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Gold Coast optometrist Eyecare Plus Southport focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health care...

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Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrist Southport

Gold Coast optometrist Eyecare Plus Southport focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health care for the whole family.

About Us

Michael Hare continues the tradition of optometry commenced by Brian Job in the early 1950s.

The 17 Nerang Street, Southport site has been the continuous location of an optometry practice since 1962. The purpose built location for optometry houses one of Queensland's most comprehensive optometry practices. Four consulting rooms and an optical laboratory make this one of the largest optometry practices under one roof in the state.

The location serves as a focal centre for many seeking comprehensive optometry services provided by Michael Hare and his team.

State of the art equipment allows the provision of digital retinal and slit lamp biomicroscope photography, ocular coherence tomography (OCT), visual field analysis, corneal topography and pachymetry. Such a level of instrumentation allows the team of Visions Michael Hare to detect and monitor conditions such as cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Our Optometrists

Michael Hare
Dip.AppSci(Optom) FAAO DPA Grad.Cert.(Ocular Therapeutics)

Jonathan McCorriston
B.AppSci(Optom) Grad.Cert.(Ocular Therapeutics)

Brian Schaffer
Diploma of Optometry (SA) Behavioural Optometry Masters Unit Diagnostic Ophthalmic Drugs Certificate Grad.Cert.(Ocular Therapeutics)

Our Optometrists

Michael Hare
Dip.AppSci(Optom) FAAO DPA Grad.Cert.(Ocular Therapeutics)

The Hare family name has a long association with Southport. Grandfather (Bert) Hare was a local identity in the 50's and 60's. He conducted a small electrical business in Nind Street until the late 60's. Michael's father RC (Bob) owned holiday accommodation in Labrador until the 90's. Michael completed his schooling on the Gold Coast and graduated from university in 1975.

Queensland Optometrist of the year 2002, Michael commenced practice at the 17 Nerang Street Southport location of Brian Job Optical in 1977. In 2010 he became sole owner of both this site and the Benowa Gardens practice.

A councillor for the Queensland Division of Optometry Australia for 20 years, Michael served as Gold Coast representative for many of these. He served as State President from 1992-1994 and National Vice President from 1994-1999.

Michael has travelled widely both in Australia and abroad in numerous activities aimed at raising the profile of Optometry. He has lectured, been a clinical supervisor at the School of Optometry, QUT and has published widely in optometric literature. He continues to offer external training placement opportunities for University undergraduate Optometry students.

He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1997 and has completed the 1993 Pennsylvania College of Optometry Ocular Therapeutics course and received a Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics from QUT in 2006.

Michael is a member of the Contact Lens Society of Australia, The National Vision Research Institute, The Australian College of Optometry and Optometry Australia. Member of the Australian Optometric Panel sees him called upon by both the optometry profession and optical industry to provide professional advice and guidance in many optometry related matters. Michael has special interests in low vision care, contact lenses, ocular pathology and clinical photography. He is a previous international ocular photography competition winner. International humanitarian aid missions have seen Michael provide his optometry skills to the people of Western Samoa, Yap in the Federated state of Micronesia, Truk, Pohpei and Kosrae.

A keen runner much of Michaels little spare time is spent trekking remote Gold Coast hinterland trails. He is the manager and sponsor of the Misfits touch football team now past its 50th season in Gold Coast competition. He's been married to Maree for 30years and has three children.

Jonathan McCorriston
B.AppSci(Optom) Grad.Cert.(Ocular Therapeutics)

Jonathan McCorriston joined Visions in 2007 on graduating from QUT in 2006.

After a previous working life including retail and manufacturing managerial roles and 7 years as the proprietor of his own business, Jonathan made the decision to return to University with the aim of becoming an optometrist.

Jonathan has a passion for quality eye care.  He loves helping his patients understand their vision and look after their eye health.  This passion was recognised in August 2010 when he received the Eyecare Plus Professional Recognition Award "for achieving the highest standards of practice".  This included further training at the Essilor University in Paris in multifocal spectacle lens designs and application. We were justly proud of this recognition of Jonathan's dedication.

