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Matthews Eyewear/Eye Care – A family business with a passion for pupils

Your eyesight is one of your most vital senses. Imagine losing your eyesight? Have a ponder for a second. How would this impact your lifestyle?

Matthews Eyewear was started in 1975 by Bill Matthews. His son Phillip and wife Lyn have since picked up the baton and they have stores in Nelson, Richmond, Motueka. Not to mention 17 other
stores nationwide!

It’s a family business and operates with good old family values like hard work, great relationships with the manufacturers and treating your staff and customers with love and respect. It’s like a tried and true formula that takes time to build but once it’s established it works well.

We spoke with Sue Martin, who is the practice manager for the Nelson store.

“I’ve been in the Eyecare game for over 16 years and have visited trade shows in Europe including meeting with our suppliers multiple times over the decades. It’s quite special to have that relationship with our suppliers who are the best in the world. Countries like Italy and France are world leaders in fashion and design, so we are directly in the loop with the latest fashions.”

“We can cater for the full range from low budget to high end. Our frames are made with the latest materials including, Stainless Steel, Beryllium, Titanium, Plastic, Alloy and Cellulose Acetate to name a few. There’s a lot of technology that we need to consider when assisting our customers.”

“We have 6 staff at our Nelson store and can do full eye testing and have the latest technology instore. Our team are passionate about Eyecare and are fully qualified to give quality advice and professional service.”

If you’re finding you can’t see clearly, can’t see well in the distance, have difficulty reading or have poor night vision, your eyes are sore, you’re worried about your family history of glaucoma or macula degeneration, or just if more than two years have passed since your last eye test, you should see our specialists.

If you wear contact lenses or want to; you’re worried about your progressing short-sightedness, or you’re worried about your child or parents eyes, the team at Mathews can help.
Sue has worked in many regions but loves the Nelson lifestyle. The strong pull of family has helped her settle here.

I love getting out in nature, tramping, paddling kayaks, or sailing across the bay on the yacht. It is a special place to live and it’s neat to have built up so many local connections from working in the CBD.
So support local, when you purchase glasses from Matthews, it’s not a bulk shipment from who knows where… it’s hand-selected by the best…from the best of the best in Europe. That’s pretty cool!


Find them at 1 Buxton Square, Nelson
Opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 8.45 AM – 5.15 PM
Onsite parking makes it easy.

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