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Founded 30 years ago by Pete Tomlinson.

The essence of Tomlinson optometrists’ work is found in the balance between vision care, development and human well-being.

A team of like-minded individuals guided by their passion for Optometry.

Pete Tomlinson


Pete is the proud founder of Tomlinson Optometrists and started operations 30 years ago. Pete is well-known nationally for his interests and contributions in behavioural/developmental optometry which involves identifying and treating children with vision-related learning difficulties.

He has happily retired and takes pleasure in all the beauty and joy family, friends and the great outdoors has to offer.

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Esna Van Der Walt

Optometrist & Owner

I am driven by patient satisfaction and I strive to help every patient with their individual eye care needs.

As a Behavioral Optometrist I assess children and adults’ visual needs with a holistic approach. I have a special interest in reading and learning related visual disorders in children and adults.

There is nothing more magical than dispensing a pair of spectacles to a child and seeing their face light up when they can see clearly for the first time, or how a child’s confidence and visual skills improve after successfully completing our vision therapy course.


  • B.Optom degree UJ 1996

  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Optometry SA 2002

  • Non-EEA Examinations, The College of Optometrists, London UK 2005

  • Community Eye Health, Post Graduate Diploma, UCT 2021

  • Registered Optometrist with the HPCSA, SA

  • Registered Optometrist with the General Optical Council, UK

  • Stark Griffin Dyslexia Academy #SGDA2023/416

  • Integrated Light Field Therapy Training, Denise Hadden, UK 

  • Member of the Graduate Institute of Optometry

Karen Shankland

Locum Optometrist

Meet our dedicated Locum Optometrist.

Karen will be looking after our patients' visual needs whenever Esna is on leave.

Karen is a qualified Optometrists who thoroughly enjoys general visual care for both children and adults. She also has a special interest in Behavioural Optometry. 


  • B.Optom with diagnostic privileges at the School of Optometry at the University of Johannesburg (Cum Laude)

  • Further education through The Paediatric Training Academy and The Graduate Institute of Optometry

  • Member of the Graduate Institute of Optometry

  • Associate at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development


Head of Vision Therapy

Bridgitte heads up our vision therapy centre. She loves seeing kids improve their visual capabilities through vision therapy, whereby they perform better at school, achieve higher confidence levels and become happier individuals.


Dispensing Optician

A passionate Dispensing Optician qualified from CPUT. She has extensive optical knowledge and experience that she uses expertly to advise patients on the best suited optical lenses and frames for each individual. She is able to do adjustments and minor repairs for our patients at our premises.

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