Nelson Bay NSW

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Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrists Nelson Bay

Newcastle optometrist Eyecare Plus Nelson Bay focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health care....

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Welcome to Eyecare Plus Optometrist Nelson Bay

Newcastle optometrist Eyecare Plus Nelson Bay focus on comprehensive eye examinations, prescription sunglasses, spectacle frames, contact lenses and eye health care for the whole family.


Our rooms are situated in Stockton Street, the main street in Nelson Bay directly opposite Nelson Plaza Clinic, near Woolworths. There is plenty of parking close by. We can be found on the ground floor of the Centrepoint building and are wheelchair accessible.


Ian Brigden has been providing eye exams and vision care to the people of the Nelson Bay and Port Stephens area since 1980.

Our business is based on providing high quality personalised eyecare using the latest in vision technology and quality eyewear.

Our Optometrist

Ian Brigden

Health Funds

We proudly supply members of all major health funds, including:

  • nib
  • bupa
  • Medibank Private
  • HCF
  • Teachers Health
  • Defence Health

Health Fund members with a valid optical entitlement receive 1 pair of single vision glasses with no out of pocket expense.*

* Includes frames from a select range with standard SV Lenses.

Our Optometrist

Ian Brigden

Ian studied Optometry at the University of NSW and graduated in 1979. He has since completed a Graduate Certificate in Optometry and regularly attends continuing education events.

Our Optical Dispenser


Mel studied Optical Dispensing at TAFE Sydney in 1987. She has worked at various optical outlets in Sydney before moving to the Newcastle area 15 years ago.

She brings a wealth of experience to our Practice in Nelson Bay and is looking forward in assisting you with the perfect frame and lens choice.

Our Receptionist


About Us

Like most Eyecare Plus Practices, we in Nelson Bay take your eye health seriously.


We have invested in a High Definition Ocular Coherence Tomographer or HD-OCT. This instrument uses ultrasound to analyse and record the retina, macula and optic nerve head tissue.

The HD-OCT in addition to Digital Retinal Imaging is excellent for diagnosing and monitoring conditions such as macula degeneration, glaucoma and diabetes. This test has become one of the best and earliest ways of detecting these conditions.

For more information on Macula Degeneration, visit the MD website at

Digital Retinal Imaging

The camera allows us take instant high resolution images of the inside of your eye. For the first time, you can see the back of your own eye!

Ian and Katy will explain if anything is wrong and tell you what you need to know. If everything is healthy, we will have your retina photo available as a baseline for next time - making early detection of eye disease even more accurate than ever before.

If you have diabetes - this test is essential. If you have any family history of glaucoma - this test is essential. If you are over 40 and your vision is important to you - then this test is essential. This test is perfect for checking for macula degeneration.

Eye Health


Just 2 hours in front of a digital screen can cause your eyes to feel strained and dried out. The average Australian spends 10 hours a day staring at some form of screen.

Learn more about your screen life HERE

Macular Degeneration Week- Footage courtesy of NBN

Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration (MD) is a disease that destroys the central vision that we use for everyday tasks such as reading and driving. It is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. For patients older than 50 years, one in seven will have some sign of it. While there is presently no cure for MD if it is detected early enough we can slow its progression.


Glaucoma is an eye disease which slowly destroys the optic nerve at the back of the eye. In some cases in may move rapidly. It is usually caused by increased pressure inside the eye though it may be caused by poor blood supply or a weakness of the optic nerve. Over 300,000 Australians have glaucoma. It is more common as we age but it can occur at any age.


A cataract is a clouding or haze of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision. Opacities in the lens obstruct light from passing through and being focused on to the retina.


One of the most common effects of UV damage to the eye is pterygium. This is a triangular growth of thickened degenerative tissue on the white of the eye (the sclera) that may also extend onto the cornea (the window at the front of the eye).

UV Damage

In recent years, it has been shown that just like sunburn and skin cancers, exposure to ultra-violet (UV) radiation also causes eye damage.

Excessive UV exposure has become an increasing problem since the depletion of the ozone layer.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Approximately 4% of people have diabetes, often undiagnosed. Diabetes can damage many parts of the body, including the eyes, causing vision problems, glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy.

Our Offers


We have a range of designer sunglasses available in prescription packages from
the price of $269 complete. Frame brands include Lacoste and Nine West.

Ask in store or call us on (02) 4981 1944 for more details.


We have special deals for patients in Private Health Funds. Get a new pair of
glasses every year for little or even no extra on top of your Health Fund benefit.

Ask in store or call us on (02) 4981 1944 for more details.


We will match the price of any same product quoted or readily advertised
and in stock at any Australian retail outlet.

Ask in store or call us on (02) 4981 1944 for more details.

Contact Us

Please use the following contact details to get in touch, or fill in the form below to send us an email.

Eyecare Plus Nelson Bay
Phone: (02) 4981 1944
Fax: (02) 4984 1364
Address: 34 Stockton Street
Nelson Bay (Newcastle) NSW 2315
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Existing contact lens patients of Eyecare Plus Nelson Bay can reorder their contact lenses simply by submitting the below form.

If you have any questions about a new or existing order, please contact us directly on (02) 4981 1944.

Please Note: Regulations require that your prescription is valid at the time of ordering your lenses.

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