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Brett Howes  B.Sc B.Optom is your local Mercury Bay Optometrist in Whitianga. He has been providing local optometric services, including comprehensive OCT scanning and retinal photography for more than 20 years. The practice offers a large selection of affordable spectacle frames and lenses tailored to your individual needs supported by a wide range of fashion frames and sunglasses and a complete contact lens service.

  • Comprehensive eye examinations.

  • Advice on health & safety at work.

  • Fashionable spectacle frames & the very latest in lens technology.

  • Contact lenses, solutions and aftercare catered for your needs.

  • Retinal Camera

  • OCT Scans

  • Sunglasses

MBO provide a state-of-the-art care in a personalised professional environment. We use our intimate setting to foster an environment of compassion and warmth. We take pride in being part of the local community and on the stability of our staff, allowing our patients to get to know our office personnel at all levels. Our commitment to provide vision care is based on Brett’s training, experience, specialities and commitment to continuing education.


You need to visit an optometrist when you face any of the following conditions:

  1. Moistness of eyes : Sudden appearance of tears is the most common sign of an eye problem. If you feel that with little or no strain at all, your eyes start watering, take an appointment with an eye specialist.

  2. Blurred vision: Haziness, lack of clarity in seeing distant objects, at any particular time of the day or night signals eye problem. Consult an optometrist immediately.

  3. Accidents: Blindness may not happen all of a sudden or it may not take a major accident to make you blind. At times, many people meet with small accidents even within their homes. The external injury may hardly be conspicuous, but if you have received a bump on your head, make sure your see a doctor. If you experience any pain in your eyes after being injured, a visit to an optometrist should be considered a priority.

  4. Spots and flashes: Sudden appearance of floating spots in your field of vision or sudden flashes of light before one or both your eyes mean a visit to a optometrist is essential. In case you feel that your vision is weakening, make it a point to visit your local optometrist.

  5. Flu-like symptoms: Pain in the eyes, however, normal or temporary it may seem, requires an eye check up. Muscle ache or fever can also cause eye pain. Do not treat these symptoms lightly. These might signal developing eye diseases.

  6. Diabetes: Diabetics must visit their optometrist regularly, since this disease is related to various eye complaints.



  • It keeps dollars in the local economy. Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on the community as dollars spent at national stores. When shopping locally, you are simultaneously creating jobs, investing in neighbourhood improvement and promoting community development.

  • It protects our local character. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain the local community’s diversity and distinctive flavour. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of our distinctive character and this leads to supporting community well-being and building community spirit

  • Stronger neighbourhoods. Locally owned businesses build stronger neighbourhoods, by sustaining the community and by contributing more to local causes you creates new job opportunities and thus creating more opportunity for those wages to be spent locally.

  • Reduces environmental impact. We’re all paying too much for petrol.  Shopping local generally means saving money on petrol, contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution. You will be reducing your carbon footprint. Local shops and services help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centres, which in turn are essential to reducing car use.

  • Encourages local decision making. Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

  • Encourages economic development. Successful small businesses create and attract other small business, creating an excellent business culture.

  • Better personalised customer service. Local businesses know their area and their product better, creating outstanding opportunity for greater customer service.

  • Invites and embraces community action. As consumers and members of our community, you have the power to shape our community!  Every time you open your wallet to a local business, you are saying that you like what they are doing and to keep doing it!  When you support a local business, you are saying YES to a strong, vibrant local economy that translates to a unique and successful community.

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