Welcome to Lobb Optical

As a practice that prioritises your eyecare, we want to ensure your visit runs smoothly from start to finish.

Already booked an appointment?

  1. Be sure to bring your current pair of glasses with you or your current contact lenses.
  2. There is plenty of street parking available and we have a parking lot right behind the practice which can be accessed via Don Street. When using the parking lot, you’ll be able to use the entrance at the back of the practice.
  3. Upon arrival, head straight through to reception whether you’re using the front or back entrance. Once you’re checked in, you’ll be ushered to the waiting area where you can relax until your Optometrist greets you.
  4. Bus: We’re located close to the bustle of Invercargill’s town centre and main roads. By taking any of the local routes, you’ll be within 5 minutes walk from Lobb Optical by using the bus stops located on Tay Street or Yarrow Street. For more information about these routes, view the Invercargill City Council bus guide.

What to complete?

Please complete our Welcome Form at least a day before your appointment. It will take approximately 5 – 7 minutes,

For your time with us, please allow 1.5 hours. While this may likely be less, allowing for this time will ensure our team dedicates all the time and care your eyes deserve.

Optometrists

Richard Lobb

Richard Lobb

- Director/Optometrist

Richard grew up in Invercargill. A teenage interest in physics and biology, coinciding with the need for glasses around that time, stimulated his interest in optometry as a career. He completed his training at the University of Auckland in 1982 and returned in 2003 for further studies in Ocular Therapeutics. Richard is an honorary teaching fellow affiliated with the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Auckland. He has served on the New Zealand Optometrists Registration Board from 2007 until 2013, working as the chairman for two years. Richard has a special interest in glaucoma management and is currently also working part time at Southland Hospital in this field.

Kelly Lyons

Kelly Lyons

- Optometrist

Kelly grew up in Auckland and then moved to Central Otago on completion of her optometry degree in 2008. She gained invaluable experience over the next three years working as an optometrist in a rural practice with a diverse patient base. Next she took up a position in remote North Queensland, where she practised for two years before moving back to New Zealand. Kelly joined the team at Lobb Optical in 2014. In her free time Kelly enjoys traveling, yoga and the outdoors.

Marnie Lankow

Marnie Lankow

- Optometrist

Marnie grew up in rural Southland. After completing her Bachelor of Optometry (Honours) at the University of Auckland in 2002, she returned south and commenced work at Lobb Optical in 2003. In 2008 she also completed her postgraduate training in Ocular Therapeutics. Marnie enjoys the challenge of solving the varying visual and eye health needs of her patients. Outside of work Marnie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, getting outdoors and playing social sport.

Alice Chen

Alice Chen

- Optometrist

Alice holds a Bachelor of Optometry with Ocular Therapeutics qualification and joined Lobb Optical in 2012. She has a special interest in contact lens fitting and orthokeratology (Ortho K) for myopia control. She trialed the Ortho K lenses herself so she can share her own experience with others. Alice has a young family. Outside of work she enjoys photography, especially capturing the southern lights. Alice is currently on parental leave.