Hester du Plessis

An internationally renowned optometrist, Hester du Plessis was recruited specifically for OCULA from the leading South African practice - The Oculus - for her strong background in clinical work. With a passion for eye disease Hester comes with extensive experience at the forefront of eye disease management and will be focusing on glaucoma, macular degeneration and anterior (front-of-eye) diseases.

Warm, caring and highly personable Hester is continually striving for excellence, and as such is completing a post-graduate diploma in Ocular Therapeutics (basically, a fancy way of saying eye disease management). This will allow her to not only diagnose, but also treat and manage a number of eye diseases.  She’ll also be working on forging stronger relationships with private ophthalmologists and the SDHB, to serve you as a patient better.

Hester is at the top of her game when it comes to eyecare and this - coupled with her genuine love of people - means when you book in with her you’ll be secure in the knowledge that you’re in the very best of hands.

Hester can be seen in Queenstown and Wanaka


Danielle Ross

Danielle is a optometrist with a comprehensive skill-set and a strong background in paediatric eye care. With extensive experience in the medical management of myopia, infantile aphakia, orthokeratology and contact lenses -  Danielle’s passion lies within a niche speciality known as Behavioural Optometry, which enables the treatment of developmental delays and learning difficulties by looking at how the brain processes what eyes can see. Danielle is the only registered Behavioural Optometrist (also qualified in SchoolVision) in the Queenstown Lakes District and one of only three in the South Island.

A driven entrepreneur, Danielle is the owner and director of OCULA and is committed to providing the highest level of care. In 2016, OCULA won the Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding in Professional Services award, and was a finalist for the same again in 2017. Danielle spends a significant amount of time researching and up-skilling to stay ahead of the latest techniques, as well as ensuring only the most advanced technology is being used within her two practices.

Danielle continues to compete on a global level, and both her clinics offer a world-class optical experience in the heart of the Queenstown Lakes District. Her professionalism, experience and genuine love of optometry mean that when you see Danielle, you know you’re getting the best.

Danielle can be seen in Wanaka and Queenstown