About us

Welcome to Southern Optical, we are here to help.

All of our clients are special to us. Our Invercargill opticians want you to have the best possible experience whether this is your first set of glasses or a replacement for an existing pair. We step you through the process and answer any questions you might have along the way.

Getting it right first time, we don't cut corners.

We don't cut corners or rush eye examinations, we take the time to make sure you're getting the best possible result for you. We only use industry leading lenses and high quality frames so you can be assured your glasses will last. Come in and see for yourself.

Our Southern Optical team

We are easy claim approved

To make your life easier we are an approved provider for Southern Cross for all your optical needs. See us in our Invercargill store to learn more.

Meet the team

Make sure you drop by soon to say hello :)

Trent Holden

Optometrist / Director - BSc BOptom

Trent grew up in the Windsor area, Invercargill, attending the local schools. At Southland Boys High he took up rowing and made the national under 19 team for two years. Trent attended Canterbury University finishing a Bachelor of Science before being accepted into Optometry School at the University of Auckland. He continued with sport alongside his studies and represented NZ Universities in the eight twice and was awarded University Blues awards. In 2006 Trent travelled to London and after passing the British examinations became of member of the College of Optometrists.Trent worked for a range of practices across England and New Zealand gaining valuable experience. In 2018 Trent opened Southern Optical and has been enjoying providing quality eyecare and eyewear to people in the South.  

Carmen Bungard

Customer Service Manager

Southland born and bred, Carmen’s experience in the optical industry spans over three decades. During this time, she has developed a great understanding of what suits people when selecting their frames and is happy to pass this knowledge on. She prides herself on sourcing the latest fashion frames  from around the world for the Southern Optical patients. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, keeping fit and has managed to complete a few iconic marathons including New York and Paris and a bit closer to home Kepler and Motatapu events. Carmen looks forward to helping you choose your next fabulous pair of specs.

Angela Lines

Customer Service Assistant

Another 100% local girl, Angela joined the Southern Optical team as a patient in 2018 and then as a team member in 2019. Moving from working in the education sector at James Hargest High School to the Optical industry fits nicely with one of her passions, photography. Whether its the challenge of capturing that perfect family portrait or helping a patient with the correct lens selection, an understanding of optics is vital.
Outside of work Angela enjoys spending time in her art room developing her creative side or hanging out with her two dogs.

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