, but we also deliberate over what frames we stock. We don’t want anyone who comes to us sold a frame or sunglass that doesn’t fit or suit them well. We both really enjoy working in Auckland’s CBD. We see a diverse range of people which is so interesting. It does ignite Kylie’s travel bug hearing about where people are from, or where they’ve visited. Isla often remarks after an eye examination that felt more like seeing a friend than performing an eye examination on a client.
Isla Hills and Kylie Dreaver both have a degree in Optometry from Auckland University and met whilst doing post graduate study in ocular therapeutics in 2004. Ocular therapeutics is a very important aspect of optometry to us both. It can be challenging but it is always rewarding knowing if indicated we can prescribe medications for eye infections, contact lens related problems and dry eyes, to name just a few. It has been a really empowering change to the way we practice as many problems can now be managed by us rather than in the past we had to refer you to an ophthalmologist.
Kylie and Isla both enjoy being optometrists as we get to help people, maybe change their life or even save it. It still gives us a buzz when someone is in awe seeing for the first time in contact lenses, or so rapt at all the compliments they receive in their new glasses, or reading a referral letter that confirms our suspicion that our patient needed further treatment for a sight threatening problem.
We both are very grateful to be able to work for ourselves and practise optometry in the best way we can. We value all the people who have chosen us to be their optometrists. We feel privileged to have so many wonderful people as our clients, and feel humbled when they recommend their friends, family and colleagues to us.
We are members of the NZAO (New Zealand Association of Optometrists) and CCLSNZ (Cornea and Contact Lens Society of New Zealand). We also have a collection for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind in store and were delighted to hear we have one of the best boxes for the Foundation. Kylie is the secretary for VOSO (Volunteer Ophthalmic Services Overseas), a New Zealand Charity that provides eye aid in the form of glasses and surgery to the Pacific. She has volunteered on trips with VOSO to Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Bougainville. Kylie served as a Board Member on the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board of New Zealand, and now is a Professional Conduct Committee Member.