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Southern Optical Staff


Dr Glen McGilp


Glen graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1994 and worked as a locum for a large chain optometry group. Locum employment provided an opportunity to gain experience working with different demographics of the population. Not happy with the restrictions of corporate optometry he then worked for independent optometrists.

It was during this time that he became interested in Behavioural Optometry. This interest was the catalyst for further study including a Masters of Behavioural Optometry at the UNSW and attainment of Fellowship at the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrist. Gaining Fellowship is a rewarding experience, it teaches the skills required for treating children with strabismus (turned eye), Amblyopia (lazy eye) and learning difficulties.

Glen has completed post graduate study in ocular therapeutics, he is endorsed to prescribe schedule 4 medicines for anterior eye pathology, infections and inflammation.


Dr Peter Roth

  • Bachelor and Master in Optometry (Contact Lens Module)
  • ACO Therapeutics Endorsed
  • Member of Ortho K Society of Australasia
  • Member of Contact Lens Society of Australia
  • Member of Optometry Australia

Peter graduated from the UNSW then completed post graduate studies in contact lenses and also therapeutic drugs prescribing. He is able to prescribe schedule 4 medicines for anterior eye pathology, infections and inflammation.

Peter has worked in Sydney, both in independent and corporate practices, and regional areas throughout his career, including Dubbo and Batemans Bay. In the last 17 years he has built up a large following of loyal patients in Jannali.

Peter has a special interest in ocular pathology and contact lenses including lenses for Ortho K and post graft surgery.


Dr Heather Shearsby

  • B Optom UNSW Honours
  • Member of Optometry Australia

Heather previously worked as a locum optometrist, travelling to different practices across the country allowed her to gain experience and develop skills in all areas of optometry.

Heather has a special interest in children’s vision, she also works at local primary schools and high schools providing eye examinations for students who may otherwise not have one.


Dr Bonnie Lee

  • B Science (Optom) UMelb
  • Member of Optometry Australia

After graduating from Melbourne University, Bonnie worked as a contact lens fitter for 5 years in Adelaide before moving to Sydney.

For the last 35 years Bonnie practiced as a clinical optometrist in association with an international corporate eyewear retailer in Miranda. Bonnie feels privileged to have served the Sutherland Shire community, often seeing 2 or 3 generations of the same family.

With this extensive experience Bonnie has developed a special interest in problem solving, children’s vision, preventative ocular disease, dry eyes and nutritional care for eye health.

Bonnie enjoys collaborating with GPs, Ophthalmologists, endocrinologists, educational centres and paediatricians to tailor personalised treatment and care plans. Her passion is to improve people’s quality of vision and life through bespoke and innovative strategies for vision correction.

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Donna Wacher

Optical Dispenser and Vision Therapist

Donna started in optics in 1982, training as an Optical Dispenser. She has over 30 years experience in the industry and has worked at Southern Optical for the last 13 years.

“I enjoy helping customers find a frame that looks great and fits well too. The right frame will enhance your features and compliment your complexion. Adding colour, whether it’s just a touch or full-on, can really give you a lift! Don’t be afraid to try on different models and colours, it’s all about finding the perfect frame for YOU.”

Donna has completed the Vision Therapist course at The Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists. Working mostly with children, she corrects certain vision problems and improves their visual skills which helps with learning.

About Southern Optical


Southern Optical opened its doors at Kareela Shopping centre in 2000. Even though we operated out of a small shopping centre it didn’t take long to establish a large and loyal client base. The practice was built on word-of–mouth referrals.

In 2013 we relocated to bigger and better premises at 574 Box Rd, Jannali. The relocation gave us more space to increase our frame display and add a third testing room for vision therapy. Currently there are over 700 frames on display so there is something for every face and personality.

We believe in supporting the local community by donating to schools, churches, clubs, The Cancer Council and The Children’s Hospital.

Comprehensive Eye Examinations

Behavioural Optometry


Children’s Vision

Myopia Control

Visual Therapy

Fashion Eyewear

State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment


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Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.30pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 2.00pm (Later by appointment)