Whilst studying optometry Jonathan developed an interest in specialty contact lenses. This includes orthokeratology, the practice of providing a custom designed retainer lens that the patient only wears while they sleep each night.  Jonathan pursues excellence in this specialty and has many happy patients enjoying clear vision all day with no glasses on contact lenses in.  Jonathan says "I love the look of sheer joy when a patient finds they can see after removing their contact lenses."

Jonathan has completed further training to register as a CASA Designated Optometrist.  Jonathan also provides care for low vision patients and vision training when required for children with eye teaming difficulties.

Away from optometry, Jonathan has been the Bass Trombonist for the Salvation Army Band at Southport for 21 years and recently joined the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra.  Jonathan and Julie, his wife of 21 years, have three children.

Optometry Australia
Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia
Orthokeratology Society of Oceania
Civil Aviation Safety Authority Credentialed Optometrist (pending)

Brian Schaffer
Diploma of Optometry (SA) Behavioural Optometry Masters Unit Diagnostic Ophthalmic Drugs Certificate Grad.Cert.(Ocular Therapeutics)

Brian Schaffer graduated in South Africa in 1979 and emigrated to Sydney in 1980. After 12 months he started his own practice in Sydney where he worked until 1987. Brian sold his practice and moved his family to Tumut in the NSW Snowy Mountains where he ran a very successful practice until 1993.

In 1993 his family moved to the Gold Coast where he joined Brian Job Optical as a partner and has been involved in the practice ever since then.

Brian's passion is providing the best possible eyecare for his patients and fully understanding his patients needs and expectations. Brian has a special interest in children's vision and completed the children's vision module of the masters of optometry course at the University of NSW.

In 1993 he completed the Pennsylvania College of Optometry therapeutics course and in 2010 he was awarded the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics at QUT enabling him to diagnose and treat anterior eye segment diseases. Brian continues to update his skills by attending numerous seminars and conferences.


Michael Hare commenced practice with Brian Job Optical in 1977, at the current Southport location and continues the tradition of an unbroken line of optometry services that dates back to the 1950s.

Prior to taking over complete control and ownership of the current Southport and Benowa practices of Visions by Brian Job Optical, Michael was the senior partner in what was for many years, Queenslands largest privately owned optometry practice.

He and his team provide a special level of personalised optometry care that is totally focussed on providing an unsurpassed optometry experience.

Our Services

  • Comprehensive optometry services facilitating examinations for glaucoma, cataract, age related macular degeneration, glaucoma and all refractive eye conditions.
  • Ocular coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Computerised visual field analysis
  • Pachymetry
  • Digital retinal and slit lamp biomicroscopy photography
  • Tonometry
  • Corneal topography
  • Low vision assessments
  • Childrens vision examinations
  • 1 hour spectacle service
  • Home and hospital visits
  • Ocular therapeutics qualifications
  • Colour vision investigations
  • Pre and post operative optometric care for retinal, cataract, corneal, laser and refractive surgery patients
  • Sunglasses and fashion optical frames
  • Comprehensive contact lens services
  • Spectacle repairs
  • Community service vision screenings and communinty talks
  • Overseas optometry aid
  • Undergraduate optometry student training facilities

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*Conditions apply. Available only at Eyecare Plus Southport. Initial purchase must include both frames and lenses. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

2nd pair SV hard coated lenses with same prescription into a select range of frames. Ask in practice for details.


Terms & Conditions

  • The product being compared must be the same in all respects and in stock at a competitor retail outlet in Australia.
  • It must be a current advertised price and readily viewable by Eyecare Plus. Eyecare Plus will not match any prices sourced online.
  • A written quote, receipt, invoice, advertising or any other official document from the competitor showing the cheaper price is required.
  • All sale, stock liquidations and clearance items are excluded from the price match promise.

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Eyecare Plus Southport
Phone: (07) 5532 9566
Fax: (07) 5591 4001
Address: 17 Nerang St
Southport (Gold Coast) QLD 4215
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